ABBA recognizes the breed’s top-performing animals each year through a number of genetic merit awards.
Engineered by ABBA’s research and breed improvement committee, the Maternal Merit Award identifies superior cows based on performance in the Brahman Herd Improvement Records (BHIR) program. This award identifies females that have an early onset of puberty, a regular calving interval and consistently produce offspring that perform above average.
On official ABBA registration papers, an “=” ahead of a cow’s name represents the Maternal Merit designation.
— Calved before her 24th or 36th month of age
— Had three calves with performance records, each having been raised with three or more contemporaries
— Maintain a regular calving interval
— Maintain a MPPA (Most Probable Producing Ability) of 101 or better, which is used to compare cows with a different number of offspring
There are three levels of excellence for the Maternal Merit Award, rewarding cows for high levels of production efficiency.
Elite Plus Maternal Merit Award Cow:
A cow calving before her 24th month of age, maintaining a regular calving interval and a MPPA of 101.
Elite Maternal Merit Award Cow:
A cow calving before her 36th month of age, maintaining a regular calving interval and a MPPA of 101.
Supreme Maternal Merit Cow:
A cow reaching all previously stated criteria, yet weaning four calves and attaining a MPPA of 105.
Supreme Maternal Merit Cow:
A cow that has reached all of the above criteria, yet has exceeded the requirements for number of calves (having produced four, rather than three, calves with performance records) and MPPA (105 or higher).
The senior, reserve senior, junior, reserve junior, intermediate, reserve intermediate, calf and reserve calf champion of each sex division will receive at least as many points as any individual in their sex division.
The grand and reserve grand champion of each sex division shall receive at least as many points as any individual in their sex division. If necessary, points will be added to the points a champion won in its individual class to give it this subtotal.
In addition, the champion of each sex division shall receive points above and beyond those already described on the following basis:
To recognize the very elite Brahman sires and cows that quality for both Register of Renown and Maternal Merit awards, ABBA created the Vanguard program. There are only a select few animals that achieve this high level of performance.
On official ABBA registration papers, a Vanguard Sire is identified with “(+)” ahead of his name. For Vanguard Cows, they will have a “$” before their registered name.
Show Animals of the Year
Established in 1999, this award recognizes individual animals that excel in ABBA-approved shows. Winners have accumulated the most overall show points in their respective divisions from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. Not only have these individuals placed at the top of numerous shows, but they have also represented ABBA and the Brahman breed at many events across the country.
ABBA’s Show Animal of the Year honor is awarded to an outstanding individual in each of the following categories: