PRESIDENT'S LETTER By Jerome Urbanosky (281) 797-5715 | firstname.lastname@example.org
SGBI OFFICERS OF THE BOARD PRESIDENT Jerome Urbanosky PRESIDENT ELECT Nancy Wunderlich SECRETARY/TREASURER Debbie Townsend LONG RANGE PLANNING Alicia Sanchez MARKETING & PROMOTION Gene Kubecka BREED IMPROVEMENT Kathryn Hefte YOUTH ACTIVITIES Betty McCormick MEMBERSHIP Allen “Bud” Clark SGBI BOARD OF DIRECTORS BY REGION WESTERN REGION T ylor Braden (Texas) King Ranch, Inc. (361) 219-0434 | TBraden@king-ranch.com Kathryn Hefte (Texas) Hefte Ranch (210) 414-2493 | email@example.com Gene Kubecka (Texas) Wendt Partners (979) 240-5311 | firstname.lastname@example.org Betty McCormick (Texas) Woman Hollerin Ranch (281) 375-6861 | email@example.com Rafael Miranda (Colo.) Cherokee Ranch (303) 888-5297 | firstname.lastname@example.org Jerome Urbanosky (Texas) Urbanosky Ranch (281) 797-5715 | email@example.com Nancy Wunderlich (Texas) Wunderlich Farms (979) 277-2838 | firstname.lastname@example.org EASTERN REGION David Alderson (Tenn.) Circle A Farm (931) 682-2527 | email@example.com Bud Clark (Mo.) C Bar C Ranch (314) 607-1076 | firstname.lastname@example.org Ryan Cowart (Miss.) Cotton Branch Plantation (601) 384-6719 | email@example.com Craig Lopossa (Ind.) Red View Farms (812) 829-8053 | firstname.lastname@example.org Eric Wiley (La.) Wiley Ranch (318) 481-8082 | email@example.com AT-LARGE DIRECTORS District 1 – Alicia Sanchez (N.M.) Red Doc Farm (505) 463-1993 | firstname.lastname@example.org District 2 – Debbie Townsend (Texas) Townsend Cattle Company (979) 541-4989 | email@example.com District 3 – Jamie Daniel (Ark.) 777 Farms (870) 904-3070 | firstname.lastname@example.org District 4 – Arlin Taylor (Ala.) Tinney Farms (256) 352-3192 | email@example.com District 5 – Tony Creech (N.C.) Creech Farms (919) 427-4679 | firstname.lastname@example.org District 6 – Todd Osborne (Mo.) Osborne Livestock Co. (859) 991-2438 | email@example.com
H appy New Year everyone. This year promises to be action packed, and with that said, it remains that "the only thing constant in life is change." When the Santa Gertrudis breed was developed on the King Ranch ® a very special bull, Monkey, was
born in 1920. So, technically our breed of beef cattle is 100 years old this year. Oh my, has there been a lot of changes since then. In 1940, the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture recognized Santa Gertrudis as the first purebred beef breed developed in the United States and in the Western Hemisphere. In 1950, the Santa Gertrudis Breeders International breed association was established. It was 1969, 50 years ago, as a 15-year-old boy, that I bought my first Santa Gertrudis heifer, Alice. When I started raising Santa Gertrudis, there was very little emphasis on a junior program, and the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show was many years in the future. The large majority of Santa Gertrudis were horned and the concept of "best of polled" was developed to encourage polled breeders and exhibitors because polled cattle couldn't compete against the horned cattle. That started to change in the early 1970s when offspring from Moses L6/6, registration No. 186902, started making big quality improvements. Moses L6/6 was born March 29, 1966, and his impact on the development of polled Santa Gertrudis was revolu- tionary. I believe he was bought and syndicated by Forked Lighting Ranch, the Juniors SANTA GERTRUDIS CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
By Leighton Mcculley, At-Large Director H ello, I am Leighton Mcculley, and I am from Summit, Miss. I am currently serving as an At- Large director. Last year was fantastic for our junior members, and it was my pleasure to participate in some of our breed’s activities, such as the National Junior Santa Gertrudis Show and Gerts Ongoing Advanced Leadership Summit. I would encourage juniors to be involved in these opportunities as they offer wisdom of leadership and of our beautiful animals. January’s Santa Gertrudis USA issue focuses on herd
sires. A breeder’s selection of a herd sire is one of their most important deci- sions. Choosing an adequate herd bull is key to genetic advancement. Luckily, Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) offers excellent selection tools to guide producers in choosing a bull that will have a beneficial impact on the herd. Primarily, breeders should pay close attention to bull prospects’ expected progeny differences (EPDs). They should do so to seek out traits that must be incorporated into their cow herd. The use of EPDs can result in higher weaning weights and overall growth and performance, thus producing greater profit- ability. SGBI is constantly advancing the accuracy of available EPDs through various methods, such as incorporating DNA into EPD calculations. I hope to see some of you at our upcoming events. The 2020 National Santa Gertrudis Show will be Jan. 19 in Fort Worth, Texas, and the Dixie National Livestock Show will be Feb. 11 in Jackson, Miss. Also, don’t miss the Premier Cowtown Elite Sale on Jan. 18 in Fort Worth. I look forward to seeing you all. I wish you the best of luck and safe travels!
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