Why I Import U.S. Brangus Genetics

carlos ojea_72dpiA fifth generation producer from Argentina, Carlos Ojea Rullan and his family have been involved in the cattle business since 1878. One of the world’s most prestigious cattleman, Ojea has chosen the Brangus breed as a personal investment. In 2010, he started a new cattle company, and after much research, decided that Brangus was the best option for his new operation.

Ojea manages or consults 17 other cattle companies as well as his own family’s operations. In the last 20 years, these ranches have collectively obtained the world record of 124 Grand Champions, Reserve Grand Champions and Third Best bull or female titles in the prestigious global Palermo Show in the Angus, Brangus, Hereford, Braford and Shorthorn breeds.

Ojea has also served as a respectable judge in numerous show rings around the world. In the last six years, he has judged 18 of the most prestigious shows in for the Brangus, Angus, Hereford and Braford breeds. Having judged shows in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Paraguay and Colombia, his extensive experience and knowledge makes him one of the most demanded judges in the world.

“I have been involved in the cattle business for 35 years, more than 70 percent of my lifetime,” Ojea said.

Ojea said there were very few things in his life as a cattleman that have impressed him more than the Brangus breed.

“The breed’s versatility and ability to adapt to any kind of land and limitations in the Northern Argentina’s hot subtropical climate really caught my eye since the beginning,” Ojea said. “This part of our country has high temperatures that rise up to 50 degrees Celsius with all the insects and forage limitations that these conditions generate.”

In recent years, Northern Argentina has been showing an amazing increase in numbers and quality of cattle. Ojea recognizes the Brangus breed as one of the contributors of this genetic improvement.

“Because of this phenomenon, the demand of quality bulls and heifers is increasing every year with more breeders getting involved,” Ojea said. “We put a lot emphasis on selecting Brangus that will work in the real world.”

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Ojea said producers select for longevity, functionality, productivity, fertility and need to have the capacity to produce good quality meat in subtropical weather conditions. He said their commercial breeders put a lot of weight on phenotype and demonstrate functionality and beef production in one package. “That means moderate frame, thick, deep and powerful bodies as well as short hair,” Ojea said.

“We have been using some American Brangus genetics, both black and red,” Ojea said. “When we look for an American Brangus bulls, we try to find open pedigrees, good EPDs, fundamentally moderate frame and powerful phenotype that will adapt appropriately to our environment. These kinds of American genetics have been very helpful in our advancement in quality.”

Ojea is regarded as one of the most renowned cattlemen of our time, and is well known for his leadership and advancements made in the industry for improving genetic quality.

Brangus Association Members Pass Bylaw Change

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) membership voted recently to pass the bylaw change pertaining to Ultrablack and Ultrared cattle by a 70 percent margin. After much debate and discussion, votes were cast to pass the amendment allowing IBBA members to breed up to Brangus utilizing Ultrablack and Ultrared animals.

“This initiative will allow the incorporation of new Angus genetics into the Brangus population by an alternate method compared to the traditional process starting with Angus and Brahman as the first cross,” said Dale Kirkham, a member of the IBBA’s Breed Improvement Committee, in the December 2012 issue of the Brangus Journal.

Like the traditional Angus x Brahman approach, using Ultrablacks to breed up to Brangus will require three crosses to reach purebred status. Offspring of the first cross Ultrablacks (Angus x Brangus) mated back to Brangus (Ultrablack x Brangus) are genetically 3/4 Brangus. When these individuals are mated back to Brangus (3/4 Brangus x Brangus), their calves will be 7/8 Brangus and considered purebred Brangus. According to the amendment to Section I of Article V in the IBBA Bylaws, those animals will now be eligible for registration in the IBBA registry database.

Members were allowed to vote by mail-in ballot until December 31, 2012, and in person at the IBBA business meeting Friday March 1, 2013. For more information, visit IBBA’s website at www.GoBrangus.com.

IBBA Recognizes Industry Leaders at Annual Convention

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) welcomed IBBA members, convention participants, and more than 200 international guests to Houston February 27 – March 2, 2013, for the IBBA Annual Convention hosted in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

During the convention banquet Friday, March 1, the IBBA recognized three influential industry members for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Brangus breed.

Dr. Vineyard receives the Pioneer Award from John McKnight

John McKnight (left) presents Dr. Robert Vineyard with the Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award recognizes an IBBA member, past or present, for his/her service, loyalty and contributions to the Brangus breed. Robert S. Vineyard, D.D.S., owner of Vineyard Cattle Company (VCC) in Wharton, Texas, was the recipient of this year’s award in recognition for more than 40 years of leadership and devotion to the breed, which still continues today. Vineyard was among the first breeders to utilize technologies such as embryo transfer, ultrasound, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), and his Breeding Up to Brangus program has allowed VCC to introduce productive new genetics. He has served the IBBA in numerous capacities and was a past recipient of the Breeder of the Year award in 1989.

Bill Morrison receives the Breeder of the Year award from Larry Parker and other Brangus friends

Bill Morrison (second from right) receives the Breeder of the Year award from Larry Parker and other Brangus friends

Bill Morrison of Clovis, N.M., was the recipient of the 2013 Breeder of the Year award. Morrison has been in the Brangus business for 32 years and has been a partner with Joe Paul and Rosie Lack for the past 21 years who together own and manage Lack-Morrison Brangus. Morrison was born in Silver City, N.M., and grew up on his family’s diary operation in Hanover, N.M. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from New Mexico State University and has taught high school agriculture and been an FFA advisor for 35 years and retired six years ago. Currently, the Lack-Morrison Brangus operation includes 100 registered cows and markets 25 to 30 bulls annually.

Joy Reznicek presents Wes Williamson with the Commercial Producer of the Year award

Joy Reznicek presents Wes Williamson with the Commercial Producer of the Year award

The 2013 Commercial Cattleman of the Year award was given to Frank Wesley “Wes” Williamson, III, a third generation cattleman from Florida. Williamson Cattle Company, where Williamson is president, is a 60-year-old family owned and operated diverse agriculture operation managing approximately 10,000 head of cattle on 75,000 acres on the ranch headquarters in Okeechobee, Fla., as well as on ranches in Alabama and Texas. Their beef cattle business is complemented by citrus operations in Florida and catfish production in Alabama. Williamson has received state and national recognition for his environmental stewardship, leadership abilities and service to the industry.

“I think we found three very deserving recipients for these awards,” said Larry Parker, Chairman of the Awards Committee. “We are pleased to be able to recognize them and their accomplishments.”

Award recipients are nominated and selected by the IBBA Awards Committee and recognized annually at the IBBA Convention. See highlights in photos on the GoBrangus Facebook page. Please visit www.gobrangus.com for more information.

Junior Spotlight- Emily Jackson

IBBA features Emily Jackson in the Junior Spotlight. From Waco, Texas, Emily is the reigning Miss International Junior Brangus Association Queen and is actively involved in the IJBBA. Emily has a strong passion for the agriculture industry. She is currently a junior at Texas Tech University and wishes to be a lobbyist or an advocate for the agriculture industry, disproving false claims made by organizations with an anti-meat agenda. Watch the video to see how the IJBBA has made an impact on Emily’s life.

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