Brangus Breeder Among Experts to Speak at TAMU Short Course

Download Dr. Vineyard’s “Breeding up to Brangus” presentation.

The 58th annual Beef Cattle Short Course is scheduled for August 6-8 at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, a variety of topics on beef cattle production will be addressed at one of the largest educational gatherings of cattlemen in the industry.

A respected leader in the seedstock industry and distinguished member of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA), Robert S. Vineyard, D.D.S. of Wharton, Texas, is scheduled to present during the event. Vineyard will speak on the subject of “Breeding up to Brangus” during the Applied Animal Breeding and Genetics Session beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 7 along with four other featured guests.

“He will be speaking on how he uses animal breeding and genetics tools at Vineyard Cattle Co. and will cover how the Brangus breed was developed as well as what genetic selection tools he has and is using,” said Joe Paschal, Ph.D., extension livestock specialist in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Vineyard obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in 1962 from The University of Texas and his Doctor of Dental Surgery in 1966 from the The University of Texas Dental Branch in Houston, Texas. Vineyard is a third-generation producer whose grandfather brought some of the first cattle to Texas from Mexico, and his father was one of the earliest members of the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International Association. Vineyard Cattle Co. (VCC) entered the Brangus business in 1972 primarily to breed Brangus cattle to supply range bulls for their commercial cow-calf operation. This event led VCC to the position it proudly has established today.

“I chose Brangus for a combination of the breed’s adaptability, environmental hardiness and for their maternal ability,” Vineyard said. “Brangus are able to withstand and thrive in the harsh climate we have here on the Gulf Coast of Texas.” 

With an extensive background in diverse sciences, Vineyard said he was able to use his knowledge in developing the VCC Breeding Program. VCC was the first in the Brangus breed to perform ultrasounds and determine rib eye size and fat thickness. Vineyard served on the committee, along with Glen Brinkman, that created and developed the Brangus breed’s Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) in 1982-1984 when the IBBA’s database was initially built.

He was recognized for his pioneering leadership and success as IBBA’s 1989 Breeder of the Year. Vineyard Cattle Company has also produced many Grand and Reserve Champion animals over a four-decade span from the 70’s to the early 2000’s. VCC was also recognized for producing two sires that were given Sire of the Year awards. Tiny 23/6 was Sire of the Year in 1983 and 1984, and Impact 92T17 was recognized three consecutive years in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

Other presenters and topics on the program include Dr. Jim Sanders on factors affecting cow longevity, Dr. Steve Hammack on the impacts of size and weight, Dr. David Riley selected to discuss environmental influences, and Trey Schere of Collier Beefmaster Farms who will discuss the development of Beefmaster cattle and the genetic selection tools they use.

About TAMU Beef Cattle Short Course:

BCSC is a three-day seminar that represents the culmination of knowledge from industry leaders and experts. Each year more than 1,300 beef producers attend BCSC to expand their knowledge of the beef cattle industry and join in the discussion of the most current issues facing producers via seminars, workshops and hands-on demonstrations. Visit the TAMU short course website at for registration information and a 2012 schedule.

Sources: Blair Fannin,


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