Brangus Board Approves Genetic Disorder Testing Policy

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The discussion of genetic defects has been ongoing in the Angus breed and others for the past five years or more. Most recently, Brangus and other breeds have joined in on this debate with the discovery of the genetic disorder called developmental duplication (DD).

It is important to note that DD testing, to date, has rendered a very low occurrence of the condition in our Brangus population. Ultimately, members will be able to manage this condition and others with a sound DNA testing policy and a well thought out breeding program. Therefore, the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors has adopted a new genetic disorder testing policy to aid breeders and members in this process. The policy is summarized below:

1. The Executive Vice-President will contact Zoetis and at least one other genomic company to form an agreement for genetic testing of all genetic conditions that could impact Brangus cattle. The agreement will:

  • Allow IBBA members to order test kits (blood cards, hair cards, purple top tubes, tissue cards, etc. and all paper work) directly from the genomic companies’ websites (and linked from the IBBA website).
  • Allow for direct shipment of DNA samples from individual IBBA members to the genomics company.
  • Allow all test results to be sent from the genomics company directly to the IBBA office and copied to the member submitting the samples for testing.
  • Require the genomics company to send all results on a timely basis to IBBA staff for daily entry into the database.
  • Require the notation of current genetic condition status in the IBBA system as is currently done with known Angus issues in the pedigrees in our database.

2. The IBBA staff will perform a query of the database to determine pedigrees with potential genetic condition carrier animals linked to known Angus and Brangus carrier animals for Developmental Duplication (DD), Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM), Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH), Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA), Osteopetrosis (OS), and other known genetic conditions with available DNA tests.

3. The top 50 to 100 Brangus, Red Brangus, Ultrablack and/or Ultrared candidate sires and/or dams for the above mentioned genetic conditions will be identified and tested for such conditions. Owners of the selected animal(s) will pay for the genetic testing of their animal(s). If a candidate animal is owned by a non-IBBA member, IBBA will pay for the test(s).

4. All DNA tested animals and potential carrier animals will have notation included in the IBBA database using the following protocol:

  • The phrase “potential carrier” will refer to a genetic defect mutation (DD, AM, NH, CA and OS) and is used to refer to animals that are deemed impacted animals due to confirmed carriers of such genetic defects in their pedigree.
  • All recorded animals with impacted genetics shall remain recorded (registered, certified, appendix, Ultrablack, Ultrared, etc).
  • All progeny of identified carrier animals can be recorded without submitting to DNA testing if they do not become an AI sire or donor dam.
  • All animals used as an AI sire or donor dam that have been identified as a potential carrier (impacted genetics) for any defect will be required to be tested for such defect.
  • All animals with impacted animal pedigrees will have the below notation on each recording certificate, listed on individual animal detail page on IBBA website, and be required to have same notation in any sale catalog, printed material, electronic information, etc. where animal has name, number, pedigree, part of pedigree, picture, etc.

This animal has one or more ancestors genetically tested and identified to carry the genetic condition Developmental Duplication (DD) (or fill in the blank for other genetic conditions).

  • Once an animal with impacted genetics is tested for DD, AM, NH, CA or OS, the above mentioned notation will be deleted from the recording certificates, animal detail page on IBBA website, any and all other areas of former notation, and replaced as follows depending upon tested status:

Genetic Condition Status Designation Codes. 

DDPC, AMPC, NHPC, CAPC & OSPC Animal that hasn’t been tested for the genetic condition but has known carriers in pedigree
DDF, AMF, NHF, CAF & OSF Animal tested FREE of the genetic condition
DDC, AMC, NHC, CAC & OSC Animal tested as a CARRIER (one copy of the defective allele)
DDA, AMA, NHA, CAA & OSA animal tested as AFFECTED and carrying two copies of the defective allele

 

  • Any animal that will be used as an AI sire or donor dam with known impacted genetics will require testing and then identified with above notation regardless of tested and known free pedigrees.
  • Any animal that has been previously tested of other known genetic conditions will have those notations listed beside animals recorded name/registration number.
  • Any animal tested as a carrier animal or affected animal can be retested at a second lab to confirm first test results.

5.  The above mentioned policies go into effect for IBBA membership beginning February 1, 2014. In the meantime IBBA urges all public sales to initiate testing policies so that potential buyers and new members can be made aware of impacted genetics in the sale offerings.

6.  An effort to educate and inform the membership on various genetic conditions will be initiated and incorporated in the Brangus Journal and IBBA website.

 

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2014 Elected Board of Directors Announced

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Members of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) recently elected four new members to serve a three-year term on the IBBA Board of Directors. The directors will be officially inducted at the IBBA annual business meeting March 6, 2014, in Houston, Texas.

The new elected directors are as follows. Click on the directors’ names to read their full biographies.

Area 2 – Bill Davis

Bill and Gail Davis own and operate Chimney Rock Cattle Co. in Concord, Ark. Having never owned any brand of cattle other than Brangus, Bill feels he is very familiar with both the purebred and commercial aspects of the breed. The cattle industry is in the middle of record setting times, and no other breed has more potential for growth than Brangus.

 

Area 3 – Cody Gariss

As a third generation cattleman, Cody Gariss co-owns and operates his family’s diversified cattle operation in Lamar, Mo. The Gariss Ranch consists of approximately 50 registered Brangus cows, more than 400 commercial Brangus females, and, in addition, markets nearly 1,000 yearlings annually.

 

Area 7 – Mike Kammerer

Mike Kammerer, along with his wife Judy, own and operate Red Bird Meadows in Montgomery County, Texas. Mike has a passion for the cattle industry that stems from his involvement as a young man with one of the largest registered Angus and quarter horse ranches in Colorado. He spent all of his spare time at the ranch learning as much as he could about the operation while cultivating a dream of one day owning his own cattle ranch.

 

Area 11 – Eddy Roberts

Edward (Eddy) Roberts’ family has deep roots in the Suwannee River Valley located in northern Florida. He was born and raised on the farm where his great grandfather settled in the early 1860s only three miles from where Roberts currently resides. Roberts’ father, Walter, bought and took over the farm in 1945, and the farm became a family operated business in 1972. W.E.T. Farms was established, representing each stakeholder in its name, Walter, Eddy and Ted. Roberts is now the sole survivor and operator of the farm.

Brangus Association Hires Bates on Staff

Jason Bates, Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing

Jason Bates, Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing

SAN ANTONIO, TX [Jan. 3, 2014]– Jason Bates recently joined the staff at the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. As the Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing, Bates will assist in member relations, bridging the gap between the association and its members while increasing the Brangus breed’s exposure in the commercial marketplace.

“I’m really excited to be working with the Brangus association because they’re doing everything right as far as collecting performance data, adopting the latest technologies, and positioning themselves to excel in the commercial cattle industry,” Bates said. “In today’s market and cow numbers where they are, I believe Brangus is producing the right product to help rebuild the nation’s cowherd.”

A native of Java Center, N.Y., Bates was very active in the show circuit showing numerous breeds of cattle, and his parents bred Thoroughbred horses and were involved in the horse racing industry. Bates received his education from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he studied Agriculture Education and Animal Science. He also received his certificate in Auctioneering from the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa.

Bates started out his career working for several custom fitting outfits all over the country and managed a show barn facility in southwestern Missouri. He was also a sale manager and has extensive knowledge and experience marketing cattle, and he understands both ends of the marketing spectrum. Bates also has prior experience with a breed association.

“Jason brings a wealth of practical experience to his position, and I am anxious to see his videography, photography and marketing talents be showcased in future IBBA marketing and communication programs,” said Dr. Tommy Perkins, IBBA’s Executive Vice President. “He has worked in all facets of the purebred industry and understands the importance of data collection using technologies such as ultrasound, feed efficiency and genomics. He is also committed to implementing the genetic gains required by the commercial industry.”

For more information about the IBBA, visit www.GoBrangus.com. View Bates’ contact information on the contacts page.

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