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March 20, 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Caleb Russell
President
Braunvieh Association of America
(417) 793-6357
crussellcbf@gmail.com
www.braunvieh.org

BAA Releases Residual Feed Intake EPD

Braunvieh Association of America publishes multi-breed RFI efficiency EPD
SEGUIN, Texas – The Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) is among the first breed associations to release a multi-breed residual feed intake (RFI) expected progeny difference (EPD). The BAA is the first breed association to collaborate with GrowSafe Systems® to publish an RFI EPD derived from the GrowSafe network database.

“As an association, we are excited to introduce the RFI EPD as a tool to benefit our members and the beef industry,” says Caleb Russell, BAA president. “Braunvieh is an inherently efficient breed, but this innovative EPD will allow our members to measure their cattle’s efficiency and capitalize on it.”

In recent years, feed efficiency has become a popular topic in the beef industry, but efficiency and RFI were top of mind for Braunvieh breeders more than a decade ago. In 2007, BAA initiated a National Bull Test program. As part of the program, the BAA Board of Directors decided to test only at locations with GrowSafe technology, which measures an individual animal’s daily feed intake and compares it to daily weight gain in order to calculate RFI.

Before using GrowSafe technology, breeders could identify the animal that gained the most, but it was difficult to measure how much an individual animal ate. Using GrowSafe technology enabled Braunvieh breeders to measure individual-animal intake to establish its cutting-edge efficiency EPD.

“You can’t see efficiency in cattle,” says Mark Nelson, GrowSafe Systems North American director of seedstock sales and marketing. “When you test for and measure RFI, you know if they’re gaining efficiently.”

To date, BAA has RFI data on more than 1,000 Braunvieh animals tested at eight GrowSafe testing locations to drive its efficiency database. In addition, that data is part of a multi-breed database – the largest efficiency database in the world – that includes approximately 150,000 records, which drive the RFI EPD calculations.

“Volume of data across years of tests, across different test locations, across different breeds make this the most viable efficiency EPD that producers have to utilize in selecting for efficiency,” Nelson says.

With an across-breed EPD, Braunvieh breeders are able to compare RFI for Braunvieh animals between test locations and years, but they can also see how efficient their animals are compared to other breeds in the database.
Producers who use the RFI EPD to select for efficiency can also achieve significant feed cost savings.

“Studies on RFI show that when you select for a lower RFI number on an animal, you can lower the feed cost through the lifetime of that animal,” Nelson says. “If a producer selects for efficiency using the RFI efficiency EPD, that is the most valuable tool they have to move their herd forward.”

For more information about BAA’s industry-leading RFI EPD, contact Caleb Russell, BAA president, at (417) 793-6357 or crussellcbf@gmail.com.
About BAA

The Braunvieh Association of America works to promote the Braunvieh breed, while providing programs and services for its members. To learn more about BAA, visit www.Braunvieh.org.

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Crossbreeding: A Marketing Tool to Promote Carcass and Maternal Traits of Braunvieh Cattle

February 25, 2019

By Kelsey Pope, Freelance Writer

 This article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 Braunvieh World.  The information included is still relevant today as cattle producers look to stay sustainable and be competitive in today’s markets.

Crossbreeding: A Marketing Tool to Promote Carcass and Maternal Traits of Braunvieh Cattle

Hybrid vigor is a tool many cattle producers utilize to sell more pounds, yet they also want sound cows to give calves a good head start. The Braunvieh breed can accomplish both of these highly valuable traits in one animal. Braunvieh females have great maternal traits and are easy to calve. Their calves hit the ground, grow and flourish, bringing sustainability to the operation.

Those calves who grow and flourish are loaded with remarkable performance, versatility and adaptability. Braunvieh have a track record for producing a highly marbled product, hybrid vigor, adaptability to survive in most environments, as well as being recognized for both maternal and carcass traits. That’s why Braunvieh have become a top crossbreeding choice for commercial cattlemen looking to add value to their calves’ performance.

 

Building on genetics

Tim Page, Ph.D., professor at the Louisiana State University AgCenter School of Animal Sciences, has observed Braunvieh cattle over the years, procuring a number of Braunvieh bulls for beef-cattle research.

“The cattle industry has been going through some depressed cattle prices, and producers need to look at other ways to market their cattle or add value to their cattle if they’re going to remain competitive and profitable in this industry,” Page said during a past episode of The American Rancher, which is produced by Superior Productions and broadcast on RFD-TV. “You cannot be in this global economy today – especially the livestock industry – unless you’re using every tool that’s out there.”

Page started studying the Braunvieh breed several years ago for their high-quality carcasses. He also found they brought excellent maternal traits with them. Soon after, he researched the top-end Braunvieh genetics and bought some bulls for the LSU AgCenter.

“We retain ownership through the feedyard with a lot of our cattle,” Page said. “Braunvieh-sired calves – out of different breeds of cows – have consistently provided quality carcasses that will grade Choice and have really good feed efficiency and average daily gain.”

And the LSU cattle have the numbers to prove their consistent quality on the rail. In the last year, one pen of 76 Braunvieh-sired calves graded 98 percent Choice or higher.

Page believes the Braunvieh breed can play a significant role in the cattle industry, so producers should be prepared to market bulls to commercial producers for their efficiency, consistent yields and longevity. They should also tout the Braunvieh female for her milking and mothering abilities.

“Where I really see Braunvieh having a bigger place down the road is they are so adaptable to this climate, they are great milkers and good mothers,” Page said. “By making a place for Braunvieh-influenced cattle in our herds to increase production, yearling weights and ADG in the feedyard, we’re going to be producing quality calves. With their advantages, Braunvieh may play a role in our entire female population across the country.”

 

Marketing carcass traits

In Frederick, Okla., Brian Mitchell operates Mitchell Farms, running primarily Red Angus along with some Angus and black-baldy females. For nearly nine years, Mitchell has been breeding his cow herd to Braunvieh bulls. He was hesitant of this cross initially, but it didn’t take long to realize improved results at the feedyard from his Braunvieh-cross calves.

“When my first Braunvieh-cross calf crop was weaned, I saw the benefits of growth with these calves and their excellent feed conversion rate,” Mitchell says. “After weaning, we backgrounded, utilized wheat pasture and saw increased yearling weights.”

Since using Braunvieh in his operation, Mitchell reveals that he has seen his calves perform a quarter to a half pound better in the feeding pen. Good carcass traits are important to him as a producer, and the Braunvieh influence is allowing his cattle to excel at the feedyard.

Marketing his calves was straightforward when buyers first saw this benefit of Braunvieh as well, so Mitchell used it as an important marketing tool.

 

Crossbreeding and adaptability

Todd Hill is a purebred breeder who operates Diamond H Ranch in Childress, Texas. He served on the BAA Board and was the chairman of the Promotion Committee. In his role, he has also helped promote the Braunvieh breed on The American Rancher show.

“The shows highlight producers who are using Braunvieh bulls in their commercial crossbreeding programs,” Hill explains. “This program has done a good job making the Braunvieh [breed] well known in the cattle industry.”

Hill has talked to several commercial producers who have used Braunvieh cattle in their operations, and the future looks optimistic.

“We have interviewed producers who cross to most every breed – Angus, Hereford, Brangus, Brahman … you name it,” Hill says. “The consensus is, ‘My best cow is a Braunvieh bull crossed to [their] breed’.

“In all cases, the cross puts on bone and muscle, adds milk and moves up maturity. In addition, Braunvieh-influenced cattle hang on the rail with higher yield grades and quality grades.”

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New Officers Elected to BAA Board

New Officers Elected to BAA Board

The BAA Annual Meeting was held Jan. 20, 2019, in Fort Worth, Texas. During the meeting, the board welcomed new members and officers, and thanked retiring members for their dedicated service. Dwight Alexander retired from the board and Robert Williams was elected to serve. The remaining board members continue their service from 2018.  The 12-member BAA Board works on behalf of the BAA membership to guide the association and promote the Braunvieh breed.

2019 Officers
President: Caleb Russell
Vice President: Paul Prazak
Treasurer: Tim Bagley
Secretary: Ana Duke

For a full list of board members or to contact a board member, visit http://braunvieh.org/baa-association.php

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Auction Block

McBee Cattle Company Fall Selection Day
Oct. 27, 2018   
Fayette, Mo.

Sale Averages:
7 Braunvieh Purebred Bulls                          $4,265
10 McBeef Builder Hybrid Bulls                  $4,358
8 Braunvieh Purebred Spring-Bred Heifers               $2,610 
18 McBeef Builder Hybrid Spring-Bred Heifers         $1,965
22 BU Influ Halfblood Spring-Bred Heifers                $2,165

New buyers purchased 62 percent of the bulls sold; 38 percent went to repeat customers. Of the females, 54 percent went to new buyers, and 46 percent went to repeat customers. Cattle went to buyers from seven states.

Pella Farms Herd Dispersal Sale
Oct. 27, 2018
Beatrice, Neb.

Top-selling bred cows included Lot 4, PFI Pellamere Y104, PB77484, sold to Quail Pass Genetics, Andrew Gunnett, Missouri, for $4,500; and Lot 12, PFI Alexi A362, PB83188, sold to Bluebonnet Braunvieh, Benny Phillips, Texas, for $3,000.

Top-selling bred heifers included Lot 38, PFI Enchantin Pellamere E742, PB92819, sold to Rocking RG Ranches, Gene Wioda, Oregon, for $3,000; and Lot 35, PFI Bobbie Girl D638, PB90359, sold to Robert Hershey, Pennsylvania, for $2,800.

Top-selling open heifers included Lot 42, PFI Fall Brook F 818, PB94587, sold to Cedar Bluff Farm, Molly Russell, Missouri, for $3,300; and Lot 39, PFI Alexis Star F804, PB94581, sold to Bluebonnet Braunvieh, Benny Phillips, for $2,500.

Top-selling yearling bulls included Lot 51, PFI Enforce E741, PB92818, sold to C-Farms, Todd Clubb, Iowa, for $4,800; and Lot 52, Mr DKD Eclipse E00, PB93202, sold to Carl and Martha Griffee, Kansas, for $4.000

Volume buyers included nine head going to Rocking RG Ranches; seven head going to Duane Olson, Kansas; and six head each going to Carl and Martha Griffee and Justin Heim, Minnesota. Wonderland Cattle, Carolyn Schmidt, Illinois, purchased five head. Cattle went to buyers from 11 states.

Braunvieh Herd Builder Sale
Nov. 3, 2018
Marshall Junction, Mo.

Sale Averages:
60 Lots                                         $2,134
32 Open Heifers                      $1,808
3 Bred Heifers                          $2,300
5 Bred Cows                              $1,880
20 Pairs                                       $2,695

The Herd Builder Sale continued its 16-year tradition of bringing quality Braunvieh females before an appreciative audience. Ten states were represented on the buyers’ list, with strong support throughout the sale.

Topping the sale at $4,400 was a pair from Siebrandt Family Farms, Jansen, Neb. Miss HLJ Golden Dream ET and her heifer calf sold for $4,400 to Lane & Lane Braunvieh, Morrisville, Mo. Two other pairs came in at $4,000.  WW Ms 660D BT and her bull calf from W/W Cattle Co., Section, Ala., sold to Elizabeth Stoddard, Hackberry, La., while SSB Ms Sabrina and her heifer calf from Little River Farm, Bois D’Arc, Mo., went to Circle C Ranch, Estelline, Texas.

Leading the bred heifers at $2,900 was BLC Venture 287E, offered by Brink Livestock, Piedmont, Kan., and purchased by Hershey Harvest Farm, Manheim, Pa. The top-selling open heifer, also from Brinks, was BLC Essence 434F, that went to Marjorie Savely, Piketon, Ohio, for $2,600.

Miss Cheyenne Y05 from Grandview Braunvieh, Elk Creek, Neb., led the bred cows with a winning bid of $2,500 from J Bar Braunvieh, Hedley, Texas.

Volume buyers were Jalyn Smith of Arkansas and Elizabeth Stoddard of Louisiana.

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National Braunvieh Events

December 19, 2018

2019 National Braunvieh events are right around the corner in Fort Worth, Texas. Please join us for all the upcoming activities.

The Braunvieh Association of America annual meeting is scheduled for noon, Jan. 20, 2019. The meeting will be held in the Cactus Room of the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall on the grounds of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, Fort Worth, Texas. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The Braunvieh Awards and Recognition Luncheon will take place during the annual meeting, and the cost for the BBQ lunch is $20, payable at the door. Please RSVP for the meeting and lunch to the BAA staff at baaoffice@braunvieh.org.

The National Braunvieh Sale is the evening of Jan. 20, in the West Arena on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo grounds.

Sale Catalog

Sale Order and Additional Details

The National Braunvieh Show and the Southwestern Expo Braunvieh Junior Show will be held Jan. 22, starting at 10 a.m., in Watt Arena on the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Grounds.

Schedule of Events
Jan. 20, 2019:
BAA Annual Meeting, Braunvieh Awards and Recognition Luncheon
Registration at 11:30 a.m., meeting at 12:00 p.m.Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo             Grounds, Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall, Cactus Room

National Braunvieh Sale
5:00 p.m.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Grounds, West Arena

Jan. 22, 2019
National Braunvieh Show and Southwestern Expo Braunvieh Junior Show at 10 a.m.,         Open Show at 11:30 a.m.
Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Grounds, Watt Arena

 

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A Look Ahead

November 26, 2018

Before we know it, 2019 will be here! Along with it will come another year of great Braunvieh events. Here are some of the events coming in early 2019. Check the BAA calendar for additional upcoming events.

National Western Stock Show
The first Braunvieh show of 2019 will take place Jan. 15 at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. Don’t miss this chance to see a great Braunvieh show. See more information at http://www.nationalwestern.com/.

BAA Annual Meeting
The BAA Annual Meeting is Jan. 20 in Fort Worth, Texas. This is a great opportunity to network with fellow Braunvieh breeders and catch up on what’s happening in the breed. More information to come in the winter issue of the Braunvieh World and on the website.

Fort Worth Stock Show
The National Braunvieh Sale is Jan. 20, followed by the National Braunvieh Show on Jan. 22 in Fort Worth, Texas. These events will showcase quality Braunvieh cattle. Be sure to attend. Visit Cattle in Demand for information on the sale and https://fwssr.com/ for details on the show.

Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show
The 2019 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Trade Show is Jan. 30-Feb. 1 in New Orleans, La. This is agriculture’s premier event where the industry comes together to get down to business for the cattle industry. The 2019 event will be one of the largest on record and one you can’t afford to miss! Visit the BAA in booth 1261. Find out more at http://convention.beefusa.org/.

Houston Livestock Show
The Houston Livestock Show Braunvieh Show is Feb. 26 in Houston, Texas. There’s still time to enter! Open show entry deadline is Jan. 5. To find out more, visit http://www.rodeohouston.com/livestockshow.

If you have an event Braunvieh breeders need to know about, contact Samantha at smurnin@blueprintma.com or Jenny at baaoffice@braunvieh.org to have it added to the BAA calendar.

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2019 National Braunvieh Show and Sale

October 29, 2018

Make plans to be in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 20 and 22, 2019, for a full lineup of Braunvieh events. The annual BAA membership meeting will kick things off Jan. 20, followed by the National Sale. The National Braunvieh Show will take place Jan. 22.

A tentative schedule is below, and more details will follow in the Winter 2018/2019 Braunvieh World.

Sunday, Jan. 20

11:30 a.m. – BAA Annual Membership Meeting Registration, Cactus Room, Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall

12:00 p.m. – BAA Annual Membership Meeting

6:00 p.m. – National Braunvieh Sale, West Arena

 

Tuesday, Jan. 22

10:00 a.m. – National Braunvieh Show & Southwestern Expo Braunvieh Junior Show, Watt Arena

 

National Braunvieh Sale 

The National Sale, managed by Cattle in Demand, will begin at 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20 in the West Arena. The National Sale consignments deadline is Nov 1, 2018. Visit cattleindemand.com, or contact Todd Alford (706) 207-9454 or Holly Alford (706) 270-3994 for more information about consigning or for details about the sale.

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Braunvieh Bull Performance Testing Program

September 30, 2018

The BAA is rolling out a new Braunvieh Bull Performance Testing Program. It will have a two-pronged approach. First, the DNA collected on these bulls will help in building the DNA database platform, which will improve the breed’s expected progeny difference (EPD) accuracy. Second, the BAA will have the top-performing 50 percent of bulls on test, published in the Braunvieh World periodically to help breeders reach a larger audience and potential buyers for their genetics.

This program will begin with bulls currently on test. Breeders with bulls on test now who would like to participate in the program and those who would like to participate in future tests, please call your testing facility and ask them to send DNA samples from your bulls to the BAA office.

National Braunvieh Performance Test Program Overview

Goals

  • Build genomic-enhanced EPDs (GE-EPDS).
  • Further parentage testing of breed sires.
  • Further develop and increase the supply of performance-tested bulls for commercial customers.

Format

  • Bulls can be tested at any participating bull station in the United States.
    • Test facilities will pull hair on bulls and send to the BAA office.
    • Testing facilities must have a GrowSafe system.
  • The BAA will pay $20 toward DNA parentage testing/profiling and GE-EPDS with Neogen. This will require that anyone enrolling bulls give consent for using the DNA to build the training panel (DNA database platform). Any other DNA work would be an option to individual breeders at cost.
  • Breeders are responsible for all transportation, enrollment and costs (only exception is DNA above).
  • Breeders will pay $25 to the BAA toward the $45 parentage/profile DNA test. BAA will determine a total budget amount to be paid toward DNA testing, assisting at $20 per bull. Bulls on test will get preference over home-developed bulls for the $20 discount.
  • Beef Builders do not need to send in DNA samples but will still qualify for the top 50 percent to be published.
  • BAA will publish the top 50 percent of fullblood/purebred and top 50 percent of Beef Builders (with a minimum of half-blood Braunvieh) from each testing facility every six months in the Braunvieh World. This will include the breeder, pedigree and all numbers including index ratio and the nutritional breakdown of each testing facility’s ration.
  • Breeders who develop their own bulls can also take advantage of the $20 off for DNA samples as long as they have birth weight, weaning weight, yearling weight and scan data for the bulls.
  • Requirements for bulls to make the top 50 percent will include a minimum 1,000-pound weight adjusted at 365 days, 32-centimeter scrotal circumference and a birthweight of 99 pounds adjusted or lower.

The BAA will oversee the program through the Bull Performance Committee. For questions, contact committee members Stoney Scheer, Daniel Roberts, Mark Wolken, Dwight Alexander or Edsel Keith.

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Online Sale Barn

August 27, 2018

The BAA Promotion Committee created an additional marketing avenue for Braunvieh breeders through the new online Sale Barn. The Sale Barn is a new page on the BAA website that enables Braunvieh breeders to market Braunvieh cattle or search for Braunvieh cattle to purchase. Promotion Committee member Colby King was a driving force in creating the Sale Barn. “There are other online marketing services out there, but nothing solely for Braunvieh cattle. This is an opportunity to advance the breed,” King remarks.

The service is open to anyone with Braunvieh or Braunvieh-influenced cattle, allowing breeders to make postings for a per-post fee. Users will simply create a user login and then complete a short form regarding what they have for sale. After the information is submitted, an administrator will review the content and, once approved, it will be posted on the website as a for sale ad.

Breeders can advertise bulls, females, feeder cattle, semen or embryos through the Sale Barn. Those looking for Braunvieh cattle to purchase can create a want ad that specifies what they are searching for. Once an ad is posted, users are encouraged to share via social media to help spread the word about what they have to offer.

The site goes a step further with an online shopping cart. This allows for users to submit multiple postings at one time and pay via credit card, debit card or PayPal at the end of the transaction. This feature will also allow users to access their account at anytime to view the posts they have submitted. “This is a clean, effective way to process payment and post ads quickly,” King says.

Once an ad is posted to the Sale Barn, all further communication and transactions take place between the buyer and seller; the BAA provides no further involvement. The fee structure to place an ad is simple and straightforward. Users will pay a fee upfront per ad. No commission will be taken once a sale occurs.

“Spread the word and encourage anyone with Braunvieh cattle to use the service. Regardless of the size of their operations, this site gives breeders an avenue to market their cattle. We want it to help grow the breed.” King says.

For more information, to place an ad or to view posted ads, visit

https://braunvieh.org/classifieds.phphttps://braunvieh.org/classifieds.php

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