Life Tribute to Andy Boudreau

Andy Boudreau, a young 83-yr-old, met life’s challenges head-on, but he could not overcome an aggressive lung cancer and its side effects no matter how hard he fought.  Andy lost his final challenge and passed away with close family and friends at his side on May 24, 2018.

Andy was born on December 18, 1934, in Beaumont, Texas.  He attended parochial schools with his siblings, commuting from their rural Lumberton home.  During his teen years, he participated in all sports, excelling in football, basketball, and baseball.  He attended Wharton County Junior College, and then Andy, a mathematics wizard, went on to receive a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Lamar University.  Relocating to Houston in the mid ‘60’s and later to Richmond in 1979, Andy spent his professional career constructing gasoline plants all over the world, retiring from Mustang Engineering three years ago.

 

During the mid ‘80’s, Andy discovered his true passion when he bought six Beefmaster heifers from a rancher in Welfare between Kerrville and Boerne.  As ranchers, Andy and Kim were off and running when they bought their first bull from Hans Whittenburg in Edna, and went on to purchase six more heifers from Bill Niaser in El Campo. Then, in 1989, they joined Beefmaster Breeders United, becoming official ranchers and active members in BBU.   This resulted in many happy memories and friendships that have enriched their lives in a ways they could never  have imagined throughout the past 30 years.

 

Andy loved his life.  He also loved hunting, playing and watching golf, old western movies, John Wayne,classic country music, puppies and old dogs, a ribeye steak, and pecan pie.  Andy was a member of Fort Bend County Museum, Pecan Grove Country Club, lifetime member of Beefmaster Breeders United, and lifetime member of Fort Bend County Fair.  Best of all, however, were the times he spent actively engaged in BBU sales and functions, his role on the South Texas Beefmaster Breeders Board of Directors, and being around his cattle.  Andy’s ashes will be scattered at the “rancho” along with those of his much loved Golden Retriever, “Dutch”, who laid on top of Andy every chance he got.

 

Preceding Andy in death are his parents Myrtle and Alvin Boudreau, sister Nina-Lou Oster, brother Tony Boudreau, nephew Bryan Richardson, sister-in-law Carol Boudreau, and brother-in-law Colonel Raymond M. Oster.  Andy is survived by and will be forever loved and missed by his beloved wife, Kim; sister-in-law Greta Nerren (C.W.), nieces Nina Kenney (Patrick), Leslie Shouse (John), Tara DiSalvo (John), Thalia DeLong (Dave), nephews Raymond Oster, Jr. (Debbie), Mark Oster (Rachel), Paul Oster (Katai), and Kenneth Richardson, great niece Belle Shouse, and great nephews Will Shouse, and Michael and Paul Kenney along with a host of more great nieces and nephews, cousins, and many good and dear friends.

 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. For those wishing, acknowledgements can be sent to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice.  Words of condolence and remembrance may be sent to andritaranch@comcast.net.

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Horton Selected As 2018 Summer Intern

 

Emily Horton has been selected as the 2018 Livestock Publications Council (LPC) summer intern for Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU). Emily is a senior in agricultural communications at Oklahoma State University and will graduate in December 2018. Horton began her internship duties on June 4 at the BBU office in Boerne.

 

Emily’s family has owned and operated a cow-calf operation for more than 120 years in Hardeman County, Texas on the historic Bar A Ranch. For more than 40 of those years, Emily’s family has raised Beefmaster cattle and she is incredibly passionate about the breed. She is also a very talented writer, photographer and enjoys public relations and event management.

 

This summer she will work with the BBU communications team, helping to plan and coordinate the production of the fall issue of The Beefmaster Pay Weight, as well as assist in capturing content for use in marketing pieces. She will help coordinate and cover the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association National Show and Convention, as well as manage social media platforms and web presence. In addition, she will write articles for The Beefmaster Cowman magazine, the BBU e-newsletter and blog.

 

“We had numerous strong applicants for this year’s internship program, and it was a difficult decision, but Emily rose to the top,” says Jeralyn Novak, BBU Communications Coordinator. “This LPC program is a great opportunity for young communicators to explore the field of agriculture communications, as well as allowing organizations to employ a fresh, youthful perspective.”

 

BBU was selected to host the Livestock Publications Council internship program and thanks LPC for the opportunity.

 

Horton will share her experiences with LPC members and attend the 2018 Ag Media Summit. Any LPC member organization interested in this opportunity can learn more at https://livestockpublications.com/student_internship_program.php.

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Collier Farms Advantage Sale – April 14, Giddings, Texas

 

2 Bulls – $25,000 – Avg. $12,500
39 Open Heifers – $475,000 – Avg. $12,179
27 Bred Heifers – $354,500 – Avg. $13,130
18 Pairs – $239,500 – Avg. $13,306
Semen Sales – $38,420
Embryo Sales – $33,800
Total Sales – $1,166,220 – Avg. $13,248

 

Top Lots:
Lot 36–Open Hfr; Consignor: Wayne Bryant, Lorena, Texas; Sold to Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas: $40,000
Lot 75–Pair; Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Apalachee Beefmasters, Bethlehem, Ga., & Melaine Hardwick, Milner, Ga.: $32,000
Lot 15–Open Hfr; Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to John Rediger, Pecos, Texas: $25,000
Lot 2–Open Hfr; Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to 7C Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Texas: $22,000
Lot 3–Open Hfr; Consignor: Wayne Bryant, Lorena, Texas; Sold to 7C Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Texas: $21,000
Lot 44B–Bred Hfr; Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to David & Kachel Mullinax, Cypress, Texas: $21,000
Lot 45A–Bred Hfr; Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Bailey Farms, Pinson, Tenn.: $21,000
Lot 55–Bred Hfr; Consignor: Bailey Farms, Pinson, Tenn.; Sold to Roadhouse Beefmasters, Georgetown, Texas: $21,000
Lot 42–Open Hfr; Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Cottage Farms, Jackson, Tenn.: $20,000
Lot 38A–Bred Hfr; Consignor: Bailey Farms, Pinson, Tenn.; Sold to Roadhouse Beefmasters, Georgetown, Texas: $19,000
Lot 24B–Open Hfr; Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Lagow Ranch, Anahuac, Texas: $18,500

 

Volume Buyers:
Lagow Ranch, Anahuac, Texas
Hendrix H Bar Ranch, Livingston, Texas
OK 5 Bar Ranch, Cypress, Texas

 

Auctioneer, managed, reported by:
Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, Texas
Managed by:
Bruce Robbins, San Antonio, Texas

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Louisiana BBA Rose Capitol Classic Sale – April 7, Shreveport, La.

9 Bulls – $23,400 – Avg. $2,600
10 Pairs – $17,750 – Avg. $1,775
9 Bred Hfrs – $20,100 – Avg. $2,233
9 Open Hfrs – $14,350 – Avg. $1,594
9 Bred Cows – $13,400 – Avg. $1,489
4 Commercial – $4,775 – Avg. $1,193
46 Lots – $89,625 – Avg. $1,948

 

Top Bulls:
Lot 3–Consignor: Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, Texas; Sold to Rodney & Sue Price, Hallsville, Texas: $3,700
Lot 40–Consignor: Neal Hiatt, Mt. Ulla, N.C.; Sold to Gareth & Tricia Hill, Elton, La.: $3,500
Lot 4–Consignor: Bounds Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, Texas; Sold to Joshua Salley, Converse, La.: $3,500
Lot 37–Consignor: Trent Clostio, Abbeville, La.; Sold to Mike Edens, Beckville, Texas: $3,500
Lot 2–Consignor: Sheldon McManus, Lake Charles, La.; Sold to Rodney & Sue Price, Hallsville, Texas: $2,500

 

Top Bred Hfrs:
Lot 9–Consignor: Kendall McKenzie, Angie, La.; Sold to Tilford Langlinais, Erath, La.: $3,400
Lot 28–Consignor: Garth LaGrone, Carthage, Texas; Sold to Mike Edens, Beckville, Texas: $2,800
Lot 29–Consignor: Mel & Lynda Jackson, Alexandria, La.; Sold to Larry & Kathleen Holt, Danville, Ark.: $2,500
Lot 1–Consignor: Sheldon McManus, Lake Charles, La.; Sold to Brock Clay, Meridian, Miss.: $2,100

 

Top Bred Cows:
Lot 13–Consignor: Geary & Ann McKenzie, Franklinton, La.; Sold to Bobbie Wall, Heflin, La.: $1,700
Lot 12–Consignor: Geary & Ann McKenzie, Franklinton, La.; Sold to Ryan Wrobleski, Anderson, Texas: $1,500
Lot 32–Consignor: Debbie Cheatham, Arlington, Texas; Sold to Benjamin Bourgeois, Ruston, La.: $1,500

 

Top 3n1s/Pairs:
Lot 53–Consignor: Butch Casey, Harahan, La.; Sold to Fulco Beefmasters, Keatchie, La.: $3,400
Lot 33–Consignor: Larry & Kathleen Holt, Danville, Ark.; Sold to Joe Kinard, Junction City, Ark.: $1,850
Lot 6–Consignor: Brock Clay, Meridian, Miss.; Sold to Butch Casey, Harahan, La.: $1,750

 

Top Open Hfrs:
Lot 10–Consignor: Kendall McKenzie, Angie, La.; Sold to Thomas Brandon, Franklinton, La.: $2,900
Lot 7–Consignor: Brock Clay, Meridian, Miss.; Sold to Anthony Grayson, Raleigh, Miss.: $1,950
Lot 36–Consignor: Larry & Kathleen Holt, Danville, Ark.; Sold to Peter Ashley, Stonewall, La.: $1,700

 

Volume Buyers:
Mike Edens, Beckville, Texas
Peter Ashley, Stonewall, La.

 

Auctioneer, managed, reported by:
Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, Texas

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South Texas BBA Houston Futurity Sale – March 2, Houston, Texas

27 Bulls – $173,750 – Avg. $6,435
5 Pair – $21,500 – Avg. $4,300
16 Bred – $87,750 – Avg. $5,484
30 Open – $128,500 – Avg. $4,283
1 Pick $6,750
2 Semen – $15,780 – Avg. $7,890

81 Lots – $434,030 – Avg. $5,358

 

Top Bulls:
Lot 79–Consignor: Wallen Prairie Ranch,  Lockwood, Mo.; Sold to Terry Chambers, Terrell, Texas: $18,500
Lot 77–Consignor: V7 Ranch, Meyersville, Texas; Sold to Carlos Rascon, Mexico: $14,000
Lot 73–Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Tyler Gwosdz, Orange Grove, Texas: $12,500
Lot 67–Consignor: Bailey Farm, Pinson, Tenn.; Sold to Tommy Brittingham, Laredo, Texas: $10,000
Lot 64–Consignor: Flying B Ranch, LaPryor, Texas; Sold to Steven Carpenter, Tecumseh, Okla.: $9,000

 

Top Females:
Lot 33–Open; Consignor: Sheldon McManus, Lake Charles, La.; Sold to Buddy Raney, Groveland, Fla.: $15,000
Lot 39–Bred; Consignor: Bailey Farm, Pinson, Tenn.; Sold to Tommy Brittingham, Laredo, Texas: $9,000
Lot 3–Open; Consignor: Steven & Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, Texas; Sold to Jim Colvin, Seguin, Texas: $8,500
Lot 9–Open; Consignor: Wallen Prairie Ranch,  Lockwood, Mo.; Sold to Ken Tews, Timpson, Texas: $8,500
Lot 13–Open; Consignor: Tyler Gwosdz, Orange Grove, Texas; Sold to Luciano Martinez, Mexico: $8,500

 

Volume Buyers:
Jose Iracheta, Mexico
Octavio Amparan, Mexico
Tommy Brittingham, Laredo, Texas
Buddy Raney, Groveland, Fla.
Terry Chambers, Texas
Carlos Rascon, Mexico

 

Auctioneer & Co-Sale Manager:
Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, Texas
Co-Sale Manager & reported by:
3G Sales & Service, Franklin, Ga.

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Beefmaster Promotion Group International Gala Sale – March 3, Houston, Texas

4 Bulls – $10,050 – Avg. $2,513
3 Bred Heifers – $8,450 – Avg. $2,817
8 Open Heifers – $38,700 –Avg. $4,838
1 Frozen Embryo – $1,125
1 Flush – $6,000
2 Semen – $5,125 – Avg. $2,563

19 Lots – $69,450 – Avg. $3,655

 

Top Bulls:
Lot 9–Consignor: Lindsey Ranch, Texas; Sold to Steven & Lyn Anderson, Texas: $3,750
Lot 10–Consignor: Moreno Ranches, Florida; Sold to Cade Judd, Texas: $3,700

 

Top Opens:
Lot 21–Consignor: Rafter G Bar, Texas; Sold to DK 5 Bar Ranch, Texas: $6,750
Lot 16–Consignor: Blue Ribbon Beefmasters, Texas; Sold to Poco Velasco, Mexico: $6,500
Lot 22–Consignor: Sister Grove, Texas; Sold to Emmons Ranch, Texas: $6,100

 

Top Bred:
Lot 12–Consignor: Troy Glaser, Texas; Sold to Emmons Ranch, Texas: $4,000

 

Other Top Lots:
Lot 6–Flush (Lyssy’s Vogue); Consignor: Lyssy Beefmasters, Texas; Sold to Steven & Lyn Anderson, Texas: $6,000
Lot 4–Semen (EMS Johnny Cash); Consignor: Ellis/Emmons, Texas; Sold to Kacer Farms, Kentucky, and Ashley Smithey, Texas: $100 per unit
Lot 3–Semen (CF Sugar Bear); Consignor: Sugar Bear Syndicate; Sold to Balla, Bode, Hardin, Parrish: $75 per unit/JBBA price

 

Volume Buyers:
Steven & Lyn Anderson, Texas
DK 5 Bar Ranch, Texas

 

Auctioneer:
Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, Texas

 

Managed & Reported by:
Robbins Cattle Consulting & Marketing, San Antonio, Texas

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Houston Magic XVIII Sale – March 2, Houston, Texas

6 Bulls – $29,500 – Avg. $4,917
30 Open Heifers – $134,550 – Avg. $4,485
14 Bred Heifers – $57,000 – Avg. $4,071
2 Pairs – $8,500 – Avg. $4,250
3 Bred Cows – $7,700 – Avg. $2,567
5 Semen – $13,690 – Avg. $2,738
4 Frozen Embryo – $22,700 – Avg. $5,675

64 Lots – $273,640 – Avg. $4,276

 

Top Bull:
Lot 8–Consignor: Bailey Farms, Tennessee; Sold to Farm & Ranch, Texas:  $11,000

 

Top Opens:
Lot 53–Consignor: L2 Ranch, Texas; Sold to Timber Ridge, Texas: $24,000
Lot 52–Consignor: L2 Ranch, Texas; Sold to Cissna Ranch, Texas: $8,000
Lot 27–Consignor: Cottage Farm, Tennessee; Sold to Island Beefmasters, Texas: $7,000
Lot 26A–Consignor: Cottage Farm, Tennessee; Sold to Kacer Farms Inc., Kentucky: $6,500
Lot 7–Consignor: Anderson Beefmaster, Texas; Sold to NextGen, Kansas: $6,500

 

Top Breds:
Lot 51–Consignor: L2 Ranch, Texas; Sold to Stakes Ranch, Louisiana: $9,000
Lot 61–Consignor: Roadhouse Ranch, Texas; Sold to Windy Hills, Mississippi: $6,000
Lot 48C–Consignor: Kreger/Bedlam, Oklahoma; Sold to Stakes Ranch, Louisiana: $5,000

 

Other Top Lots:
Lot 68A–Frozen Embryo (Synergy X Tiger Secret); Consignor: Priola Beefmasters, Louisiana; Sold to JA Beefmasters, Mexico: $600 each
Lot 68D–Frozen Embryo (Spartacus X Simply Knockout L2 145/10); Consignor: Bailey Farms, Tennessee; Sold to Brown & Sons, Tennessee: $550 each
Lot 3A–Semen (Panhandle Dream); Consignor: Anderson Beefmasters, Texas; Sold for $55 per unit
Lot 3B–Semen (EMS Fire & Smoke); Consignor: Anderson Beefmasters, Texas; Sold for $55 per unit

 

Volume Buyers:
Stakes Beefmasters, Louisiana
Timber Ridge, Texas
NextGen, Kansas
Farm & Ranch, Texas
JA Beefmasters, Mexico
Hans Wittenburg, Texas
Casey’s Crooked Bar C Farm, Louisiana
Kacer Farms, Kentucky

 

Auctioneer:
Gerald Bowie, Georgia

 

Managed & Reported by:
Robbins Cattle Consulting & Marketing, San Antonio, Texas

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Beefmaster Breeder Watt (Palo) Matthews Casey Passes Away

Watt (Palo) Matthews Casey, age 97 of Albany, passed away Saturday, February 24, 2018. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, March 1st at Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church in Albany with Rev. Anthony Ceder officiating. Interment will follow in the Lambshead Ranch Cemetery under the direction of Morehart Mortuary. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, February 28th at Morehart Mortuary of Albany.

 

Watt Matthews Casey was born on August 11, 1920 in San Antonio, Texas. He was the third child of Liston Agnew (Pat) Casey and Ethel Matthews Casey both of whom where natives of Albany, Texas.

 

Watt attended schools in San Antonio, Houston, Austin and graduated from Albany High School with the class of 1938. He attended the University of Texas in Austin, Hardin Simmons University, and graduated from The College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in September 1943.

 

He served in the Army Veterinary Corps, and then in the parachute infantry until after World War II ended.

 

Watt practiced veterinary medicine full time less than one year, most of his life he was a cowboy and a rancher. He was a breeder of Beefmaster Cattle. He ranched at Albany and Laredo, Texas, and Kiowa, Colorado, with most of the time at Albany.

 

On June 11, 1949, Watt and Dosia Smith of Springfield, Massachusetts were married. They were blessed with four children, Watt, Jr., Susan (married to Michael Williams), Rodney (married to Jennifer) and David.

 

Watt was a member of the Presbyterian denomination for many years, and the Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church since moving back to Albany with his family from Colorado in 1964.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters, Sallie Joe, who died during childhood, and Mary, who, with her husband Tom Lasater, had six children.

 

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dosia Casey, his children and their spouses, five grandchildren, one great grandchild, and many relatives.

 

Memorials may be made to Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church Mission Fund (www.MMPCalbany.org) or The Salvation Army (Stamford, Texas 79553), and/or may be left at Morehart Mortuary. Condolences may be made online at www.morehartmortuary.net.

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Live Oak BBA Bull Sale – Jan. 6, Three Rivers, Texas

104 Lots – $587,050 – Avg. $5,645

 

Top Lots:
Lot 21–Consignor: Donald Kasper, Three Rivers, Texas; Sold to Flying B Ranches, LaPryor, Texas: $30,000
Lot 60–Consignor: Emily Martin, New Ulm, Texas; Sold to J&A Beefmasters & Luciano Martinez, Mexico: $30,000
Lot 82–Consignor: Karen Hall, Cornersville, Tenn.; Sold to C&B Group, Laredo, Texas: $24,000/
Lot 2–Consignor: L2 Ranch, Beeville, Texas; Sold to Farm & Ranch Beefmasters, San Isidro, Texas, & Isabel Saenz, Corpus Christi, Texas: $21,000
Lot 9–Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Hans Wittenburg, Edna, Texas: $15,000
Lot 11–Consignor: Frank & Kyle Dittfurth, Livingston, Texas; Sold to Flying B Ranches, LaPryor, Texas: $11,000
Lot 5–Consignor: L2 Ranch, Beeville, Texas; Sold to Hans Wittenburg, Edna, Texas: $11,000
Lot 107–Consignor: Rick Seeker, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Hector Guerra, McAllen, Texas: $9,500
Lot 54–Consignor: Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, Texas; Sold to Tim Chapman, Rockport, Texas: $9,500
Lot 8–Consignor: Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Bill Yeary, Lampasas, Texas: $8,500
Lot 106–Consignor: Rick Seeker, Brenham, Texas; Sold to Bill & Dusty Carr, Laredo, Texas: $8,000
Lot 91–Consignor: Wallen’s Prairie Ranch Beefmasters, Lockwood, Mo.; Sold to Schindler Brothers, Flatonia, Texas: $7,100
Lot 70–Consignor: Steven & Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, Texas; Sold to Hector Guerra, McAllen, Texas: $7,000
Lot 18–Consignor: 7C Anderson Cattle Co., Victoria, Texas; Sold to Wexford Cattle Co., Victoria, Texas: $7,000
Lot 41–Consignor: Kreger & Bedlam Beefmasters, Tonkawa, Okla.; Sold to Jesus Guillermo Ramos, Mexico: $7,000
Lot 61–Consignor: Saundra & Elton Lieke, New Braunfels, Texas; Sold to Melvin & Marilyn Scherer, Meyersville, Texas: $6,500
Lot 96–Consignor: JC Thompson, Bedias, Texas; Sold to Lowe Ranch, Round Mountain, Texas: $5,000
Lot 114–Consignor: David Joeris, Moore, Texas; Sold to David Reagan, Bremond, Texas: $5,000
Lot 51–Consignor: Bounds Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, Texas; Sold to Rolando Flores, Dulce Beefmasters, Kingsville, Texas: $5,000

 

Volume Buyers:
Flying B Ranches, LaPryor, Texas
Wexford Cattle Co., Victoria, Texas
Cage Ranch, Falfurrias, Texas
Lowe Ranch, Round Mountain, Texas

 

Auctioneered, managed & reported by:
Anthony Mihalski, San Antonio, Texas

 

 

**TOP TEN PLACINGS**

1st Place: Lot 82, consigned by Karen Hall, Connersville, Tenn.
2nd Place: Lot 70, consigned by Steven & Lyn Anderson, Amarillo, Texas
3rd Place: Lot 107, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, Texas
4th Place: Lot 11, consigned by Frank & Kyle Dittfurth, Livingston, Texas
5th Place: Lot 60, consigned by Emily Martin, New Ulm, Texas
6th Place: Lot 106, consigned by Rick Seeker, Brenham, Texas
7th Place: Lot 96, consigned by JC Thompson, Bedias, Texas
8th Place: Lot 114, consigned by David Joeris, Moore, Texas
9th Place: Lot 51, consigned by Bounds Swinging B Ranch, Axtell, Texas
10th Place: Lot 2, consigned by L2 Ranch, Beeville, Texas

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Beefmaster Bulls Included in Integrity Beef Alliance Program

Boerne, Texas  Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) is excited to announce a new partnership with the Integrity Beef Alliance. In December 2017 Beefmaster bulls became the most recent bull breed approved by the Integrity Beef’s board of directors for inclusion in the program. Beefmaster bulls are the newest addition to the program and join the already approved bull breeds of Angus, Charolais, Hereford and Red Angus.

 

“This past year has been an excellent year of growth for the Integrity Beef Alliance, both in participation numbers, but also marketing opportunities for members,” says Executive Director of Integrity Beef Dr. Robert Wells. “Additionally, Alliance leadership has taken numerous steps to further guarantee the future success of the program. Some of the changes that have been made are inclusion of more approved bull breeds.”

 

Established in 2000 by the Noble Research Institute (formerly the Noble Foundation), Integrity Beef is the culmination of best management practices developed by Noble’s agricultural consultants and recommended to producers who participate in the organization’s no-cost consultation program. Integrity Beef is a comprehensive beef production system that produces the highest quality calves possible for the next supply chain owner and the consumer, while improving returns for ranchers through value added traits.

 

Integrity Beef emphasizes progressive management methods, ranch stewardship and humane care of all livestock. Integrity Beef includes a terminal production system that uses a value added, preconditioning program. Through uniform and elevated standard management practices, Integrity Beef producers’ cattle far surpass industry standards for performance, quality, health and behavior.

 

Beefmasters are a strong compliment to the well thought out Integrity Beef program. Adding value and increasing efficiency at every turn is what Integrity Beef strives for and Beefmasters will help in those regards.

 

“As a piece of the Integrity Beef maternal equation, Beefmasters will capitalize on heterosis, maximize terminal crossbreeding, increase value adding selection tools and solidify commercial genomics,” says Vice President of Marketing and Research Bill Pendergrass. “All of these steps increase efficiency for the rancher, feeder, packer and ultimately the consumer, while also securing our ranches for the next generation of cattlemen and women.”

 

If you are a Beefmaster breeder interested in participating in the Integrity Beef Program the requirements for inclusion are as follows: for the terminal program, bulls must be in the top 20% of the breed for weaning weight (WW) and yearling weight (YW) at time of purchase by the member owner. For the replacement female program, the bull the replacement is bred to for the first calf must be in the top 20% of the breed for calving ease direct (CED), WW and YW. For those who wish to become a member of Integrity Beef, there are other requirements that must be met depending on which program a person is interested in. Please refer to www.integritybeef.org for more requirement details. For more information about joining the Integrity Beef Alliance, please contact Robert Wells at integritybeef@noble.org or 580.224.6430.

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