Rt1, Box 111
Wharton, Texas 77488
Phone: (979) 533-1471
Ed’s longtime friend, Marcos Machado Borges Jr., purchased a group of highly selected Red Brangus females from the Mears’ herd to start the MBJ Ranch Red Brangus. For over ten years, the late Ed Mears worked to produce top quality Red Brangus by combining highly selected Nelore bulls with his outstanding Leachman- and McFee-bred Red Angus females. In addition, he used the genetics of the outstanding half-blood bull, Copper Nine, and his son, El Cid.
Mr. Mears’ hard work resulted in cattle that were catching the eye of breeders from around the world. In a recent statement, Mr. Borges said, “I respected Ed greatly and I hope to develop the type of cattle he would be proud of. We selected our core herd based on the performance of the females, using calving interval and average weaning weights as our first selection criteria.
The Nelore, Brahman, and the Red Angus used in this program are proven in carcass production. By selecting according to reproductive efficiency and performance, we started our program with problem-free females. "From this solid base, we will tweak the performance curves without sacrificing balance.”
Marcos Machado Borges Junior owner of MBJ Ranch is an economist and animal scientist, descendent of the Machado Borges and Lamartine Mendes families, both of whom have been pillars of the Zebu breeds in Brazil for many decades, carries on with determination the trailblazing spirit of the pioneers that first imported the Zebu to Brazilian soil. A resident of the United States for the past 14 years, Marcos has taken on the responsibility of disseminating the Nelore breed and its composites throughout various other countries in the Americas such as Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Colombia. He has given talks and participates in conferences whenever the subject is the Brazilian Zebu. But his work is not limited to the American continent; he has also traveled to such countries as Thailand and Australia, among others.
Marcos never forgets his heritage and constantly spreads the word about Uberaba, Minas Gerais, - the Center of Brazilian Zebu - its history and the difficulties overcome by and the dedication of those who imported the first Zebus to Brazil. He participates in livestock shows and in innovative scientific research that highlights the advantages of the Nelore and Red Brangus breeds with respect to its reproductive efficiency and its carcass quality. The pioneering spirit of his ancestors is also with him in his travels, particularly in some of the more hazardous situations he has faced on occasion in countries were conflicts and guerrillas are a fact of life. Proof that Marcos’ work is fundamental in opening new markets is the fact that he is the first Brazilian to open a cattle ranch in Mexico, a market that had previously been considered difficult because of competition. Together with another well-known cattleman, Rubens de Carvalho, they were the first Brazilians to participate in U.S. livestock shows and to introduce the Nelore to Texas A&M University, whose herd, today, is one of the most respected Nelore herds in the U.S.
Marcos Borges also represents is called “OB Ranch – Texas Connection;” a company started by Uberaba visionaries Ovidio and Paulo Brito. During its 15 years in the U.S. market, it has demonstrated the potential of the Nelore and Red Brangus breeds, and has demystified the erroneous idea that beef from Zebu breeds is not comparable to those of European breeds. His research, in cooperation with Texas Connection and Texas A&M University, has proved that the carcass quality of some Nelore and Red Brangus lineages are actually superior to the meat of the average Angus animal, considered to be the best beef in the United States.
Nowadays, the raising of Nelore Red Brangus cattle is definitely on the upswing in the country, denoting the importance of this Brazilian’s determination who carries his genetic heritage of courage and ability to show the world the truth of Brazil through its Zebu cattle.
Marcos has been a director of the International Red Brangus Breeders Association since 1997. In 2004, he took over as President of the IRRBA.
On May 10th, 2003, the Brazilian Association of Zebu Breeders (ABCZ) awarded Marcos Machado Borges Jr., its International Merit Award, during Expozebu, the world’s largest Zebu Livestock Show.
Marcos Borges uses his experience and knowledge to produce high quality and new genetics to boost Hybrid Vigor to the Red Brangus breed. His commitment is breeding good cattle and helping to promote the Red Brangus breed around the world building a long-term international marketing relationship.
The Red Brangus Product for the Future!