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Brangus News and Information

Brangus News and Information provides our members and commercial producers information about current events related to our industry, and keeps you up-to-date on the latest technologies developed to make your operation more productive, efficient and ultimately more profitable.

2017 IBBA Committees

International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) President Brandon Belt announced 2017 standing and special committee assignments.

“Strong leadership is an important part of the overall success of each committee,” said IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS. “I appreciate each of the

By |May 8th, 2017|News|

Genetic Evaluation Release: May 2017

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of May 2017 Genomic-Enhanced Expected Progeny Differences (GE-EPDs).

In this round of genetic evaluation, over 1.4 million animals were considered. Of those, GE-EPDs were produced for more than 10,000 Brangus®, Red Brangus, UltraRed

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Brangus-Cross Wins HLSR Carcass Contest

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) is excited to announce that a Brangus-cross was named Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) Carcass Contest Champion on April 25.

Jordan Adams, a high school junior of Clear Creek FFA, in League City, Texas, exhibited

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

DNA Profiling: The Basics

by Matt Barten, Embruon



Bovine embryo transfer is a broad term used to define the production and transfer or freezing of bovine embryos. This process gained traction in the late 1970s to early 1980s as a

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

What Do You Know About Fetal Programming?

by North Dakota State University Area Extension Livestock Specialist Janna Kincheloe


The relationship between nutrition and reproduction has been well established with measures such as calving interval, calf health and survival, and overall pregnancy rates affected by body condition score at calving.

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Cattle Fever Ticks

by Hallie Hasel, DVM

Cattle fever ticks, known, also, as Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) annulatus and R. (B.) microplus, are the most dangerous cattle ectoparasites in the United States. These ticks have been a threat to American agriculture for generations as they are capable

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

So Much To Do!

by Linda Jordens Galayda, Texas Rancher Girl


Whew! Let’s put the winter of 2016 behind us. Time to think of warmer temperatures, sunshine, and spring rains. In the Texas area, that, also, means preparing for our spring cow work. Now, every cattle

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Ranch Preparedness 101

Are You Ready if a Disaster Strikes?

by Texas Animal Health Commission Director of Emergency Management Jeff Turner


Cow-calf producers are no strangers to dealing with the various emergencies Mother Nature throws their way. From wildfires to hurricanes, river flooding to fever ticks,

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Don’t Sweat It!

The Texas Heat has nothing on the PolarPen… No Bull!

by IBBA Assistant to the Executive Vice President Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez


The sizzling Texas heat in the summer months is no secret. It’s a scorching time of year with temperatures reaching record highs,

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Telling the Brangus Story

by IBBA Assistant to the Executive Vice President Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez

“Go Brangus!” “Build with Brangus!” “Any Country is Brangus Country!” What do these slogans mean to you? Brangus cattle have a long and rich history, dating back to the early 1900s.

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Ramirez Joins Brangus Team

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the hiring of Assistant to the Executive Vice President Yvonne “Bonnie” Ramirez.

Originally from the small south Texas town of Encino, Ramirez now resides in La Vernia, Texas. She joins the IBBA team after

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Onward & Upward

by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS

Parts of the country continue to receive beneficial and much needed rainfall. It is nice to see baby calves being born and to appreciate the genetic improvement our breed continues to make every

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Tag, You’re It!

by IBBA Field Service Representative Matt Murdoch

As commercial cattlemen, one of our goals is to increase profit revenue while limiting the input cost of a herd. Brangus® genetics provide production of females and bulls that maximize the benefits of heterosis. Once

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Who are we — Really?

by Linda Jordens Galayda, Texas Rancher Girl

I had another story lined up to share, but yesterday an event occurred that changed everything. I received a phone call from one of my dearest friends that her family ranch in Kansas had been

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Dawn of a New Age

by Taylor Shackelford

Each year brings women and men closer to equals in the workplace. 2016 saw massive crowds and high traffic in the mainstream media celebrating women. In today’s current job market, women are taking a larger share of entry-level career

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

The Brangus Project

by Taylor Shackelford

There is no right or wrong way to raise livestock. Many would agree, one of the best things you can do is learn from the successes of others. If that doesn’t work, if you don’t learn what you need,

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Freshness Guaranteed

by Taylor Shackelford

How do you stay current? Does anyone read the newspaper for their daily update on the world anymore? Many probably listen to a morning radio broadcast or watch the local evening news. At Starwood Brangus, herd size isn’t everything.

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

International Affairs

by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS

The Brangus® cowherd continues to be a great factory driving profitability in many operations. Likewise, the Brangus Built program has been a shining star for the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) the past

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Bull Breeding Soundness: What’s in a Guarantee?

by John M. Davidson, DVM, Diplomate ABVP (Beef Cattle Practice)

Beef cattle reproduction is fairly straightforward. What separates the high-achieving producer from those with lesser productivity can often be attention paid to the most basic of details. One of these critical details

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Brangus. Does it make the grade?

An overview of beef grading

by Loni Lucherk, Texas Tech University


When I think of Brangus® cattle, in a meat sense, I think about what the Brahman and Angus breeds bring to the table in terms of carcass characteristics. A combination of yield,

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Exporting & Importing: What to Expect

by Hillary Kvamme, Elgin Breeding Service

We see it every day with modern technology: pictures of the newest calf born in a country thousands of miles from the bull that sired it. While this seems to be a rather routine undertaking, after

By |May 5th, 2017|News|


Csonka: His legacy continues to influence the breed, both domestically and internationally.

by Martha Hollida Garrett


Csonka of Brinks 30R4 was just one of many bulls born in 2005, but perhaps no other bull in the history of the breed has impacted and changed

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Meet Your New Field Service Representative

by IBBA Field Service Representative Matt Murdoch

I would like to introduce myself. My name is Matt Murdoch. I just recently joined the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) in January as a field services representative. I grew up in the small town

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

World Brangus Congress 2018

by Buck & Sidney Thomason


Dear Friends,

Many of you have attended the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. The world comes to Houston to see the various breeds of cattle we have in the United States, view an awesome Rodeo, make new friends,

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

2017 Annual Meeting & Convention

The International Brangus Breeders Association’s (IBBA) 2017 Annual Meeting and Convention was held Feb. 10-11 in San Antonio, Texas. Members from across the country gathered at IBBA’s new headquarters building and the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa.

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Brangus Around the World

by IBBA Communications Coordinator Peyton Waldrip

IBBA’s Annual Meeting and Convention is held each year in order for IBBA’s Board of Directors, staff, and members to conduct official business and come together for the betterment of the Brangus breed and the association.

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Brangus in the Land Down Under

by Taylor Shackelford

Brangus cattle are well-equipped for any climate with a thicker hide and greater surface area than their Bos indicus contemporaries. While many are under the impression that Brangus only exist in the coastal United States of America and continental

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Now is the Time to Get Serious About Cow Efficiency

by Associate Professor and Extension Animal Scientist, Auburn University Lisa A. Kriese-Anderson, PhD.

It has been over 30 years since the first Brangus expected progeny differences (EPD) values were published for Brangus breeders to utilize in selection decisions. Collecting actual weights and

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Genomic Advancements for Brangus

by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS

The cattle market continues to underwhelm most of us in the industry. It’s hard to say where we will end up in 2017, but it sure seems like we have at least hit

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Marketing: Endless Opportunities

by Karoline Rose

Payday: the day when all your hard work for the year leaves the driveway on a cattle truck, and you hold a check in hand. As a cattle procurement officer and a cow-calf operator, I am on both sides

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

2017: The Year of the Ultrablack®

by Tori Perkins

Looking out into a cow-filled pasture, it is hard to see the difference between them at first glance. When you take time to look closer, there is a clear difference between each breed in the pasture and on your

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

The Measure of a Man

by Taylor Shackelford

Not every commercial cattle operation is just cow-calf. Stevie Ray Hansen and his ranch, Hansen Land and Cattle Company (HLC), is a book you can’t judge by its cover. In addition to his commercial Brangus operation, he just signed

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Brangus in the High Country

by Taylor Shackelford

If you’ve heard of Brangus, you know of the 3/8 Brahman influence that helps them to survive in the warm, humid climates across the southern and coastal regions of the United States and other areas like them around the

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

It’s All in the Family

by Taylor Shackelford

Starting a cattle herd can be a daunting task. For someone just getting into the Brangus breed, there are hundreds of genetic options to navigate. Most understand expected progeny differences (EPDs) typically fall into one of three categories: reproductive,

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

History of the IBBA

by Past-IBBA Executive Vice President Roy Lilley

It is a privilege to write a short article about the history of Brangus cattle and the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA). When I was hired as executive vice president in 1964, many of the

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

International Guests Attend Educational Seminar

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) hosted individuals from five countries at an international seminar on Dec. 6-7 in Fort Worth, Texas.

“The opportunities for Brangus are developing at a rapid pace in many countries. The breeders and their associations look to

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases Winter 2016 Genetic Evaluation

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of Winter 2016 Genomic-Enhanced Expected Progeny Differences (GE-EPDs).

In this round of genetic evaluation, over 1.4 million animals were considered. Of those, GE-EPDs were produced for approximately 8,250 Brangus®, Red Brangus, UltraRed

By |May 5th, 2017|News|

Get to Know Genomic Testing

by John Genho, Livestock Genetic Services

Over the past several years, genomic tests have become more available to breeders for genetic improvement. These have come in several different forms and have been used in different ways. The following is a review of

By |May 4th, 2017|News|

A Year for Advancements

by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS

Hopefully cattle prices have found the bottom and the year ahead will bring a more stable market. It appears heifer-retention growth has come to a halt in the past two years as more

By |May 4th, 2017|News|

Progression for Brangus


by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS

The holiday season is in full swing, and I’m guessing you are spending a lot of time with family while eating and traveling more than most desire. It is a great time of

By |December 13th, 2016|News|

An Update From the Field


by IBBA Field Service Representative Taylor Shackelford

I want to take a brief moment to introduce myself; my name is Taylor Shackelford. I joined the Brangus team to serve the members as the field services representative. I grew up on a predominantly

By |December 13th, 2016|News|

Nine in Five


by IBBA Communications Coordinator Peyton Waldrip

IBBA member Clarence Tays is a Brangus breeder in Cookeville, Tennessee. An Ultrablack® female named MISS LOF 144, or “Lollipop,” was born into his herd on Aug. 30, 2009. After Tays’s granddaughter, Elizabeth, showed the heifer

By |December 13th, 2016|Member News, News|

Reproduction, Twinning and Genomics

by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist Joe Paschal, PhD.

Reproduction in cattle is generally thought to be lowly heritable (0.10-0.20 percent), and as a result selection response is low. Regardless of what reproductive trait is being selected, there is not a

By |December 8th, 2016|Member News, News|

A High-Tech Cattleman


by IBBA Communications Coordinator Peyton Waldrip

Robby Beach and David Waldrip have a cow-calf operation in New Braunfels, Texas. With an excess of rain late this summer and into the fall, grass is high on Open Bar Cattle Company’s property. This calving

By |November 14th, 2016|News|

Drone Photography Has Been An Experience


by Penny Bowie, Omni Advertising and Graphics, Inc.

As a professional photographer, I keep up with all the latest in technology when it comes to cameras and I had been watching closely the development of drones. I wanted to purchase one when the

By |November 14th, 2016|News|

Technological Communication Implementation


by IBBA Field Service Representative Kyle Dykes

In today’s world we find ourselves busier than ever. There is always work to be done and new business to be conducted. In many situations, we find business people, no matter the industry, are operating

By |November 14th, 2016|News|

Technological Advancements in the Industry


by IBBA Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS

What a difference a year can make. We have gone from a steady, reasonable market to a fluctuating, volatile beef cattle market in just twelve months. The market signal is unpredictable, which can cause

By |November 14th, 2016|News|

A Challenge for the Membership


by IBBA Board President Mike Vorel

I hope everyone is enjoying fall. Hopefully you have plenty of standing grass to start the winter season, prolonging the need to feed hay. I also hope everyone has attended or plans to attend one or

By |November 14th, 2016|News|

Decoding Expected Progeny Differences

by Caitlin Richards, The Cattleman Magazine

Making buying decisions can be challenging and using expected progeny differences (EPDs) when buying herd sires may often seem to complicate the decision even more. EPDs have been around for a long time, but they are misunderstood and underutilized.

Tommy Perkins, Ph.D., executive vice president

By |November 14th, 2016|News|

Legendary “150” Cow Family


Legendary Cow Family, by Peyton Waldrip

The Brangus breed has grown to be one of the most reliable and profitable breeds available to cattlemen. International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) member breeders have worked hard to help the breed evolve and to help the breed

By |November 4th, 2016|Member News, News|

IBBA Releases Fall 2016 Genetic Evaluation


IBBA Releases Fall 2016 Genetic Evaluation: The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of Fall 2016 Genomic-Enhanced Expected Progeny Differences (GE-EPDs) with its newest national cattle genetic evaluation.

Member breeders send DNA samples to GeneSeek or Zoetis, where the DNA

Tom Davis: Cattleman and Storyseller – FRONTLINE Beef Producer


Tom Davis: Cattleman & Storyseller, by Communications Coordinator Peyton Waldrip

A great storyteller can make or break a story. But Tom Davis, of Cold Creek Ranch, in Reynolds, Georgia, is one great storyseller. He uses the attributes of his Brangus and UltraBlack

Birth Weight/Calving Ease – FRONTLINE Beef Producer Fall 2016


Let’s Lose Less Sleep: Birth Weight/Calving Ease, by Robert Williams, Ph.D.

Pounds of healthy calves weaned, as a percentage of cows exposed, is one of the most important characteristics of a profitable beef enterprise. There are several traits which contribute to this

Brangus: The Reliable Breed – FRONTLINE Beef Producer Fall 2016


Brangus: The Reliable Breed, by Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, Ph.D., PAS

Beef cattle heifer retention challenges, economic instability, lower beef prices, and an uncertain political future is facing the beef industry as we roll into the fall months. Add preparation for

Changes in Progress for Producers, Veterinarians, and Feed Mills – FRONTLINE Beef Producer Fall 2016


Changes in Progress for Producers, Veterinarians, and Feed Mills, by Traci Eatherton

Big adjustments are in the works for livestock operators due to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) June 2015 announced Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) changes, set to be fully implemented by

Modern Day Practices for Long-Time Cattlemen: Winston 8 Ranch – FRONTLINE Beef Producer Fall 2016


Modern Day Practices for Long-Time Cattlemen: Winston 8 Ranch, by Commercial Marketing Coordinator Kyle Dykes

The commercial sector of the cattle industry is the grease that turns the wheels in the cattle business today. Without the commercial producer creating the daily buying

Commercial Marketing: Fall Sale Season – FRONTLINE Beef Producer Fall 2016


Fall Sale Season: Keep On Truckin,’ by Commercial Marketing Coordinator Kyle Dykes

Fall sale season is approaching fast, and it’s time to start thinking about buying bulls and replacement females. Having quality replacement females is crucial in order to maintain quality cattle in future

Carcass Merit Attributes of Angus, Brangus and Ultrablack Sired Calves – FRONTLINE Beef Producer Fall 2016


Carcass Merit Attributes of Angus, Brangus and Ultrablack Sired Calves, by Education and Data Coordinator Jenny Bohac

Data from 88 crossbred calves, sired by Angus, UltraBlack, and Brangus bulls, were evaluated for carcass merit in early 2016. The data came from 14

By |August 30th, 2016|News|

Contemporary Grouping 101 – FRONTLINE Beef Producer Fall 2016


Contemporary Grouping 101, by Field Service Representative Lauren Prine

With the wagon comes the wheels. The ideology of the wheel stands for a practice that has already been set in motion. Here at International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA), we’re not trying to

By |August 30th, 2016|News|

Sale Cattle Preparation

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Demonstration on how to fit and prepare cattle for a sale.

2016 IBBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Schedule

Early Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline

7:00 a.m. Cattle Move in
IBBA Booth Opens, NRG Center near Main Arena
(Open all week)

2:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting, Holiday Inn
6:00 p.m. IBBA Member Reception

7:30 a.m. IBA Meeting
8:00 a.m. Membership Breakfast, Holiday Inn
IBBA Business Meeting, Holiday Inn

By |January 18th, 2016|Member News|

International Brangus Breeders Foundation Raise Funds at Houston

The International Brangus Breeders Foundation, the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit Corporation, protects and administers gifts and donations to conduct research, investigations, and experiments in the breeding of Brangus cattle, to facilitate and promote the participation of Brangus cattle in exhibitions, and to engage in such other activities that generally or incidentally promote

IBBA Concludes Annual Convention

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) welcomed members, show exhibitors, and International guests to its annual convention in Houston March 4-7, 2014, in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

To kick off the events, a welcome reception was hosted in the NRG Center Thursday evening to engage with members

The Brangus Bump – Brangus Hybrid Vigor

When they needed to add pounds at shipping, Will and Monnie Carol Carter of Hope Hull, Alabama found that Brangus hybrid vigor added 100lb to the weaning weights of their commercial herd.

“We needed more growth,” Will says. “We worked hard to get them to 720 pounds by the time

Event Submission

We are re-organizing our calendar and trying to keep it as accurate and up-to-date as possible. In order to help us do this we need you to keep us informed of any important dates and events that you might want to share.

Just fill out the following form and

By |February 19th, 2015|Events|

Brangus Fall Conference

Join us in San Antonio, Texas, October 2-4, for the first Brangus Fall Conference. Get involved in committee meetings, attend the educational sessions, hear from NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts, enjoy good Texas barbecue, and celebrate the commencement of the International Brangus Foundation! Watch the video for all the exciting details.

By |September 5th, 2014|News, Videos|

2014 World Brangus Congress – Mexico

Make your reservations today, and join us November 10-14, at the 2014 World Brangus Congress in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico!

Registration Fee – $650.00
Your registration includes:

  • Transportation from the Airport to the Hotel and back to the Airport
  • Conference Keynote Address
  • Entry into the Xmatkuil fairgrounds and Brangus judging
  • Tickets to the archeological sites
By |August 19th, 2014|Events, News|

Respected Friend of the Industry Passes Away

Matt Syler

Matt Syler, beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed from this world into eternal life on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Matt was 86 years old.

Born to Monnie Lou Glimp Syler and Hubert Syler on January 27, 1927, Matt was raised primarily in Buda and Chimney Springs, Texas, and

By |November 15th, 2013|News|

Global Brangus Roundup 2013

The Global Brangus Roundup serves as a venue for U.S. Brangus producers to network with international Brangus breeders and showcase genetics from numerous operations. Hosted during IBBA’s Annual Convention in Houston, Texas, this year’s event demonstrated the need for more communication across borders and an increase in demand for Brangus

2012 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award – Southern Accent Farm

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam recognized Southern Accent Farm as the 2012 Agricultural Environmental Leadership Award winner. Allen and Nicki Smith, owners and operators of the purebred Brangus and commercial cattle operation near Okeechobee, Fla., demonstrate leadership in developing and implementing innovated and progressive techniques to safeguard the environment

Brangus Feature on The American Rancher

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The Brangus breed is an American beef breed developed with commercial producers in mind. Researchers began experimenting with crosses of Angus and Brahman as early as 1912 at the Jeannerette, La., USDA experiment station.