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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.

IBBA to Host 2018 World Brangus® Congress

 The International Brangus® Breeders Association (IBBA) is proud to host guests from more than 14 countries at the 2018 World Brangus Congress (WBC) Feb. 27 – March 3, in Houston, Texas.

The event will be held in conjunction with the Houston Livestock

By |December 15th, 2017|News|

2018 World Brangus Congress Schedule

 

2018 WORLD BRANGUS CONGRESS

The following is a list of events and activities for the 2018 World Brangus Congress (WBC), Feb. 27 – March 3, in Houston, Texas, USA.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018

  • Arrive in Houston
  • Transportation from airport to Royal Sonesta
By |December 11th, 2017|News|

2018 World Brangus Congress Pre-Tour Schedule

 

2018 WORLD BRANGUS CONGRESS PRE TOUR

 

Thursday, Feb. 22: Passengers arrive in Atlanta for a meet and greet before travelling to Cartersville for hotel check-in. Guests will tour Booth Museum before dinner.

Friday, Feb. 23: Tour attendees will travel to Salacoa Valley Farms

By |December 11th, 2017|News|

IBBA Coordinates International Brangus® Seminar

 

The International Brangus® Breeders Association (IBBA) International Committee hosted guests from Ecuador, Guatemala and Nicaragua for an International Brangus Seminar Nov. 26-28 at IBBA headquarters in San Antonio, Texas.

Guests stayed at the Hilton Palacio del Rio hotel on the San Antonio

By |December 4th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases December 2017 Genetic Evaluation

 

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of December 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 13,010 Brangus®, Red BrangusTM, Ultrared, and

By |December 1st, 2017|News|

Brangus in Mexico

by Marcos Borges, Jr.

 

Marcos Borges, Jr. travelled to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Oct. 24 – Nov. 2 to visit the Mexican Brangus association’s (Asociación Mexicana de Criadores de Ganado Brangus) National Brangus Show.

Mexico’s population is 115,296,767. The cattle population is 20,100,000. Its

By |December 1st, 2017|News|

To the Behind-the-Scenes Crews…Thank You!

VOLUNTEERS… YOU ARE THE HEART AND SOUL

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

 

SOMEWHERE IN TEXAS – When you go to a major livestock show, a county show, prospect show, benefit event, etc., have you ever wondered who

By |November 30th, 2017|News|

A Beef Ambassador Within the Brangus Family

FIND YOUR VOICE AND BE A VOICE

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

 

All too often agriculture is taken for granted and is under a  close microscope by critics. The beef industry has and continues to undergo scrutiny

By |November 30th, 2017|News|

An Update From the Field: December 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

By |November 30th, 2017|News|

Brangus in 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

By |November 30th, 2017|News|

Up, Up, Up

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

By |November 30th, 2017|News|

From Floods – Family, Friends and Fellowship Triumphed

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

By |November 30th, 2017|News|

Advances in Sexed Semen Production

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

By |November 30th, 2017|News|

2017 IBBA Annual Award Nominations

 

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

By |November 22nd, 2017|News|

Ultrasound – A Valuable Tool

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

By |November 14th, 2017|News|

IBBA DNA Show Rule Requirements

 

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors approved official parent verification rule modifications as submitted by IBBA’s Show Committee addressing original rule passed Aug. 19 in Okeechobee, Florida.

The following parentage verification rule will be in effect beginning May 15,

By |November 14th, 2017|News|

Stick Together

by IBBA President Brandon Belt

 

I struggled this month on what to write. There have been so many things happening all around our country. Thankfully everyone that I know came through it all relatively unscathed, but I know there are many whose

By |November 14th, 2017|News|

Enthusiastic Service & Working Together

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

 

I’ve had the opportunity to participate in several Brangus sales and educational events the past month, and if you haven’t noticed, I really enjoy visiting with Brangus breeders and meeting potential new breeders during

By |November 14th, 2017|News|

IBBA Board Candidates

 

The International Brangus Breeders Association’s (IBBA) mission is to empower its members to advance the quality, reliability and value of Brangus and Brangus-influenced cattle; to provide innovative programs and services which enhance the economic well-being of members and commercial customers. In

By |November 14th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases November 2017 Genetic Evaluation

 

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of November 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 approximately 12,900 Brangus®, Red BrangusTM, Ultrared,

By |November 8th, 2017|News|

IBBA Offers New Lower-Cost DNA Product

 

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) partnered with Neogen Corporation – GeneSeek Operations to offer a new ultralow density DNA panel (GGP-uLD) with a lower per-animal cost.

The new product offering and pricing began Oct. 1. In addition to parentage SNPs, the

By |October 17th, 2017|News|

Why You Should DNA Test Your Herd

by IBBA Registry Services Coordinator Tullina Wilson

 

Technology is continuously evolving within the beef industry. Technological advances are expanding into areas once believed to be unattainable. While these advances can be overwhelming at times, these tools, if used properly, can bring you

By |October 9th, 2017|News|

The Importance of Marketing

by Cattle Solutions Owners Kyle & Crystal Devoll

 

Marketing. This is certainly a broad topic and one that needs to be studied and thought about in order to be successful in the cattle business and in most endeavors. For the purpose of

By |October 9th, 2017|News|

Marketing the Numbers

by Garrett R. Thomas, Owner of Hi Point Sales and Marketing

 

Almost everyone reading this article has been asked the simple question, “How do you market your cattle?” It’s a valid question to us all, as the methods of marketing have evolved over the

By |October 9th, 2017|News|

Update From the Field: October 2017

by IBBA Field Service Representative Matt Murdoch

 

This summer was full of excitement in the Brangus industry. We had the National Junior Brangus Show (NJBS) and Brangus Futurity in Texarkana, Texas A&M University’s Beef Cattle Short Course, and the launch of the

By |October 9th, 2017|News|

Marketing & Management Decisions

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

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone impacted by the natural disasters that have occurred recently. These events include, but are not limited to, the fires in the Texas Panhandle, Oklahoma, and

By |October 9th, 2017|News|

Forward

by IBBA President Brandon Belt

 

We are moving forward. The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has several projects in the works for upcoming events and research initiatives to move the Brangus breed forward. Your help and participation is imperative if we are

By |October 9th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases October 2017 Genetic Evaluation

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of October 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 12,681 Brangus®, Red BrangusTM, Ultrared, and Ultrablack®

By |October 4th, 2017|News|

IBBA Committees Accepting Board Nominations

 

Nominating committees are now accepting nominations for open positions on the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Board of Directors.

Nominations for areas four, six, seven and eight will be accepted until Oct. 10. Area four is comprised of Indiana, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Ohio,

By |September 27th, 2017|News|

Texas Beef Council Sponsors Protein Symposium In Galveston

Texas Beef Council Sponsors Protein Symposium In Galveston

by Caitlin Richards

 

Some days, beef producers have their backs against the wall. But, on other days, beef producers have the upper hand. In Galveston on November 19, 2016, beef producers had control of the message.

Kelley Sullivan, co-owner of Santa Rosa Ranch and a

By |September 21st, 2017|News|

Measuring Heat Adaptability in Bos Indicus Cattle

by Raluca Mateescu, PhD.

 

Heat stress is a principal factor limiting production of animal protein and negatively affecting health and welfare of cattle in subtropical and tropical regions. Detrimental effects on livestock productivity associated with heat stress are expected to intensify dramatically

By |September 11th, 2017|News|

Hybrid Vigor Offers Commercial Producers Profit

by Tommy Perkins, PhD., PAS

 

Society continues to stress the importance of improved sustainability in our industry. This includes the impact beef has from a social, environmental and economic perspective in producing a viable product that accounts for the planet, people and

By |September 11th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases September 2017 Genetic Evaluation

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

In this round of genetic evaluation, over 1.07 million animals were considered. Of those, GE-EPDs were produced for approximately 12,100 Brangus®, Red Brangus, Ultrared, and Ultrablack® animals that have either

By |September 5th, 2017|News|

IBBA Board Approves DNA Show Rule Update

The International Brangus Breeders Association’s (IBBA) Board of Directors voted in favor of a show rule update at the board meeting on Aug. 19 in Okeechobee, Florida.

All Brangus®, Red Brangus, Ultrablack®, and Ultrared animals exhibited in IBBA-sanctioned shows must be parent-verified.

By |August 24th, 2017|News|

IBBA Hosts 2017 Fall Conference

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) hosted its annual fall conference Aug. 17-19 in conjunction with the Southeastern Brangus Breeders Association’s (SBBA) fall field day event on Aug. 18 in Brighton, Florida.

Meetings were held for members of the Membership and Education

By |August 24th, 2017|News|

Brangus Foundation to Fund Florida Research Project

 

International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) President Brandon Belt announced plans for an International Brangus Breeders Foundation (IBBF) research study on Aug. 17 at the Southeast Brangus Breeders Association (SBBA) Cattlemen’s Gathering in Brighton, Florida.

The IBBF research project will be focused on

By |August 21st, 2017|News|

Suggestions, Please!

by IBBA President Brandon Belt

 

I hope all of you are having a good summer. Ours has been great so far. It has gotten hot, but we got 1 ½ inches of rain on July Fourth – Happy Independence Day! That doesn’t

By |August 11th, 2017|News|

Summer Fun

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

 

What a difference a year makes as this time last year we were settling into a small rented office space awaiting the remodel of our new office. Twelve months later we are enjoying

By |August 11th, 2017|News|

Phenotypes Remain King in the Genomics Era

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

 

Genomic selection has played an important role in cattle breeding programs for the last five or so years. Brangus breeders have DNA tested more than 11,000 animals in the past three years with

By |August 11th, 2017|News|

Cloning Success

by IBBA Field Service Representative Matt Murdoch

 

 

The purpose of cloning livestock is to reproduce superior livestock genetics and maintain the herd at the highest quality. Cloning allows breeders to recreate an exact genetic

By |August 11th, 2017|News|

Feeding Considerations

by Whitney Whitworth, PhD.

 

To begin, it is important to note some basics of animal nutrition. Cattle partition nutrients they receive from feeds and forages in a very ordered way. The first thing a bovine uses nutrients for is daily maintenance. This

By |August 11th, 2017|News|

Brangus in Panama

by Marcos Borges

 

The Panama Brangus Angus Association (Asociación Panameña de Criadores de Ganado Angus y Brangus de la Republica de Panamá – APANGUS) organized a very good Brangus event at the Azuero Livestock in April 2017. The objective of the presentations

By |August 11th, 2017|News|

Keep an Eye out for Fever Ticks

by Brodie Miller, DVM

 

In veterinary school we learned about reportable diseases and what our duties were related to these diseases as accredited veterinarians. It seemed that most of the focus, or at least what I retained, concerned the well-known disease programs

By |August 11th, 2017|News|

Reproduction And Mineral Nutrition

by Associate Professor & Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Banta, PhD., PAS

 

Is mineral nutrition the magic bullet for reproductive success in your beef operation? The number of mineral products for sale may give the impression that the answer is yes. However,

By |August 10th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases August 2017 Genetic Evaluation

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of August 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 approximately 11,400 Brangus®, Red Brangus, UltraRed

By |August 4th, 2017|News|

2017 Brangus Futurity Results

The 2017 Brangus Futurity was held July 24-29 at the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Judge Doug Satree, of Montague, Texas, evaluated more than 200 entries shown by 96 exhibitors.

International Brangus Breeders Association’s (IBBA) staff was represented by Executive Vice President

By |August 2nd, 2017|News|

2016-2017 Show Animals of the Year

International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) Show Animals of the Year were announced at the IBBA Show Animal Awards Banquet on July 28 in Texarkana, Arkansas.

The Black Show Sire of the Year for the 2016-2017 show season is SBR NIGHT TRAIN 781RZ

By |July 25th, 2017|News|

IBBA Members Win Premier Awards

Members of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) won Florida Cattleman & Livestock Journal Premier Awards at the Florida Cattlemen’s Association Annual Convention June 20-22, in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Florida Cattleman & Livestock Journal Premier Winners were chosen for four categories

By |July 11th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases July 2017 Genetic Evaluation

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of July 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 approximately 10,800 Brangus®, Red Brangus, UltraRed

By |July 10th, 2017|News|

Brangus Breeders Participate in BIF Research Symposium

International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) members participated in the 2017 Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) Research Symposium and Convention May 31 – June 2 in Athens, Georgia.

BIF’s annual convention brings industry professionals, producers and researchers together to discuss current issues facing the

By |June 9th, 2017|News|

Heterosis Giveaway Winner: Joe Janak

Joe Janak, of Victoria, Texas, is the winner of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA)’s heterosis giveaway.

IBBA’s 2016 advertising campaign included an internet entry opportunity in which ad viewers could choose to participate. The prize at stake was $250 to be

By |June 7th, 2017|News|

IBBA Releases June 2017 Genetic Evaluation

The International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) has announced the release of June 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 approximately 11,500 Brangus®, Red Brangus, UltraRed

By |June 5th, 2017|News|

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

 

A BRIEF REVIEW OF BOVINE EMBRYO BIOPSY

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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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|

2016 IBBA Annual Meeting and Awards Banquet Schedule

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1
Early Registration and Hotel Reservation Deadline

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 29
7:00 a.m. Cattle Move in
IBBA Booth Opens, NRG Center near Main Arena
(Open all week)

THURSDAY, MARCH 3
2:00 p.m. Board of Directors Meeting, Holiday Inn
6:00 p.m. IBBA Member Reception

FRIDAY, MARCH 4
7:30 a.m. IBA Meeting
8:00 a.m. Membership Breakfast, Holiday Inn
IBBA Business Meeting, Holiday Inn
8:30

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

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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
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
1927-2013

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.