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Registration Open for 2015 IBBA Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet

The IBBA is excited to host everyone in Houston for the Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet March 7, 2015, and encourages every member to come and participate. This year’s events will be back at the Holiday Inn at NRG Park (previously Reliant Park) to improve convenience in attending events both at the hotel and the barn where the international Brangus shows will be on March 6. The IBBA will have a booth at the barn to accommodate guests, network with members, and provide information on programs and services. Feel free to come by the booth during the week. We look forward to seeing you in Houston!

REGISTRATION

Early registration closes Feb. 2, 2015!
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 the registration form and return it to the IBBA office
OR
Register Online!

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Contact the IBBA office to make reservations: 210-696-8231 or by email.
Holiday Inn– NRG Park
8111 Kirby Dr, Houston, Texas 77054

The IBBA room block will close February 2, 2015, and credit cards will be charged at this time. No changes or refunds will be allowed after February 2.

$219+tax/night

*The room block is open all week from Monday, March 2, through Sunday, March 8. If reserving a room on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you must reserve the room for all three nights. (Ex: You cannot reserve a room just for Thursday night only)

SCHEDULE

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SPONSORSHIP

Members as well as organizations outside the breed will have the opportunity to provide sponsorships for this year’s events. Increase your brand’s exposure and be highlighted as a contributing partner.

Platinum Sponsor: $1,000 or more
Gold Sponsor: $500-$999
Silver Sponsor: $250-$499
Bronze: $100-$249

Event sponsorships are also available. If you are interested in sponsoring an event, please contact the IBBA office.

Events available for sponsorship:
Member Reception
Board of Directors Dinner
Membership Breakfast
Awards Banquet and Dinner

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IBBA Invites Everyone to 2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting_LogoThe IBBA is excited to host everyone in Houston for the Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet March 7, 2015, and encourages every member to come and participate. This year’s events will be back at the Holiday Inn at NRG Park (previously Reliant Park) to improve convenience in attending events both at the hotel and the barn where the international Brangus shows will be on March 6. The IBBA will have a booth at the barn to accommodate guests, network with members, and provide information on programs and services. Feel free to come by the booth during the week and visit the booth in the International Room as well. We look forward to seeing you in Houston!

SCHEDULE: More Details TBA

Friday, March 6:
8:00 a.m. International Brangus Bull Show, NRG Center Main Arena (East side)
1:00 p.m. International Brangus Female Show, NRG Center Main Arena (East side)
5:30 p.m. Ideal Video Customer Appreciation Sale, Crown Plaza Hotel Ballroom
Saturday, March 7:
8:00 a.m. IBBA Annual Membership Meeting, Holiday Inn
12:00 p.m. IBBA Annual Awards Banquet, Holiday Inn
3:00 p.m. Seventh Annual Brangus Global Roundup, TBA
7:30 p.m. Genetic Edge XX Sale, NRG Center – East Arena

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Contact the IBBA office to make reservations: 210-696-8231 or by email
Holiday Inn – NRG Park
8111 Kirby Dr, Houston, Texas 77054
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The IBBA room block will close February 2, 2015, and credit cards will be charged at this time. No changes or refunds will be allowed after February 2.
$219+tax/night
*If reserving a room on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you must reserve the room for all three nights.

SPONSORSHIPS

Members as well as individuals or organizations outside the breed will have the opportunity to provide sponsorships for the events conducted at this year’s annual meeting and awards banquet. If you wish to increase your brand’s exposure and be highlighted as a contributing partner, please take this as your invitation to participate. Your financial support will enable IBBA to lower registration costs and allow IBBA to host a better, more enjoyable event for all in attendance.

Contribution levels will be announced at a later time, but event sponsorship will be available as well.  Contact Brittni Drennan at the IBBA office to find out more.

IBBA Show Committee Seeks Opinions from Exhibitors and Spectators

In an effort to give more members a voice in the evaluation of IBBA national and regional shows as well as IBBA approved judges, the IBBA has created an IBBA show survey. The survey, available for download and online at gobrangus.com/member, allows exhibitors and spectators to give their opinions on any recent IBBA national or regional Brangus show. The survey should be submitted within 30 days of the show in order for the show committee to accurately take all opinions into consideration. All completed surveys should be returned to IBBA Director of Shows Tyler Dean at the information listed at the bottom of the survey. Questions should also be directed to Tyler at (405) 867-1421 or by email.

Click on the image to open the survey, and download it to your computer. Once the survey is completed, follow the submit instructions.

Show Committee Survey

Texas 4-H/FFA Heifer Validation Program

The state of Texas is implementing a statewide electronic verification process in addition to requiring the physical validation of breeding beef heifers.  Because of numerous breed divisions offered, there are inconsistencies in how breed associations record purchase and transfer information. Heifer Validation is being initiated to ensure a level playing field for all junior breeding beef heifer exhibitors and to present a unified approach to verifying breeding beef heifer registration papers, ownership and physical possession. Further, history has proven collecting DNA hair samples during validation has added integrity to market animal divisions.

The verification process along with the added physical validation component will allow for certifying exhibitor ownership, possession, heifer identification (tattoo/brand) far in advance of each respective major livestock show. Full and part-time personnel will be required to effectively review and validate all submitted heifer registration papers and to enforce rules during the participating major livestock shows. A $10 fee will be required for each heifer validated for 2015 spring and fall shows.

For more information, download the official announcement.

Southeast Field Day Generates Big Response

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS–The Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) hosted its annual field day at the Draggin’ M Ranch in El Dorado, Ark., August 22-23, 2014. With more than 225 producers in attendance, the event was fun and informative for all who participated and demonstrated a growing interest in expansion opportunities.

The event kicked off Friday, August 22, with a social and steak dinner in which Evon Crooks, President of the SBBA, and John Milam, host and owner of Draggin’ M Ranch, addressed the crowd. A dance and private concert from the Ray Johnston Band provided fun entertainment for guests that evening.

Saturday’s schedule began with a preview of a few well-known herd sires, including Guardian, Landau, Onstar and Coronado just to name a few, and their progeny from several different breeding programs. Following the display of these great genetics, Dr. Noah T. Cosby, representing Purina, talked to field day participants about the importance of a nutrition plan and products available to improve herd condition and health. Dr. Andrew McPeake of VitaFerm spoke about the added value that can be gained from balanced nutrition programs.

“Nutrition is one of the big issues that is always on the breeder’s mind,” Crooks said. “How can they get more pounds for the same amount of feed…because that is what it’s all about.”

Lorna Marshall and Justin Hergenreder, representatives of Genex, gave a presentation about the benefits and trends of artificial insemination and the value of data reporting.

Dr. Tommy Perkins, Executive Vice President of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA), addressed the group regarding the positive outlook for the Brangus breed as the industry begins to rebuild the cow herd and answered questions about DNA testing procedures.

“The Field Day was very organized, extremely educational and well attended,” said Perkins. “Having several mature herd sires and their progeny on display was just ‘icing on the cake’ for an already outstanding event”.

Later that afternoon participants directed questions and topics to a panel of producers representing both the commercial and seedstock sectors. Jason Bates, IBBA’s Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing, moderated the panel consisting of Lorna Marshall of Burlington, Colo.; Mike Vorel of Luther, Okla.; Zak O’Brien of South Coffeeville, Okla.; Chad Parish of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; and Chris Heptinstall of Fairmount, Ga.

Video highlights and coverage will be available at GoBrangus.com. Sponsors of the SBBA field day were the city of El Dorado, Stockman’s Supply, VitaFerm, Purina and First Financial Bank.

The IBBA, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, strives to provide the commercial cattle industry, domestically and internationally, with the best genetics possible. It was founded as the American Brangus Breeders in 1949 and has since evolved into the IBBA. The purpose of the IBBA is to enable members to serve the commercial cattle industry. For more information, visit GoBrangus.com.

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2014 World Brangus Congress – Mexico

Make your reservations today, and join us November 10-14, at the 2014 World Brangus Congress in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico!

Registration
Registration Fee – $650.00
Your registration includes:

  • Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel and back to the Airport
  • Conference Keynote Address
  • Entry into the Xmatkuil fairgrounds and Brangus judging
  • Tickets to the archeological sites and the great Museum of the Mayan World
  • Welcome Cocktails
  • Lunch at Rancho Santa Fe
  • Food at the Hotel Fiesta Americana
  • Xmatkuil Fair Meals
  • Meal in Mayaland
  • The 2014 World Brangus Congress Closing Dinner
  • Transportation to events during the Congress program

Downloads
Schedule
Reservations

Visit www.branguscongress.mx/en for more information.

Details about the 2014 World Brangus Congress

Source: International Red Brangus Breeders Association