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Braunvieh Genetics Influence Results on the Rail

May 28, 2019
By Amanda Overleese, Freelance Writer

This article originally appeared in the Winter 2017 Braunvieh World.  The information included is still
relevant today and speaks to the power of Braunvieh cattle on the rail.

Braunvieh cattle are well known for many of their attributes, including their docile temperament and
adaptability to varying weather conditions, but growing in popularity is the breed’s ability to produce
quality carcasses at harvest. Over the years, producers have seen positive trends develop regarding the
carcass quality of cattle with Braunvieh genetics. Here, three Braunvieh producers share their success at
producing high-yielding, quality beef from their Braunvieh.

Art Brownlee of JHL Ranch runs a 1,400-head cattle operation near Ashby, Neb., with his wife, Merry,
sons Eddie and Ethan, and Ethan’s wife, Rachel. They raise fullblood and percentage Braunvieh cows
along with commercial cattle, which average 50 percent Braunvieh genetics.

Before incorporating Braunvieh into their program, they raised many different breeds, including Angus,
Gelbvieh and Limousin. In 1990, Merry’s sister attended the National Western Stock Show and was
impressed with Braunvieh breeder Golden Link Simmental & Braunvieh (now Golden Link Inc.). After
hearing about them, the Brownlees attended the Golden Link Spring Sale where they purchased their
first Braunvieh cattle.

“[Golden Link Simmental & Braunvieh] was one of the first breeders who had ultrasound and whose
focus was on the end-product,” Merry shares. “They had data and linear measurement on their bulls. It
was a very attractive package.”

Since making the transition to raising Braunvieh cattle, Art and Merry have come to appreciate the total
package that comes with the Braunvieh breed. Art says Braunvieh are well-balanced cattle that bring
muscle and marbling in a moderately sized animal.

“It makes a wonderful cross and a wonderful cow. And it makes an even better steak,” Merry adds.
JHL Ranch works with packers who send their cattle’s harvest data back to them. This data includes date
of harvest, carcass weight, ribeye size, marbling score and yield grade. “The data is extremely
important,” Art says. “The more you utilize it, the more you can progress with genetics.”

They analyze the data and use the information to advance their herd genetics. That effort has paid off.
JHL Ranch has been able to progress their herd from primarily Select quality grade to 40 percent Prime
at harvest. Art and Merry have also seen an increase in the number of carcasses with better yield
grades. Art’s experience has shown that breeding any cow to a Braunvieh bull can decrease the carcass
yield grade by one level, thereby increasing its value.

“The Braunvieh have always performed with 5-10 percent better [harvest] numbers than [our] Angus or
Gelbvieh,” Art says. Art attributes this percentage increase to a bigger ribeye and more marbling in
Braunvieh-influenced cattle.

Dennis Elbert of Emerald Braunvieh has seen similar results with his Braunvieh-influenced carcasses at
harvest. Dennis and his wife, Margie, own a 130-head cow-calf operation in Milaca, Minn. They raise
fullbloods and purebreds along with commercial cattle. Their commercial cattle are 50-75 percent
Braunvieh.

Dennis and Margie milked Brown Swiss dairy cattle until 1996 when they started backgrounding cattle.
The Elberts were familiar with the Braunvieh breed from their years in the dairy industry, so they started
out buying both Braunvieh and commercial cattle. Over the years, they slowly weeded out their
commercial cattle and bred everything to Braunvieh.

For the past few years, Dennis has kept track of how his cattle are performing on the rail and, like the
Brownlees, has also seen excellent results. Dennis has noticed that his Braunvieh cattle have a large
ribeye and outstanding marbling. His experience also confirms that Braunvieh genetics can lead to
improved quality and yield grades overall.

Dennis shares that his data from last year continues to support his opinions. 91 percent of his cattle had
a quality grade of Choice, three percent graded Prime and six percent graded Select. As for yield grade,
61 percent of his cattle had a yield grade of 1 or 2. The average yield grade on all his harvested cattle
was 2.46.

Dennis says these harvest results can help producers succeed in the marketplace because the Braunvieh
carcasses yield this way consistently. “Consistently sending cattle to market that yield grade 1 and 2 will
make you money,” Dennis says.

Mark Nelson of Diamond N Ranch in Hastings, Neb., has over 20 years of experience analyzing carcass
data and grading cattle. Nelson runs 50 head of Braunvieh. He was the coordinator of the Angus
America program, has worked in the grading specs program for Meyer Natural Foods, is currently with
GrowSafe Systems.

Nelson has noticed that pure English-influenced cattle tend to get overfat, but creating a cross between
Braunvieh and an English breed allows the cross to marble well while keeping their yield grades in line.
“With the Braunvieh-English cross, you can hit all your premium grid targets without getting discounts
for overfats,” Nelson says.

Nelson has also seen Braunvieh cattle perform well in “natural” programs. He explained that since
natural programs don’t use growth implants, pure English cattle in these programs will quickly become
overly fat. But using Braunvieh genetics alleviates this problem because, of all the continental breeds,
Braunvieh cattle seem to hold their marbling together the best.

“If you inject a dose of Braunvieh, you replace the effects of leanness and extra muscle that a growth
hormone brings,” he says. “You’re just replacing [the growth hormone] genetically.”

Nelson adds that using Braunvieh genetics isn’t just for English breeds, either. Braunvieh genetics can
improve any cow, regardless of breed. For example, Nelson believes cattle producers in the South could
benefit from utilizing Braunvieh genetics as a crossbreeding tool to increase muscling and marbling
without affecting the adaptability of their herd.

While Braunvieh breeders may know the benefits of selling their cattle, there is room for the Braunvieh
breed to grow in popularity in the packing and feedlot industry.

“Since there are so few Braunvieh that come into the packer, they don’t recognize who they are,” Art
says. “The auction block is the same way.” Because of these circumstances, Art recommends retained
ownership for producers.

While it may take time for the industry to see the value of Braunvieh genetics influencing carcass
quality, producers are willing to share these undeniable results in their own herds.

“If you want a moderate-framed animal, feed efficiency and a combination of marbling and muscling,
then I don’t think you could find a breed that’s better,” Nelson says.

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BAA Voluntary Program Gives a ‘POP’ to Performance Updates

April 25, 2019

By Kelsey Pope, Freelance Writer

With data comes knowledge, and with knowledge comes power. The Braunvieh Association of America (BAA) is adding power to its numbers with an exceptional performance option program that is allowing members to enroll cattle voluntarily in its performance reporting system at a lower cost, which is proving to provide more genetic data and information to members. It’s a win-win.

Prior to nine years ago, BAA had a Total Herd Reporting (THR) system in place that was a mandatory reporting system. It was $27 per head for every animal, and included registration fees. However, it was viewed unfavorably by some members, so the BAA Board of Directors made a decision to move away from THR to a pay-as-you-go system for breeders to register their calves each year. But this still wasn’t working well with the members who saw the benefit in a THR-type of reporting system.

One year later, the Performance Option Program (POP) was started as a completely voluntary, inventory-based national program for Braunvieh cattle. While different breeders recognize the importance of cattle performance information differently, it is vital to the Association that all performance data acquired from BAA members be collected in a uniform and meaningful manner. The POP program is designed to: 1) allow BAA members to choose whether or not they will collect performance data on their herd; 2) provide a uniform and meaningful system for data collection; 3) receive funding only from the users of the program; and 4) return performance calculations from the data only to the users of the program.

Jerry Jernigan, Jernigan Farms in Auburn, Ky., and past member of the BAA Board of Directors, helped create the program.

“Breeders should have all of their cattle enrolled in POP and it will function as it was intended; it’s like THR but without the mandatory reporting and payments,” Jernigan said.

For six years, the POP program has been functioning as a voluntary program, allowing members to enroll their animals for only $5 per head with reduced registration rates, free or reduced transfer fees and no requirement to renew the animal annually. If an animal is enrolled in POP, its offspring can be registered for as little as $20 per head, as opposed to $30 per head in the pay-as-you-go option.

Jernigan believes if members are fully utilizing POP, they need to enroll all of their cows – not just the best ones – and report performance updates to get more information for the contemporary group.

“You can realize a return by using POP to register your cattle,” Jernigan noted. “But for members to get the full benefits, they should have all animals enrolled in the program to get more accurate feedback.”

There are six types of animals that can be enrolled in the program: BAA registered females, females registered with another breed association, unregistered females, bulls, embryo transfer and cloned calves and multiple-sire calves.

POP helps to better highlight superior animals in the herd if members provide more data on all animals, which gives a true representation of the herd. By submitting more data, members don’t accumulate more fees. Complete reporting on all enrolled females also improves the accuracy and reliability of BAA Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) by removing reporting bias from performance ratios and EPDs.

“POP is helping our breed association with the ability to offer more EPDs,” Jernigan said. “The more data that is provided for each contemporary group, the more able we are to include maternal-based EPDs with more and consistent data.”

Fertility and cow cost EPDs, as well as other selection tools, are easier to develop and more reliable with complete reporting. For females enrolled in POP, new EPDs will be calculated annually, as long as the female remains enrolled.

One of the main differentiators between THR and POP is an annual fee on non-producing females. If a cow loses a calf or doesn’t have a calf in her production year, but the breeder still keeps her in the herd, the breeder can provide a reason code to keep her enrolled in POP. If no calf record or reason code is given within 730 days of the birth date of the last known calf, she will be removed from enrollment from POP, but not assessed any fees. She may be re-enrolled when/if she has her next calf.  If not enrolled in POP, the female will still have EPDs, but no new progeny information will be added into the calculations.  With the former THR program, the breeder would have paid fees on a cow every year for her to remain active. If the fees were not paid or the animal was removed from the role for any reason, it, in a sense, was no longer registered. In the POP program, even if the cow falls out of the POP program, she is still active in the BAA herdbook.

Members are also encouraged to enroll their recipient and foster dams in POP. Future enhancements to the BAA National Cattle Evaluations may allow the inclusion of performance information on ET and multiple-birth calves.

“POP has been under-utilized by many members,” Jernigan concluded. “There are no repercussions from using POP like there would be with a THR program, so we would like breeders to see the advantages of better identifying the superior animals in their herd, reporting data on all of their animals and seeing the positive benefits of offering more data and EPDs.”

Learn more about the POP program at here. Contact the BAA Office at (210) 561-2892 or baaoffice@braunvieh.org with any questions.

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Auction Block

March 27, 2019

2019 National Braunvieh Sale
Jan. 20, 2019
Fort Worth, Texas
Sale Manager: Cattle In Demand

Sale Averages:

12 Bulls                                                                       $4,333

8 Braunvieh Pairs                                                     $5,506

4 Bred Females                                                          $1,817

27 Open Heifers                                                        $2,726

1 Donor                                                                       $17,000

The 2019 National Braunvieh Sale was held in Fort Worth, Texas, in conjunction with the Fort Worth Stock Show. In addition to the 52 live lots, embryo and semen lots grossed $5,500.

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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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