Dykes Joins Brangus Team as Commercial Marketing Coordinator

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IBBA Commercial Marketing Coordinator Kyle Dykes

SAN ANTONIO, TX– Kyle Dykes joined the staff at the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. As the Commercial Marketing Coordinator, Dykes will oversee IBBA’s commercial marketing programs while engaging with members and Brangus producers across the country. Dykes will be integral in expanding the breed’s global market share, promoting Brangus genetics to the commercial sector, and ultimately increasing demand for Brangus cattle.

“I am very honored and excited to go to work for our members,” Dykes said. “I look forward to helping them meet their needs in the purebred cattle business, advancing and promoting the Brangus breed, and building relationships all over the world.”

A native of Killeen, Texas, Dykes grew up on a small farm raising commercial cattle. Agriculture has always been a passion of his, and he has been actively trying to help make a difference and be a part of the growth of agriculture in Texas. Previously, Dykes worked as the Natural Resources County Extension Agent for McLennan County. This allowed him the opportunity to work with some of the finest 4-H youth in Texas and help them get more involved in the 4-H program. In addition to 4-H activities, Kyle managed the Master Gardener program and worked with agricultural producers in McLennan County to help educate and provide assistance to better meet their production goals.

“Kyle has a lot of energy and enthusiasm, and we are proud to have him as a member of the Brangus team,” said IBBA Executive Vice President Dr. Tommy Perkins. “He will engage with our members at sales and visit producers’ operations across the country to bridge the gap between the association and our members. Kyle will be essential in advancing IBBA programs, and I know he will be a great asset to the breed.”

Dykes received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2013. He also received his certificate in Auctioneering from the Texas Auction Academy and has been licensed with the state of Texas since 2011. In 2013 Dykes won the Texas State Champion Rookie Auctioneer title and has gained experience in livestock, equipment and estate sales and is an active member of the Texas Auctioneers Association.

Due to his travel requirements and necessary visibility, Dykes will continue to reside in College Station, Texas, and will work as a remote staff member. Dykes can be contacted directly by email at kdykes@int-brangus.org or on his cell at 254-371-9388. For more information about Brangus cattle and the IBBA, visit www.GoBrangus.com.

IBBA Show Committee Seeks Opinions from Exhibitors and Spectators

In an effort to give more members a voice in the evaluation of IBBA national and regional shows as well as IBBA approved judges, the IBBA has created an IBBA show survey. The survey, available for download and online at gobrangus.com/member, allows exhibitors and spectators to give their opinions on any recent IBBA national or regional Brangus show. The survey should be submitted within 30 days of the show in order for the show committee to accurately take all opinions into consideration. All completed surveys should be returned to IBBA Director of Shows Tyler Dean at the information listed at the bottom of the survey. Questions should also be directed to Tyler at (405) 867-1421 or by email.

Click on the image to open the survey, and download it to your computer. Once the survey is completed, follow the submit instructions.

Show Committee Survey

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.

Inaugural Brangus Fall Conference Set for October

SAN ANTONIO, TX- Join the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) for the inaugural Brangus Fall Conference set for October 2-4, 2014, in San Antonio, Texas. Participants can expect informative sessions and fun social events while networking with the Board of Directors and committee members. Headlining the event is keynote speaker Forrest Roberts, Chief Executive Officer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.

“We are excited to have Forrest Roberts address members and provide his insight to the beef industry,” said Tommy Perkins, Ph.D., IBBA Executive Vice President. “We look forward to hosting our members here at the IBBA headquarters and hearing their input. Their participation is vital to our progress.”

Member participation is welcomed for imperative planning meetings. Discussion of pressing topics will lead to advancements integral in the upcoming year and for years to come. As representatives of the IBBA membership and the Brangus community, your input and thoughts will be important to the dialogue.

The fall Board of Directors and committee meetings will be hosted at the Drury Inn and Suites near La Cantera Parkway (15806 IH-10 West) located across Loop 1604 from San Antonio’s largest shopping area and amusement park. The hotel provides easy access to The Shops at La Cantera®, La Cantera Golf Club, SeaWorld, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, the riverwalk, and the Alamo. Bring the whole family to enjoy Alamo City!

Be sure to mark your calendar to attend these important planning meetings. All IBBA members are welcome to attend. Contact the IBBA office at 210-696-8231 or visit www.GoBrangus.com for more information.

Registration: Due Friday, September 26!

Register online

Download registration form: Return to Brittni Drennan via email or fax to 210-696-8718 by Friday, September 26.

Registration List (updated 9/29): See who is coming to the Brangus Fall Conference.


Make reservations by August 30, to receive group rates.
Use group number 2218558
Call: Drury Inn & Suites – Near La Cantera Parkway at 1-800-325-0720


Fall Conference Schedule (updated 9/23)

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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.


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.


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.


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
Genesis Ranch
Ideal Video Productions
Indian Hills Brangus
Johnston Farms
Mix 30
The Oaks Farm
Salacoa Valley Farms
Schmidt Farms
Suhn Cattle Co.
Westall Ranches, LLC
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Genetic Conditions Update

The IBBA has removed the “live” aspect of the genetic conditions portion of the Brangus portal (website). We still have it “live” for the staff but not for the membership. Some of the breeders were complaining that their animal would show as a “potential carrier” (PC) one day, and then the next day it would change to nothing (no genetic impact), and then the third day it would be back to PC. This is all due to animals in between the individual, and its original relation (e.g. great grand sire, grand dam, etc.) have results entered into the database at different times. This will occur in the future but will have less impact once we get the majority of the tested cattle results in our system.

Nearly 75,000 Developmental Duplication (DD) results from other breeds (Angus, Red Angus, etc.) are being added to the IBBA database at this time. Through programming, all animals with impacted genetics will be tagged with the proper genetic condition tag. We hope to make these achievements this week and go back “live” with the genetic conditions.

Dr. Tommy Perkins
Executive Vice President
International Brangus Breeders Association


Brangus Board Approves Genetic Disorder Testing Policy

SAN ANTONIO, TX – The discussion of genetic defects has been ongoing in the Angus breed and others for the past five years or more. Most recently, Brangus and other breeds have joined in on this debate with the discovery of the genetic disorder called developmental duplication (DD).

It is important to note that DD testing, to date, has rendered a very low occurrence of the condition in our Brangus population. Ultimately, members will be able to manage this condition and others with a sound DNA testing policy and a well thought out breeding program. Therefore, the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors has adopted a new genetic disorder testing policy to aid breeders and members in this process. The policy is summarized below:

1. The Executive Vice-President will contact Zoetis and at least one other genomic company to form an agreement for genetic testing of all genetic conditions that could impact Brangus cattle. The agreement will:

  • Allow IBBA members to order test kits (blood cards, hair cards, purple top tubes, tissue cards, etc. and all paper work) directly from the genomic companies’ websites (and linked from the IBBA website).
  • Allow for direct shipment of DNA samples from individual IBBA members to the genomics company.
  • Allow all test results to be sent from the genomics company directly to the IBBA office and copied to the member submitting the samples for testing.
  • Require the genomics company to send all results on a timely basis to IBBA staff for daily entry into the database.
  • Require the notation of current genetic condition status in the IBBA system as is currently done with known Angus issues in the pedigrees in our database.

2. The IBBA staff will perform a query of the database to determine pedigrees with potential genetic condition carrier animals linked to known Angus and Brangus carrier animals for Developmental Duplication (DD), Arthrogryposis Multiplex (AM), Neuropathic Hydrocephalus (NH), Contractural Arachnodactyly (CA), Osteopetrosis (OS), and other known genetic conditions with available DNA tests.

3. The top 50 to 100 Brangus, Red Brangus, Ultrablack and/or Ultrared candidate sires and/or dams for the above mentioned genetic conditions will be identified and tested for such conditions. Owners of the selected animal(s) will pay for the genetic testing of their animal(s). If a candidate animal is owned by a non-IBBA member, IBBA will pay for the test(s).

4. All DNA tested animals and potential carrier animals will have notation included in the IBBA database using the following protocol:

  • The phrase “potential carrier” will refer to a genetic defect mutation (DD, AM, NH, CA and OS) and is used to refer to animals that are deemed impacted animals due to confirmed carriers of such genetic defects in their pedigree.
  • All recorded animals with impacted genetics shall remain recorded (registered, certified, appendix, Ultrablack, Ultrared, etc).
  • All progeny of identified carrier animals can be recorded without submitting to DNA testing if they do not become an AI sire or donor dam.
  • All animals used as an AI sire or donor dam that have been identified as a potential carrier (impacted genetics) for any defect will be required to be tested for such defect.
  • All animals with impacted animal pedigrees will have the below notation on each recording certificate, listed on individual animal detail page on IBBA website, and be required to have same notation in any sale catalog, printed material, electronic information, etc. where animal has name, number, pedigree, part of pedigree, picture, etc.

This animal has one or more ancestors genetically tested and identified to carry the genetic condition Developmental Duplication (DD) (or fill in the blank for other genetic conditions).

  • Once an animal with impacted genetics is tested for DD, AM, NH, CA or OS, the above mentioned notation will be deleted from the recording certificates, animal detail page on IBBA website, any and all other areas of former notation, and replaced as follows depending upon tested status:

Genetic Condition Status Designation Codes. 

DDPC, AMPC, NHPC, CAPC & OSPC Animal that hasn’t been tested for the genetic condition but has known carriers in pedigree
DDF, AMF, NHF, CAF & OSF Animal tested FREE of the genetic condition
DDC, AMC, NHC, CAC & OSC Animal tested as a CARRIER (one copy of the defective allele)
DDA, AMA, NHA, CAA & OSA animal tested as AFFECTED and carrying two copies of the defective allele


  • Any animal that will be used as an AI sire or donor dam with known impacted genetics will require testing and then identified with above notation regardless of tested and known free pedigrees.
  • Any animal that has been previously tested of other known genetic conditions will have those notations listed beside animals recorded name/registration number.
  • Any animal tested as a carrier animal or affected animal can be retested at a second lab to confirm first test results.

5.  The above mentioned policies go into effect for IBBA membership beginning February 1, 2014. In the meantime IBBA urges all public sales to initiate testing policies so that potential buyers and new members can be made aware of impacted genetics in the sale offerings.

6.  An effort to educate and inform the membership on various genetic conditions will be initiated and incorporated in the Brangus Journal and IBBA website.