IBBA Hosts Sixth Annual Global Roundup Event

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) hosted the Sixth Annual Brangus Global Roundup Thursday, March 6, 2014, during its annual convention in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The Global Roundup was an educational event that brought domestic producers together with international guests. Dr. Flavio Riberio, a native of Uberaba, Brazil, and currently a research scientist at Prairie View A&M University, served as the master of ceremonies.

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Dr. Shields uses a live Brangus heifer in his demonstration.

Dr. Tommy Shields, assistant professor at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., discussed live animal evaluation and the importance of evaluating an animal’s confirmation for structural soundness. He demonstrated on a live Brangus heifer in the ballroom by drawing chalk lines indicating key angles and points that are essential in maintaining an animal’s soundness and longevity. He also discussed genetic correlations in cattle and the difficulties trying to breed out confirmation problems if a producer has single-trait selected for other highly heritable traits within their herd.

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Leslie Frenzel cuts up a rib roll in her carcass evaluation demonstration.

Leslie Frenzel, doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas, gave a valuable, in-depth demonstration on evaluating cattle from a carcass standpoint. She explained the differences and procedures used by USDA inspectors to determine quality and yield grade in cattle and how to optimize carcass value. She then gave a live demonstration in deboning and processing a rib roll to an engaged crowd of participants. She processed the whole rib roll and explained the economic differences and compared the values of all the tissue it contained.

A delegation from Mexico was also present to promote and extend invitations to the 2014 World Brangus Congress in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, November 10-14.

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Delegates from Mexico promote the World Brangus Congress in Merida, Yucatan.

Concluding this year’s event was a bilingual video presentation showcasing multiple herd sires and donor dams presented by the Global Roundup sponsors:

101 Ranch
American Marketing Services
Cavender Ranches, LLC
Chimney Rock Cattle Co.
Cox Excalibur Brangus
Cross F Cattle
Diamond K Ranch
Double W Ranch
Draggin’ M Ranch
Geneseek
Genesis Ranch
GeneTrust
Ideal Video Productions
Indian Hills Brangus
Johnston Farms
Mix 30
The Oaks Farm
Salacoa Valley Farms
Schmidt Farms
Suhn Cattle Co.
Westall Ranches, LLC
World Brangus Congress 2014

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2013 HLSR Brangus Show Results

DSC_0294_crpd72This year marked the 47th annual International Brangus Show in Houston, Texas. Jason Cleere, Associate Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Texas A&M University, judged 144 entries at the bull and female shows on March 1 and 2, 2013.

RCC Patriot 1252Y came out of the summer bull division before claiming the Grand Champion Bull title. The July 2011 son of Doguets Hercules 88S3 is owned and exhibited by Stephen Roop of Grapevine, Texas. Sunnybrook Farms of Jackson, Miss., exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Bull, SBR Coal Mine 129UZ, a March 2012 son of SBR Coal Train 222WR. In the red Brangus show, Trio Cattle and Genetics of Madisonville, Texas, swept the two top honors. Coming from the yearling bull division, Trio’s Yucatan 175Y took the Grand Champion Red Bull title. The bull is a January 2011 son of Trio’s Sequoia 112S. Trio’s RLN Zoltar 175Z2 came out of the junior bull calf division to claim Reserve Champion honors. Zoltar is a March 2012 son of Lazy 3 Statesman 100S.

In the Cow-Calf Show, Marvel Farms of High Springs, Fla., claimed the Champion Cow-Calf Pair honor with Marvel’s Sweetpea 7/10. The February 2010 cow is a daughter of Marvel’s Red Gator 2/6 and had a January 2013 bull calf at side, Marvel’s Red Pride 5/13.

In the female show, DDD Ms Barbara 804Y61 took top honors as Grand Champion female. Coming out of the senior heifer calf division, the November 2011 daughter out of Doguet’s Hercules 88S3, is owned by Doguet Diamond D Ranch of McCoy, Texas. DDD Ms Chariti 88Z10 came from the junior heifer calf division and took the Reserve Grand Champion title. The May 2012 heifer is a daughter of DDD Masterplan 1019W10 and was exhibited by Johnston Cattle Company of Waxahachie, Texas. Grand Champion Red Brangus Female honors went to Trio’s Yelena 175Y3 owned and exhibited by Trio Cattle and Genetics. Winning the summer heifer division, the May 2011 heifer is a daughter of CX Tanque 23/T. From the summer heifer calf division, Dos XX’s Stretch’s Jewel took the title of Reserve Grand Champion Red Brangus Female. Sired by Dos XX’s Chief’s Mr Stretch, the October 2011 heifer is owned by Dos XX’s Cattle Company of Washington, Texas.

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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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