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IRBBA Leadership Elected
IRBBA Officers and Board Members were reelected during the IRBBA Annual Meeting, June 1st in College Station. From left to right: Stephen Lee, Board Member; Fernando Franco, Board Member; Don Cox, Board Member; Allen Goode, Vice President; Marvin Tanecka, Board Member; Marcos Borges, President; Craig Stovall, Treasurer; and Bruce Buffaloe, Secretary.
Dennis Kmiec is Awarded Top Honor
Congratulations to Dennis Kmiec (center) for receiving the IRBBA Lifetime Achievement Award during the recent IRBBA Annual Meeting! Dennis is a founding member of the organization and has been raising Red Brangus for 30 years! Dennis continues to support this organization with his leadership, superior genetics and love of the breed!
Congratulations 2019 IRBBA Scholarship Recipients!
This year we will be awarding three Senior IRBBA Scholarships and five Junior IRBBA Scholarships. We are awarding a total of $6,250 in Senior scholarships and $4,500 in Junior Scholarships. A grand total of $10,750 will awarded this year. We will celebrate these winners at the Fall 2019 Membership Event. Please help me congratulate a job well done to all these Red Brangus Scholarship Winning Students!
The Wilma Buffaloe Memorial Scholarship will be given to Nicholas Matocha of La Grange, Texas. He will be attending Blinn Junior College in the Fall, majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. He is very active in the IJBBA and TJBBA. In high school, he was president of both his local FFA Chapter and 4-H Club. Nicholas also participated in Baseball, Tennis and Football while in La Grange.
The Jim Hunt Memorial Scholarship will be given to Briana Hicks of Danbury, Texas. She will be attending Texas A&M University in the Fall, majoring in Animal Science, Pre- Veterinary. She is very active in the IJBBA (serving on the Board of Directors), TJBBA, 4-H and President of her local National Honor Society. Athletically she excels in Volleyball, Cross Country and Pole Vaulting.
The Don Jobes Memorial Scholarship will be given to Audrey Acord of Madisonville, Texas. She will be continuing her college career at Sam Houston State University, while studying Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Marketing. She is active in the Brangus breed, showing in both the Junior and Open Divisions. She manages school and working on the family ranch (Broken A Ranch) helping with feeding, grooming, and showing cattle.
Ashley Guajardo from Wharton, Texas will be awarded a scholarship to help further her dreams of playing soccer and swimming. She plans to use the money for athletic attire and training to reach a higher level. When she is not playing sports, she also enjoys volunteering her time; at the library and at local shelters. Awarded in memory of Marcos Borges, III.
Chase Lund from San Antonio, Texas will be awarded a scholarship to help the financial burden of raising a heifer project. Chase has chosen to use his money at a local Co-op to help pay for feed and tack. Chase also enjoys playing Basketball in his spare time. Awarded in memory of Marcos Borges, III.
Madison Fischer from Hempstead, Texas will be awarded a scholarship to help grow her herd through Embryo Transfer. Even though she is only an eighth grader she has a big goal for the future of Red Brangus and her personal herd. Madison also enjoys many sports when she isn’t working with cattle including: Taekwondo, Pony Baseball, Swim Club and Volleyball. Awarded in memory of Marcos Borges, III.
Audrey Ivey from Brownwood, Texas will be receiving a Junior Scholarship as well. She plans to use her money toward her purchase of a Red Brangus for her heifer project and will eventually add to her own herd. She purchased her heifer from Williams Ranch Company. Audrey is a very busy young lady participating is Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Track, FFA and her local Church. Awarded in memory of Marcos Borges, III.
Donald Ivey, III from Brownwood, Texas will be using his scholarship towards the purchase of an IRBBA bull, which he plans to use for showing and breeding purposes. Donald is very busy at Bangs High School participating in Football, Basketball, Track and FFA. He also enjoys his youth church program and volunteering. Awarded in memory of Marcos Borges, III.
RED BRANGUS BREEDERS MEET FOR FALL IRBBA MEETING
The International Red Brangus Breeder's Association (IRBBA) held its fall membership event "Fall in Love with Red Brangus" Saturday, November 3, 2018 at Chappell Hill, TX. Members from Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Mexico enjoyed great weather, Chappell Hill charm and the warm hospitality of hosts Triangle K Farms and Oak Creek Farms.
IRBBA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
Katy, Texas – The International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA) is proud to announce 10 scholarship awards for the youth of its organization.
Audrey Acord is the Wilma Buffaloe Scholarship recipient, Caryn Smart is the Jim Hunt Scholarship recipient, and Jacob Jones is the Mr. Jobes Scholarship recipient.
IRBBA 2018 ANNUAL MEETING HELD
The International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA) held its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Brangus Breeders Association (TBBA) April 8 at TenRoc Ranch in Salado, Texas.
Attendees began arriving Friday, April 7, for a fish dinner and guitar music around a campfire. Saturday morning kicked off with a cowboy breakfast before IRBBA and TBBA Board and membership meetings. IRBBA and TBBA leaders and members discussed opportunities for joint efforts to promote Red Brangus and Brangus this year.
IRBBA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
The International Red Brangus Memorial Scholarship Foundation is proud to award eight senior scholarships and five Marcos Borges Jr. Memorial Scholarships to the youth of the International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA).
Cassandra Burkhammer, Bonham, Texas; Dana Patterson, Alachua, Florida; Gregory Matocha, La Grange, Texas; Kacie Wallace, Bryan, Texas; Liza Garcia, Pasadena, Texas; Matthew Tak, Pasadena, Texas; Samantha Muniz, Pasadena, Texas; and Taylor Goerlitz, Brenham, Texas, are the senior scholarship recipients. Audrey Acord, Madisonville, Texas; Jazir Guarjardo, Wharton, Texas; Kevin Marks, Brookshire, Texas; Molly Parker, Ben Lomond, Arkansas; and Reagan Kringle, Friendswood, Texas, are the recipients of Marcos Borges Jr. Memorial Scholarships.
IRBBA BREEDER OF THE YEAR MARCOS MACHADO BORGES, JR
Marcos Machado Borges Jr. was awarded the International Red Brangus Breeders Association's (IRBBA) Breeder of the Year honor at IRBBA's Annual Meeting on April 8. Borges's Red Brangus operation is the MBJ Ranch in Lane City, Texas. He says he has placed high priority on breeding performance-oriented cattle.
"To raise our program to the next level, in the past five years we have made a concerted effort to build and refine our elite herd," says Borges. "These cattle and pedigrees have provided us with an additional purebred customer segment and appeal in the breed."
IRBBA AND TBBA TO HOLD JOINT ANNUAL MEETING
The International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA) is excited to announce that the 2017 Annual Meeting & Sale will be held alongside the Texas Brangus Breeders Association. The event will be held April 7 and 8 at the beautiful TenRoc Ranch in Salado, Texas. The joint affair will provide members from both organizations the opportunity to socialize and get to know the Red Brangus and Brangus promoting efforts of both organizations. Each association will conduct separate Annual Business meetings for its members and come together for meals and guest speakers. The weekend will culminate with a joint offering in the Miss America Sale.
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GENETIC EDGE SALE XXII
This year Genetic Edge Sale is coming up on March 11, 2017. Genetic Edge Sale has joined with American Marking Services to make our sale the best, while gearing up for the World Brangus Congress in Houston in 2018. The sale ha.s a few changes this year that we are excited to share with you.
American Marketing will be handling the advertising, consignment entries, and sale catalog; pictures and videos by Ideal Video Productions. Genetic Edge 5;,le animals do not have to be halter broke this year. You will be able to view the haltered sale animals downstairs in the NRG Center-East Arena prior to the sale. After the viewing of the haltered animals everyone will proceed to the video auction arena.
The International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA) honored Tracee Buffaloe-Price at its annual meeting, in April, with the Member of the Year award.
"The Buffaloe family has raised cattle for many generations. My paternal great-grandfather, Ed, and his brother, Frank, raised registered Brahman cattle, and my paternal grandfather, Gene, had a commercial herd my whole life," Price explained about her family's operation, Buffaloe Cattle Company. "It wasn't until [my grandfather] passed away that my dad, Bruce, and Grandma Wilma really started to get big in the Red Brangus breed." The Buffaloe family has had Red Brangus cattle since 1986. The Buffaloes have had an IRBBA membership since 1994.
Involved in more than membership with IRBBA, Price is the chairwoman of IRBBA's Scholarship and Foundation Committee, and she helps coordinate the IRBBA's annual meeting each year.
IRBBA BREEDER OF THE YEAR TRIPLE J-R CATTLE COMPANY
Jim Gibson and his son, Chip, own and operate Triple J-R Cattle Company in Muldoon, Texas. Chip says after researching different breeds, they purchased their first Red Brangus cattle in 2002. The family joined the International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA) as Triple J-R Cattle Company that same year.
"Every year we have become more involved in the organization by participating at various levels," says Jim's wife, Kay Gibson. "Jim currently serves on the Board of IRBBA and the Marketing Committee."
Kay serves IRBBA in multiple ways as well. In addition to serving on the Scholarship Committee, she is on the IRBBA Memorial Scholarship Foundation's Board of Directors and contributes to the planning and execution of fundraising events in an effort to further Junior Brangus members' education.
"2015 and 2016 have certainly been good to Triple J-R," says Kay. "We are blessed to have produced the 2015 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Red Brangus Grand Champion Bull, the 2015 Red Brangus Show Dam of the Year, 2016 Red Brangus Show Dam of the Year, and the 2016 Red Brangus Show Heifer of the Year."
IRBBA 2015 BREEDER AND MEMBER OF THE YEAR GARY MARKHAM
International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA)'s 2015 Member and Breeder of the Year was Gary W. Markham alongside Tim Mikolajchak, of Markham Cattle. Markham says he has been raising Red Brangus cattle since about 1994. "We are primarily a purebred Red Brangus breeder," Markham explains, "but we sell our lower-end cattle commercially."
His passion for the cattle business and industry was deeply rooted to his youth, as he was raised in the Texas panhandle in a town called Matador. Markham says his hometown was surrounded by big ranches filled with cattle.
"I bought my first property at Manvel in 1991, and I bought some sale barn calves to put on it," Markham explains, "then I just kept buying property that bordered mine and buying more cows." He says he firmly believes Red Brangus cattle are best for his climate. Markham also says he is happy to have appealing cattle in his pasture.
IRBBA Initiates Fundraiser for Academic Scholarships
The International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA) has established a fundraiser to serve as a source of funding for IRBBA scholarships. Brangus breeders may purchase up to 3-by-3 inches of space on a t-shirt to display his or her cattle brand.
“The scholarship committee is pleased to expend this unique opportunity for each breeder to market their ranch on a functional t-shirt,” said IRBBA Scholarship and Foundation Committee Chairwoman Tracee Price.
2014 Member and Breeder of the Year
IRBBA members selected Mr. Marcos Borges of Wharton, Texas as the honored recipient of the "Member of the Year" and "Breeder of the Year" awards at the 2014 IRBBA Annual Meeting in College Station. Established in 2013, these distinctions recognize one member and one breeder who have contributed significantly to the Red Brangus breed and to the International Red Brangus Breeders Association. The honorees have been examples to others through their programs and inspired others through their contributions.
Member of the Year
Marcos has served on the IRBBA Board of Directors since 1997 and has served as President of the association since 2006. His dedication to the association is proven by his recognition as the "Member of the Year." As Director of OB Ranch and owner of MBJ Ranch, Marcos and his family have dedicated their lives to the development and promotion of Red Brangus across the world. "Before our IRBBA Annual Meeting this year, I was commenting to my wife Adriane Borges and Fernanda Linares of OB Ranch about how important and beautiful the IRBBA awards are," Marcos said. "The Red Brangus breed is growing rapidly in many countries around the world, and the IRBBA today is a well-known and respected association across the world."
Breeder of the Year
Marcos represents OB Ranch as Director and owns MBJ Ranch. His contributions to the Red Brangus breed and the cattle industry run generations deep. He is a descendent of the Machado Borges and Lamartine Mendes families, both of which have been integral to the Zebu breeds in Brazil for decades. Having lived in the United States for 20 years, Marcos has worked diligently to disseminate the Nelore breed and its composites throughout the Americas including Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Colombia. "The Borges and Mendes families are fifth generation breeders of registered and commercial cattle and I am honored to continue in the footsteps of my ancestors and to receive such a commendation," Marcos said. "I am sure that my late father and grandfathers are happy to see that we are following their example of integrity, hard work and passion for the genetic improvement of cattle." OB Ranch Texas Connection was started by Uberaba visionaries Ovidio and Paulo Brito. For the past 20 years in the United States, it has helped advocate for and demonstrate the great potential of the Red Brangus and Nelore breeds, allowing them to rank as comparable to European breeds. In fact, Marcos has participated in research studies with Texas A&M University to prove the carcass quality of some Red Brangus and Nelore bloodlines is actually superior to some Angus cattle. Marcos works hard to promote the Red Brangus breed and IRBBA across the nation and world, serving as an advocate for the heritage represented by the breed. "I know that there are many of our breeders and members that deserve such recognition, but my family and I are very happy to receive this honor," Marcos said. "I would like to thank each of our members that voted for us. I will always work hard to merit this important privilege and represent IRBBA with respect and integrity."
MIEMBRO DEL AÑO
Marcos ha servido a la junta de directores de la IRBBA desde 1997; y como presidente de la asociación desde 2006. Su dedicación a la asociación está probada por su reconocimiento como “Miembro Del Año”. Como director de OB Ranch y dueño de MBJ Ranch, marcos y su familia han dedicado sus vidas al desarrollo y promover el Brangus Rojo en todo el mundo.
“Antes de la asamblea general de IRBBA este año estaba comentando con mi esposa Adriane Borges, y con Fernanda Linares (OB Ranch) lo importante y lo bello e importante que son los premios de IRBBA. La raza Brangus Rojo está creciendo rápidamente en muchos países alrededor del mundo e IRBBA, hoy en día, es una asociación muy conocida y respetada en todo el mundo”.
CRIADOR DEL AÑO
Marcos representa a OB Ranch como director y es dueño de MBJ Ranch. Sus contribuciones a la raza Brangus Rojo y a la industria del ganado vienen de varias generaciones.
Él es descendiente de las familias Machado Borges y Lamartine Mendes, de las cuales ambas han sido precursores de la raza cebú en Brasil por décadas. Habiendo vivido por 20 años en los estados unidos, Marcos ha trabajado diligentemente en diseminar la raza Nelore y sus compuestos en todo el mundo; incluyendo México, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Venezuela, , Argentina, , Paraguay, Uruguay, Australia y Sur África.
“Las familias Borges y Mendes son la quinta generación de criadores de ganado comercial y registrado, me siento honrado de continuar los pasos de mis antecesores y de recibir este gran reconocimiento” dijo Marcos, “estoy seguro que mi padre (q.e.p.d.) y mis abuelos estarían felices de ver que estamos siguiendo su ejemplo de integridad, trabajo y pasión por el mejoramiento genético del ganado”.
OB Ranch Texas Connection fue iniciado por los visionarios de Uberaba (Brasil) Ovidio y Paulo Brito. Durante los Últimos 20 años en los Estados Unidos, ha ayudado a abogar y demostrar el gran potencial de las razas Red Brangus y Nelore, lo que les permite figurar como comparables a las razas europeas. De hecho Marcos Borges ha participado en estudios de investigación con la universidad de Texas A&M para probar que la calidad de la canal de algunos linajes de Red Brangus y Nelore es en realidad superior y comprable con la raza Angus.
Marcos trabaja para promover la raza Red Brangus y a la Asociación Internacional de Criadores de Brangus Rojo (IRBBA) en todo el país y el mundo, sirviendo como defensor del patrimonio representado por la raza.
“Sé que hay muchos de nuestros criadores y miembros que merecen tal reconocimiento, pero mi familia y yo estamos muy complacidos en recibir este honor”; dijo marcos. “Me gustaría agradecer a cada uno de nuestros miembros que voto por nosotros. Siempre trabajare fuerte para ser digno de merecer este importante privilegio y representar la IRBBA con respeto e integridad”.
Red Brangus junior makes history at 2014 Fort Worth Junior Brangus Show
For the first time in Fort Worth Junior Heifer Show history, a Red Brangus female took home one of the two top honors in the Junior Brangus Show. TRIO's MLS Zamy 175Z2, exhibited by Audrey Acord, an eighth grader from Madisonville, was named Reserve Grand Champion Brangus female in a show where both Red and Black Brangus compete against each other.
"It's special," said Damon Acord, Audrey's father and Red Brangus breeder who is part of TRIO Cattle & Genetics. "I don't know how to explain it."
The heifer, dubbed "Fat Amy," is out of a Wild Fire 175W cow and Lazy 3 Statesman 100S bull. Austin Acord exhibited her dam at the Fort Worth Stock Show in 2011, where she won her division.
"Our goal starting out was to try and get a Red to compete with the Blacks," Damon said. "I still don't know this is real and hope this encourages heifer sales."
The Acords encourage all Red Brangus breeders and junior exhibitors to seize the opportunity to show in Fort Worth, despite the integration between both Brangus breeds.
"Don't be scared," Damon said. "If you've got good cattle, you've got good cattle. You've got to go in head on."
Don Jobes Presented Lifetime Achievement Award
On Saturday, April 27, the International Red Brangus Breeders honored Don Jobes of J7 Ranch with the IRBBA Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the second recipient of this award in IRBBA history.
Jobes worked as Assistant General Manager of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 31 years until his retirement in 1998.
He began the J7 brand and started ranching in 1955. In 2004, Jobes added Red Brangus genetics to his cattle herd and has produced both show and commercial Red Brangus cattle ever since. His ranch is located five miles south of East Bernard, TX.
The IRBBA Board of Directors and members feel that Mr. Jobes is strongly deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The winning raffle ticket for the 2013 donor female was drawn by Munoz Cattle Co. The Munoz Family sold back a flush of the female, Buffaloe's Ms. Vincent 225z, which was bought by Charles Atkinson, proceeds going to the scholarship fund.
2013 DONATION HEIFER
Benefiting the IRBBA Scholarship Foundation
The IRBBA Scholarship Foundation is proud to introduce Buffaloe's Ms Vincent 225Z as the 2013 Donation Heifer. Bred and contributed byBuffaloe Cattle Company, the heifer will be raffled at the "Divas in Red" sale during the 2013 IRBBA Annual Meeting, April 27th in College Station, Texas. The tradition of a donation heifer to support the Scholarship Foundation was initiated in 2012 with the first heifer contributed by Cox Excalibur Brangus, selling to Buffaloe Cattle Company.
This year a limited number of tickets will be sold for a chance to own this exciting young female. Only 50 tickets at $100 each will be offered from now until sale date. Participating donors will have one chance to per ticket to win this elite Red Brangus heifer in the raffle.
Buffaloe's Ms Vincent 225Z has a pedigree that includes a "who's who" in Red Brangus genetics. She is sired by Buffaloe's Vincent 07X, a Sureway's Rocky Street 227N son. Rocky Street was the 2007 and 2008 Red Brangus Show Sire of the Year. Vincent's dam, BCC Chief's Squaw 7P was the Grand Champion female in the 2006 Brangus Futurity and Reserve Grand Champion in the 2006 San Antonio Livestock Exposition. Vincent and 225Z boast solid Sureways and CX breeding in their pedigree. Vincent has four grand champions in his three generation maternal pedigree plus Rocky Street. The dam of Buffaloe's Ms Vincent 225Z is a daughter of -C- Mesa and boasts 5 Champions in her pedigree as well as posting a top 5% ranking for IMF. 225Z is a phenotypically attractive, high volume heifer with substantial muscling. Not only will the ultimate winner secure a tremendous prospect, but all of the sponsoring donors will be furthering the education and future of young Red Brangus cattlemen and cattlewomen.
The IRBBA Memorial Scholarship Foundation, through the support of Red Brangus breeders, has awarded over $20,000 since 2009 to the college education of young Red Brangus cattlemen and women.
Tickets and more information are available from the Scholarship Foundation Directors and Committee Members. These include: Tracee Buffaloe Price, Lissa Buffaloe, Kay Gibson, Stacey Pierce, Gary Markham, Darryl McDonald and Allen Goode.
In addition to recognizing The Buffaloe Family for their generous support, the Scholarship Foundation would also like to thank Wade and Blaine Fisher of Ideal Video Productions for their donation photography and video services.
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