IBBA Invites Everyone to 2015 Annual Meeting

2015 Annual Meeting_LogoThe IBBA is excited to host everyone in Houston for the Annual Membership Meeting and Awards Banquet March 7, 2015, and encourages every member to come and participate. This year’s events will be back at the Holiday Inn at NRG Park (previously Reliant Park) to improve convenience in attending events both at the hotel and the barn where the international Brangus shows will be on March 6. The IBBA will have a booth at the barn to accommodate guests, network with members, and provide information on programs and services. Feel free to come by the booth during the week and visit the booth in the International Room as well. We look forward to seeing you in Houston!

SCHEDULE: More Details TBA

Friday, March 6:
8:00 a.m. International Brangus Bull Show, NRG Center Main Arena (East side)
1:00 p.m. International Brangus Female Show, NRG Center Main Arena (East side)
5:30 p.m. Ideal Video Customer Appreciation Sale, Crown Plaza Hotel Ballroom
Saturday, March 7:
8:00 a.m. IBBA Annual Membership Meeting, Holiday Inn
12:00 p.m. IBBA Annual Awards Banquet, Holiday Inn
3:00 p.m. Seventh Annual Brangus Global Roundup, TBA
7:30 p.m. Genetic Edge XX Sale, NRG Center – East Arena

HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Contact the IBBA office to make reservations: 210-696-8231 or by email
Holiday Inn – NRG Park
8111 Kirby Dr, Houston, Texas 77054
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The IBBA room block will close February 2, 2015, and credit cards will be charged at this time. No changes or refunds will be allowed after February 2.
$219+tax/night
*If reserving a room on Thursday, Friday or Saturday, you must reserve the room for all three nights.

SPONSORSHIPS

Members as well as individuals or organizations outside the breed will have the opportunity to provide sponsorships for the events conducted at this year’s annual meeting and awards banquet. If you wish to increase your brand’s exposure and be highlighted as a contributing partner, please take this as your invitation to participate. Your financial support will enable IBBA to lower registration costs and allow IBBA to host a better, more enjoyable event for all in attendance.

Contribution levels will be announced at a later time, but event sponsorship will be available as well.  Contact Brittni Drennan at the IBBA office to find out more.

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 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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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.

QRcode_Convention registration form

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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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.

Visit http://www.Gobrangus.com/videofeed to watch more videos from IBBA.

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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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