Brahman cattle registrations, membership on the rise
The American Brahman Breeders Association reported a six percent increase in registrations and an eight percent increase in transfers of American Brahman cattle for 2009, citing increased demand for Brahman genetics and renewed excitement for association programs. The American Junior Brahman Association increased membership by 12 percent.
These figures contributed to the financial profitability of the ABBA, says Chris Shivers, executive vice president.
"This is the third straight fiscal year that ABBA has profited over $100,000. The Brahman board of directors is committed to investing these profits into adding value to our members and increasing the promotion of American Brahman cattle throughout the southern United States," says Shivers.
The association also attributes their growth to the added demand for Brahman cattle, especially in the F-1 market.
"The industry has seen a need for increased heterosis and efficiency in all sectors of the cattle industry," says Shivers. "Brahman cattle are known as crossbreeding's common denominator, and cattlemen recognize the value of these genetics in their breeding programs."
As a preferred choice for genetics in the south, the states of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Oklahoma recorded the highest number of Brahman cattle registrations in 2009.
The top five breeders by registration numbers were J.D. Hudgins. Inc., Hungerford, Texas; Byron Vassberg, College Station, Texas; V8 Ranch, Hungerford, Texas; Carlos Lee, Houston, Texas; and Steve Wilkins, Ozona, Texas.
The ABBA has made a continued vision to insuring the Brahman breed's place as a viable entity in the global beef market. In 2009, members of the association formed a long range plan under the direction of Dr. Tom Field of the National Cattleman's Beef Association. Results of this plan are available at www.brahman.org.