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October 29, 2013

Mo. cattleman awarded sponsorship

Parsons, Kansas — There is no better place to host a cattle convention than in Cowtown. The 53rd Annual Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Convention will be held later this month in Fort Worth, Texas at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards from October 31 through November 2. The theme of this year's convention is "Beefmasters United in Cowtown" and exciting times are in store for all of the BBU members that will be in attendance.

Among the cattlemen and women attending the convention, there will be a young gentleman attending the Cowtown convention thanks to the Central Texas Beefmaster Breeders Association (CTBBA). In an effort to encourage young Beefmaster breeders to attend convention and participate in BBU leadership opportunities, this sponsorship program was created by CTBBA. CTBBA hopes that this is the first year of something great and that other BBU satellite organizations will join the program to sponsor even more members at future conventions.

"These young Beefmaster breeders are the future of our breed and we want to encourage these new breeders to get involved with BBU. We believe that by attending convention these members can network, learn from the seminars and understand the leadership opportunities that BBU offers," said Gary Frenzel, CTBBA Convention Sponsorship program leader.

Joshua Thomas Bird of Rogersville, Mo., and his wife Kara were selected from several applicants to receive the CTBBA convention sponsorship. Bird grew up on a cattle farm in Southwest Missouri and was an active FFA member during high school. He attended Missouri State University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business. Upon finishing his university education Bird focused on growing his cattle operation from two cows to a 100 head cow/calf operation. Bird Cattle Company became of BBU member in January 2013 and Bird says since joining BBU he has purchased and raised several Beefmaster calves.

"I now have 22 registered females and several Beefmaster cross cattle. I recently purchased my first Beefmaster bull and I have utilized artificial insemination to build my Beefmaster herd," said Bird.

In May 2013 Bird was elected to serve on the Central States Beefmaster Breeders Association (CSBBA) Board of Directors and was awarded the CSBBA new member of the year award. His future plans are to raise top quality Beefmaster seedstock and replacement females, as well as help promote the Beefmaster breed.

Bird and over 300 convention attendees will enjoy a spooktacular welcome reception, several educational seminars, a terrific trade show, the President's Council Beefmaster sale and of course the kick-off luncheon featuring Kix Brooks of the country music duo Brooks and Dunn. Beefmaster breeders are excited to invade Cowtown for their 53rd annual convention and are proud to have an outstanding new member represent the future of the Beefmaster breed and the cattle industry as a whole.

For more information about Beefmaster Breeders United please contact the BBU office at 210-732-3132 or visit www.beefmasters.org. £

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