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FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017
TSSA Convention date set
The Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association
(TSSA) Board of Directors
has set the dates of the
annual convention as Aug.
11-13th. The annual event
will once again be held in
San Antonio, Texas. All
SimGenetic enthusiasts
and members are encouraged to mark this date on
the calendar and plan to be
in attendance. Business of
the association, as well as
election of officers and
directors, planning for the
coming year’s activities and
special speakers on industry topics will be on the
Writing a pasture
lease contract
By Meg Grzeskiewicz, with On Pasture
Buzzard Hollow
to host annual sale
Buzzard Hollow Ranch, Classic Production Sale on ule and offering visit
Granbury, Texas, will host May 20th at the ranch. For
their annual Designer’s complete details on sched***
AJSA Online Classic registration
is now integrated with herdbook
This year the American
Junior National Simmental
Association (AJSA) National Classic entry system
is integrated with American Simmental Association's membership and registration database (Herd In order to
access the entry form, a
junior will be required to
login with their AJSA
membership number and
password. Following login,
click on events/show registration, the entry system
will pull animals from the
registry. If the junior is not
an owner or authorized
representative on the
intended animal's pedigree, the entry system will
not allow the entry.
602 FM 1652
Grand Saline, Texas 75140
(405) 780-0372
[email protected]
Greg Burden, president
Casey Buzzard, vice-president
Casey Henly, secretary
David Grimes, treasurer
Diane Jolly, reporter
David Berry, ex-officio member
Lou Langford
J.D. Dunn
Joe Seale
Webb Fields
Jered Shipman
Reese Hagan
Members are encouraged
to renew or apply for AJSA
membership and process
animal registrations early.
Anyone who waits until the
office is closed on the day
of the deadline, and has an
issue with a membership or
animal registration will not
be able to enter the show.
This year there is no lateentry deadline. Regional
Classic registrations close
Monday, May 15. National
Classic registrations close
Monday, May 22. Any
questions can be directed
to ASA Youth Director,
Emily Lochner at 406-5874531 ext. 517 or [email protected] Visit
for schedules and contest
2017 Texas A&M Beef
Cattle Short Course dates
The 2017 dates for the
Texas A&M Beef Cattle
Short Course will be
August 7-9th. The highly
respected TAM Beef
Cattle Short Course is
nationally and internationally recognized as the
largest attended beef cattle
educational program of its
type in the world. It has
gained the respect from
organizations, associations,
Land Grant universities
and agencies alike as the
focal point for beef cattle
educational information.
The Cattleman’s College features more than 20
concurrent sessions. Topics
include animal health,
nutrition, reproduction,
breeding, genetics, selection, research, marketing
and handling. Management
sessions will cover business, forage, range, and
purebred cattle. Topics
such as landowner issues
and fence building will be
featured at this BCSC.
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If you have news from your outfit, please send to
Diane Jolly, reporter at [email protected] We
are looking for news to include here in our newsletter
as well as share on our Facebook page. If you have not
followed TSSA on Facebook, yet, then do it today.
No matter how well you
know your landowner,
never begin a lease without
a signature on paper! Even
if everything seems to be
going great now, so many
unforeseen issues can arise
over the multiple years
you’ll be bound by the contract. An 8-section lease
contract is outlined below.
Depending on your unique
situation, your contract
may be more or less complex.
Section 1: Description
of lease. “I, (your name)
agree to lease from
(landowner’s name), (number) acres at (property
Section 2: Lease period.
Establish the start and end
dates for your lease, and
how often it will be
renewed or renegotiated.
You and your landowner
can choose a lease period
that is ideal for both of you.
However, I don’t recommend leases shorter than
five years. It will take a few
years before your work in
setting up the land really
pays off and gives you a
return. If the lease ends
before your landowner can
see the significant improvement you will bring to the
land, he or she might be less
inclined to renew your contract.
Section 3: Liability. In
today’s world of hair-trigger lawsuits, farm insurance coverage is a must.
For example, if your cattle
get out and someone gets in
a car collision with one, getting sued could devastate
your business. If your
landowner has a valid farm
insurance policy already,
ask if the coverage can be
extended to renters. This is
the most inexpensive way
to get protected. If the
owner doesn’t have a policy
and isn’t willing to get one,
many agencies offer a “tenant/owner policy” for you.
Don’t confuse this with
livestock insurance. Livestock policies only reimburse you for certain death
losses; they won’t protect
you from a lawsuit. Before
signing a lease, either you
or your landowner should
talk to a qualified farm
insurance agent to clarify
coverage details. In addition, my landowner requested a separate statement in the lease that
specifically frees him from
liability if I am injured on
his land. Cover your bases
now to avoid headaches
Section 4: Payment
terms. Establish what your
lease payment will be per
acre. Base your negotiations on average pasture
rent in your area and your
farm feasibility analysis.
You can probably convince
your landowner to accept a
lower payment for the first
year or two, because the
pasture quality will be relatively low to start. Increase
the payment by a few dollars per acre in the later
years, as your business
becomes profitable and the
land shows improvement.
Seeing the scheduled payment amounts increase will
landowner that you believe
in your ability to manage
for profit.
Equally important is
establishing how often payments are due. You can
choose to pay monthly,
quarterly, or yearly on a
around your other bills.
Plan payments for times
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Juniors, mark your calendars
Junior Simbrah exhibitors mark your calendars
for the summer shows. The
Texas Junior Simmental/
Simbrah Futurity will be
held, June 8-11 in BryanCollege Station, Texas,
while the American Junior
Simbrah Roundup will be
June 21-24 in Crescent,
Texas. The American Junior Simmental Association
(AJSA) South Central
Region Classic will be June
14-17 in Springfield, Missouri, while the AJSA
National Classic will be
July 9-15 in Hattiesburg,
Mississippi. Please check
the respective websites for
entry deadlines and ownership date requirements.
National Classic hotel block added
As an update, the
American Junior Simmental Association (AJSA) is
aware the host hotel blocks
at the National Classic are
full. We have secured
blocks at Home2Suites, 116
Plaza Drive, 601-261-3800
for $109/night. Block name
is National Simmental
Classic. We are working on
securing one more block.
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Sessions are designed for
everyone, from the newest
member of the industry to
the most seasoned producer.
A number of pesticide
CEUs, veterinarian CECs
and BQA credits are available to attendees. Ad-
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when you’ll be making
money from selling animals
or custom grazing. You
may be able to delay the
start of payments until animals are placed on the land.
This strategy gives you free
time to build fence and
make other preparations.
As part of the payment
terms, cover whether or not
you’ll be responsible for
increases in the landowner’s electricity, water and
insurance bills resulting
from your use of their land.
Section 5: Fencing and
supplies. Specify that all
fencing and livestock-related supplies you’ll be using
are your property, and will
be taken with you at the
end of the lease. You don’t
want a landowner using
you to fence their land, and
then kicking you out! All of
my fencing is fiberglass
poles and hi-tensile wire,
plus temporary paddock
divisions. With the possible
exception of corner braces,
it’s all quick and easy to
remove if the need arises.
Section 6: Grazing
enterprise management.
This is a miscellaneous category for important things
that don’t fit anywhere else.
State that you have the
final say in all decisions
pertaining to how your animals are managed. If you
will not have livestock on
the property all year (summer stockers only, for
example), designate when
the animals will be there. I
write in this section that I
will contribute labor to any
land improvements financed by the owner that will
directly benefit my grazing
operation, such as pond
building. My leased pasture
is joint-owned by three
people, so I specify that all
decisions made by the “acting landowner” (the one I
deal with) be considered
authorized by all owning
parties. I also include here
my requirement to access
electricity for my fence
charger. If there is no meter
on the property, you must
have permission to get one
installed. You can put the
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ditionally, over 125 agriculture related businesses and
trade show exhibitors
annually attend the course
and attest to the fact that it
is the most highly attended
activity of its kind anywhere in the United States.
Annually, over 1,400 participants attend the Beef
Cattle Short Course to gain
valuable knowledge about
beef cattle production.
The Texas A&M Beef
Cattle Short Course has a
rich tradition and historical
place in the programs emanating from the Department of Animal Science at
Texas A&M University.
Dating as far back as 1942,
Professor John K Riggs
started the first in a series
of Beef Cattle Short
Courses held on the campus of Texas A&M College
to discuss the results of
beef cattle research from
the Texas Agricultural
Experiment Station with
Texas beef producers. This
historical beginning and
purpose is still the standard
today for the Beef Cattle
Short Course held at Texas
A&M University. More
information can be found
May 20-BHR’s 23rd Annual Designer Classic Sale, Granbury, Texas
June 8-11-Texas Junior Simmental/Simbrah Futurity, Bryan, Texas
June 21-24-American Junior Simbrah Roundup, Wharton, Texas
June 24-MAS Showmanship and Show, Wharton, Texas
June 24-27-LMC Gene PLUS Online Sale XVII
August 11-13-TSSA Convention, San Antonio, Texas
August 26-29-LMC GenePLUS Online Sale XVIV
August 25-26-Circle M Dispersal Phase 2, Grand Saline, Texas
September 16-Heart of Texas Simmental/Simbrah Association Online
• September 23-24-Simbrah Synergy X, Giddings, Texas
• October 7-30th Annual LMC Jr. Round Up & Futurity, Linn, Texas
• October 28-7P Ranch Annual Production And Bull Sale, Tyler, Texas
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new meter in your name
and pay the bill yourself.
Section 7: Termination
of lease. Here’s the section
about what happens if
things go wrong. The lease
contract is considered
binding for the time period
established in section 2,
unless one of the parties
fails to meet the written
terms. In that case, my
lease states that the other
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lease without making
future payments (if any are
applicable). For example, if
your landowner decides to
start row-cropping your
pasture, you won’t owe him
three more years of payments. You will need to
decide what happens in
case of emergency, such as
drought, mass animal
health problems, or personal illness. Will lease payments still be due in this situation? Make sure you
clarify that you have time
(at least 60 days) at the end
of the lease to remove fencing, animals and equipment
from the property.
Section 8: Signatures.
You and your landowner
will sign the contract, either
in person or by mail. Ask a
third person to sign as a witness. Make sure contact
information for all three
parties is included. You can
have the contract notarized
at your town hall or bank if
you wish. All three people
do not need to be present at
the same place and time,
but each must see a notary
in person. Sign a copy for
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each party.
Don’t forget about your
landowner once the contract is signed and you’re
busy grazing. You’ve
invested so much in starting a relationship with him
or her, and now it’s time to
make good on all of your
claims to improve their
land. Keep your landholder
informed about your projects and progress, and
you’ll be rewarded with a
renewed lease.
Take advantage...
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Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and local
county Extension agents
have held numerous BQA
programs in several counties. ICA sponsorship and
participation is welcome at
these events and has been
in the past. Recently, BQA
programs have been held in
Rio Grande City, Alice,
Refugio, Brenham, Luling,
Alvin, and Uvalde with
several ICA members in
attendance. These meetings are designed to get all
of us on the “same page” in
these areas so that others
recognize that we are producing a safe and wholesome product. They are not
your typical educational
meetings, as we don’t get
“in-depth” on any topic,
but just cover the important best management
practices (BMPs). If you
are interested in attending
or you would like to take
the course online, you can
contact me or go to
The other program that
I would recommend to you,
and we have at least two
sessions ongoing, is the
Beef 706 Program headed
up by our Extension Meat
Science Specialists, Dr.
Dan Hale and Dr. Davey
Griffin. There are usually
about 30-40 participants
are in a 706 session.
Attendees learn about the
factors affecting feeder calf
value and beef carcasses,
bid on live feeder cattle to
be placed on feed for 150
days at a feed-yard, then
follow the fed cattle to the
processing plant and grade
the carcass and fabricate
one side in a university
meats lab. Cutting and
weighing the roasts and
steaks is demanding work,
but participants learn
about the value of different
Recently, we completed
one in South Texas (in
Alice) but have two ongoing in which we would welcome your participation, in
Luling and in the Rio
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