Texas Producer Receives Honorable Harry Holt Award

SAN ANTONIO, TX- Tommy Milliorn of Abilene, Texas, was awarded the 2014 Harry Holt “Good Neighbor” Award by the West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC) for his support of the Abilene community and the Rehab’s slogan, neighbor helping neighbor.

“I was surprised but very honored to receive this award,” said Milliorn. “I thank all the committee members and board members for selecting me.”

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Recipient Tommy Milliorn (right) receives the Harry Holt “Good Neighbor” award from WTRC President Woody Gilliland. Photo by: Dan Huggins, WTRC

The annual award was presented to Milliorn at the Round-Up for Rehab Kickoff Dinner September 14, 2014, and is named after longtime agriculture broadcaster Harry Holt. The award recognizes a person involved in the agriculture industry who has provided support to the WTRC’s mission, encouraged others to get involved in a good cause, and led by positive example. Milliorn has served on the Board of Directors for the WTRC and given back to help his community.

“The Rehab feels Tommy Milliorn meets all the award criteria and is a deserving recipient of this year’s award,” said Dan Huggins, WTRC’s Director of Donor Relations.

Milliorn grew up just 15 miles east of Abilene in Eula where he operated a commercial cattle operation until the early ‘80s when he joined the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) and started running registered Brangus cattle. He then joined the West Texas Brangus Breeders Association and has served as the association’s sale chairman for approximately 15 years. In 1965, Milliorn moved to Abilene and started a real estate business. He has owned and operated Tommy Milliorn Realtors for 50 years and served as president of the Abilene Board of Realtors. Milliorn and his wife of 10 years, Ruth Ann, together own and manage Big Elm Cattle Company.

The WTRC is a non-profit organization started in the 1953 that provides outpatient care and physical rehabilitation to more than 500 patients daily. The IBBA strives to highlight the success and achievements of its members both in and outside the industry. To learn more about the IBBA and Brangus cattle, visit www.GoBrangus.com.

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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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