Texas Producer Receives Honorable Harry Holt Award

SAN ANTONIO, TX- Tommy Milliorn of Abilene, Texas, was awarded the 2014 Harry Holt “Good Neighbor” Award by the West Texas Rehabilitation Center (WTRC) for his support of the Abilene community and the Rehab’s slogan, neighbor helping neighbor.

“I was surprised but very honored to receive this award,” said Milliorn. “I thank all the committee members and board members for selecting me.”

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Recipient Tommy Milliorn (right) receives the Harry Holt “Good Neighbor” award from WTRC President Woody Gilliland. Photo by: Dan Huggins, WTRC

The annual award was presented to Milliorn at the Round-Up for Rehab Kickoff Dinner September 14, 2014, and is named after longtime agriculture broadcaster Harry Holt. The award recognizes a person involved in the agriculture industry who has provided support to the WTRC’s mission, encouraged others to get involved in a good cause, and led by positive example. Milliorn has served on the Board of Directors for the WTRC and given back to help his community.

“The Rehab feels Tommy Milliorn meets all the award criteria and is a deserving recipient of this year’s award,” said Dan Huggins, WTRC’s Director of Donor Relations.

Milliorn grew up just 15 miles east of Abilene in Eula where he operated a commercial cattle operation until the early ‘80s when he joined the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) and started running registered Brangus cattle. He then joined the West Texas Brangus Breeders Association and has served as the association’s sale chairman for approximately 15 years. In 1965, Milliorn moved to Abilene and started a real estate business. He has owned and operated Tommy Milliorn Realtors for 50 years and served as president of the Abilene Board of Realtors. Milliorn and his wife of 10 years, Ruth Ann, together own and manage Big Elm Cattle Company.

The WTRC is a non-profit organization started in the 1953 that provides outpatient care and physical rehabilitation to more than 500 patients daily. The IBBA strives to highlight the success and achievements of its members both in and outside the industry. To learn more about the IBBA and Brangus cattle, visit www.GoBrangus.com.

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.

McClure Joins Santa Rosa Ranch Management Team

Source: Santa Rosa Ranch

Santa Rosa Ranch has announced that Billy McClure has joined the operation as Manager, overseeing the registered and purebred Brangus and UltraBlack development program. General Manager Kent Smith welcomed McClure, his wife, Brooke, and children, Emily and Aubrey, to Santa Rosa Ranch.

“We are pleased to have Billy join our operation because he reflects the commitment and values that we have for producing the best Brangus and UltraBlack cattle in the market and standing behind what we do, for the success of our customers,” Smith said.

McClure joins Santa Rosa Ranch following time with some of the most reputable operations in the industry. As the son of a Jonesville, La., row crop farmer and cattle raiser, Billy moved to Rosebud, Ark., as a young man and joined Caldwell Farms, where he eventually became manager of the Angus, Brangus and commercial cow/calf operation. He then arrived at Camp Cooley and served as assistant herd manager underneath Ken Hughes before moving to Chimney Rock Cattle Company in Concord, Ark., as ranch manager, overseeing the registered herd of Brangus cattle.

McClure brings a wealth of management and breeding experience and compliments the progressive program at Santa Rosa Ranch. McClure is excited to join a program that is committed to producing some of the best cattle in the Brangus and UltraBlack breed while keeping an eye to the future and the success of their customers.

“Santa Rosa Ranch has an incredible amount to offer to this breed and this industry,” McClure said. “There is a lot of potential in the cattle business today, and I am proud to join Kent Smith, Gerald Sullivan, and his daughter, Kelley, and take on their slogan ‘Making The Best Breed Better’ because I believe that they are, and I’m excited to be a part of it!”

Santa Rosa Ranch, with locations in Crockett and Navasota, Texas, produces seedstock and purebred Brangus and UltraBlacks for commercial producers as well as registered operations. For more information about bulls and replacement females, semen, embryos, and commercial steers and heifers, log on to www.srrbrangus.com or call 936.624.2333.

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.