The Past President Spotlight is a column we feature in our bi-monthly publication, the Brangus Journal. We hope you learn from these great leaders who have extensive experience and expertise in their respective fields.
IBBA President 1994-1996
In his many years of involvement with the Brangus breed, Gary Bruns has served the industry and the association in several capacities. His knowledge and expertise now make him one of the best marketers in the business at Advance Solutions Network.
Bruns initially gained valuable experience working with cattle growing up in Madison, S.D. Upon returning from Vietnam in 1970, Bruns worked for an Angus cattle operation in Ohio where he bought several Brangus bulls because of the breed’s ability to adapt to different climates.
“Brangus did well in the North even in the cold weather, and I saw firsthand how well Brangus perform,” Bruns said. “In Texas, Brangus handle the heat and humidity better as compared to other breeds from my experience.”
In 1973, Bruns was employed as manager of Willow Springs Ranch of Burton, Texas, a premier Brangus operation. After six years with Willow Springs, Gary and his wife, Gwen, moved to Fort Stockton, Texas, where he was given a general manager position with Williams Brangus, owned by Clayton and Modesta Williams. When the operation moved to Floresville, Texas, in 1983, Gary and Gwen were made partners in the cattle ranch. Bruns’ years of involvement and experience in the industry have given him knowledge and insight about the Brangus breed.
“Brangus females are in high demand right now,” Bruns said, “and we have more demand than product for good quality bulls.” He adds, “It is important to improve disposition not just in Brangus, but in all breeds as well.
Bruns served his country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, his industry as a seedstock producer, and the Brangus breed in numerous ways. Bruns is a longtime member of the Texas Brangus Breeders Association (TBBA) and a past President of the Hill Country Brangus Breeders Association (HCBBA). In 1992, the HCBBA honored Bruns with the Member of the Year award. He was also an elected member on the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors, serving as President from 1995-1996. Bruns was awarded the IBBA’s Breeder of the Year award at the 1993 Annual Convention in Houston for his dedication to the improvement of the breed. Bruns’ years of involvement and experience make him an accomplished, knowledgeable and respected leader in the beef industry and among seedstock producers.