The Partners of GENETRUST Brangus are excited to announce Nic Cornelison and his Lake Majestik Farms operation have joined the GENETRUST organization, marking the first addition of a partner since the company’s original inception in 2009. Hailing from Flat Rock, AL, Nic and his family have long been anchored in a highly successful construction business and have parlayed that business minded success into the cattle industry. With an infectious passion for the Brangus breed, Nic has built the Lake Majestik program into one of the largest registered Brangus herds in the Southeastern U.S. gaining respect from cattlemen both domestically and internationally. “We are excited to have Nic and his family join the GENETRUST team,” stated GENETRUST President Cody Gariss. “His ambition and drive to improve the breed and the product we present to the commercial industry aligns perfectly with our mission and his character and moral fiber fit well within our way of doing business. It’s a people business first and there is no one more upstanding than Nic Cornelison.”
Joining GENETRUST as a partner, genetics from Lake Majestik will be available through GENETRUST’s 6 sales per year. Backed by a strong A.I. and E.T. program, the Lake Majestik program will continue to build upon their strong foundation through an excellent maternal base as well as resident herd sires encompassing the likes of Suhn’s Foundation, Suhn’s Majestik Beacon and Suhn’s TTT LM Signal. “We are extremely excited to join this progressive group of cattleman who have built the best program in the Brangus industry,” stated Nic Cornelison of Lake Majestik “We look forward to being a part of building this alliance stronger and larger in the future.” In addition to their premier seedstock operation, Lake Majestik has developed a strong following for their farm fresh Brangus beef in the nearby metropolis of Chattanooga, TN, as well as Birmingham, AL, moving several thousand pounds of meat annually through local restaurants and meat markets.
GENETRUST is the leading supplier of Brangus and Ultrablack genetics in the United States. Consistently ranked among the top 20 seedstock suppliers in the U.S. by BEEF magazine, GENETRUST markets over 700 bulls annually across North America. Formed in 2009 by a progressive group of Brangus enthusiasts, their united goal of supplying a superior genetic package to a commercial industry lacking the volume and quality these breeders could provide, filled a niche that has helped propel them into their second decade in this unique marketing alliance. With 150+ years of experience breeding registered Brangus seedstock, the 8 partner owners are well seasoned within the industry. For more information on breed leading Brangus seedstock, the nation’s foremost line-up of Brangus A.I. sires, upcoming sales or private treaty offerings visit www.genetrustbrangus.com.
The GENETRUST partners are pleased to announce the promotion of Cody Gariss to the lead role as CEO/PRESIDENT of GENETRUST. Cody has been involved with GENETRUST since its formation in 2009. His role and responsibilities have increased significantly over that period of time, excelling in whatever responsibility he has assumed within the organization. The GENETRUST partners feel that his ability and potential within this new role is unlimited and look forward to growing and expanding with him.
Vern Suhn, who has been the managing partner and President of GENETRUST since its formation, has decided to step down in that role effective June 1, 2018. Vern will remain an active participant in GENETRUST, staying involved as a founding partner and remaining a member of the board of directors of GENETRUST. In addition, Vern will continue to assist in marketing and sales throughout the 6 GENETRUST sales per year while aiding in the transition of the GENETRUST leadership change. GENETRUST will continue to have one of their annual foundation sales at Suhn Cattle Company the 4th Tuesday of March each spring. The GENETRUST partners appreciate the leadership Vern has had provided the organization since its inception, and look forward to his continued guidance and insight in shaping the future of the organization.
Cody is uniquely qualified to assume this role, understanding the challenges the GENETRUST commercial customer base faces because he lives it himself. Growing up on a diversified cattle operation in Lamar, Missouri, he attended Missouri State University and graduated with honors from MSU with a major in Animal Science and a minor in economics in 2005, returning to the family operation following graduation. In addition to their seedstock operation, he is co-owner/operator of a commercial cow/calf operation and large backgrounding/stocker operation, retaining ownership in the majority of the Brangus sired cattle produced there.
Prior to the formation of GENETRUST, Cody worked in a consultant and procurement role for both Suhn Cattle Company and Chimney Rock Cattle Company in their respective annual Brangus seedstock sales. Since the inception of GENETRUST, Cody’s responsibility has increased progressively and he has been involved in marketing/advertising, semi-annual newsletter production and content, catalog production, sale cattle evaluation & preparation, herd consulting, and breeding recommendations. He has been primarily responsible for all aspects of the “Spring Fling” online embryo auction that has helped broaden the GENETRUST customer base nationally and internationally.
Over the last 10 years, every member of GENETRUST has been impressed with Cody’s ability and potential. Bill Davis, owner of Chimney Rock Cattle Company and one of the founding members of GENETRUST said, “I am very excited about this next step in the evolution of GENETRUST. Vern has done an incredible job of taking a dream and turning it into reality. Cody has been with GENETRUST furthering his knowledge of our industry, expanding on his education, and quietly preparing himself for this opportunity. I could not be more excited for GENETRUST, for Cody, and for his family.”
GENETRUST is the nation’s leading supplier of Brangus and Ultrablack genetics, marketing over 700 bulls annually. Formed in 2009, they have consistently ranked among the top 20 seedstock suppliers in the United States, as ranked by BEEF magazine. GENETRUST markets cattle through four traditional sales each year, two in Texas, one in Kansas and one in Arkansas, having added two additional marketing venues with an online embryo auction and most recently an online bull sale, as well as year-round private treaty offerings. For more information on the GENETRUST program visit www.GENETRUSTBrangus.com.
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
979 224-6150 email@example.com
870 834-1976 firstname.lastname@example.org
979 204-9362 email@example.com
620 583-3706 firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact for Catalog ads:
979 820-8362 email@example.com
Contact for Dinner:
979 324-5518 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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.