Beefmasters win big at San Antonio
The 22nd Annual San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo All Breeds Bull and Commercial Female Sale proved to be a successful event for three Beefmaster Breeders United members. The Beefmaster breeders were recognized prior to the sale held on Feb. 13 after being selected as top-placing cattle during the show held on Feb. 12. This sale features purebred bulls and commercial heifers consigned by premier Texas and New Mexico ranches.
Rancho Dos Vidas Ltd., Moore, Texas, was recognized before the annual sale as the Overall Grand Champion Pen of Females after also winning first place Beefmaster pen. Don Mullins is the owner of Rancho Dos Vidas Ltd., and Lane Roberson is the ranch manager. Mullins is one of the first ranchers to utilize the Beefmaster breed, dating back to the 1960s. This pen consisted of a super set of moderate framed, easy fleshing BBU certified Beefmaster Advancer females with superb udders and Brangus sired calves at side.
"This is our second year to compete in the San Antonio All Breeds Sale. We started breeding our BBU registered females to Red Angus bulls four years ago in an effort to clean up their underlines, get moderate sized calves and to become more functional as commercial Advancer cattle," said Roberson.
Beefmaster Advancer cattle are animals of 50 percent or more registered Beefmaster breeding and 50 percent or less of other registered, DNA genotyped non-Beefmaster beef cattle breeding.
"Don and Lane are to be commended for bringing such a fancy set of Beefmaster Advancer females with perfect udders to the competition," said BBU Executive Vice President Tommy Perkins, Ph.D. "The pen of four females and calves was the top choice for the 12 judges serving on the All Breeds Sale judging panel, as well as for many of the attendees at the show and sale."
Two more Beefmaster honors went to well known Texas ranches and prominent members of BBU. The first place Beefmaster Bred Female award was presented to HT Chapman Cattle Company, Rockport, Texas. The High Grading Beefmaster Bull award was presented to Collier Farms, Brenham, Texas.
Of the three Beefmaster winners at the All Breeds Sale, none of their entries were eligible for the $5,000 Beefmaster Bonus Challenge money that was initiated in 2011. The bonus cash for Champion pairs or 3-N-1's with Beefmaster sired calves at side will be carried forward and available to breeders at the 2014 All Breeds Sale. To be eligible for next year's $7,500 cash bonus the calves of the Overall Grand Champion Pen of Females must be sired by a certified Beefmaster bull and pass inspection by BBU personnel.
"The Beefmaster Bonus Challenge is an added incentive for any consignor at next year's sale. Now is the time to purchase some good Beefmaster genetics, either semen for artificial insemination or bulls for natural service, to breed next year's potential entries and to compete for the added $7,500 bonus," said Perkins.
For more information about the Beefmaster Advancer Program or the Beefmaster Bonus Challenge, call the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org.