For more information on the ABBA’s F1 Program, contact the ABBA Office: 713-349-0854 Marketing Committee Chairman, Terry Novak: 979-848-6365
Marketing Committee Vice Chairman, Mark Forgason: 210-240-8112
F1 Guru & Past ABBA President, J.D. “Bubba” Sartwelle, Jr.: 979-885-8162
The F1 specialty sale season is just around the corner and breeders should take steps now if they would like to market their cattle. The “Queen of Cow Country”, the certified F1 Brahman female, is in high demand, but the key to getting top dollar for your animal is putting her in front of the right buyers at the right time and having her in good condition.
Check out the list of upcoming spring F1 sales on this page. There is a variety of marketing options for the conscientious Brahman-influenced cattle breeder.
The sales with stars next to them are sanctioned by the ABBA and these sales will award additional money to the champion F1 pens. Prize money ranges from $100- $150 per pen depending on the sale and type of pen. Also, the Southern Classic Sale, Deep South Sale and Carolina Brahman Breeders Association Sale will feature pen judging as well if you are interested in the competition aspect.
If you are a new participant interested in consigning to a sale, be sure to contact each sale’s respective manager to gather information about consignment requirements and time frames.
Most sale managers will provide an informational packet to consignors that includes important information, like a schedule of events, information on sale requirements, nomination forms, taxes, and more. At this time, producers will need to make the final selections for their pens and ensure the cattle meet all necessary sale requirements.
In the last weeks leading up to the sale, consignors should get their animals in top condition, re-tag them, clean them up and get them ready to haul! Keep in mind that all sales require valid health papers, and if you are going to a sale with a lot of out-of- state buyers, go ahead and get their travel papers/tags.
Consignors should try to get good photos of their lots, and if possible, video. A little advertising can go a long way! Send your photos to the sale manager early so they can use them in the sale book or on their website. Check out last year’s catalog if you can find one and see how much room you have for footnotes. Put together a good, size-appropriate writeup about your cattle.
Market your animals! Make an announcement on your ranch’s website and/or Facebook page, post to online cattle groups, call up past clients and buy ads in appropriate publications like The Brahman Journal! Let people know what you have for sale and when they will sell.
BRAHMAN F1 CONSIGNMENT SALES
FEBRUARY 7 – Annual Southwestern Exposition Invitational Commercial Heifer Sale; Fort Worth, Texas; 817-219-0102
*FEBRUARY 12 – San Antonio All Breeds Bull & Commercial Female Sale; San Antonio, Texas; 210-524-9697
*MARCH 4 – HLS&R Commercial Female & Range Bulls; Houston, Texas; 713-202-1747 – WILL FEATURE ONLINE BIDDING THIS YEAR!
MARCH 7 – Cattleman’s Opportunity Female Sale; Nixon, Texas; 830-965-3058
MARCH 9 – Zero Brahman Ranch Annual Select Heifer Sale; Thibodaux, Louisiana; 985-446-1316
*MARCH 21 – ABBA National F1 and TBA Brahman Female Sale; Caldwell, Texas; 979-450-8588
*MARCH 28 – Louisiana Brahman Association Brahman/F1 Invitational Sale; Opelousas, Louisiana; 337-654-4030
APRIL 4 – Southern Classic Registered Brahman and F-1 Sale; Hattiesburg, Mississippi; 564-506-0463
APRIL 4 – Heart of Texas Special Replacement Female Sale; Groesbeck, Texas; 817-291-5121
APRIL 18 – Deep South Brahman Association Brahman and F1 Sale; Meridian, Mississippi; 713-202-1747
MAY 16 – Cattleman’s Top Cut Replacement Female Sale; Navasota, Texas; 903-599-2403
MAY 16 – Eastern Brahman Breeders Association Elite Spring Sale; Calhoun, Georgia; 713-202-1747
JUNE 13 – 40th Annual Carolinas Brahman Breeders Sale; Pendleton, South Carolina; 564-506-0463
Pay your ABBA F1 Annual Membership Fee of $20 by MARCH 1 and GET THREE FREE F1 EARTAGS! Each eartag is worth $7.50 so that’s a $22.50 value!