Note: Update to National E6 Sale

Just a note of correction:  The National E6 Sale will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2011, not May 1st as previously stated.

Published in: on April 25, 2011 at 2:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

National E6 Sale in Columbus

The National E6 Female Sale will be held in Columbus, Texas on May 1, 2011.  There is certainly a shortage of good females in the beef industry today so please contact Anthony Mihalski as soon as possible if you would like to consign females to the sale.  The more cattle we have consigned to the event, the better the sale should be.  Remember many positive changes were made to the E6 program last year.  You can buy back females from your bull buyers and have them evaluated and placed in the E6 sale.  Don’t hesitate to call Justin Rhodes or contact the BBU office should you need some females inspected for the E6 program.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 2:16 pm  Leave a Comment  

Junior Jackpot Heifer Sale a Success in Oklahoma

Congratulations goes out to the ABBA, CSBBA, and OHOA members for joining together to sponsor the special heifer sale on January 29th. Justin Rhodes and Dave Loftin put in a lot of work to make this a successful event.  I also want to commend the breeders that consigned heifers and put up the consignment jackpot fee.  Good luck to the youth that were buyers of the consigned show heifers.  I look forward to watching the race to the Jackpot championship.

Published in: on February 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Junior Jackpot Heifer Sale Scheduled for January

In order to help get young people involved with Beefmaster cattle, the ABBA, CSBBA, and OHOA are joining together to sponsor a special heifer sale on January 29th , 2011. Registered Beefmaster heifers of show quality, calved from January 1, to June 30, 2010 are being sought for the sale.  Heifers do not have to be show trained but must be broke to lead and tie.  The sale will be at   the Flying Cow Arena, 555100 E Hwy 59, Afton, OK. This is just 5 miles south of exit 302 off Interstate 44. Sale time is 1:00PM. 

A Showmanship Seminar conducted by Justin   Rhodes will take place at 11:00AM, followed by a complimentary lunch of hot chili.  Each consignor will contribute $200 per heifer towards the Jackpot. CSBBA has also donated $1,000. Other donations will be accepted.   Heifers purchased in this sale will be eligible to compete for points in up to 9 shows in Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas during the upcoming season. The points will determine the top places that will split the Jackpot of $5,000 or more. 

For more information, contact Justin Rhodes, BBU Field Representative 785-969-7619 or Dave Loftin, 417-827-9391. Please share this information with any 4H or FFA members you know. The more young people exposed to Beefmasters, the better.

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 1:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Nolan Ryan Beef continues to build markets

Ten years ago Nolan Ryan Beef (NRB) opened its doors for business with a product that featured the influence of American breeds of cattle and one grocery store chain as a customer. Today the company has expanded its product lines, and has multiple marketing outlets. American breeds of cattle, and particularly Beef-master influenced cattle, are still the primary source of genetics for the company, which continues to be the only branded beef company that encourages American breeds of cattle. “We understand that Bos indicus breeding is needed from an environment standpoint for cattle herds across the south and we are here to support that segment of the cattle industry. These genetics greatly fit the markets we’ve created,” explains Charlie Bradbury, NRB chief executive officer.  

Most of the beef product marketed by NRB falls in the Select range, which is traditionally a leaner product and also fits household budgets better, especially in the current economic downturn of the past 18 months.  More

Published in: on January 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

Southwest Beef Symposium Is Jan. 18-19 in Amarillo

The Southwest Beef Symposium, jointly hosted by the Texas AgriLife Extension and New Mexico Cooperative Extension, is set for Jan. 18-19 in the Amarillo Civic Center in Amarillo, TX.  Tailored for beef producers, the educational forum annually provides timely information about current industry issues and practical management, says Ted McCollum, AgriLife Extension beef cattle specialist in Amarillo.

The program begins at 1 p.m. Jan. 18 and concludes with a steak dinner that evening. The Jan. 19 program will run from 7:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and includes a lunch sponsored by Hi-Pro Feeds.  The Jan. 18 program includes a keynote presentation by the Hudson Institute’s Dennis Avery on feeding the world. In addition, other topics include: the carbon cycle and beef production, management technologies and the carbon footprint of beef production, and management technologies and food safety.

The Jan. 19 program will focus on production and includes presentations on production costs and parameters for cow-calf production, heifer management, cow and bull fertility, and cow fertility in arid environments. Other topics include weight considerations in stocker and feeder cattle, vaccine technology, and managing weight gain in stockers.   Registration is $50. For more info or to register, go to                                          — Texas AgriLife Extension release

Published in: on December 9, 2010 at 7:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jackpot Heifer Sale

The Arkansas and Central States Beefmaster Breeders and the Ozark and Heart of America Marketing Group are sponsoring a Jackpot Heifer Sale on January 29th, 2011. Shows in Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri are scheduled in 2011 for juniors buying heifers in this sale to compete for the cash Jackpot. Breeders that would like to consign quality heifers or know of a young person that would like to show and compete for cash are asked to call Dave Loftin 417-827-9391 or Justin Rhodes 785-969-7619 for details. 
Published in: on December 6, 2010 at 5:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Beefmasters out Dollar Red Angus Calves

I recently received a phone call from one of our breeders that markets bulls to the commercial beef industry.  He has marketed Beefmaster bulls to a commercial cattleman that sold his straight Beefmaster calves at a Special VAC 45 Sale in the area recently.  The calves weighed 640 pounds and brought $1.08 per pound or $691.00 per head.  Another commercial cattleman (neighbor to the BM commercial cattleman) sold his Red Angus calves at the same Special VAC 45 Sale and they weighed 530 pounds and brought $1.18 per pound or $625.00 per head.  Both sets of calves were born at the same time and were managed the same way but the BM calves brought $66.00 more per head.  The Red Angus breeder was so impressed with the BM calves of his neighbor that he contacted the purebred Beefmaster breeder and bought a Beefmaster bull to put on some Red Angus cows.  That is the kind of success stories that I like to hear.

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 10:03 am  Leave a Comment  

Cattle Profitability: What Does 2011 Look Like & Why?

What does the economic crystal ball say about profitability in the cattle industry? And if you can get an answer, is the answer clear, or is it as murky as the summer watering hole? If there is some profit in cattle, is that a function of supply or demand? And are there any surprises that you should know about?

In his outlook for 2011, Purdue economist Chris Hurt says calf and feeder cattle prices will be strong along with the higher finished cattle prices. That sounds like a good prospect for the coming year, but he does add, “Ultimate feed prices will be important to the final determination of calf prices this fall.” But after years of red ink for beef production, what has gotten us to this point? Hurt says, “In adjusting to the higher feed prices, beef production has kept falling and is now down more than 10% from when corn averaged closer to $2.00 a bushel prior to 2007. While the small production will help strengthen beef prices, the beef industry will continue to lose consumer market share.” And the latter is a function of the economy, not anything that cowboys have done to shoot themselves in the foot.

At Iowa State University, livestock economist John Lawrence supports the position of Hurt that demand will recover slowly with the economy and tight supply should support prices. But why the tight supply if there is profitability? Lawrence says herd liquidation will continue into 2012, so supply of beef continues to decline. The decision to reduce inventory on the part of the cow-calf producer is the higher cost for cow herds and the higher cost of gain pressures calf prices. So there will be fewer calves produced from fewer cows and supply will be the driver for profitability.

Going into 2011 and beyond, University of Nebraska livestock economist Darrell Mark says what you see is what you get, because 2011 will be a lot like 2010. Mark says there may be more demand from an improving economy, but the lack of supply will be the bullish driver for cattle prices next year and in 2012, “Cow herd liquidation in 2010 will cause beef production to further tighten over the next several years. Supplies of feeder cattle will also grow increasingly tight, yet prices will be heavily influenced by volatile feed grains market.”

Prices, says Mark, will be 1% to 3% higher in 2011 than in 2010, and calf prices in particular, will be better for the cow-calf producer, “Yearling prices are then expected to seasonally increase in the second and third quarters with prices averaging in the $110 to $120 per cwt. range. Calf prices are expected to post an increase of around three percent for the year compared to last year.” And he says prices may surpass the 2008 record, “So, the forecast for 2011 is relatively bright in that annual average fed cattle prices are expected to surpass the record set in 2008 (5-market average of $92.78 per cwt. in 2008). However, significant questions abound regarding the demand side. Additionally, volatility in feed grain markets can still make it difficult to realize a positive feeding margin.”

The challenge in maintaining a positive feeding margin may be managed by the “livestock crush” concept of John Lawrence. He says it tracks the cattle that will be marketed in the next five months. “The crush margin for cattle currently on feed assumes that the corn price is pegged at the cash price the month the feeder animal was purchased and place on feed. For example, the crush margin for cattle to be marketed in December are currently at the over $200/hd. If a $150 crush margin is needed to breakeven, then a hedge on hedge on fed cattle will deliver a return of over $50/hd. For cattle to be marketed in March, the crush margin is near $250/hd, or $100 profit per head if a hedge were placed at the current April live cattle futures contract price. Lawrence says the market fundamentals may be strong, but he doubts the cash price is going to reach the same $110 mark targeted by the future market. He advises producers to keep close track of prices because negative news for the economy could push fed cattle prices below $100/cwt.

But again, that is a demand issue that is supporting the market. There is a significant supply issue that the market should also be watching, believes Derrell Peel at Oklahoma State. Peel says fewer cattle numbers have been the driver in his viewpoint, and it is no secret we have the smallest beef cow herd since 1963. But he has some significant concerns about the basics of what is occurring. Peel says we have decreased the overall inventory, but because we have feed them with cheap corn, production was maintained through 2006. But he says life has changed, and higher priced corn pushes cattle through feedlots faster, and total cattle slaughter for 2010 is about 2% higher than 2009.

But Peel says steer slaughter is up less than 1% this year, and heifer slaughter is up nearly 3% and cow slaughter is up 4%. “It is clear that we are maintaining slaughter rates, in the short run, with our females.” Peel cautions this is not sustainable without accelerating herd liquidation. At some point, the U.S. cattle industry will try to stabilize the herd size and then expand a bit. “Given the current situation this implies a significant reduction in cattle slaughter in the short-term just to hold the cow herd size steady,” he said. “It seems likely this process will start in 2011.”

Lawrence at Iowa State confirms the data cited by Peel. In a recent presentation Lawrence says for the year to date, steer slaughter is up 0.9% with weights down 2.0%. Heifer slaughter is up 2.6% with weights down 2.2%, and beef cow slaughter us up 10.4%. With such a decline in the breeding herd, most of the livestock economists point to 2012 as the earliest that any supply turnaround is going to happen.

While there is some growing consumer demand for beef, it is the supply of beef and the overall trend in the breeding herd that is driving profitability. More heifers and cows are being slaughtered than steers extending the time that it will take to increase beef production. Profitability in 2011 will be about the same as 2010.

By Stu Ellis, University of Illinois

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 9:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Chute-side Image Capture and Interpretation System

The Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC) approved BIA-Pro-Plus chute-side image capture and interpretation system this past August. The key attribute of the BIA-Pro-Plus system is the automated, chute-side interpretation of intramuscular fat, rib fat, and ribeye area. The BBU Board of Directors has approved use of this technology for inclusion in our ultrasound data collection process.  Following is a list of the “only” certified technicians that can use the chute-side process and be used in the BBU genetic evaluation:

Technician Name Telephone Number State of Residence
David Aborn 417-861-8407 MO
Russel Coon 660-341-2705 MO
Chad Gordon 580-678-1918 OK
Rethel King 405-590-5028 AR
Steve Paisley 307-760-1561 WY
Dean Pringle 706-215-5008 GA
Kathy Richburg 256-996-3142 AL
Rhonda Vann 601-857-5952 MS
Published in: on October 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment