The Global Beef Breed
The international marketing of the American Brahman breed dates back to the early 1930s when the organization was still in its infancy. Through the efforts of the founding fathers, ABBA staff, and many ABBA members, the American Brahman breed has become one of the most influential breeds in the world. Brahman cattle are amongst the top of beef breeds, which are exported from the United States.
The United States Department of Agriculture realize the importance of the Brahman breed’s role in the international marketplace, and because of this ABBA is able to utilize funds from the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) to facilitate educational seminars, judge requests and trade missions to international countries. With this mission in mind, volunteer members of the ABBA international committee work hard to nurture traditional international markets and look for new and emerging markets where Brahman cattle can thrive.
For more information on the ABBA International program, contact Armelinda Ibarra.
ABBA International Brahman Performance Retreat
On October 19th– 20th, 2018, 150 Brahman breeders and enthusiasts gathered in Floresville, Texas for the Second Annual International Brahman Performance Retreat. The Retreat kicked off on Friday night with an informative roundtable discussion, and presentations from Dr. Don Goodman, DVM, and PJ Budler from Trans Ova. Saturday morning started strong with a presentation from John Genho about how he calculates EPDs, followed by a presentation from Dr. J.R. Tait of Neogen Corporation. The morning session concluded with a panel discussion featuring John Genho, Dr. J.R. Tait and Dr. Raluca Mateescu. After a delicious BBQ lunch, Dr. Joe Paschal explained the history of the ABBA Performance Bull Test and Brahman National Carcass Evaluation Program. This led into a very informative demonstration on how to carcass ultrasound a Brahman animal as compared to Bos Taurus animal. It also compared and contrasted the scans of different age animals. Next, Jill Ginn of Neogen Corporation demonstrated how to use the new TSU ear punch tagging tool. Immediately following her demonstration, attendees were able to test drive the tool. The afternoon session concluded with a “Pioneers of Performance Panel” that featured some seasoned breeders who discussed the development of the American Brahman Breeder’s Association’s performance program as well as some of the challenges and successes that they experienced. The evening session kicked off with a tasting panel featuring a variety of quality grades and tenderness values. The retreat concluded with a Brahman ribeye steak dinner harvested from one of our very own ABBA E.A.R. Program steers. Dinner featured Dr. Raluca Mateescu from the University of Florida who discussed the role of American Brahman cattle in global protein production. Thank you to all of the attendees, hosts, and sponsors for making this retreat such a special event.