BRANGUS ASSOCIATION AWARDS CATTLEMEN
By Mallory Newsom, IBBA Communications Coordinator
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS [March 13, 2015]– Five of the most elite cattle producers and Brangus breeders were honored by the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA) for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the Brangus breed and the beef cattle industry. Year after year someone that personally knows the winner of the award presents it to them and addresses their contributions to the Brangus breed.
The Pioneer Award recognizes an IBBA member, past or present, for his/her service, loyalty and contributions to the Brangus breed. Mr. Vern Suhn presented this award to the late David Schubert. There to accept the award on Mr. Schubert’s behalf was his nephew and his wife, Gordon and Ann Schubert. David Schubert served as the IBBA President in 1982-1983 as well as serving on the IBBA Board of Directors for seven years. Schubert’s operation, Chair Brand Cattle, was out of Mississippi and he was involved in all aspects of the Brangus breed. Schubert’s nephew, Gordon, humbly accepted the award on his late uncle’s behalf.
The IBBA Breeder of the Year Award was established in 1981 to annually honor a person in the breed who has shown outstanding leadership in the association and who has been truly progressive in the promotion, production and advancement of Brangus cattle. This year, John Milam with Draggin’ M Ranch was presented this award by Bill Davis. Davis gave credit to Milam for his display of cattle and experience in the Brangus breed in the pasture of the Draggin’ M Ranch and the sale ring. Milam graciously accepted his award alongside ranch staff Grady and Sara Green, giving them the credit for him being as accomplished as he is.
Alex Johns and Chris Heptinstall presented the Commercial Producer of the Year award to the late Donald “Don” Robertson. There to accept the award on Robertson’s behalf was his son Donnie and his wife, Clare, and daughter, Ragan. Robertson worked for the Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc. for 23 years and helped transform the herd to predominately Brangus cattle. His legacy continues to live on at the ranch.
Award recipients were presented their awards Saturday, March 7, 2015, by the IBBA in Houston, Texas, at the IBBA annual meeting. Award recipients are nominated and selected by the IBBA Awards Committee. Please visit www.gobrangus.com for more information.
Watch for an update on Donors selling at Chimney Rock soon!
Watch for a post on the pictured bulls coming soon!
Today we are headed to Salado for the TBBA Miss America Sale. We have consigned one of the first Heritage daughters to sell, Ms DMR Heritage 23A. We think she's pretty neat! Top 10% YW, 25% Milk and REA and super gentle. The sale starts at 6:30 tomorrow or bid and buy online on DV Auction!
Granddaughter of the 302N2 cow whose calving ease sire is Specialist. She ranks in the top 5% of the breed for Milk, the top 35% for weaning weight and the top 4% for scrotal. Excellent replacement potential sired by the calving ease Guardian.
GROWTH, MATERNAL + MUSCLE
Genetics that work - Csonka x Next Step. She ranks in the top 10% of the breed for Milk and yearling weight, the top 20% for waning weight, the top 25% for REA and the top 2% for SC. Her weaning weight ratio was 106 and yearling weight ratio 103.
Guardian first captivated the attention of Brangus Breeders when he sold through the Nov 2, 2009 GENETRUST @ Chimney Rock Cattle Co. sale for $30,000 to Ray Johnston, Johnston Farms, Letohatchee, AL. He later sold, through a private treaty transaction, for 1/2 interest and 1/2 possession to John Milam, Draggin' M Ranch, El Dorado, AR. His first calf crop stamped him as one of the elite young sires of the breed and his popularity has continued to increase with each calf crop. He has worked exceptionally well on Brangus females; plus, equally as well on Angus females in the production of Ultrablack progeny. Guardian sires moderate birth weight cattle with exceptional growth as he ranks in the top 20% of the breed for both weaning weight and yearling weight. READ MORE HERE.