Cost Share Funding Program to Promote U.S. Livestock Exports

U.S. Livestock Genetics Export (USLGE) has received funds which will be available to private breeders, companies, or cooperatives interested in promoting livestock, semen, or embryo sales in international markets through December 31, 2014. These funds are available through the Market Access Program (MAP) of the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

USLGE sponsors and administers the branded program with the goal of helping the U.S. Livestock Industry increase the international demand for U.S. livestock and genetics.

MAP funding is used to supplement but not supplant private funds that would be used for promotional activities.

The MAP branded program provides for partial reimbursement (up to 50 percent) of approved activities such as international advertising, the development, translation and distribution of promotional materials, and participation in foreign trade shows and exhibitions. Funds cannot be used for travel or personnel reimbursement. An administrative fee is charged to participate in the program.

The allocation of these funds will be made to eligible participants on a fair and equitable basis as set by FAS and consistent with the goals and objectives of the MAP program as outlined by Congress. Funding criteria is based upon available funding, anticipated economic impact and the completeness of the application.

Applications will be considered throughout the year pending availability of funding.

Interested parties should request a FY09 MAP Branded Application and Program Guidelines booklet from U.S. Livestock Genetics Export, Inc., 413 N. Broadway, Suite C, Salem, IL  62881, Phone: 618-548-9154, Fax: 618-548-9709, email: uslge@uslge.org.

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Genetic Conditions Update- DD

IBBA Executive Vice President Dr. Tommy Perkins discusses the genetic condition Developmental Duplication, referred to as “DD”, and the impact the defect has on the Brangus breed as well as the beef cattle industry. Perkins also provides IBBA’s response to handling the defect. Visit http://www.GoBrangus.com for more information.

IBBA Hosts Sixth Annual Global Roundup Event

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) hosted the Sixth Annual Brangus Global Roundup Thursday, March 6, 2014, during its annual convention in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Global Roundup was an educational event that brought domestic producers together with international guests. Dr. Flavio Riberio, a native of Uberaba, Brazil, and currently a research scientist at Prairie View A&M University, served as the master of ceremonies.

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Dr. Shields uses a live Brangus heifer in his demonstration.

Dr. Tommy Shields, assistant professor at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., discussed live animal evaluation and the importance of evaluating an animal’s confirmation for structural soundness. He demonstrated on a live Brangus heifer in the ballroom by drawing chalk lines indicating key angles and points that are essential in maintaining an animal’s soundness and longevity. He also discussed genetic correlations in cattle and the difficulties trying to breed out confirmation problems if a producer has single-trait selected for other highly heritable traits within their herd.

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Leslie Frenzel cuts up a rib roll in her carcass evaluation demonstration.

Leslie Frenzel, doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, gave a valuable, in-depth demonstration on evaluating cattle from a carcass standpoint. She explained the differences and procedures used by USDA inspectors to determine quality and yield grade in cattle and how to optimize carcass value. She then gave a live demonstration in deboning and processing a rib roll to an engaged crowd of participants. She processed the whole rib roll and explained the economic differences and compared the values of all the tissue it contained.

A delegation from Mexico was also present to promote and extend invitations to the 2014 World Brangus Congress in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, November 10-14.

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Delegates from Mexico promote the World Brangus Congress in Merida, Yucatan.

Concluding this year’s event was a bilingual video presentation showcasing multiple herd sires and donor dams presented by the Global Roundup sponsors:

101 Ranch
American Marketing Services
Cavender Ranches, LLC
Chimney Rock Cattle Co.
Cox Excalibur Brangus
Cross F Cattle
Diamond K Ranch
Double W Ranch
Draggin’ M Ranch
Geneseek
Genesis Ranch
GeneTrust
Ideal Video Productions
Indian Hills Brangus
Johnston Farms
Mix 30
The Oaks Farm
Salacoa Valley Farms
Schmidt Farms
Suhn Cattle Co.
Westall Ranches, LLC
World Brangus Congress 2014

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IBBA Concludes Successful Convention

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) welcomed members and show exhibitors to its annual convention in Houston March 4-8, 2014, in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Dr. Milt Thomas discusses genomic indicators to IBBA members.

Dr. Milt Thomas discusses genomic indicators to IBBA members.

To kick off the events, a welcome reception was hosted in the show barn Tuesday evening to engage with members in attendance. The next morning, several committees met to discuss developing plans for advancement and IBBA staff members provided informative presentations to the group. Jason Bates, Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing, provided his thoughts about how to market and promote Brangus to the commercial sector and positively positioning Brangus in the beef cattle industry. Emilio Silvas, IBBA Product Manager, discussed Total Herd Reporting (THR), Genetic Performance Solutions (GPS), Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), and gave an update of other relevant topics to the membership.

Later that afternoon during the Board of Directors meeting, a new slate of officers were elected to the Executive Committee. New officers for 2014-2015 are President Traci Middleton, First Vice President Mike Vorel, Second Vice President Danny Farris, and Secretary/Treasurer Brandon Belt.

On Thursday following the membership breakfast, IBBA’s Executive Vice President Dr. Tommy Perkins addressed the membership and presented his vision and his goals for his role in unifying the association and advancing the breed. Following in the IBBA business meeting, the outgoing president, Ron Flake, gave his year in review and the outgoing directors were recognized. The new elected directors introduced and seated at the table along with the other board members. Cody Gariss of Lamar, Mo., was elected to a second term, and the new directors include Mike Kammerer of Montgomery, Texas; Eddy Roberts of O’Brien, Fla.; and Bill Davis of Concord, Ark.

IBBA Board of Directors meeting

IBBA Board of Directors meeting

The Sixth Annual Global Roundup hosted Thursday afternoon brought together domestic producers, international guests, and industry professionals. Dr. Tommy Shields, McNeese University, gave a presentation on live animal evaluation, and Leslie Frenzel, Texas A&M University, gave a demonstration on consumer product evaluation. Delegates from Mexico were also present to promote and extend invitations to the 2014 World Brangus Congress. The Ideal Video Productions Customer Appreciation Sale immediately followed.

Dr. Tommy Shields uses a Brangus heifer in his live animal evaluation demonstration

Dr. Tommy Shields uses a Brangus heifer in his live animal evaluation demonstration

Leslie Frenzel gave a live demonstration in deboning and processing a rib roll to an engaged crowd of producers..

Leslie Frenzel gave a live demonstration in deboning and processing a rib roll to an engaged crowd of producers..

The IBBA recognized five award recipients at the banquet Friday evening March 7 to showcase the achievements and contributions these breeders have made to the Brangus breed and the beef cattle industry. Congratulations to all the award recipients.

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San Antonio All Breeds Sale Proves Strong Demand for Brangus

SAN ANTONIO, TX [March 3, 2014] – The 23rd Annual San Antonio All Breed Bull and Commercial Female Sale set a new record in terms of dollars generated. Hosted February 11-12, 2014, in conjunction with the San Antonio Livestock Show & Rodeo, the event saw 550 head of cattle where 72 bulls and 478 females sold for a gross of $1,688,800.

The 72 bulls representing 10 breeds brought a gross of $370,900 for an average of $5,151 while the 478 head of females sold for a total of $1,317,900 for an average of $2,757.

JLS International's High Grading Bull tops the San Antonio All Breeds Sale. Williams Ranch, Flooresville, Texas, bought the high selling bull for $20,000.

JLS International’s High Grading Bull tops the San Antonio All Breeds Sale. Williams Ranch, Flooresville, Texas, bought the high selling bull for $20,000.

In the annual bull sale, 12 Brangus averaged $7,571, topping averages for Angus, Brahman, Charolais, Gelbvieh/Balancer, Horned Hereford, Polled Hereford, Lim-Flex and Simbrah. Topping the 60 bull offerings was a Brangus bull consigned by JLS International of Devine, Texas, which sold to Williams Ranch of Floresville, Texas, for $20,000. The second high selling bull was a Charolais bull consigned by Sturgess Double S Cattle, LaRue, Texas, which sold to Rocking T Cattle Co, Raymondville, Texas for $9,750.

Of the Brangus females, 35 open heifers averaged $2,464, 40 bred heifers averaged $3,050, and 59 pairs averaged $2,877. Five pair from Jasik Hay Farm, Pleasanton, Texas, sold to Eric Larson, San Antonio, Texas, for $3,400; five pair also from Jasik Hay Farm sold to Ken Seeker, Brenham, Texas, for $3,400. Five breds from Schoenig Land & Cattle, Honey Grove, Texas, sold to Eric Larson, for $4,200. Five opens from Bell Cattle Co., Gainesville, Texas, sold to Carl W Homeyer, Haskell, Texas, for $3,000; and five opens from Indian Hills Ranch, Cranfill Gap, Texas, sold to Kevin Pawelek, LaVernia, Texas, for $3,000.

First Place Brangus Bred Heifers were consigned by MK Ranch of Era, Texas

First Place Brangus Bred Heifers were consigned by MK Ranch of Era, Texas

The Reserve Grand Campion Pen of Females and First Place Brangus & Brangus Cross Pairs were exhibited by Jasik Hay Farms, Pleasanton, Texas

The Reserve Grand Campion Pen of Females and First Place Brangus & Brangus Cross Pairs were exhibited by Jasik Hay Farms, Pleasanton, Texas

First Place Brangus Open Heifers were consigned by Bell Cattle Co. of Gainesville, Texas

First Place Brangus Open Heifers were consigned by Bell Cattle Co. of Gainesville, Texas

Volume buyers of the sale included Eric Larson, Larson 5L Cattle Co., San Antonio, Texas; Corazon Cattle Company, Alameda, N.M.; Leo Hermes, Yoakum, Texas; Ken Seeker, Brenham, Texas; and Billy Polasek, Shiner, Texas.

The sale was managed by Southern Livestock Publishing, Inc., in San Antonio, Texas, and Anthony Mihalski from San Antonio, Texas, who also served as the sale’s auctioneer.

Photos: Southern Livestock Standard, http://www.southernlivestock.com/.

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