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The Brangus Breed Celebrates 75 Years

Join the celebration in historic Cowtown of Fort Worth, Texas


Celebration Date: August 8 - 10, 2024
Event Location: The Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel
200 Main Street, Fort Worth Texas 76102
Tel. 800-433-5677.


The development of the Brangus breed takes us back beyond 75 years ago with the founding of the American Brangus Breeders Association in 1949.  Much of the early work in crossing Brahman and Angus cattle was done at the USDA Experiment Station at Jeanerette, Louisiana -- the first crosses being made as far back as 1912.

A few individual breeders in other parts of the United States and Canada were also carrying on private experimental breeding programs. They were looking for a desirable beef-type animal that would retain the Brahman's natural ability to thrive under adverse conditions in combination with the excellent qualities for which the Angus is noted.

Early Brangus breeders from 16 states and Canada met in Vinita, Oklahoma on July 19, 1949, and organized the American Brangus Breeders Association with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. The association was later renamed the International Brangus Breeders Association and is now headquartered near San Antonio, Texas.

The Brangus breed will host its 75 Years Brangus Celebration on August 9-10, 2024, at The Worthington Renaissance Hotel in the historic Cowtown of Fort Worth, Texas. There will be a GKB Cattle Ranch Tour Sponsored by GKB Cattle on August 8th in Desdemona, Texas.

Brangus enthusiasts are invited to celebrate the 75-year legacy with a weekend of commemoration, education, entertainment, and fellowship. The weekend events will conclude with the “Legacy of Brangus Gala” – Celebrating 75 Years, a unique, western sheik festivity.

Meanwhile, stay up-to-date, go down memory road, and relive the past 75 years of Brangus history by following the Facebook page created for this milestone event, visit it here!

The Facebook page is devoted to featuring events, people and cattle that have played roles, large or small in the breed’s history. Like the page and follow along. We invite you to post photos on your personal/ranch pages and tag the 75 Years Brangus Celebration page and share this page.


Hotel Information for The Worthington:

Reservations line - 1-800-433-5677

Reference IBBA 75th Brangus Jubilee Anniversary Meeting to receive your group rate of $199/night plus tax.

Note when booking online reservations at The Worthington: If your start date is Thursday, August 8, reservations will indicate there are no rooms available. Start date should be Friday or Saturday, August 9 or 10th to be successful with online booking. See the flyer here for other potential hotels.


It's 1956--the breed is seven-years-old and Brangus gets a role in Hollywood. The epic movie, Giant was released. To say it was hit is an understatement. It featured Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Clear View King Tut, a Brangus bull owned by Raymond Pope, Clear View Ranch, Vinita, Oklahoma.

The movie tracks the lives of the family members of a ranching empire in Texas. It was James Dean’s last movie; he died in a car accident shortly after filming was completed. Based on the novel by Edna Ferber, Giant follows “Bick” Benedict (played by Rock Hudson), a Texas cattle baron. After he marries the socialite Leslie (Elizabeth Taylor), tensions mount with the young ranch hand Jett (Dean), who is envious of both Benedict’s money and his beautiful wife. After Jett receives an unexpected windfall, his wealth surpasses the Benedicts’, further fueling the rivalry.


July 29, 1949 in Vinita, Oklahoma – Founders and charter Members of the American Brangus Breeders Association from left: Carlton Corbin, Ada, OK; Alfred Pennington, Raymondville, TX; Jesse Dowdy, Otterville, MO; Ralph Scannell, Ringwood, OK; Carl Colwick, Stephenville, TX; Sam Synder, reporter with KVOO TV, Tulsa, OK; Raymond Pope, Vinita, OK; Claude Volyes, Austin, TX; Dick Wheatley, Vinita, OK; Joe B. Hendry, Clewiston, FL; Bob Evans, Kansas City, MO; and Terry Dalehite, Pearsall, TX.