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: