Issue #170 - Dec. 19, 2007

Longhorn News
News From Across the Cattle World
2007 Horn Showcase Results.
TLBAA Board Meeting Transcripts
Web Galleries.
Best At West.
Show Results
Show Calendar
Sales Management
Hall of Fame


Cattle Can Be Penned at Stockyards if Breeders Arrive Early for 2008 Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo

TLBAA members planning to arrive early for the 2008 Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo may pen their Longhorns at the Stockyards Station. The cost is $20 per pen and must be paid at the Stockyards Visitor Center upon arrival. Persons wishing to pen at the Stockyards need to bring their own water hose, trough and feed for their livestock.

Cattle for the Longhorn Show at the 2008 Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo can begin arriving at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex on Friday January 11, 2008 at 8 am. There can be no early arrivals before this date and time.

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March Best at West Pre-Cataloged Consignment Deadline January 9, 2008

All pre-catalog consignments for the March Best at West TLBAA Membership sale must be received at the TLBAA office by January 9, 2008. For more information see the TLBAA Membership Sales page on the TLBAA Web site or contact the TLBAA Sales Division at (817) 625-6241.

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Sale Announcements

2008 Cowtown Classic – June 7, 2008, Will Rogers Sale Arena, Fort Worth, TX. Joel Lemley (325) 668-3552; Cliff Whitfill (254) 874-5211;

Ray Moore Memorial-Production Sale – October 24-25, 2008, Ada, OK. Cody Moore (580) 235-2863 or Joe Moore (620) 826-3649 or Bernice Moore (580) 456-7238.

TLBAA Members in the News

TLBAA Member Honored as Outdoorsman of the Year

TLBAA member Lee Bass, Fort Worth, TX, was recently named Texas Outdoorsman of the Year at a ceremony on October 4, 2007, in Boerne, TX. This prestigious award is historically given to a conservation leader in the San Antonio area, and was the first time it was given to a person from a different area of the state of Texas.

The award is given to an individual who exhibits conservation efforts in hunting, fishing and wildlife habitats. According to the article, Bass – who has dedicated years towards conservation and preservation of natural habitats – was a top pick by the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. Congratulations to Lee Bass!

TLBAA Member Featured in Acres Magazine

TLBAA member Dave Hodges, Big Timber, MT, was recently featured in the Acres magazine, a publication produced by New Holland. The article highlighted his painting and sculpting talents. According to the article, Hodges’ artwork has been seen across the world and can been found in homes, businesses, museums and libraries in at least 25 countries. One of his first bronzes of a Longhorn scratching its ear with a hoof, “Fancy Footwork” was obtained by then President Ronald Reagan and can now be found in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library among the former presidents other favorite possessions.

According to the article, Hodges keeps about 20 Longhorns on his ranch in Montana and draws inspiration from them as he uses them for models in his paintings and sculptures. To read more about Hodges and his artwork, copies of the Winter 2007 issue of Acres magazine can be picked up from New Holland dealerships.

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Midwest Ice Storm Update: Breeders Digging Out But Keeping Warm

TLBAA member Joe Sedlacek, Frankfort, KS, is digging out from the recent ice storms in the Nebraska and Oklahoma areas and sent these pictures to the E-Trails.

A tree split in half from the weight of the ice.
A power pole turned into toothpicks by Mother Nature.

Sedlacek said that most of the fences are down, but he is going to try and check his property as soon as he can.

Longhorn Family News: Breeder Recovers From Heart Attack

TLBAA member Benny Hruzek, Houston, TX, has been released from Houston’s Methodist Hospital. He was hospitalized late last week after suffering a heart attack. According to an email from TLBAA member Ross Polk, Danbury, TX, Benny is feeling better and back home. Good to hear you’re doing better, Benny! Thanks you to Ross Polk for sharing the news with the E-Trails via email.


E-Trails will not be published on the first week of January 2008. As we prepare to launch the re-designed E-Trails, this week will be needed for testing and last minute coding. Look for a bigger, better and faster E-Trails in your inbox on January 9, 2007.

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TLBAA Official Transcript Available For: November 8, 2007 TLBAA Board of Directors Meeting

The transcript was recorded for accuracy by a licensed court reporter, in attendance at the meeting. This transcript is verbatim and has not been revised in any way and serves as the official record for the meeting. Please use discretion in disseminating this document to non-TLBAA entities or persons.

If you would like a hard copy, you may contact the TLBAA office for more information.

Please click the link below to download the minutes. As a PDF - download, times may vary according to connection speed.

TLBAA Board of Directors Meeting, 5:00 pm, November 8, 2007
(file size - 624kb)

Any changes deemed necessary to correct the transcript will be conducted at the next Board of Directors meeting and voted on and approved by the TLBAA Board of Directors.

Schedule Released for January 2008 TLBAA Longhorn Weekend

All meetings and the awards banquet will be at the Radisson Hotel North Fort Worth - 2540 Meacham Boulevard, Fort Worth, TX, 76106, (817) 625-9911.

Thursday, January 10

5:00 pm 2007 Board of Directors Meeting – Meacham Room

Friday, January 11

8:00 am Affiliates Meeting – Picket Room

9:00 am World Show Committee Meeting – Picket Room

10:00 am Annual General Membership Meeting – Spring Palace

1:00 pm 2008 Board of Directors Meeting – Spring Palace

Hall of Fame Reception and TLBAA Awards Banquet – Meacham/Flatiron

5:00 pm Social

7:00 pm Dinner Served

Tickets are available for $35 a piece by calling the TLBAA Membership Services Department at (817) 625-6241. Deadline for purchasing tickets is January 4, 2008.

Saturday, January 12

9:00 am Hearing on Expulsion of Don King and SuzAnn Spindor – Spring Palace

TLBAA Select Heifer Sale

8:00 am - 1:00 pm viewing of cattle for Select Heifer Sale – Will Rogers Justin Arena

4:00 pm Select Heifer Sale – Will Rogers Justin Arena

Rooms are available at the Radisson Hotel North Fort Worth for $99 a night. Make reservations by December 18, 2007, mention the TLBAA to receive the special rate.

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2008 TLBAA Select Heifer Sale Health Certification Information

The following information is required for each consigned animal at the 2008 Select Heifer Sale and must be presented with each animal upon arrival:


  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within the past thirty (30) days.
  • Negative brucellosis test within the past thirty (30) days for all cattle which are eighteen (18) months of age or older, or parturient or post-parturient.


    • Cattle from a certified brucellosis-free herd with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection stating the certified free herd number and the herd anniversary test date.


  • Certificate of Veterinary Inspection issued within thirty (30) days of entry into Texas and/or show grounds.
  • Negative brucellosis test within the past thirty (30) days for all cattle which are eighteen (18) months of age or older, parturient, or post-parturient.


    • Cattle from a certified brucellosis-free herd with a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection stating the certified free herd number and the herd anniversary test date.

  • Negative tuberculosis (TB) test within the past sixty (60) days for all cattle.


    • Cattle from tuberculosis “Free” states.
    • Cattle from a tuberculosis-free-herd with the accreditation number and the herd anniversary test date listed on the Certificate of Veterinary Inspection.
    • Suckling calves from a negative dam.

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Longhorn Breeder Seminar Date Announced

The next Texas Longhorn Breeders Seminar will be held on February 9, 2008, at the West Auction in West, TX. For more information visit

140 Consigned to the Select Heifer Sale

The 2008 TLBAA Select Heifer Sale has been loaded with 140 lots and is packed with some very select heifers and two special donation lots picked from some of the best of the members’ breeding programs. Look for the 2008 TLBAA Select Heifer Sale catalog in the December Trails and make plans now to attend all the TLBAA Longhorn events in Fort Worth, TX, in January 2008.

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TLBT President Collecting Care Package Items for US Troops in Iraq

At the upcoming 2008 Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo, TLBT President Ashton Dunsworth, Shawnee, OK, will be collecting the following items for care packages to be sent to US Troops serving in Iraq. All are welcome to donate either these items or money. Please make checks payable to the American Legion Auxiliary.

Requested Items:
Hard candy (candy coated so it doesn't melt such as M&Ms)
Travel size - toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, bars of soap
Shave gel
White cotton crew socks
Nylon hose/tights to protect rifles from blowing sand
Puzzle books/ word searches
Magazines (must be appropriate)
Phone cards
Sun block
Lip balm
Nail clippers
Washcloths  (preferably tan)
Paper, pencils and envelopes
Beanie Babies – to give children on the streets


Start collecting your Hall of Fame points for the World Show, which will include a Haltered, Non-Haltered and the TLBT National Youth Show. The World Show, in June 2008, will be here before you know it and plans for a great event are already underway!

For any questions, please contact the following

  • For upcoming show and sale information contact – Allision Chipman
  • For questions about registrations and transfers contact – Deandra Berger or Melanie Thompson
  • For accounting and financial assistance contact – John Jones
  • For E-Trails submissions and information contact – Cole Dowden
  • For advertising in the Trails contact – Rick Fritsche and Laura Standley at (817) 625-6241 or Carolyn Hunter at (817) 808-6895
  • For Editorial submissions and Trails information or any other concerns regarding the TLBAA contact – Trails Editor Brenda Cantrell

Drought Conditions Update

Click here for information about the seasonal drought conditions and updated national drought information directly from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Here is an additional weekly drought monitor from NOAA.

Weekly Hay Report from the Texas Department of Agriculture

Compared to last week: Prices remain mostly steady, with some firmness noted on grinding hay. Supply on lower quality hay is readily available, especially in the South. In the Central and Southern regions, producers who have higher quality of hay are having a difficult time getting it sold, as buyers are more concerned with the price, rather than the quality. Demand is good to moderate. Depending on the area, trade activity is slow to moderate. Some areas in Texas, but most out of state, have experienced dangerous icy conditions, which have hampered movement of both livestock and hay. Comments have been made that the holiday season is to blame for the lack of demand as well. Some areas received some much needed moisture over the last week, but many are still in need of more. Beginning this weekend, some areas are forecasted to receive rain or snow and more ice. Soil moisture is rated as very short to adequate, with most reporting short. Rangeland and pasture conditions are very poor to adequate with most at fair. Winter wheat continues to be of concern with the dry weather. Supplemental feeding continues.

The State of Texas Department of Agriculture has the Hay and Grazing Hotline set up for buyers and sellers. The number is 1-877-429-1998. The Web site for TDA is For a hay report from a state other than Texas please click here.

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TLBAA Board of Director Vacancies in Division A and C
As per our association by-laws, Article IV, Section 6, vacancies on the Officers and Board of Directors of the Association shall be filled by the Board of Directors and such person or persons so chosen shall serve for the unexpired term of his predecessor and until a successor is elected and qualified.
The following vacancies are available:
Division A
Division C

At-Large Director

Region 2 Director

Region 4 Director

At-Large Director

At-Large Director

Region 13 – Director

Region 14 – Director

Any person who is a Lifetime member or an Active member of the Association and who is actively interested in and/or engaged in the management and handling of Texas Longhorn cattle shall be eligible to the Directorate of the TLBAA.

Since the by-laws do not provide for any special election possibilities, the only candidates that are open for election this fall by the membership will be Division B. The Board of Directors feels strongly that the region and division TLBAA members should nominate their own representatives to fill vacancies in Division A and C rather than simply appointing people to serve the Association in a Director capacity. Therefore, the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the TLBAA passed a motion to solicit nominations from TLBAA members residing in Divisions A and C to fill the current Board vacancies. The remaining term of office for Division A vacancies is two years and one year for Division C.

If you are a TLBAA Member, residing in Divisions A and C, and have an interest in serving on the TLBAA Board of Directors, the Board of Directors is soliciting nominations for persons willing to serve their regional membership and the TLBAA. To nominate yourself or any other person to fill a Board vacancy, submit a nomination by signifying the specific vacant Director seat and the name of the candidate by mail to the attention of TLBAA Chairman Dr. Fritz Moeller, P. O. Box 491, Stillwater, OK 74076. Submissions must be mailed by November 27, 2007.

In order to be considered to become a Board of Director, a candidate must be willing to serve, attend meetings, participate and be present at the General Membership Meeting on January 11, 2008. The standing Board of Directors will hold elections for each position vacancy from the nominated candidates that are in attendance at the Board of Directors Meeting prior to the General Membership Meeting. The candidates elected by ballot will be seated on the Board prior to the election of the 2008 Officers and will be introduced as new Board of Directors at the General Membership Meeting.

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