Kodi the Cowdog- Happy New Year, Y’all

Happy New Year, Y’all,

Kodi with boneHope you had a great Christmas because I sure did. I got a new toy for outside, which I needed badly. It is bright green and squeaks when you mash it, and I love to chase it when I can get someone to throw it for me. Mama said she got a bright color so she can see it easily, as I tend to drop it when I am finished playing and then forget where it is. I also got a HUGE chewy bone that is flavored with peanut butter, and you know how I love PB. This thing is so big I should have it for a long time to chew on.

I hope you got everything that was on your wish list. Mr. P said his wish list was for more peace and quiet, and now that I am older and not so rambunctious, I am trying not to bother him as much, but you know sometimes I just have to pounce on him when he is sleeping just to see his reaction. The look on his face me cracks me up every time.

One thing about the holidays is that I usually get to see some of my cousins. One afternoon, Boo and Paris stopped by with their folks for a visit. It had been a while since we had seen them, and Boo and I made up for lost time by playing and playing. We chased each other and ran and ran until his tail was dragging, as was my wiggly butt. He is a big yellow lab who can keep up with me when we are running, but I can turn on a dime and give him nine cents change before he knows what happened.

Paris does not join in our games because she is a really little Fox Terrier and kind of a diva. Actually, she and I got in sort of a fight. You know how I love pecans? I even know which ones are good and can crack them and get the good stuff out by myself. Well, Paris got one of my pecans and started chewing on it. I wanted it back and started to get it when she attacked me. We had a little scuffle until her dad broke it up. We did not hurt each other, but we kept our distance the rest of the afternoon. I guess it is normal for relatives to not get along all the time, but every time I am around Paris she acts like she is in charge, and that just does not set well with me.

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Brangus Association Announces New Board Members

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) recently elected five new members to serve a three-year term on the IBBA Board of Directors. The directors will be officially inducted at the IBBA Annual Membership Meeting March 1, 2013, in Houston, Texas.

The new members of the board include:

Chuck Sword Photo_72dpiArea 1: Chuck Sword, owner of Char-No Farms along with his wife, Norma, live in Hollonville, Ga., and have been raising registered Brangus cattle since 1983. He is actively involved in his local and state cattle associations as well as on regional and national levels. He has served as president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association and previously served on the IBBA board from 1991 to 1997.


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Area 5: Mike Vorel is the owner of Vorel Farms, and he and his wife, Robin, live near Luther, Okla. He purchased his first registered Brangus cattle 14 years ago and soon transitioned from a commercial cattle operation to a registered Brangus seedstock business in which the commercial cows are now used as embryo transfer recipients. Vorel has served on several IBBA committees and is an active leader in his community.


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Area 7: Russ Williamson and his wife, Pamela, own and operate Skyhawk Brangus near Tyler, Texas. Williamson has been a member of the IBBA for more than 22 years and manages approximately 200 head of registered Brangus cattle. The Skyhawk team is actively involved in the show circuit, winning several awards for their accomplishments in the show ring. Williamson has been a board member for the Texas Brangus Breeders Association (TBBA) and currently serves as president for the TBBA board.

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Area 9: Danny Farris has been involved in the registered Brangus seedstock business for 27 years. He owns and manages Farris Ranching Company, and he and his wife, Mary Beth, live in Tuscola, Texas. Farris has previously served on the board for several state and regional Brangus associations including the TBBA and Hill Country Brangus Breeders Association (HCBBA) as well as the IBBA. He also served two separate terms as president for the West Texas Brangus Breeders Association (WTBBA).

Larry Parker Photo_72dpiArea 10: Larry Parker is returning to the IBBA Board of Directors for a second consecutive term. Parker owns Parker Ranch, LLC, in San Simon, Ariz., which has been family owned and operated for more than 45 years. He oversees 200 head of Brangus cows with the help of his daughter, Diane, and has been involved in the IBBA since the mid- ‘60s.

For more information about the IBBA and to contact a director, visit www.GoBrangus.com.

2012 Beef Tips Blog in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

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600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

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