2014 Elected Board of Directors Announced

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Members of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) recently elected four new members to serve a three-year term on the IBBA Board of Directors. The directors will be officially inducted at the IBBA annual business meeting March 6, 2014, in Houston, Texas.

The new elected directors are as follows. Click on the directors’ names to read their full biographies.

Area 2 – Bill Davis

Bill and Gail Davis own and operate Chimney Rock Cattle Co. in Concord, Ark. Having never owned any brand of cattle other than Brangus, Bill feels he is very familiar with both the purebred and commercial aspects of the breed. The cattle industry is in the middle of record setting times, and no other breed has more potential for growth than Brangus.


Area 3 – Cody Gariss

As a third generation cattleman, Cody Gariss co-owns and operates his family’s diversified cattle operation in Lamar, Mo. The Gariss Ranch consists of approximately 50 registered Brangus cows, more than 400 commercial Brangus females, and, in addition, markets nearly 1,000 yearlings annually.


Area 7 – Mike Kammerer

Mike Kammerer, along with his wife Judy, own and operate Red Bird Meadows in Montgomery County, Texas. Mike has a passion for the cattle industry that stems from his involvement as a young man with one of the largest registered Angus and quarter horse ranches in Colorado. He spent all of his spare time at the ranch learning as much as he could about the operation while cultivating a dream of one day owning his own cattle ranch.


Area 11 – Eddy Roberts

Edward (Eddy) Roberts’ family has deep roots in the Suwannee River Valley located in northern Florida. He was born and raised on the farm where his great grandfather settled in the early 1860s only three miles from where Roberts currently resides. Roberts’ father, Walter, bought and took over the farm in 1945, and the farm became a family operated business in 1972. W.E.T. Farms was established, representing each stakeholder in its name, Walter, Eddy and Ted. Roberts is now the sole survivor and operator of the farm.

Brangus Association Hires Bates on Staff

Jason Bates, Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing

Jason Bates, Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing

SAN ANTONIO, TX [Jan. 3, 2014]– Jason Bates recently joined the staff at the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. As the Director of Field Services and Commercial Marketing, Bates will assist in member relations, bridging the gap between the association and its members while increasing the Brangus breed’s exposure in the commercial marketplace.

“I’m really excited to be working with the Brangus association because they’re doing everything right as far as collecting performance data, adopting the latest technologies, and positioning themselves to excel in the commercial cattle industry,” Bates said. “In today’s market and cow numbers where they are, I believe Brangus is producing the right product to help rebuild the nation’s cowherd.”

A native of Java Center, N.Y., Bates was very active in the show circuit showing numerous breeds of cattle, and his parents bred Thoroughbred horses and were involved in the horse racing industry. Bates received his education from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College in Miami, Okla., and Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., where he studied Agriculture Education and Animal Science. He also received his certificate in Auctioneering from the Worldwide College of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa.

Bates started out his career working for several custom fitting outfits all over the country and managed a show barn facility in southwestern Missouri. He was also a sale manager and has extensive knowledge and experience marketing cattle, and he understands both ends of the marketing spectrum. Bates also has prior experience with a breed association.

“Jason brings a wealth of practical experience to his position, and I am anxious to see his videography, photography and marketing talents be showcased in future IBBA marketing and communication programs,” said Dr. Tommy Perkins, IBBA’s Executive Vice President. “He has worked in all facets of the purebred industry and understands the importance of data collection using technologies such as ultrasound, feed efficiency and genomics. He is also committed to implementing the genetic gains required by the commercial industry.”

For more information about the IBBA, visit www.GoBrangus.com. View Bates’ contact information on the contacts page.


Silvas Joins IBBA as Product Manager

Emilio Silvas

Emilio Silvas

SAN ANTONIO, TX [Nov. 11, 2013]– The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) named Emilio Silvas the new Product Manager and joined the Brangus team in October. Silvas will serve the IBBA and the membership managing current product lineup and providing updates and support to existing members and clients.

“I’m excited for this opportunity, and I look forward to returning to the IBBA,” Silvas said. “My personal goal is to not only meet, but exceed expectations regarding the services we have to offer.”

Silvas has extensive experience with software development and product management. He grew up in San Antonio, Texas, and obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Notre Dame in 1992. Concluding his college education, Silvas performed cancer research for 10 years where he worked in a lab, produced research papers and wrote and patented software. Before initially working for the IBBA from 2008-2011, Silvas established, successfully managed, and later sold his own web development corporation. After his three-year period at the IBBA, Silvas gained valuable experience working for an online social media company for two years that had a very large online presence. He left as the product manager and lead developer where he managed every aspect of the company’s technology platform from software to servers, including other development personnel. Most recently, Silvas was employed as an application developer for Gore Design Completions, Ltd., a high-end airplane interior redesign company.

“Emilio is an expert in his field, and we are excited to have him join the Brangus team,” said Tommy Perkins, Ph.D., IBBA’s Executive Vice President. “He will be an excellent addition to the staff and will be able to successfully extend product services to our IBBA clients as well as the other three associations we service. 

Silvas and his wife, Katherine, have three children, Cruz (nine), Marelys (eight), and Miguel (four). Katherine is the Director of Economic Development for the city of Converse, Texas, and both are very active in city organizations in San Antonio. Silvas was appointed by the City Council to serve two consecutive terms on the San Antonio Ethics Review Board, and he was also in the South San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program, which assists in developing and teaching young entrepreneurs. Silvas is very involved with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas where he is a youth minister and served on the IT Committee. In addition, he was also an instructor trainer for the American Red Cross.

For more information about the IBBA, visit www.GoBrangus.com. View Silvas’ contact information on the contacts page.


IBBA’s Statement Concerning Developmental Duplication (DD)

Published from the IBBA Breed Improvement Committee

In mid-August of 2013, the American Angus Association released a statement concerning a new genetic condition that was identified in Angus cattle. This new defect is called Developmental Duplication (DD) and is genetically transmitted as a simple recessive gene. Dr. Jonathan Beever, University of Illinois, one of the world’s most renowned experts in the genetic identification of abnormal conditions in livestock, has spent several years reviewing this condition prior to submitting a final report to the American Angus Association. When the gene associated with DD is paired (two copies of same allele) in a mating, the results are either 1) high probability of early embryonic death or 2) calves born with multiple limbs.  Other than an increase in the occurrence of mortality associated with dystocia, calves born with polymelia (born with extra limbs) often thrive, especially with removal of the limb or limbs at or soon after birth. Those animals identified as carriers (only one recessive allele) show no visible signs of the genetic condition and typically lead a normal life.

Based on research, Developmental Duplication is reported as a simple recessive trait like so many of the other genetic defects previously identified in cattle breeds around the globe.  Again, this means an animal must carry two copies of the defective recessive allele in order to show this condition. Dr. Beever tested a large number of high-use AI Angus bulls and found approximately 6.5 percent carriers of the DD genotype. Dr. Beever’s lab also discovered the DD genotype in the Brangus genetic population.

With the onset of DD, it is clear the discovery of genetic conditions will be a part of the future for all breeds of cattle. Several of our sister breed associations have already dealt with previously identified genetic conditions for years. It is a high probability IBBA will deal with some of these same previously identified conditions in our breed population. We will be working in good faith with our membership in identifying genetic conditions, managing these conditions, and protecting the interests of our commercial customers while addressing financial concerns in future breed policies.

Commercial testing is now available to identify animals carrying the DD genetic condition. We cannot stress enough the importance of a well researched and educated approach within each individual breeding program. If properly managed, the breeding and financial impact from this DD condition can be kept to an acceptable minimum.

The International Brangus Breeder’s Association Board of Directors, along with our Breed Improvement Committee, is considering the ramifications of this condition, the best interests of the breed and our membership, the state of where the science of genetics is moving with respect to the early detection of genetic conditions, and our ability to manage such genetic conditions. We are working on policy for these genetic conditions while putting the infrastructure in place to deal with abnormal genetic conditions in our breed population. Our Board will ultimately determine how we will best deal with DD and will keep you abreast of our progress.

More detailed information on polymelia condition can be found at:



IBBA Announces New Executive Vice President

Tommy-PerkinsSAN ANTONIO, TX (Sept. 20, 2013)- The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) announced today the appointment of Tommy Perkins, Ph.D., as its new Executive Vice President. IBBA’s mission to serve the commercial cattle industry and effectively promote the Brangus breed is supported by Perkins’ background and extensive experience in the industry. He will begin his appointment with IBBA in early October.

“I am very excited for the opportunity to lead the largest American beef breed association in the United States,” Perkins said. “I look forward to working with the leadership, staff and committee volunteers as we unite the membership in our quest for continued growth of Brangus cattle in the commercial industry.”

A Silverton, Texas, native, Perkins received B.S. and M.A. degrees from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and a doctoral degree in Animal Science/Animal Breeding and Genetics from Texas Tech University in 1992. In 2001, he received his Professional Animal Scientist (PAS) certification from the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists. Perkins has conducted research in multiple aspects of the industry including ultrasound technology, ultrasonic sorting of feedlot cattle, synchronization, DNA Fingerprinting and In Vitro fertilization.

Most recently, Perkins served as the Executive Vice President for Beefmaster Breeders United. The IBBA Board of Directors voted Perkins to lead the Brangus association following Dr. Joseph Massey’s resignation earlier this year.

“The Board looks forward to working with Tommy and know that he will provide direction and be a positive leader for this breed,” said Ron Flake, President of the IBBA Board of Directors. “With his knowledge and experience, IBBA will continue to make advances and provide superior Brangus genetics to our customers.”

Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the IBBA is a membership based organization that strives to provide members with innovative programs and services. The purpose of the IBBA is to serve the commercial cattle industry by offering industry leading technology to increase the quality and reliability of Brangus genetics to its customers.

For more information about Brangus and the IBBA, visit www.GoBrangus.com.


Two Brands, One Vision

Brangus Operations Join Forces to Form Partnership

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Doguet’s Diamond D Ranch, with locations in Poteet, McCoy and Beaumont, Texas, and Crochet Cattle Company in Lafayette, La., announce the formation of a new Brangus partnership to combine desirable Brangus genetics.

Doguet’s Diamond D, long known for performance cattle that are dominant in the showring as well as the pasture, was the 2011 Brangus Breeder of the Year. Doguet’s exhibited the 2012 International Grand Champion bull, the 2013 International Grand Champion Female and 2012 Show Heifer of the Year, DDD MS Barbara 804Y61. The 2013 Futurity Grand Champion female, CMR MS Lanie 488Z, was sired by DDD Black Gold 804S25 and out of a female purchased in the Doguet’s 2010 annual sale. The 2013 National Junior Heifer Show Grand Champion, DDD MS Chariti 88Z10, was purchased in the 2012 Doguet sale by the Johnston family. Doguet’s Hercules has been awarded the Show Sire of the Year twice and has sired many winning offspring. Doguet’s also continue to focus on bulls for South Texas ranchers, selling 72 bulls in last fall’s sale for an average of $3,955.

The Crochet Cattle Company herd is the oldest continuously operated Ultrablack herd in the nation. It began 17 years ago as a data driven beef cow herd and, in its current form, writes some of the highest IMF EPDs in the Brangus industry. The herd is third and fourth generation Ultrablack (50 percent Brangus and 50 percent Angus) for added consistency and has been selected for fertility, milk, udder quality and real world performance on grass in the hot and humid conditions of south Louisiana.

The two programs will operate as one unit with one vision. They will combine the strengths of their programs while maintaining the individuality of their breeding operations and their brands. They will multiply the elite genetics present in both herds while capturing and infusing those genetics in both. Their mission is to produce the most powerful, proven and consistent Brangus and Ultrablack cattle available in the beef cattle industry and to grow their market share and numbers to meet that demand.

Doguet’s Diamond D production sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 19, 2013. They will sell 100 Brangus and Ultrablack bulls and 60 registered Brangus and Ultrablack females.

For more information about Brangus and the IBBA, visit GoBrangus.com.

Champions Showcased in Brangus Futurity

By Tyler Dean, IBBA Shows/Junior Coordinator

Of 177 animals entered in the 2012 Brangus Futurity, six were named Grand Champions at the IKE Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La., by Judge Judd Cullers of Hungerford, Texas. Cullers’ judging career started at Abilene Christian University and has continued for 21 years. He has judged cattle in six different states and 12 different countries.

Futurity Black Female- Champ - Tanner MillerCullers’ first champion, CMR Ms Lanie 488Z, was named Summer Yearling Heifer Division Champion before being named Grand Champion Female. Lanie, a May 2012 daughter of DDD Black Gold 804S25, is owned and exhibited by Tanner Miller of Gilmer, Texas. Doguet’s Diamond D of McCoy, Texas,

Futurity Black Female- Res Champ - Doguetexhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Female, DDD Ms Barbara 804Y61. A November 2011 daughter of Doguets Hercules 88S3, Barbara first won the Junior Heifer Division. In the Red Brangus Show, Katy Knox from Hempstead, Texas, took top honors. Coming from the Red Summer Yearling Heifer Division, KK Miss Maybelline 65Z5 took the Grand Champion Red Female title. The female is a July 2012 daughter of R2R Johan 37S1. Bailye Foltyn’s Miss -C- Red Bailye 087Z came out of the Red Yearling Heifer Division to claim Reserve Champion honors. Red Bailye is a March 2012 daughter of Dos R2 Extra Style 880P.

Futurity Red Female- Champ - Katy Knox

Futurity Red Female- Res Champ - Bailye Foltyn

In the Cow-Calf Show, Jake Johnston of Waxahachie, Texas, exhibited JCC Ms 390Y to claim the Champion Cow-Calf Pair honor. The January 2011 cow is a daughter of DDD Lights Out 44P1 and had a February 2013 bull calf at side, Mr JCC Antonio 390A. Miss JLS Katherine 767Y and her March 2013 heifer calf, Ms Odyssey 767A, claimed the title of Reserve Champion Cow-Calf Pair. Katherine is a March 2011 daughter of Skyhawks President and is owned and exhibited by Ellie Jorgenson, Tyler, Texas. Jared Lopez took the Grand Champion Red Brangus Cow-Calf Pair honors with Ms M4 Rose and her March 2013 bull calf, Mr. M4 Oso Rojo. Rose is an April 2011 daughter of R2 Extra Style 880P.

Futurity Black CC- Champ - Johnston

Futurity Black CC- Res Champ - Ellie Jorgenson

Futurity Red CC- Champ - Jared Lopez

Futurity Black Bull- Champ - Savannah ScottIn the bull show, SCC Sampson 313Y capped his highly successful week by taking top honors as Grand Champion Bull. Coming out of the Senior Bull Division, Sampson, an April 2011 son of Doguet’s Hercules 88S3, was exhibited by Triple Crown Ranch of Angleton, Texas. I H Rudder 504Y2 came from the Senior Yearling Bull Division and took the Reserve Grand Champion Bull title. Futurity Black Bull- Res Champ - Buck ThomasonThe September 2011 bull is a son of Chief of Indian Hills 23P68 and is owned and exhibited by Buck Thomason of Cranfills Gap, Texas. Grand Champion Red Brangus Bull honors went to CX Mr Promise Keeper 609/Y1 owned and exhibited by Cox Excalibur Brangus of Katy, Texas. 609/Y1 first won the Red Senior Bull Division and is an April 2011 son of CX Promise Keeper 84/R. From the Junior Yearling Bull Division, Mr -C- Duke 30Z took the title of Reserve Grand Champion Red Brangus Bull. Sired by R2 Extra Style 880P, the March 2012 bull is owned and exhibited by Bar C Bar Red Brangus of Wharton, Texas.

Futurity Red Bull- Champ - Cox

Futurity Red Bull- Res Champ - Atkinson

Concluding the day was the group classes. Dillard Land and Cattle, Ltd. of Katy, Texas, won the Produce of Dam class with two sons of Miss JLS Revenue 630U.

For more information about NJBS and the junior association, visit junior.gobrangus.com.