The 2014 Run for the Roses will a fun filled and very "Zebu" weekend.
This year's event will have 3 shows (2 happening at 1 time), Judges
Certification Classes and a raffle night!
On May 1st and 2nd we will have judges training. There is a
new-updated judges training manual with loads of valuable information.
So, if you want to become a judge, or you just want to audit the classes
to educate yourself about the breed, or to become more familiar with
what judges are looking for, you will want to sign up for this training
session. The cost of the judges training is $100 or to audit the class
and not take the test, $75.
For those of you who are not familiar with the Run for the Roses
Futurity, let me explain. There will be 3 shows in two days. Saturday
May 3rd, there will be one judge in the ring and there will be a mystery
judge. Then on Sunday May 4th there will be another show.
You are not required to show in all three shows, however, there are
point accumulations based on placements and the points from all three
shows are added together to determine the futurity winners.\
We will are lucky to have 2 new judges for this year's event - Riggen
Barnum and Caleb Boardman...along with Linda Grant judging the 3rd show.
We will have a pizza and salad dinner for our members on Saturday
night, but the fun doesn’t stop there! We will have Bingo to win AMZA
“Dollar Bulls” which can be redeemed on your registrations and
transfers. We will also have a raffle and do we have some great raffle
items! That said, as is traditional with many shows; we are asking you
to be a sponsor this year by bringing a donation of a raffle item with
you to the show. In showing your support & participation in the raffle
you will receive an ad for your farm, or company in all three of the
show programs. A donation in any amount would be greatly appreciated.
Registration are due no later than April 25, 2014.
If you have never been to the Ze'Orange De'lite show, you are really
missing something special. John and Kathleen Schmidt are absolute
GEMS and do a fantastic job with this event.
This year’s show will be held at the
Resort, 11800 S. Hwy 475, Ocala, Florida 34480. It is a very
nice facility close to first-rate hotels and restaurants. We will
be housing and showing our animals under the 38,000 square foot lighted,
covered arena. Full service RV hookups (electric, water, sewer)
are available at a rate of $35 per night. You can reserve a site
on your entry form.
The FMZA board members decided to keep the entry fee at $15. Due
to increases in show expenses this year, we are asking exhibitors to
help cover costs by sponsoring a class or classes. Sponsorship for
a regular class is $10 and a championship class is $25. Any
individual, farm, or business that sponsors a class will have their name
in our program as a sponsor and it will be announced during the show.
Business banners will also be displayed. Some businesses would
rather donate products instead of cash. If it is a product that
you can use, we ask that you keep the product yourself and send the
monetary value as a sponsorship with your entry. We will plan a
drawing or raffle for any donated products that can’t be converted into
I am the voice
behind the phones when you call the AMZA office.
I am excited to get to know each of you and hope to develop
relationships with you. I have a
lifetime history with livestock.
Growing up with Tennessee Walking Horses, Arabian Horses, Polled Herford
Cattle, Rhodesian Ridgebacks and Great Danes has left me with a deep
love and appreciation for animals.
This love of animals led me to fall for Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Nigerian Dwarf Goats directed me to David Millison, Jim Mannos
and Zebu, thus; the American Miniature Zebu Association.
(read the entire letter)
Tendon Issues in New Born Calves
You’re a responsible zebu breeder; you’ve read all about cow gestation
and calving. You’re sitting a respectful distance from the panting mom;
you have “The Book” across your knees, a flashlight, camera, wristwatch,
cell phone, towels, and sandwich nearby. The stages of labor don’t
follow the neat time schedule described in “The Book”, but still a tiny
little perfect calf is born. But when it stands up, there’s something
odd about his front legs…
by Dottie Love)
Farms Miniature Zebu Steer Project
For those who have never met Josh Bottelberghe and his family, you
are missing a real treat. Not only is he as sharp as a tack, but
his family is a true gem! Over the last couple of years the Bottelbergh's have quickly become one of the true visionaries in the Zebu
world bringing his background, ideas and thought processes to the
forefront of our industry.
I had an opportunity to talk with Josh over the phone for
more than 1 hour last night discussing his project. I was
absolutely amazed at
the thought process and forward thinking ideas he has in promoting Zebu,
in unleashing their potential
and frankly lifting the breed to the next level.
His research paper titled "Bottelberghe Farms Miniature Zebu Steer
Project" is a MUST READ!
It's a must print...and certainly a "MUST
reference" at every opportunity.
From the words of Josh...
"As average homestead and farm sizes decrease
annually and genetically engineered food increases there becomes a
greater demand for homegrown beef. It takes a toll on a limited amount
of pasture to raise a full sized commercial beef steer to over 1000lbs
and 2 years of age. On average an animal will consume roughly 2.5% of
its body weight a day in dry matter. For a 1000lb steer that is 25
pounds of dry matter not including the moisture the grass contains. Most
of this intake will go towards sustaining that animal and anything extra
will go toward growth and conditioning. A miniature zebu steer weighing
400lbs will consume 10 lbs. of dry matter a day....."
of many countries are currently under drought including Canada, China,
Mexico, United Kingdom, the United States and others. These continued
droughts make it tough for cow/calf producers to survive financially;
however there are management techniques that might help. The most
important practice in drought management is to avoid overgrazing pastures to
the extent that their recovery is prolonged when it does rain again.
I know you have been hearing about this for along time, but we are
really nearly there. Unfortunately it has taken longer to get
there that what anyone really wanted, but I think the final product will
benefit both the general membership and the AMZA volunteers.
The main stay of the new system will allow the member to "manage"
much of their own information and conduct general business, that in the
past, required a volunteer's input.
In general, each member will have a "My Member Page". This page
will allow them to update their information, renew/upgrade their
members, register animals*, view their animals, print duplicate
certificates, transfer animals. AS you can see, we are really
excited. In addition to these function, we are also finishing up
at "Show Module" which will include the ability to "enter" a AMZA show
and pay the fees online, and a "For Sale" module what will allow members
to post ad online for a given period of time..
Feeding Cows Through the Winter
From time to time, AMZA will post or repost news articles or
resources we think will be helpful to our general membership. With
winter coming up and many parts of the country still in drought
conditions, feeding your herd through the winter will be challenging at
Here is a great article from Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State
University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist. This put the topic
of Body Scoring and winter herd management together.
Over the next several months, members will see a many new and
exciting features. We want members to use this website as their central
point of contact for other AMZA member, a source of information and a
way to manage your herd.
Over the next several months, you should see a dramatic change in the
overall feel, design and functionality of the site. In the several weeks
I will be posting instructions for each member. YOU ARE MY TEST
In the first phase, we will build a "My Membership Module".
will allow each member to self-manage their account(s). Each member
will be able to login, change and update personal information such as
address and contact information. In addition, each member will be
pay (or renew) their membership dues by either credit card or a
traditional check/money order. This is all in preparation to building a "My Herd Module"
and ultimately a "My Show Module". Our hope is that we will
be able to
use the site as a "herd management tool" and a general resource for
information about herd management, pasture management and other critical
topics association with a quality breeding/herd program.
Keep checking back!
Congratulations To All of the Permanent Grand Champions
It's been a long time coming....but the 2010 Show Results ARE
CERTIFIED. Jim Mannos, AMAZ's registrar, has released the list of new
Permanent and Master Grand Champions. Please join us and
congratulating the owners and breeders of this year's new inductees.
Miniature Zebu's are measured across their hip, at the highest point.
The idea being that a 38 inch tall Miniature Zebu should be able to
barely clear a 38 inch bar. Measuring at the hip has proven to be
more accurate than the shoulder or wither measurements.
Bloat is an emergency condition that can develop within a few hours and can
kill without quick treatment. When we humans feel bloated from a large meal, the
digestive process soon relieves the discomfort. Same thing with cattle—most of
the time. But when things go awry, your zebu can die in agony while you watch
However, there are some simple treatments that will successfully treat bloat
quickly in almost all cases. Anybody can do them using household-type supplies
and equipment. Keep these items in your Buckaroo Box at all times (a fatal case
of Bloat resulted in the creation of the Buckaroo Box—read about it in Zebu A to
Z soon). -
Digestion: A Quick Description
Cattle, being wary of predators, grab grass with their tongues and use their
incisors to tear it from the ground. They don't need bottom incisors, so they
don't have any. They quickly gulp down the grass in the open pasture, allowing
them to run back to safety. Later they burp back up wads of the grass and chew
it thoroughly, starting the breakdown process.
You've heard of their four stomachs? Well, actually, these are organs that help
digest intake in different ways. -