Congratulations to GENETRUST customer T Quarter Circle Ranch, Winnemucca, NV on being named as the 2017 IBBA Commercial Producer of the Year.
Congratulations to our good friend Mike Vorel of Luther, Oklahoma for being named 2017 IBBA Breeder of the Year. Thanks Mike for your tremendous service, dedication and contribution to the Brangus breed!
Our friend & fellow cattleman Ken Hughes needs your support
Many of you will remember Ken Hughes long time cattle manager for Camp Cooley Ranch and Brinks Brangus. Ken is currently self-employed as Hughes Cattle Services and was recently diagnosed with stomach cancer. He has started on chemo and will then require surgery to remove part of his stomach with additional surgery after that. There has been a phenomenal amount of support and questions regarding fund raising activities to help assist Ken and his family during this time of need. We have listed below the fund raising events that are scheduled to occur or where individual donations can be sent. Ken and his family would appreciate your support but more importantly your prayers for healing and a speedy recovery.
Click the link below to visit Ken’s Medical fund page or please consider attending one of the events below. Or mail a donation to Denise Hughes Stewart 820 N Main Eureka, KS 67045.
July 16 at 6:30 PM – Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction in Eureka Kansas
Contact for event: Denise Hughes Stewart
620 437-7202 firstname.lastname@example.org
July 30 at 6:00 PM- Live Auction and Dinner in College Station TX at the TAMU Beef Center
This will be a live internet auction of semen, embryos, hunts and other donated services. Please contact anyone listed below for details:
903 495-4522 email@example.com
979 224-6150 firstname.lastname@example.org
870 834-1976 email@example.com
979 204-9362 firstname.lastname@example.org
620 583-3706 email@example.com
Contact for Catalog ads:
979 820-8362 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for Dinner:
979 324-5518 email@example.com
August 14 at 1:00 PM- Ranch Rodeo and Auction in Kurten TX at Still Creek Arena
Contacts for event:
Josh Kinslow 979 574-7914
Cooking: Craig Green
870 834-1976 firstname.lastname@example.org
TAKING DONATIONS NOW – for auction items and food donations
Don’t miss this great Field Day hosted at Cavender’s Neches River Ranch. This will be a great opportunity to hear speakers discuss some of the most relevant topics affecting the cattle industry. In addition, this will be an excellent opportunity to interact with fellow breeders and commercial cattlemen.
Here is the Schedule:
June 3-4, 2016
Cavender’s Neches River Ranch
June 3, 2016
4:00 pm – Cattle Handling Demonstration – Dr. Ron Gill – Texas A&M Univ.
5:30 pm – IBBA Question & Answer Session – Rosanne Nelson
6:30 pm – Dinner
June 4, 2016
8:00 am – Live Cattle Display and Breeder Presentations
10:30 am – DNA Sample Collection – Kevin Milliner, Zoetis
11:00 am – Developing Replacement Heifers – Dr. Twig Marston, Vitaferm
11:30 am Developing Yearling Bulls – Dr. Doug Hawkins, Purina
12:00 noon – Lunch – Beef Checkoff – Texas Beef Council
1:00 pm – Veterinary Feed Directive – Merial – Eric Yates
1:45 pm – Genomic Enhanced EPDs – Dr. Ashby Green, GeneSeek/Neogen
2:30 pm – Selecting the Right Herd Bull – Dr. Jason Banta – Texas A&M Univ.
3:15 pm – Cattleman Panel – Moderator – Dr. Tommy Perkins, IBBA EVP
Brangus/Ultrablack Cattle- Mike Vorel, Oklahoma
Commercial Cattle – Wes Williamson, Florida
Commercial Cattle – Simon Winston, Texas
Red Brangus Cattle – Dr. Darryl McDonald, Texas
Other Breeds – Parker Friedrich, Texas
4:00 pm – Question and Answers.
Chaparral™ helps mitigate fescue toxicosis, controls weeds.
Fewer weeds means more forage for grazing. Fewer tall fescue seed heads means less fescue toxicosis. An application of Chaparral™ herbicide early this spring can help accomplish both.
Seedhead suppression can provide the starting point for more effectively managing fescue toxicosis. The seed head is where the alkaloids produced by the endophyte concentrate (at a rate five times higher than in leaves or stems). Reducing or eliminating those seed heads can help decrease the incidence and severity of fescue toxicosis.
“Research across the fescue belt shows that an early spring application of Chaparral controls a wide mix of broadleaf weeds and prevents most tall fescue plants from developing seed heads,” explains Scott Flynn, Dow AgroSciences field scientist. “By suppressing seed heads to prevent their consumption, Chaparral helps mitigate fescue toxicosis in beef cattle grazing operations.”
Toxins in tall fescue peak in the seed head when the seed head is most palatable (generally mid- to late May). The period of highest concentration does not coincide with the visible symptoms of fescue toxicosis because of the toxins’ residual effects. Animals consume high concentrations in the spring and then suffer from heat stress when the effects are exacerbated by high summer temperatures.
Apply Chaparral as early as three weeks prior to seedhead emergence and as late as the early boot stage, with later applications preferred over earlier applications. This keeps the plants in a high-quality vegetative state, while taking infested seed heads out of the grazing picture.
When applications of Chaparral™ herbicide are timed for optimum seedhead suppression, they will control winter annual weeds and other early season broadleaves, such as buttercup; poison hemlock; biennial musk, bull and plumeless thistle; and wild carrot, says Pat Burch, field scientist with Dow AgroSciences. “The residual control Chaparral provides will control several species that emerge after application, including ragweed,” he says.
“Producers will note grass yellowing, which can last at least a couple of weeks,” Burch adds. “However, tall fescue that has been treated with Chaparral for seedhead suppression maintains forage quality longer through the season.”
Because most seedhead production is suppressed, plants won’t produce stems — resulting in a noticeable change in the appearance of tall fescue pastures and a reduction in pasture biomass.
“The good news is, the lost biomass is mostly unpalatable stems and toxin-laden seed heads,” Burch explains. “While the higher-quality forage improves the appetites of grazing cattle, producers likely will need to re-evaluate stocking rates, since cattle increase forage consumption when fescue toxicosis is mitigated.” A rotational grazing program can help boost forage production and utilization.
Any reduction in the carrying capacity of fescue pastures will be short-lived, as fescue will begin growing at a normal rate three to four weeks after application. To minimize the effect this initial slow growth will have on pasture production, fertilize pastures shortly after greenup and apply Chaparral closer to the time of seed head emergence. This will maximize the amount of leaf herbage mass produced before plant growth is slow.
Research trials show that improved per-head gains due to removal of endophyte-infected seed heads more than offset this short-term reduction in carrying capacity. Additionally — depending on weed pressure — the positive forage response to the removal of weedy competition may offset some or all of the effects of this slow growth period.
In University of Kentucky trials on endophyte-infected fescue, cattle grazing pastures where Chaparral was applied to control weeds and suppress seed heads gained 0.58 pound per day more (two-year average) than those grazing untreated pastures. Stockers on fescue treated with Chaparral™ herbicide had an average daily gain of 2 pounds in two years of grazing studies.
“There is no cure for fescue toxicosis,” Flynn notes. “But using Chaparral to suppress seed heads is one of the most effective management tools available. It can be an excellent option where weed control is needed or where a simplified approach to fescue management is desired.”
For more information about using Chaparral to suppress tall fescue seed heads, visit RangeAndPasture.com.
Tips for successful fescue seed head suppression
Label precautions apply to forage treated with Chaparral and to manure from animals that have consumed treated forage within the last three days. Consult the label for full details.
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Chaparral is not registered for sale or use in all states. Contact your state pesticide regulatory agency to determine if a product is registered for sale or use in your state. Always read and follow label directions.
There are several words that I could use to describe this year’s Commercial Brangus producer of the year award recipient. He is without doubt a forward thinker, who has been innovative in the use of new technology and ideas to further enhance and benefit his cattle enterprise. Without question he possess a passion for his country, his family, the cattle that provide his lively hood, and the Brangus breed. I am proud to present to you Zac and Courtney Obrien, Rock Creek Ranch, South Coffeyville, OK as this year’s recipient of the Commercial Brangus Breeder of the year award. I do not remember for certain when I first met Zac but it would have been I believe through a mutual friend and highly respected commercial Brangus breeder Albert Wiggins at one of the earlier Brinks Brangus sales in Kansas. I remember Glenn Brinkman asking me what I knew about this young kid that had all the questions about pedigrees and the cattle we were breeding at that time. Zac went on to graduate from Kansa State in 1995 with a degree in Animal Science, during which time he had his own commercial cows and progressed into the registered business in which he still maintains a few females. After graduation from college he purchased a place of his own south of Edna, KS just a crossed the state line into Oklahoma. Prior to my bull sale in 1999 I was visiting with Zac about a young prospect in that sale. He demonstrated to me at that time that if he found the genetics he wanted he was going to find a way to utilize it We ended up partnering on and purchasing the bull who later became known in the breed as BT – Burtin’s Transformer 803G3.
Zac and Courtney were married in Oct. of 2001 and today have 4 children Hadleigh, age 12, Kayton, age 10, Landry Jo, age 8 and Owen, age 6. They operate a 400 head commercial cow calf and 300 head stocker operation, as well as a small registered herd in northeastern OK. Zac’s motto could very well be “GENETICS, THE ROAD TO PROFIT”. He relies heavily on a strong AI program, utilizing some of the top sires from both the Brangus and Angus breeds. Current calf prices have found him not feeding as many of his own calves, but he has in the past utilized feedlot data from his ranch raised calves to evaluate his progress. Several years ago he relied heavily on the Oklahoma Steer feed out, which he employed to evaluate the Brangus AI sired progeny (sires that were not high growth and carcass EPD sires) against Angus sires that were at the top of the breed for growth and carcass. The Brangus sired progeny’s ability to compete with and in most cases hang more dollars on the rail through more weight and higher dressing percent has been a factor in convincing him of the value of Brangus genetics. Along with the use of AI he relies heavily on the use of his herd bull battery which in itself would not take a back seat to anyone in the industry. Whenever he is in the market for bulls he is shopping at the front of the sale offering looking for bulls that meet his requirements for frame size, structural soundness, performance and EPD’s.
At Zac’s cows are raised in a low input no frills environment. He was one of the first commercial operations in my area to move his calving to later in the spring and wean earlier in the fall to let his cows regain weight going into winter. He stockpiles forage and utilizes very little hay and expects every cow to earn her keep. In his operation there are not any welfare or entitlement programs, you either earn your keep or you are replaced with an animal who can. I have been accused at times of being pretty ruthless when it comes to culling animals but believe me I have no desire to be a cow and have to live up to Zac’s standards. A couple of years ago when most of us in the purebred business were asking questions and contemplating the use of DNA technology. Zac was already questioning it’s use in evaluating his commercial replacement heifers and what benefit he could gain from it.
What I find most refreshing about this young family that we are honoring here today is the fact that they have succeeded by incorporating a strong work ethic, integrity, knowledge of their business, the foresight and courage to utilize innovative ideas, and the backbone to take a risk in a business that has swallowed up individuals with a lot more financial backing. Zac and Courtney have not only succeeded in this business but are also in the process of raising a great family who I am sure will also be a great asset to this country’s future.