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.

Latest Brangus Show Results

San Antonio Livestock Exposition Champions Named

Exhibitors paraded 87 Brangus entries at the 2013 San Antonio Livestock Exposition Sunday, February 10. A total of 28 Brangus females, 10 Brangus bulls, 32 Red Brangus females, and 17 Red Brangus bulls were exhibited. Judge David Groschke of Texas evaluated the entries.

Brangus Junior members dominated the female show taking all four champion female titles. Coming from the Junior Heifer Calf Division, CMR Ms Lanie 488Z took home the Grand Champion Female title. The May 16, 2012, female is a daughter of DDD Black Gold 804S25 and is bred, owned and exhibited by Tanner Miller of Gilmer, Texas. Reserve Champion Female title went to JCC Ms 390Y bred, owned and exhibited by Jake Johnston. The January 2, 2011, female first claimed the Yearling Heifer Division and is a daughter of DDD Lights Out 44P1. Miss -C- Dutchess 30Y claimed Grand Champion Red Female. Owned and exhibited by Bailye Foltyn of Bay City, Texas. 30Y is a January 6, 2011, daughter of R2 Extra Style 880P and initially won the Red Yearling Heifer Division. Following closely behind and coming from the Red Senior Calf Division, Dos XX’s Stretch’s Jewel took Reserve Grand Champion honors. The October 9, 2011, female is a daughter of Dos XX’s Chief’s Mr Stretch and is owned and exhibited by Waylon Hinze of Brenham, Texas.

Quality ran deep in the bull show, and emerging from the Senior Calf Division, IH Rudder 504Y2 rose to the top to claim Grand Champion Bull. The September 12, 2011, bull is a son of Chief of Indian Hills 23P68 and is owned by Buck Thomason and exhibited by Johnston Cattle Co. in Waxahachie, Texas.  Doguets Dillinger 38X6 took Reserve Champion honors. Owned and exhibited by Doguet’s Diamond D Ranch of McCoy, Texas, Dillinger is a May 18, 2010, son of Doguets Hercules 88S3. Rising to the top of the red bulls, Trio’s Yucatan 175Y first won the Red Yearling Bull Division. The Grand Champion Red Brangus Bull is a January 17, 2011, son of Trio’s Sequoia 112S and was exhibited by Trio Cattle & Genetics in Dallas, Texas. CX Chief’s Apache 67/Y took home Reserve Grand Red Bull honors for exhibitor Cox Excalibur Brangus of Katy, Texas. The April 16, 2011, bull is a son of Mr CR Red Chief 485/M1 and first won the Reserve Red Yearling Bull Division title.


Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Junior Brangus Show Results

On Saturday, January 26, 2016, Junior Brangus Exhibitors from across the state of Texas joined for the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, Texas. Rising to the top to claim Grand Champion Heifer honors after winning the Junior Heifer Division was CK News Lady Elizabeth exhibited by Rachel McConnell of Hallsville, Texas. The Reserve Grand Champion Heifer, DDD Ms Chariti 88Z10, first won the Heifer Calf Division and was exhibited by Jake Johnston of Waxahachie, Texas. Other Division Champions included:

Reserve Junior Heifer Calf Champion – DDD Ms Mariah 804Z11-ET exhibited by Mary Katherine Vinson

Reserve Champion Junior Heifer – Miss JLS Eleanor 915Y58 exhibited by Madelaine Pack

Senior Heifer Champion – HF Cadence’s Black Ice exhibited by Demi Hunt

Reserve Champion Senior Heifer – KK Miss Rosie 5207X3-ET exhibited by Shelbie Van Beveren

Showmanship honors went to Bailye Foltyn of Bay City, Texas. Reverse Champion Showman was Matthew Whipple of Burton, Texas while Tanner Miller of Diana, Texas took home third place.


Champions Named at the 2013 Florida State Fair Open Brangus Show

Brangus members exhibited 79 Brangus entries at the 2013 Florida State Fair in Tampa, Fla., on Thursday, February 7. Judge Dale Pitchford of Warner, Okla., evaluated 43 Brangus females, nine Brangus pairs, and 27 Brangus bulls in a combined show.

Coming from the Senior Heifer Calf Division, SK Ms Odyssey 748Y claimed the Grand Champion Female title. The November 1, 2011, female is a daughter of Mr Thomas Odyssey 610S2 and is owned and exhibited by Quinn Carter from Haines City, Fla. Reserve Champion Female title went to MC Teddi 101Z exhibited by SK Ranch in Lake Wales, Fla. The January 15, 2012, female first claimed the Junior Heifer Calf Division and is a daughter of Skyhawks Presidente.

In the cow/calf show, Grand Champion Honors went to JR’s Ms 5X and her October 7, 2012, bull calf, JR’S Mr On Line 5Z2. Owned and exhibited by Joshua Rivers of Glen Saint Mary, Fla. 5X is a January 10, 2010, daughter of JH Mr. KO 607. SK Ms Barney 192X2 and her September 5, 2012, bull calf, QMC Mr Grit of Lambert 192Z took Reserve Grand Champion Brangus Pair honors. The August 1, 2010, female is sired by Mr Thomas Barney-196R and is owned and exhibited by Quinn Carter of Haines City, Fla.

In the Brangus bull show, the Yearling Bull Division champion L2C Mr Duramax 636Y rose to the top to claim Grand Champion Bull. The February 6, 2011, bull is a son of L2C Bt’s Duramax 11T and is owned and exhibited by Quinn Carter of Haines City, Fla. BT’s Knight 636X took Reserve Champion honors. The Senior Champion Division winner is owned and exhibited by Waylon Walker of Haines City, Fla. 636X is an October 1, 2010, son of Burtin’s Transformer 803G3.

In the group classes, Justin Bartle of Haines City, Fla., took the title for Produce of Dam. Junior Get of Sire and Senior Get of Sire titles went to Joshua Rivers of Glen Saint Mary, Fla.


2013 Florida State Fair Junior Brangus Show Results

On Friday, February 8, 2013, the day after the Open Brangus Show, junior breeders from the state of Florida participated in the junior show. Billy Wayne Key of Madisonville, Texas, judged the event. In total, junior members brought 35 Brangus females, six Brangus pairs, and 19 Brangus bulls before Key to be evaluated.

In the female show, JR’s Ms 66X2 rose to the top to claim the title of Grand Champion Female for Paige Eaves of Lake Butler, Fla. The Reserve Grand Champion Female, J SK Ms Odyssey 748Y, was exhibited by Quinn Carter of Haines City, Fla. Quinn also brought home the Champion Cow Calf Pair title with SK Ms Barney 192X2 and her September 5, 2012, bull calf QMC Mr Grit of Lambert 192Z. Reserve Champion Cow Calf Pair went to LCF Ms Duke 27W2 and her July 7, 2012, bull calf AP Mr Duke of Brightside 27Z exhibited by Allyson Polston of Lakeland, Fla. In the bull show, Kylie Lazo of Medley, Fla., exhibited her Junior Yearling Bull, Marvin, to claim Grand Champion. From the same class and capturing Reserve Grand Champion Bull was L2C Mr Duramax 636Y exhibited by Quinn Carter of Haines City, Fla.


Champions Named at 2013 Arizona National Open Brangus Show

Brangus exhibitors from Arizona, New Mexico and California brought 30 head of Brangus cattle to Phoenix, Ariz., for the 2013 Arizona National Open Brangus Show on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Longtime Brangus breeder Alex Dees of Yuma, Ariz., judged the event. Throughout the day, Dees evaluated 24 Brangus females and six Brangus bulls.

Grand Champion Female honor went to Travis Peterson of San Simon, Ariz. Miss LP/GT – 136, a March 14, 2011, daughter of Mr. Townsend Lucky 59/5, first captured the title of Junior Champion Heifer. Coming from the Senior Heifer Division, JGB Ms. Bernise 088 took the Reserve Grand Champion Female title home for Wayne and Jena Glasgow of Santa Ysabel, Calif. The November 26, 2010, female is a daughter of WC Mr. Merlin 79P2.

After first winning the Champion Senior Bull title, GB The Wizard 057 was named the Grand Champion Bull. Exhibited by Wayne and Jena Glasgow of Santa Ysabel, Calif., The Wizard is a January 14, 2010, son of S WC Mr. Merlin 79P2. Following closely behind, WC Whiplash 302Z2, a February 3, 2012, son of WC Maverick 512X, was named Reserve Grand Champion Bull after first winning the Junior Bull Calf Division. 302Z2 is owned by Carolyn Belden and exhibited by Wyman Creek Cattle Company of Palermo, Calif.

In the group classes, El Rancho Español De Cuyama of New Cuyama, Calif. took the titles for Produce of Dam and Senior Get of Sire while Lack-Morrison Brangus of Clovis, N.M., won Junior Get of Sire. Breeder’s Herd went to Carolyn Belden of Palermo, Calif.


Find animal standings on the GoBrangus website and click “Show Animal Standings”.

Brangus Opportunity at 2013 NCBA Convention

Once again, Brangus breeders have a huge opportunity to partner with IBBA as well as other Brangus breeders to create a tremendous promotional atmosphere at the upcoming

NCBA Annual Convention and Trade Show
February 6-9, 2013, in Tampa, Florida 

The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest convention for the cattle business and one of the most well attended cattle industry events of the year. The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network, create policy for the industry and to have some fun! If you’re in the cattle business, then you need to be in Tampa, Florida.

View the flyer to find out how you can partner with IBBA and participate in NCBA to take advantage of the opportunity to get in front of commercial cow/calf producers, feedlot operators and many other segments of the beef industry. Deadline to commit is December 15, 2012, and materials are needed by January 4, 2013.

2013 NCBA Member Participation Flyer



This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Southern Accent Farm Receives Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award

Tallahassee, FL– Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam recognized Allen and Nicki Smith, owners and operators of Southern Accent Farm of Okeechobee, Fla., as the recipients of the 2012 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award. Sponsored by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, the award recognizes agricultural enterprises that demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovated and progressive techniques to safeguard the environment and conserve natural resources.

“Agriculture is not your stereotypical Norman Rockwell painting,” said Commissioner Putnam. “These operations are just two examples of how the industry is using high-tech solutions and innovation to maintain its position as one of the state’s strongest economic pillars, but also ensure that the natural resources Florida is known for are available for generations to come.”

Southern Accent Farm is a purebred Brangus and commercial cattle operation, which utilizes a full suite of water quality best management practices, allowing the farm to harness the natural pressure of an artesian well to supply a series of water troughs to their pastures. The ranch is also home to the largest commercial solar array in the glades Electric Coops territory, producing enough electricity for the operations of the 824-acre ranch.

Commissioner Putnam recognized Southern Accent Farm as well as Deroose Plants, Inc., with the awards at the Florida Farm Bureau Federation’s Fall Annual Meeting October 24-26, 2012, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

Thanks to the Florida Department of Agriculture for recognizing the Smiths and for providing the media content. For more information about the Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award, visit www.florida-agriculture.com/business/awards/agenviron/.

Visit www.GoBrangus.com to learn more about the benefits of Brangus genetics.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Brangus on The American Rancher

We were very excited to have Brangus featured on The American Rancher on RFD-TV throughout the first week in October. Pat Minick, host of the television series, explained the benefits of Brangus genetics and several producers talked about how they incorporate Brangus genetics into their programs.

Watch the complete episode here:

For more information about Brangus and to find a producer near you, visit us at GoBrangus.com.