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An Update From the Field: December 2017

November 30, 2017

by IBBA Field Service Representative Matt Murdoch   The days are now shorter, sale season is in full swing, and there have been some pretty exciting things happening in the Brangus world lately. The months of October and November have been full of lots of miles down the road with numerous relationships built as well…

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Brangus in 2017

November 30, 2017

by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS   We are in the middle of the season to give thanks and appreciation for the many things we have in life. I am hopeful that everyone had a relaxing Thanksgiving and will be preparing for a festive Christmas and safe New Year. This is, also,…

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Up, Up, Up

November 30, 2017

by IBBA President Brandon Belt   Wow! Well, as I have said before, time flies when you are having fun! It’s already December. Where has 2017 gone? It’s been a good year for Brangus. Membership is up, total herd reporting is up, and interest in Brangus genetics is up! Let’s keep the momentum going into…

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Junior Member Spotlight: QUINN CARTER

November 30, 2017

    Twenty-two-year-old Quinn Carter, of Haines City, Florida, not only is an active member of the International Junior Brangus Breeders Association (IJBBA), she is, also, a student at the University of Florida. She is pursuing a degree in food resources and economics. Quinn has been an IJBBA member for eight years. Her future plans…

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From Floods – Family, Friends and Fellowship Triumphed

November 30, 2017

From Floods – Family, Friends and Fellowship Triumphed: Fellow Brangus Breeders Impacted by Hurricane Harvey by IBBA Assistant to the Executive Vice President Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez   Two words: Hurricane Harvey. Those words have an astounding resonation. Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane with a top wind speed of 132 mph, as recorded in Port…

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Technological Advancements Improve Your Bottom Line

November 30, 2017

by IBBA Communications Coordinator Peyton Waldrip   Ray Westall bought the land that is Brinks Brangus at Westall Ranches in Arabela, New Mexico, about 10 years ago. In 2011, he added registered cattle to the operation. Today, Tate and Kelli Pruett help with everyday operations on the ranch. “When Ray [Westall] bought this place 10…

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Advances in Sexed Semen Production

November 30, 2017

by STgenetics Director Global Quality Assurance Leonardo F. C. Brito   Although use of sexed semen used for artificial insemination (AI) is rightfully considered a reproductive biotechnology, it could be argued that it should, also, be considered genetic selection since gender is a genetic trait. Most genetic traits can be manipulated through selection, but before…

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2017 IBBA Annual Award Nominations

November 22, 2017

  The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Awards Committee requests nominations for 2017 annual awards. Three awards will be presented Friday, March 2, at IBBA’s 2018 Awards Banquet: Breeder of the Year, Commercial Producer of the Year, and Pioneer of the Year. The Breeder of the Year is awarded to an active IBBA member deserving…

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Livestock Management Software Q&A

November 14, 2017

by Genetic Performance Solutions, LLC Product Manager Emilio Silvas   According to its website, Genetic Performance Solutions (GPS) is a livestock association management provider with corporate offices in San Antonio, Texas. Since 2007, GPS claims to have delivered a means for standardizing the collection, evaluation and reporting of data across multiple breed associations.   Q: The…

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Ultrasound – A Valuable Tool

November 14, 2017

by Jessica Hoerster   Barbed wire. Vaccines. Cattle trailers. Embryo transfer. At one point in time, all of these were considered new technology. Some were simply improvements on techniques or tools that were currently in use, while others had the potential to fundamentally change the industry. With so much innovation at our disposal, to use…

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