Kodi the Cowdog- “Down Under”

Kodi the Cowdog stories are a monthly series based on a book titled, “Letters from Kodi, The Little Cowdog With The Wiggly Butt”. The book is written by Brangus producer and IBBA member Phyllis Clem, through the eyes of Kodi, a miniature Australian Shepherd.

Hi Y’all,

We recently had some visitors from ‘down under’ as they say. They were Brangus cattle breeders from Australia and were in the US visiting ranches and came by to see some of ‘my girls’ and visit with my folks. They sure were a nice bunch and liked the idea that I’m an Aussie too, even though I was born here in the states. You know my ancestors came from that continent several hundred years ago when boat loads of sheep came to the western coast of America along with their Basque sheep herders.  Actually I can trace my ancestor line further back than that , all the way to the country of Spain where the little dogs like me were called Spanish Shepherds. I don’t know if any of my relatives back then lived large like I do now, but I bet they were good at cattle and sheep work cause I sure have that trait running through my veins. I wonder what they looked like back then and if they were as cute as me? Did they have brown eyes or were theirs blue? Did they have black, shiny hair or was theirs more the blue merle type? Those are fun questions to ponder over. Do you know much about your ancestors? If so let me know where yours originated from.

Kodi is making sure the yearling bulls didn't leave any feed

Kodi is making sure the yearling bulls didn’t leave any feed

Looks like the calendar says that it’s springtime again. Course I didn’t have to look at a calendar to know, cause the crazy red birds are back at the windows fighting their own images. Those bird brains of theirs never let up when it comes to this annual ritual. It will go on for several weeks and then one day they’ll decide to get on with their nest building  projects and we’ll have some peace and quiet around here. That is until Mama Mockingbird hatches her young in their nest in the pecan tree by the deck. Then I’ll have to go into dive bomb mode until those younguns fly away and it’s safe to go in the backyard once again. This has been going on forever and I guess it will continue, but sometimes I get just plain tired of her tryng to poke my wiggly little butt with her sharp beak every time I get near that nest. Wouldn’t that get on your nerves too ?

Another way I know it’s springtime is all the yellow stuff that’s coating everything right now. Everytime I walk across the driveway I leave a trail of footprints behind me and if I lay down on the deck for a little rest, then I leave an imprint of my body. I understand some folks are allergic to the yellow stuff and I believe it cause everywhere I go it seems as if people are sneezing, blowing, coughing, etc. Even ‘my girls’ are sneezing some; their noses are yellow from grazing and I guess they get the stuff in their nostrils. When you look at Sug’s muzzle it’s yellow too and she does a lot of snorting. Even Mr.P has been “ah-chooing” some, but for some reason it doesn’t seem to bother me.   I guess I’m a lucky pup not to be bothered by the springtime allergies. My folks haven’t been bothered much by the pollen either, but Mama sure hates that it keeps her vehicle looking dirty all the time and you know what a neat freak she is. Soon enough everything will get through blooming and we’ll get a good rain and all will be normal again, that is until the next season of things to be allergic to.

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2013 HLSR Brangus Show Results

DSC_0294_crpd72This year marked the 47th annual International Brangus Show in Houston, Texas. Jason Cleere, Associate Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Texas A&M University, judged 144 entries at the bull and female shows on March 1 and 2, 2013.

RCC Patriot 1252Y came out of the summer bull division before claiming the Grand Champion Bull title. The July 2011 son of Doguets Hercules 88S3 is owned and exhibited by Stephen Roop of Grapevine, Texas. Sunnybrook Farms of Jackson, Miss., exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Bull, SBR Coal Mine 129UZ, a March 2012 son of SBR Coal Train 222WR. In the red Brangus show, Trio Cattle and Genetics of Madisonville, Texas, swept the two top honors. Coming from the yearling bull division, Trio’s Yucatan 175Y took the Grand Champion Red Bull title. The bull is a January 2011 son of Trio’s Sequoia 112S. Trio’s RLN Zoltar 175Z2 came out of the junior bull calf division to claim Reserve Champion honors. Zoltar is a March 2012 son of Lazy 3 Statesman 100S.

In the Cow-Calf Show, Marvel Farms of High Springs, Fla., claimed the Champion Cow-Calf Pair honor with Marvel’s Sweetpea 7/10. The February 2010 cow is a daughter of Marvel’s Red Gator 2/6 and had a January 2013 bull calf at side, Marvel’s Red Pride 5/13.

In the female show, DDD Ms Barbara 804Y61 took top honors as Grand Champion female. Coming out of the senior heifer calf division, the November 2011 daughter out of Doguet’s Hercules 88S3, is owned by Doguet Diamond D Ranch of McCoy, Texas. DDD Ms Chariti 88Z10 came from the junior heifer calf division and took the Reserve Grand Champion title. The May 2012 heifer is a daughter of DDD Masterplan 1019W10 and was exhibited by Johnston Cattle Company of Waxahachie, Texas. Grand Champion Red Brangus Female honors went to Trio’s Yelena 175Y3 owned and exhibited by Trio Cattle and Genetics. Winning the summer heifer division, the May 2011 heifer is a daughter of CX Tanque 23/T. From the summer heifer calf division, Dos XX’s Stretch’s Jewel took the title of Reserve Grand Champion Red Brangus Female. Sired by Dos XX’s Chief’s Mr Stretch, the October 2011 heifer is owned by Dos XX’s Cattle Company of Washington, Texas.

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