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Braunvieh Breeders Host Educational Events

September was a busy month for Braunvieh breeders in many parts of the nation. In addition to managing their herds at home, breeders have taken extra steps to create events that educate others and bring Braunvieh enthusiasts together.

 

2016 Braunvieh Beef Clinic

The Texas Braunvieh Association (TBA) and Clarendon College hosted the 2016 Braunvieh Beef Clinic at Clarendon College Sept. 10 and it was a success for both groups. The clinic consisted of a beef judging contest and interviews for the Heifer Incentive Program.

A total of 168 youth attended the judging contest. 4-H and FFA students came from all areas of Texas to participate, as did collegiate teams from Murray State College (Tishomingo, Okla.), Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell, Okla.) and Clarendon College (Clarendon, Texas).

The TBA interviewed 19 applicants for the Heifer Incentive Program, selecting ten from that outstanding group to receive a $1500 certificate toward the purchase of a Braunvieh show heifer. Braunvieh breeders that donated heifer certificates are Circle C Ranch, Vivid Earth Cattle Co., SLS Braunvieh, Salt Creek Ranch, Jimi Vivens and J Bar Braunvieh.

Approximately $30,000 was given in scholarships, heifer certificates and other prizes. The event was a success for not only the hosts, but the youth participants as well.

Top Collegiate Individuals

Top Collegiate Individuals (from left to right): 5th(Tie), Mason Bishop (Clarendon College), Ty Gatlin (Clarendon College); 3rd, Kati Adams (Clarendon College); 4th, Cat Luft (Clarendon College); 2nd, Ky Drummond (Clarendon College); and 1st, Jhet Weger (Murray State). Photo by Loretta Hall

 

Top Senior Individuals (from left to right): 1st, Josh O’Connor (Levelland); 2nd, Wyatt Sisco (Sterling City); 3rd, Antonio Munoz (Amherst); 4th, Tyler Stedje (Hansford County); 5th, Jonathan Crowl (Hansford County; 6th, Carter Burgin (Hansford County); 7th, Moses Escamilla (Three Rivers); 8th, Kooper Hughes (Three Rivers); 9th, Chandler Schulte (Nazareth); and 10th, Jackson Riggins (Hansford County). Photo by Loretta Hall

Top Senior Individuals (from left to right): 1st, Josh O’Connor (Levelland); 2nd, Wyatt Sisco (Sterling City); 3rd, Antonio Munoz (Amherst); 4th, Tyler Stedje (Hansford County); 5th, Jonathan Crowl (Hansford County; 6th, Carter Burgin (Hansford County); 7th, Moses Escamilla (Three Rivers); 8th, Kooper Hughes (Three Rivers); 9th, Chandler Schulte (Nazareth); and 10th, Jackson Riggins (Hansford County). Photo by Loretta Hall

 

Top Junior Individuals (from left to right): 1st, Kari Schulte (Nazareth); 2nd, Sunny Cowley (Randall County); 3rd, Tyler Harper (Donley County); 4th, Grayson Waldrop (Donley County); 5th, Koyt Tucek (Donley County); 6th, Landry Kleman (Nazareth); 7th, Tye Schulte (Nazareth); 8th, Brock Hatley (Donley County); 9th, Kiersten Green (Oldham County); and 10th, Brian Brugman (Randall County). Photo by Loretta Hall

Top Junior Individuals (from left to right): 1st, Kari Schulte (Nazareth); 2nd, Sunny Cowley (Randall County); 3rd, Tyler Harper (Donley County); 4th, Grayson Waldrop (Donley County); 5th, Koyt Tucek (Donley County); 6th, Landry Kleman (Nazareth); 7th, Tye Schulte (Nazareth); 8th, Brock Hatley (Donley County); 9th, Kiersten Green (Oldham County); and 10th, Brian Brugman (Randall County). Photo by Loretta Hall

Braunvieh Fields of Opportunity Tour

Braunvieh breeders from Kansas and Nebraska hosted the Fields of Opportunity Tour Sept. 16-17 in Nebraska. Approximately 20 attendees started the tour in Clay Center, Neb. on Sept. 16 at the Meat Animal Research Center (MARC). Attendees listened to presentations from Dr. John Pollack, Dr. Mark Thallman and Dr. Larry Kuehn on the research being done at MARC and its importance to the Braunvieh breed. Attendees then toured the MARC facilities.

The event continued that afternoon with pasture tours at Big Blue Braunvieh (De Witt, Neb.), Wolken Cornerstone Cattle Ranch (Diller, Neb.)  and Siebrandt Family Farms (Jansen, Neb.). Each stop was an opportunity to look at Braunvieh cattle and hear from the breeders on the programs they implement on their operations.

After a full day of presentations and tours, a preview and private treaty sale were held in Fairbury, Neb. on Sept. 17. The two-day tour was a great way for Braunvieh breeders to learn and enjoy great fellowship.

Attendees tour the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. Photo by Tyler Wolken

Attendees tour the Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center, Neb. Photo by Tyler Wolken

 

Breeders use the remaining light of the day to look at Braunvieh cattle at Big Blue Braunvieh. Photo by Tyler Wolken

Breeders use the remaining light of the day to look at Braunvieh cattle at Big Blue Braunvieh. Photo by Tyler Wolken

 

Braunvieh breeders enjoy lunch during the Fields of Opportunity Tour. Photo by Jess Ebert

Braunvieh breeders enjoy lunch during the Fields of Opportunity Tour. Photo by Jess Ebert

Breed Promotion

The Beef Clinic and Fields of Opportunity Tour are great examples of Braunvieh breeders reaching out in their communities and beyond to promote the breed. If you are already a Braunvieh breeder, what can you do to show others the exceptional qualities of Braunvieh cattle?  New to the breed or interested in learning more?  Watch the BAA Calendar of Events and follow BAA on Facebook for upcoming Braunvieh events near you.

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Midwest Regional Braunvieh Sale Results

Open heifers $2232

Pairs $3112

Bred.   $2513

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McBee Cattle Company, April 16, 2016, SELECTION DAY 2016

11 Fall Braunvieh Purebred bulls                         average $5114

23 Fall McBeef Builder Hybrid bulls                   average $4384

4 Spring Yearling McBeef Builder Hybrid bulls   average $3650

 

38 Bulls  average $4518

32% of the bulls went to new buyers and 68% of the bulls went to repeat customers.

 

3 Braunvieh Purebred 1st calf pairs                       average $2975

5 Braunvieh Purebred fall bred heifers                average  $2525

3 McBeef Builder Hybrid 1st calf pairs                 average  $2717

41 McBeef Builder Hybrid fall bred heifers         average $2527

 

35% of the females went to new buyers and 65% went to repeat customers.

Cattle went to buyers from 6 states.

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Quantum Genetix

By Mark Nelson

This issue’s DNA article will off er a look at Quantum Genetix. Quantum is a genetic testing company from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. like all such companies, it has numerous tests that can be run, including parentage, defects, and performance traits. upcoming Braunvieh World articles will discuss parentage and defects, but this article will focus only on Quantum performance DNA tests. These tests as well as more technical information on tests discussed in this article can be viewed at quantumgenetix.com.

Many Braunvieh breeders are embracing the four different performance tests that Quantum offers, which are single-trait tests of single genes. remember that each gene has two alleles, so each of these four tests will give you three possible outcomes for each performance trait: homozygous with two copies, heterozygous with one copy, and recessive with no copies. Your tested breeding stock will contribute one copy (or allele) to each of its progeny randomly. For example, if you have a bull which has a TC result for leptin, you have a 50-percent chance that progeny will have a T allele (T is the favorable allele) passed on to each of its progeny.

The four tests discussed are leptin, PMCH, igf2 and CrH4. breeders can send DNA samples and choose to get results on any one of these, all of them or just the ones they may be interested in. Semen, blood or hair samples are all acceptable DNA samples that can be submitted.

Leptin is currently the most popular test. leptin genotype results will be defined as two alleles which can be T or C. Compared to cattle with C alleles, cattle with one or more T alleles have an increased rate of fat accumulation, increased weaning weights, higher milk production and higher marbling. in general, TT or TC cattle continue their growth and fat accumulation beyond the point that CC cattle are capable of. TT cattle are considered very desirable feedyard animals and mother cows.

PMCH is another gene test with alleles defined as A or T (note the T is a different allele than the T allele discussed for leptin; it’s akin to knowing two different people named Tim). Compared to TT genotypes, aa genotypes have an increased fat deposition, with results of increased tenderness, marbling and 12th-rib backfat.

IGF test results will show cattle with alleles to be either C or T (once again, these are not the same alleles mentioned above — they just are another Tim or Charlie, and different than the T’s and C’s already discussed). igF2 genotype results of CC will have larger ribeyes than TT genotypes.

Crh4 test results will show cattle with alleles to be either g or C. gg genotype cattle handle stress better, resulting in increased hot carcass weight and increased ribeye size compared to CC genotype cattle.

Please remember that this article is intended to be a layman’s discussion on the dna tests available. For more technical and in-depth information, please visit quantumgenetics.com.

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