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!

NCBA participation flyer

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

NJBS 2012 Show Results

This year’s National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) reported having an increase in the number of participants, and the quality of the entries far exceeded anyone’s expectations. Thank you to the sponsors and friends of the breed who helped make the NJBS another success and a great experience for those involved.

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) reported 96 Junior members representing nine states participated in the week of events. Thirty of those participants were first-time exhibitors compiling a total of 168 entries.

“Really do marvel at the fact that the Brangus association kicks out so many good kids year after year after year that go on and contribute in so many avenues of our beef cattle industry,” said Aaron Cooper who judged the Bred and Owned Show.

Complete NJBS results, TBBA State Show results and Banquet Awards are published in the August issue of the Brangus Journal which can be viewed online at http://gobrangus.com/brangus-publications/.

Watch the videos posted below of the Owned Show and the Bred and Owned Show to see who was selected as Grand and Reserve Champion and hear judges’ comments on the quality of cattle and our youth.

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Countdown to the National Junior Brangus Show

We hope you have made preparations and are getting excited about the National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) events next week in West Monroe, Louisiana! Information for is available online at junior.gobrangus.com. New events this year include the owned bull show and a costume contest. Questions regarding NJBS or the Futurity should be directed to Tyler Dean at 405-867-1421 or 405-207-6921, tyler@int-brangus.org. Click here to view the 2012 schedule of events for the week.

Source of Champions Sale

SOURCE OF CHAMPIONS SALE

Download the complete Source of Champions Sale brochure which includes:

  • Sale schedule
  • Consignors
  • Sale lots and descriptions
  • Letter from your Junior Board of Directors

DVAuction will be broadcasting live from West Monroe, so you don’t miss all the excitement, including the Source of Champions Sale. Be sure to visit DVAuction’s website and check out their shooting schedule provided below so you know when to tune in.

 

 

Tuesday, July 17

1:00 p.m.              Team Fitting and Showing Contest

Wednesday, July 18

9:00 a.m.              “Champions Challenge” Show – 2010 SOC Heifers Only

Bred and Owned Heifer and Bull Shows

1:00 p.m.              Calcutta Auction

Thursday, July 19

8:00 a.m.              National Junior Heifer and Cow/Calf Shows

3:00 p.m.              Salesmanship Contest

6:00 p.m.              “Source of Champions” Sale

Friday, July 20

8:00 a.m.              Showmanship Contests

10:00 a.m.           “Old Timers” Showmanship Contest

Saturday, July 21

8:00 a.m.              Futurity Show


2011 Brangus Show of Merits Results Announced

Champions Named at 2011 Brangus National Show

by Tyler Dean, IBBA Show Coordinator

Brangus exhibitors from six states brought 89 head of Brangus cattle to Shreveport, La., for the 2011 Brangus National Show of Merit on Saturday, November 5. Longtime Brahman breeder Billy Wayne Key, Sr. of Madisonville, Texas, judged the event. Key has multitudes of real world experience in the cattle industry and has raised not only Brahman cattle, but also Angus, Charolais, and commercial F1 crossbreds. Additionally, he has had numerous judging experiences with American cattle and is currently the oldest and longest serving member of the American Brahman Breeder’s Association’s Board of Directors. Throughout the day, Key evaluated 60 Brangus Females, two Brangus Cow/Calf Pairs, and 27 Brangus Bulls.

Grand Champion Female honor went to Doguet’s Diamond D Ranch of McCoy, Texas. DDD Ms Fancie 804W43 a November 5, 2009, daughter of Brinks Bright Side 607L11, first captured the title of Champion Senior Heifer. Coming from the Heifer Calf Division, DCC Ms Black Sally 915X91 took the Reserve Grand Champion Female title home for Dillard Land & Cattle, LLC of Katy, Texas. The September 23, 2010, female is a daughter of Blackhawk of Brinks 607M17. Miss -C- Extra Stylish 826X2 continued her winning tradition for JLS International of Robertsdale, Ala., by being named the Grand Champion Red Female. 826X2 is a September 3, 2010, daughter of R2 Extra Style 880P and was first named Champion Red Heifer Calf. The Champion Red Summer Heifer, Miss PB Princess of Powerman 596/10 was named the Reserve Grand Champion Red Female. Exhibited by Wellmann Cattle Company of Brenham, Texas, 596/10 is a May 2, 2010, daughter of CX Mr Powerman 226/T1.

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Townsend Named Outstanding CattleWoman at NCBA

Patti Townsend was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding CattleWoman of the Year by the American National CattleWomen (ANCW) at the Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville, Tenn., February 1-4, 2012. Patti and her husband, Gayland, first bought cattle in 1966 when their three sons expressed interest in showing heifers, and they have since been breeding registered Brangus cattle. From a ranch in New Mexico, they moved to Milburn, Okla., in 2004 where their youngest son now manages the ranch.

In her 34 years of service to the ANCW, Patti has served in several leadership positions on the state and national levels and was elected President in 2003. She has also served the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) in several capacities. Patti served as President of the International Brangus Auxiliary and was a member on the IBBA Board of Directors for two terms.

View the video and learn more about how this couple got their start in the Brangus breeding business and how Patti Townsend is being rewarded for her dedication and service to the industry.