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Deep South Brahman Association Program Recap
BIF Early Registration Deadline Nearing
Ask the Experts
Article Headline
Send in Your ABBA Member Survey
Aged Cow Moratorium
Florida Brahman Association Field Day
ABRI Offers App
ABBA Spring Select Brahman Sale Set for May 25, 2013 at Wichita Ranch in Brenham, Texas
April 15- Australian Exchange Program Deadline

April 15- BIF Early Registration Deadline

ay 1- AJBA All American Ownership Deadline
May 1- AJBA Scholarship Deadline

May 24- AJBA All American Show Entry Deadline

June 1 - Brahma Mamas Scholarship Deadline
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April 12, 2013
Deep South Brahman Association Program Recap

Hattiesburg, Mississippi- ABBA held a Producer Education Program on Friday, April 5 at the Southeast Livestock Association Auction in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. This event was held in conjunction with the Deep South Brahman Sale.  


A amiable crowd was in attendance to hear presentations from representatives of different sectors of the beef industry on their utilization of Brahman and F-1 genetics.  The program was moderated by ABBA Vice President J.D. "Bubba" Sartwelle, Jr.   


Sartwelle laid the basis of the day's program and gave an overview of the role of the Brahman breed in the commercial cattle world.  


ABBA Executive Vice President Chris Shivers discussed the ABBA F-1 & F-1 Plus Certification Programs. Shivers reviewed the simple mechanics of the program, the benefit of the program, and economic value to both the producer and purchaser of the females.   


Stacey Broadhead of Mendenhall, Mississippi then told his story of success using the F-1 cow in his commercial operation. Not only did Broadhead give a glowing report of the performance of the cattle in the pasture but also their progeny's performance in the feedyard.  


Robert Bergner from Hitch Feeders in Hooker, Oklahoma was present to discuss the profitability of feeding F-1 and  ¼ Brahman steers in the feedyard.  He told of the efficiencies and overall profitability that he had seen in feeding the cattle in his Oklahoma feedyard.   


Stanley Knight of Mt. Olive, Mississippi followed up with an overview of his operation and the type of genetics he uses to produce F-1's.  Knight's practical presentation also included discussion of marketing both heifers and steer calves while receiving top dollar for both.   


The last speaker of the day was Joe Johnson, Manager of Southeast Mississippi Livestock Association Auction.  He discussed marketing opportunities available to local producers.  Johnson also spoke of the top prices that could be earned for both Brahman influenced steers and heifers.   


Sartwelle concluded the program and opened the floor for questions.


Following the seminar, attendees had an opportunity to visit and view the offering of the Deep South Sale before enjoying a hamburger supper sponsored by ABBA.

BIF Early Registration Deadline Nearing

June 12-15, 2013

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University, in collaboration with the Beef Improvement Federation (BIF), will be hosting the 45th Annual Beef Improvement Federation Research Symposium and Meeting.  BIF is an organization dedicated to coordinating all segments of the beef industry, from researchers and producers to retailers, in an effort to improve efficiency, profitability, and sustainability of beef production. 

BIF was initiated almost 70 years ago to encourage the use of objective measurements to evaluate beef cattle.  Continuing the tradition, BIF is now the clearing house for developing standardized programs and methodology for recording of performance data for all traits from birth weights to carcass traits.  Their three leaf clover logo symbolizes the link between industry, extension and research.

The 2013 BIF convention will be held in Oklahoma City from June 12-15, 2013, at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center.   It will be a forum bringing together industry professionals, producers, and researchers to discuss current issues facing the beef industry.  The schedule boasts an interesting array of speakers, socials, and tours that promise to be exciting and informative.   Special features include a night out at the National Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame featuring live music and museum tours.  We are anticipating a large turnout and hope that all of you will be there to promote the rich history and spirit of Oklahoma beef production. 

You can see the schedule and register for the convention by visiting the Oklahoma State extension website.

Or visit for more information.

Early registration is $250 and ends April 15, after which time registrations will still be accepted at a higher price.

Hotel rooms at the headquarters can be reserved in the BIF block at a reduced rate by contacting the hotel directly at (405)228-8000.  Additional rooms at the same rate are available at the Courtyard Marriott by calling (405)232-2290. We hope to see you there!
Ask the Experts
Beginning this month, ABBA is looking to answer YOUR questions about Brahman cattle, the F-1 & F-1 Plus Programs, and association activities. Questions will be answered and featured in the new "ask the experts" article of the ABBA E-News..... Fire away Brahman enthusiasts!

To submit questions for ABBA's E-News post on the ABBA Facebook wall. Then, watch for your Q & our A in the ABBA E-News.

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Reminders from the Bluebonnet Brahman Association
The Bulebonnet Brahman Association would like to remind all 2013 graduating seniors to apply for the Bluebonnet Brahman Association Scholarships. To apply, go to and download the forms to be sent in by the May 1st deadline.

The Bluebonnet Brahman Association will also hold it's general membership meeting is April 18, 2013 at the Washington County Fair Grounds Gathering Place at 7:30p.m. The Gathering Place is located across from the food court and behind the main fair office. Enter at gate off of FM 577/Bluebell Road by the main fair office.
Send in Your ABBA Member Survey
By now, your ABBA Member Survey is likely on your kitchen table. Don't forget about us!  The ABBA is interested in feedback from you on how to better serve its members with programs, activities, and services. Fill it out and send it back to us!

Be sure to provide feedback and become eligible for the drawing of a paid 2014 activity fee.
Aged Cow Moratorium

Only two weeks left to take advantage of our Registration Moratorium for animals over two years of age. From now until April 30, 2013 any animal over 24 months of age will be registered at a reduced fee of $50.  Don't miss out! 


Contact the Houston headquarters for more information. 



Florida Brahman Association Field Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013

Marcus Shackelford's Rocking S Ranch

840 Wingate Rd., Wauchula, Florida 33873

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Join us for a fun event for the whole family!  Speakers, complementary lunch, a junior meeting, and a heifer sale.  The sale will offer replacement heifers and show prospects from some of Florida's top herds.  14 of these females will be halter broke.  This is the LAST sale before the AJBA possession date. Don't miss out!

Contact Information:

Field Day Chairman- Marcus Shackelford


Heifer Sale Chairman- Joe Butt



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ABRI Offers Breed App
ABRI, the firm that handles the ABBA registry, is now offering an app for breed organizations. You can download the app from Google Play store for Android phones or iTunes for iPhones by searching "INSolutions" under app name.

The cost is $2 which goes to ABRI to help cover development cost.

INSolutions is an add-on to the successful Internet Solutions web-based service that has been developed in Australia by the Agricultural Business Research Institute for application within the livestock industry.

INSolutions allows individual users to instantly access detailed information about registered animals from a complete electronic herdbook for ABBA and other breed organizations. 

The app enables users to access a number of different services, including sale catalogs, semen catalogs, animal searched, and member searches.

View app info for iPhone                                       View app info for Andriod  

ABBA Spring Select Brahman Sale Set for May 25, 2013 at Wichita Ranch in Brenham, Texas

Brenham, Texas - Mark your calendars for the Spring Select Brahman Sale and educational workshop, set for 1 p.m. on May 25, 2013 at Wichita Ranch in Brenham, TX, sponsored by the American Brahman Breeders Association and Broken Triangle Cattle. 


Consignments will include:   

Registered Brahman Bulls

Registered Brahman Females: pairs, bred females, and open heifers

Show heifer prospects for the young Brahman enthusiast

Flushes or embryos  

Semen packages


The sale will be carried live online through Cattle In Motion. Cattle will be available for viewing on Friday, May 24 and on sale day.



Keep the following ABBA events and future opportunities in mind!

  • AJBA All American National Junior Brahman Show, Lufkin, Texas June 24-30, 2013   
  • 2014 ABBA International Show, Houston, Texas, March 3-7, 2014 
  • 2014 WORLD BRAHMAN CONGRESS Please save the date for the 2014 World Brahman Congress, which will be held April 6-11, 2014 in Parys, Free State Province, South Africa. Online registration will be available March 1, 2013 at


Calendar of Events 

April 13
Miami International Show
Miami, Florida
April 20 Dyess Farms Internet Sale  
April 26-28 Pattaya International Brahman Show Pattaya, Thailand
April 27 Florida Brahman Association Field Day Wauchula, Florida
April 27  Heritage Cattle Company Production Sale Hungerford, Texas
May 1 AJBA All American Ownership Deadline  
May 3-4 Feria Internacional de Azuero Azuero, Panama
May 4 Rio Grande Valley Brahman Association Field Day Mercedes, Texas
May 24 AJBA All American Show Entry Deadline  
May 25 ABBA Spring Select Brahman Sale Brenham, Texas
June 2 Okie Extravaganza Idabel, Oklahoma
June 8 Hunt County Fair Greenville, Texas
June 8 Carolinas Brahman Association Sale Clemson, South Carolina
June 12-15 Beef Improvement Federation Convention Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
June 24-29 2013 AJBA All American Brahman Show Lufkin, Texas
September 9-10 V8 Ranch Power of Production Internet Sale  
September 14 South Texas Brahman Association Field Day Boerne, Texas
November 22-24 3rd Annual ABBA Membership Convention Biloxi, Mississippi
March 3-7 2014 International Show Houston, Texas

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