Texas Bison Advantage Workshop attracts Producers and Junior Judges

The Texas Bison Association's fall workshop drew a robust mix of experienced ranchers, prospective producers and junior judges to the Barksdale Bison Ranch in Crockett October 25 and 26.

Attendees observed the fall herd roundup, with ranch personnel explaining their actions as they administered vaccines, wormer, vitamin supplements and animal identification tags. Participants received hands-on training on tail-hair extraction for DNA testing under the tutelage of Dr. James Derr, TBA member and nationally prominent bison geneticist.

Twenty-nine students from six Texas schools competed in the TBA's junior judging competition. Results were as follows.

Individual Winners:

  • 1st - Abe Avilles, Sam Houston State University. $500 scholarship sponsored by the Texas Bison Association.
  • 2nd - Aaron Marshal, Sam Houston State University. $250 scholarship sponsored by Addington Buffalo Company.
  • 3rd - Todd Wellmann, Magnolia High School. $100 scholarship sponsored by Lone Star Buffalo Company.

Team Winners:

  • 1st - Sam Houston State University, Huntsville.
  • 2nd - Magnolia High School, Magnolia.
  • 3rd - Byron Nelson High School, Trophy Club.

Mike Stellbauer, range management specialist with the National Resource Conservation Service, conductd a seminar on stocking rates and range management.

Dr. Derr reported on scientific findings resulting from bison genomic mapping. He noted that the ongoing research is providing valuable information on breeding patterns, feed conversion and other factors important to producers.

TBA members filled four board positions, electing Roy Liedtke, Martha Ritz, Robert Stewart and Donnis Baggett. The board then named Liedtke president, Baggett vice president, Pat Bierschwale treasurer and Cecil Miskin secretary.

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