Brangus Association Awards Cattlemen

Five of the most elite cattle producers and Brangus breeders were honored by the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) for their outstanding achievements and their contributions to the Brangus breed as well as the beef cattle industry.

Joe Fuller, Connie Morrow, Martha Morrow, Carly Morrow, and Dr. Tommy Perkins

Joe Fuller, Connie Morrow, Martha Morrow, Carly Morrow, and Dr. Tommy Perkins

The Pioneer Award recognizes an IBBA member, past or present, for his/her service, loyalty and contributions to the Brangus breed. Jerry Morrow served as IBBA’s Executive Vice President from 1980 to 1988 and had an influential role in the association. Several advancements were initiated under his leadership including the first National Junior Brangus Show, first National Brangus Sire Evaluation, first Brangus bull sale at the National Western Livestock Show in Denver, and the first of any breed to have ultrasound enhanced carcass expected progeny difference (EPDs).

Trey Kirkpatrick, David Vaughan, Susan Vaughan, and Dr. Tommy Perkins

Trey Kirkpatrick, David Vaughan, Susan Vaughan, and Dr. Tommy Perkins

David Vaughan also received the Pioneer Award for his influence both domestically and internationally. Vaughan was the owner of Salacoa Valley Farms in Fairmount, Ga., which sold to the Seminole Tribe of Florida. He served the IBBA in several capacities including a term as president in 2007-2008, and he was awarded the Brangus Breeder of the Year award in 2005 for his progressive ideas and successful operation.

Steve Densmore, Dr. Robert Vineyard, and Traci Middleton

Steve Densmore, Dr. Robert Vineyard, and Traci Middleton

Steve Densmore of Bryan, Texas, was one of two recipients of the Breeder of the Year Award. The substantial amount of carcass data the IBBA has received on fed Brangus steers is, in part, due to Densmore’s dedication to the Brangus breed. He has a passionate devotion to the Junior Brangus Association and was the recipient of the Georganne Myers Award in 2011 for his support of the Junior program. Densmore also served on the IBBA Board of Directors from 1997 until 2003 and was elected President in 2002. He was elected to another three-year term from 2010 to 2013, which collectively totals 10 years on the IBBA board.

Tracy Holbert, Penny Coggins, Mike Coggins, and Traci Middleton

Tracy Holbert, Penny Coggins, Mike Coggins, and Traci Middleton

Mike Coggins was another recipient of the Breeder of the Year Award for his progressive ideas and outstanding seedstock operation. Coggins is a truly progressive breeder who produces some of the best genetics with the latest technologies available. Coggins owns Blackwater Cattle Company in Lake Park, Ga., where he oversees a purebred Brangus cattle business along with a diversified agriculture operation. He is very knowledgeable about all sectors of the industry and understands the needs of commercial cattlemen, seedstock producers and consumers alike.

The Commercial Producer of the Year award was presented to Russell Trefney of Weimar, Texas, in recognition of his achievements and success of incorporating Brangus genetics in his commercial cattle operation. A fifth generation cattleman, Trefny found Brangus to be the best breed for his crossbreeding operation in Central Texas in order to maintain a consistent product that resulted in higher quality carcass grades at the harvesting stage, making it more profitable for him to retain ownership through the feedlot.

Don Cox, Jessye Trefny, Michaelanne Trefny, Russell Trefny, Traci Middleton, and Dr. Tommy Perkins,

Don Cox, Jessye Trefny, Michaelanne Trefny, Russell Trefny, Traci Middleton, and Dr. Tommy Perkins

Award recipients were presented their awards Friday, March 7, 2014, by the IBBA in Houston, Texas, at the IBBA annual convention. Award recipients are nominated and selected by the IBBA Awards Committee. Please visit http://www.gobrangus.com for more information.

 

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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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2014 IBBA Annual Convention & Global Brangus Roundup

2014 Convention Logo_BLOGRegistration is now open for the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Annual Convention and Global Brangus Roundup in Houston, Texas. The 2014 Convention will be hosted March 4-7, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 8686 Kirby Drive. This year’s convention promises new and exciting updates with the introduction of new leadership and staff members as well as educational information for convention attendees.

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Scan the QR Code with your smart phone to submit the form online!

REGISTRATION: Download the form here.
Convention registration is due before February 14, and late registrations are accepted until March 3.

SCHEDULE: Download the convention schedule here.

ROOM BLOCK: Open until February 10.
Call 1-877-270-1393 to make reservations at the Crowne Plaza under the IBBA room block, and use code IBB.

Sixth Annual Global Brangus Roundup

Global Roundup logo_72Everyone is invited to join us at the Sixth Annual Global Brangus Roundup Thursday, March 6, in the Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza. This event will feature presentations from U.S. experts on Brangus body composition and Brangus consumer products, as well as a trade show with many of our Brangus breeders who will feature their best herd sires and donor cows by video. Don’t miss this fun and informative event!

If you would like to participate and have a booth at this event, download the participant form and return it to Lindsey Matli before February 7. Please adhere to all deadlines.

REGISTER TO PARTICIPATE: Download participation form here.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Download the Roundup schedule here.

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Get in Front of Cattlemen at NCBA

Partner with IBBA and come face-to-face with other cattlemen at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Annual Convention and Trade Show February 4-7, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The oldest and largest convention for the cattle business, the NCBA trade show provides a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together. Do not be the one missing out! Join us in Nashville to help promote Brangus.

Download the flyer for package options and more information. Commitments must be made by Friday, December 13. Email Lindsey Matli or call her at 210-696-8231 today to reserve your spot in the GoBrangus booth!

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IBBA Recognizes Industry Leaders at Annual Convention

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) welcomed IBBA members, convention participants, and more than 200 international guests to Houston February 27 – March 2, 2013, for the IBBA Annual Convention hosted in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

During the convention banquet Friday, March 1, the IBBA recognized three influential industry members for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Brangus breed.

Dr. Vineyard receives the Pioneer Award from John McKnight

John McKnight (left) presents Dr. Robert Vineyard with the Pioneer Award

The Pioneer Award recognizes an IBBA member, past or present, for his/her service, loyalty and contributions to the Brangus breed. Robert S. Vineyard, D.D.S., owner of Vineyard Cattle Company (VCC) in Wharton, Texas, was the recipient of this year’s award in recognition for more than 40 years of leadership and devotion to the breed, which still continues today. Vineyard was among the first breeders to utilize technologies such as embryo transfer, ultrasound, Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs), and his Breeding Up to Brangus program has allowed VCC to introduce productive new genetics. He has served the IBBA in numerous capacities and was a past recipient of the Breeder of the Year award in 1989.

Bill Morrison receives the Breeder of the Year award from Larry Parker and other Brangus friends

Bill Morrison (second from right) receives the Breeder of the Year award from Larry Parker and other Brangus friends

Bill Morrison of Clovis, N.M., was the recipient of the 2013 Breeder of the Year award. Morrison has been in the Brangus business for 32 years and has been a partner with Joe Paul and Rosie Lack for the past 21 years who together own and manage Lack-Morrison Brangus. Morrison was born in Silver City, N.M., and grew up on his family’s diary operation in Hanover, N.M. He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural education from New Mexico State University and has taught high school agriculture and been an FFA advisor for 35 years and retired six years ago. Currently, the Lack-Morrison Brangus operation includes 100 registered cows and markets 25 to 30 bulls annually.

Joy Reznicek presents Wes Williamson with the Commercial Producer of the Year award

Joy Reznicek presents Wes Williamson with the Commercial Producer of the Year award

The 2013 Commercial Cattleman of the Year award was given to Frank Wesley “Wes” Williamson, III, a third generation cattleman from Florida. Williamson Cattle Company, where Williamson is president, is a 60-year-old family owned and operated diverse agriculture operation managing approximately 10,000 head of cattle on 75,000 acres on the ranch headquarters in Okeechobee, Fla., as well as on ranches in Alabama and Texas. Their beef cattle business is complemented by citrus operations in Florida and catfish production in Alabama. Williamson has received state and national recognition for his environmental stewardship, leadership abilities and service to the industry.

“I think we found three very deserving recipients for these awards,” said Larry Parker, Chairman of the Awards Committee. “We are pleased to be able to recognize them and their accomplishments.”

Award recipients are nominated and selected by the IBBA Awards Committee and recognized annually at the IBBA Convention. See highlights in photos on the GoBrangus Facebook page. Please visit www.gobrangus.com for more information.

The Showman

This year will mark the 47th consecutive year of the International Brangus Show in Houston, Texas, where showman, cattlemen, producers and cattle enthusiasts from all over the world will gather to marvel at the best show cattle in the breed. Almost 50 years of tradition and fellowship follow the Brangus activities in Houston. This feature highlights a great showman and Brangus producer and was initially published in the January 2013 issue of the Brangus Journal.

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Myron Saathoff enters the show ring grasping a lead rope in one hand and a show stick in the other trailing a line of perfectly fitted Brangus heifers. At the other end of the halter, Pearl glides alongside Saathoff following his directions. After getting set, Saathoff anxiously awaits the judge’s selection, knowing his heifer is bound to receive the prized purple banner.

Saathoff has stepped foot into many show rings over the last 40 years and is no stranger to the winner’s circle. He initially began showing heifers and steers in high school through FFA while growing up in Hondo, Texas. Now after two back surgeries, one hip replacement, and countless ribbons and awards won, Saathoff is unsure of how many more times he will be able to return to the show ring.

The earlier account was one of the most memorable moments of Saathoff’s show career. Pearl was the offspring of a champion that Saathoff bred and raised at JLS, Pearl’s dam, Tally, was awarded Show Heifer of the Year in 2003-2004, winning three of four major shows that year. Pearl was named International Champion and Show Heifer of the Year in 2009. The very next year, Tally had another daughter, Kelly, who was also an International Champion.

“I like being able to work with show cattle and demonstrate what you’re breeding and what you’re producing,” Saathoff explained. “It’s a way to advertise and showcase your operation to the public and showcase your best cattle.”

Myron Saathoff3_1.2013 BJ_72dpiUpon graduating from high school, Saathoff attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas, on a baseball and football scholarship and finished at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He then began working at the local auction barn where his father worked before transitioning to the ranch management sector. He first worked for Larry Blackman of B2B Farms at 20 years old. He got involved in showing again this time in open shows. It was at B2B farms that Saathoff used Big Sir 75/6 and Justana 40/8 as clean up bulls, two of the Brangus foundation sires of today. Big Sir was the grand sire of Titan, who was the sire of Transformer, Big Sir also sired General, one of the maternal foundation sires of the breed. Justana was the foundation sire of Robert Vineyard’s 100 family. Both of these bulls can be found somewhere in most pedigrees popular today.

After working for B2B Farms, Saathoff managed several other operations including Escoba, T Diamond, Star J Ranch, and Star Creek Ranch owned by Curly Taylor where all the Brinks 392 progeny was developed. Saathoff tried his hand in sale management and consulting before settling in at JLS International owned by Jeff Smtih located near Devine, Texas. Now almost 13 years later, Smith and Saathoff together have more than 70 years of experience in the Brangus seedstock business.

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Past President Spotlight: Dale Kirkham

Dale KirkhamPresident 2009-2010

Dale Kirkham
President 2009-2010

It was not until 1989 this past president first started registering Brangus cattle and became a member of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA). But once he had the opportunity, Dale Kirkham, who served as the 2009-2010 IBBA President, was eager to learn more about the breed and quickly became involved in the industry.

A Kansas native growing up on a diversified crop and livestock farm, Kirkham had little exposure to purebred cattle during his childhood. He worked in a sale barn and helped the neighbors with their cattle during his college days. However, it was not until 1984 that Kirkham gained familiarity with Brangus cattle.

Kirkham attended college at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kans., and after obtaining graduate degrees at the University of Wyoming and University of Missouri, he taught at small colleges in Indiana and southwest Missouri. After six years of teaching, Kirkham made a big decision to change careers and moved back to Kansas to begin working for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). After working at three other locations, he moved to Eureka in 1983.  A year later, an operation called Brinks Brangus started leasing the ranch where Kirkham was living at the time. With the help of other Brangus breeders, Kirkham launched his own Brangus operation.

“I wanted to get into the cattle business, and I bought my first cows in 1985 at a sale in Manhattan with the intention of running a commercial operation,” Kirkham said. “Fellow Brangus breeders Ray Thompson and Ken Hughes encouraged me to get started with Brangus and helped me implement AI techniques.”

Beginning in 1990, Vern Suhn, former manager of Brinks Brangus, assisted Kirkham with genetic breeding decisions and offered advice on purchasing cattle. Kirkham said he used AI techniques and heifer synchronization to manage his small herd and implemented intensive grazing management practices.

“It’s important to maintain cattle on forages that are already available instead of relying on supplemental feeds and feedstuffs,” Kirkham said. “There are too many cattle that are pampered and can’t hold their own when they go out to the commercial man.”

After Kirkham started his own operation, he joined his dad and brother in stocker and feeder cattle operations for several years from 1985 to the early 2000’s. He said this gave him a different perspective on other segments of the beef industry, allowing him to better understand his customers’ needs. In order to gain more knowledge about the breed, Kirkham said everyone should have diverse experiences and seek out opportunities beyond their own surroundings. Kirkham suggests visiting with other breeders about what they are doing on their operations to gain inspiration, new ideas, and more insight of the beef industry.

The IBBA hosts the largest gathering of Brangus producers and IBBA members in February at the Annual Convention and Global Brangus Roundup, in which Kirkham is a frequent participant. Kirkham said the convention provides breeders the opportunity to have an active role in the association and allows for better communication among members.

“Convention gives you a perspective of how the association operates,” Kirkham said. “I never walked away without gaining more enthusiasm about what I was doing on my own operation. Everybody out there, breeders both large and small, has different ideas, and you never know what idea will be the one that moves the breed and association forward.”

Kirkham said the biggest thing he learned from serving on the Board of Directors was the versatility of the IBBA membership because members came from all over the country with different needs and desires. He advises leaders to look at the big picture and see how decisions affect everyone.

“What the guy from Georgia wants is different from what the guy from Kansas wants,” Kirkham said. “It’s a challenge to make sure everybody is communicating and keeping everyone informed about what’s going on. Firsthand participation in open discussions is a good path to effective communication. The convention provides a great way to communicate with others in the breed and with the staff. I think we underestimate the value of face-to-face communication.”

Kirkham currently serves on the IBBA’s commercial marketing committee and is actively involved in both the Oklahoma Brangus Breeders Association and the Heart of America Brangus Breeders Association. You can find Kirkham at the upcoming IBBA Convention in February.

 

Note: It’s not too late to register for the 2013 IBBA Annual Convention. Visit GoBrangus.com to download a registration form and a schedule of events