Texas 4-H/FFA Heifer Validation Program

The state of Texas is implementing a statewide electronic verification process in addition to requiring the physical validation of breeding beef heifers.  Because of numerous breed divisions offered, there are inconsistencies in how breed associations record purchase and transfer information. Heifer Validation is being initiated to ensure a level playing field for all junior breeding beef heifer exhibitors and to present a unified approach to verifying breeding beef heifer registration papers, ownership and physical possession. Further, history has proven collecting DNA hair samples during validation has added integrity to market animal divisions.

The verification process along with the added physical validation component will allow for certifying exhibitor ownership, possession, heifer identification (tattoo/brand) far in advance of each respective major livestock show. Full and part-time personnel will be required to effectively review and validate all submitted heifer registration papers and to enforce rules during the participating major livestock shows. A $10 fee will be required for each heifer validated for 2015 spring and fall shows.

For more information, download the official announcement.

2014-2015 IJBBA Board Announced

2014-2015 IJBBA Board of Directors Racheal Sharp, Kacie Wallace, Emilee Garza, Meghan Picket, McKenzie Posey, Quinn Carter, Colby Davis, Allyson Polston, Kendra Bull and Kourtney Gardner

2014-2015 IJBBA Board of Directors
Racheal Sharp, Kacie Wallace, Emilee Garza, Meghan Picket, McKenzie Posey, Quinn Carter, Colby Davis, Allyson Polston, Kendra Brull and Kourtney Gardner

The International Junior Brangus Board of Directors for 2014-2015 was announced at the conclusion of the National Junior Brangus Show Banquet on Friday, July 25, 2014. The IJBBA Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing and managing the entire IJBBA as well as coordinating and hosting the annual National Junior Brangus Show. For more information about the Brangus juniors, visit junior.gobrangus.com.

The 2014-2015 IJBBA Board of Directors consists of:

President, Racheal Sharp, Konawa, Oklahoma

At the helm of the IJBBA this year will be Racheal Sharp. Sharp returns to the IJBBA Board for her third year of service and continues Oklahoma’s longtime representation on the IJBBA Board of Directors and in IJBBA leadership positions. Sharp brings a unique personality to the IJBBA Board and provides true leadership by example. A proven asset to the IJBBA Board, Sharp played a key role in the success of the 2014 NJBS by providing constant support to her fellow board members. She is destined to achieve great things and really provides the compassion, honesty and integrity to propel the IJBBA forward. Entering her senior year at Konawa High School, Sharp has been active in the Oklahoma Junior Brangus Association for several years, serving as royalty and holding several offices. Sharp’s value will continue to increase as the NJBS heads to Duncan, Okla., in 2015.

IJBBA Ex-Officio and IBBA Queen, Kacie Wallace, Bryan, Texas

In just two years of service on the IJBBA Board, Wallace has proven herself to be a valuable asset to the IJBBA Board of Directors. She has been a driving force in IJBBA’s recent financial success and is excited to continue to build on the momentum she helped establish. Wallace is eager to share what she has learned about IJBBA fundraising with all the new members of the Board, and the IJBBA Advisory Committee is excited about the level of enthusiasm Wallace brings to the association. As IBBA Queen, Wallace will serve as an integral part of the IJBBA Board of Directors and provide a unique link between the show community of the IBBA and the members of the IJBBA. Excitement for the upcoming year surrounds the newly elected Queen as she prepares for a year of travels around the nation serving as the ambassador of our great breed. Wallace will begin her sophomore year at Tarleton State University this fall and plans to double major in Animal Science and Pre-Medicine.

2013-2015 Director, Quinn Carter, Haines City, Florida

Returning to the Board for her second year of service is Quinn Carter. A freshman majoring in Animal Science at Florida, Carter is rather new to the Brangus breed but brings a huge amount of motivation and drive with her to the Board. In her first year on the Board, Carter excelled in NJBS fundraising, accounting for $6,500 in sponsorships. She is excited about the opportunity the IJBBA Board provides junior members to meet breeders across the nation as well as the opportunities to travel and learn more about our industry as a whole. Carter plans to work toward obtaining a Veterinary Medicine degree and specialize in large animal treatment.

2013-2015 Director, Colby Davis, Tahlequah, Oklahoma

The second of three Oklahoma juniors serving on the IJBBA Board of Directors is Colby Davis. Davis brings a super strong work ethic and entrepreneurial drive to the IJBBA Board of Directors. Davis has deep family roots in the agriculture industry and has been raising commercial Brangus cattle since the early ‘80s. Davis was the first in the family to venture into the registered side and is excited about the future of the Brangus breed. He will be a senior at Tahlequah High School this year and intends to continue his education at Oklahoma State University majoring in Horticulture while continuing his involvement in the Brangus breed.

2013-2015 Director, Meghan Pickett, Robeline, Louisiana

Meghan Pickett provides a spark of enthusiasm to any group she participates in, and the IJBBA Board is no exception. Her high energy and excitement about the breed shows through everything she and her family do. Pickett brings one of the longest tenures with Brangus cattle to the Board of almost any member as she started showing Brangus at age eight. The leader of a strong, dynamic family of Brangus enthusiasts, Pickett has a solid knowledge and understanding of younger IJBBA members’ interests and desires. Pickett graduated from Many High School this May and plans to attend McNeese State University majoring in Animal Science and Beef Nutrition.

2013-2015 Director, McKenzie Posey, Wayne, Oklahoma

The youngest member of this year’s Board will be McKenzie Posey. With a solid foundation of Brangus showmen in her family, Posey brings a wealth of knowledge and tenure with the Brangus breed. In her first year on the Board, she brought a lot of new and exciting ideas to the table. Posey will also add to the entrepreneurial drive possessed by several other members as she has several years of egg production and marketing already on her résumé. She is excited to grow and develop new leadership skills while helping advance the IJBBA. Heading into her junior year at Wayne High School, Posey plans to attend Oklahoma State University and obtain an Agri-Business degree.

2014-2016 Director, Kendra Brull, Atchison, Kansas

Following in her older brother’s footsteps, Kendra Brull joins the elite group of IJBBA Directors. Brull will be a senior at Maur Hill – Mount Academy this fall. Brull has been a staple of the NJBS barns since she was old enough to get around and has been actively involved in IJBBA for more than 10 years. Active in varsity basketball and softball, Brull also has experience showing numerous other species. She currently serves as the president of her 4-H Council and the Atchison Shamrock 4-H Club vice president. Brull will bring a vast amount of level thinking, motivation and dedication to the IJBBA Board this year.

2014-2016 Director, Kourtney Gardner, China Spring, Texas

Entering her freshman year at Butler Community College, Gardner brings eight years of experience with the Brangus breed to her second year on the IJBBA Board. Last year, Gardner served in the dual capacity of IBBA Queen and IJBBA Director and excelled at both. A very passionate individual, Gardner is a strong, quiet leader who has a wealth of ideas for improvement. Additionally, she brings a solid sense of good functional cattle from her experiences and success with livestock judging which she intends to continue in college. With a long list of leadership positions under her belt, she looks forward to an increased role on the national level with the junior association.

2014-2016 Director, Emilee Garza, Spring, Texas

Relatively new to Brangus breed and showing cattle, Emilee Garza did not hesitate to go after a position on the IJBBA Board. Motivated by the mentorship of past IJBBA Advisors, Garza feels the IJBBA Board will allow her to grow and learn more about the breed she feels is the “ideal standard for future genetics”. While new to the breed, Garza is expected to bring a fresh perspective to the way IJBBA functions. Already ahead of the game as a Level 1 Veterinary Technician, she plans to attend Texas A&M University majoring in Veterinary Medicine with the intention of becoming a large animal veterinarian.

2014-2016 Director, Allyson Polston, Lakeland, Florida

Returning to the IJBBA Board of Directors for the next two years is Allyson Polston. In just her first year on the Board, Polston was elected Secretary. Polston also helped double Florida’s NJBS representation by encouraging more Floridians to attend. With a solid résumé of achievements and leadership with Brangus cattle and in other agricultural and community organizations, Polston is eager to help build a bridge between NJBS and regional associations to hopefully increase participation at both levels. Polston will be entering her freshman year of college this year at Hillsborough Community College and has future plans to attend the University of Florida and major in Veterinary Medicine.

Munoz Receives Honorable Georganne Myers Award

Veronica Munoz (center) receives the Georganne Myers Award from Ray Smith (L) and Kourtney Gardner (R).

Veronica Munoz (center) receives the Georganne Myers Award from Ray Smith (L) and Kourtney Gardner (R).

Veronica Munoz of Pearland, Texas, was presented the Georganne Myers National Supporter of the Year Award for her unwavering support and dedication to the International Junior Brangus Breeders Association (IJBBA). Munoz was honored at the IJBBA banquet Friday, July 25, 2014, hosted in conjunction with the National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) in Bryan, Texas. Past recipient of the award Ray Smith of Arkadelphia, Ark., made the presentation.

A deserving leader is selected annually by a committee based on the tremendous support shown for the junior members involved in the Brangus breed and contributions made to ensure the success of the IJBBA.

This award, given in memory of Georganne Myers, is a representation of the passion and devotion that is still very evident in the people involved in the Brangus breed. Georganne raised two daughters who both were actively involved in the Brangus breed, Rachel Myers Childs and Britne Myers. She lived in Liberty, Texas, and passed away after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

“This award meant more to me than any other award because I knew Georganne and know what the award means,” said the 2012 award recipient, Steve Densmore. Densmore is the ranch manager at Circle X Land and Cattle Co. in Bryan, Texas, and is an IJBBA Advisor.

“Georganne was a Texas Junior Advisor and accomplished a lot for the IJBBA,” said Ginger Pritchard, a Junior Advisor and strong supporter of the IJBBA. “She organized events, helped with fundraising, and she was always upbeat, positive and enthusiastic about the future of the junior program.”

Munoz follows Georganne with her fire and passion for the IJBBA. Now in her second term as an IJBBA Advisor, Munoz has been a solid part of the IJBBA Advisory Committee, providing continuous support and assurance to the IJBBA Board of Directors. For the past four years, Munoz has volunteered to organize the arena and banquet decorations.

“Every year, she asks what her budget is. After that, I never have to worry about any aspect related to decorations for NJBS,” IBBA Director of Youth Programs, Tyler Dean said. “And better yet, 99 percent of the time she comes in under budget because she makes everything by hand! When looking back over the list of past recipients of this award, it reads as a “who’s-who” of the mentors of the association, and I feel the group of past winners are iconic figures in the Junior association. Veronica Munoz is the perfect addition to the list.”

For more information about the IJBBA, visit http://junior.gobrangus.com.

Past IJBBA President Spotlight: Stacy Hayes

The Past President Spotlight is a column featured in the bi-monthly publication, the Brangus Journal. We hope you learn from these great leaders who have extensive experience and expertise in their respective fields.

Stacy Sproul Hayes
IJBBA President 2000-2001

Like many juniors who grow up in the International Junior Brangus Breeders Association (IJBBA), Stacy Sproul Hayes has extensive experience in the Brangus breed having been involved in her family’s registered Brangus operation in Isabella, Okla. Hayes was initially involved in the Oklahoma Junior Brangus Association, which led to her involvement at the national level, and she served as the IJBBA President on the Board of Directors in 2000-2001.

Sproul Brangus was a partnership between Hayes’ dad, Ron, and his brother, Wally. She traveled, hauled, showed with and competed against her brothers, Scott and Clint, and her cousins, Andy and Emily. The operation truly was a family affair, and they shared in each other’s accomplishments and big wins.

“Between five kids and one herd, I was just as excited when my cousins or brothers won as when I won,” Hayes said. “I was very fortunate that we didn’t have to go out and buy a lot of show cattle. We bred and raised them on our own operation, and that was a true blessing, I feel, for a ranch to support five kids showing very competitively where so many lessons were learned.”

In 1996, Hayes won Supreme Champion at the National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) in Kansas City after winning her division and the Grand Champion Owned Female. The female was one that she and her family bred and raised. She also won Reserve Champion Senior Calf in the Owned Show in Lake Charles in 2000. But, the family was involved in more than just the show ring.

“I was as involved as one possibly could be,” Hayes recalled. “I was on the board for a long time, and I really enjoyed every minute of it. My first National Junior Brangus Show was in 1990 in Wichita, Kan., and I didn’t miss a national show until after my last one in 2002.”

Hayes was crowned the IBBA Queen in 1998-1999 and served on the Board of Directors in numerous capacities from 1997 to 2002. She participated in almost every contest she could including the poster contest, quiz bowl and salesmanship in which she was most competitive. Hayes said she gained so many opportunities and learned many life lessons while serving on the junior board.

“I feel like it helped me be a more outgoing person, and now I can walk into a situation and meet people,” Hayes said. “I moved from Oklahoma to Louisiana, and being involved in the IJBBA has helped me feel more comfortable being exposed to new and different situations. I even learned about the small things; the board taught me how to host meetings, travel as a group, navigate yourself around new places and how to be independent.”

Hayes obtained a degree in Elementary Education from Oklahoma State University in 2005. She now lives in Kinder, La., with her husband, Cody, and two young boys, Guy (six) and Gage (three), where she teaches fifth grade reading. The Hayes family lives on Cody’s family’s rice farm and is involved in showing pigs at the national level. Guy also has a steer he will show at Southern University in the spring after he turns seven.

“My goal was to be a positive role model for the kids I was setting an example for,” Hayes said. “Get involved and meet people both inside and outside your state because those people will remain contacts, and you just don’t know who you might need one day. Step out of your comfort zones and try new things because you never know what great experiences you might have.”

For more information about IBBA’s past presidents, visit www.GoBrangus.com/member.