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32nd Annual Ag Expo (NLABC Show)
West Monroe, LA
Jan 17-19,2014

32nd Annual Ag Expo (LA Club Show)
West Monroe, LA
Jan 17-19,2014

Florida State Club Show
Tampa, FL
Feb 05-08,2014

Houston Stock Show (Fair)
Houston, TX
Mar 10-12,2014

Houston Stock Show (AMZA)
Houston, TX
Mar 10-12,2014

Run For the Roses (Sunday)
Lancaster, TX
May 02-04,2014

Run For the Roses (Bonus)
Lancaster, TX
May 02-04,2014

Run For the Roses (Saturday)
Lancaster, TX
May 02-04,2014

2014 Ze Orange Delight
Ocala, FL
May 24-25,2014

2014 Ze Orange Delight (2nd Show)
Ocala, FL
May 24-25,2014

  
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Two BIG Upcoming Shows!

2014 Run for the Roses and Judge's Training- May 3 - 4, 2014

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.

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logo iconZe’Orange De’lite Event  - May 24 - 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 BG Equestrian 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 cash.

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CyndiNotes from AMZA's New Registrar

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)

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Tendon Issues in New Born Calves

logo iconYou’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… (full story by Dottie Love)

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Bottelberghe 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....."

The full paper...(click here)

 
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logo iconManaging a Herd During a Drought

Parts 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.

"Managing Cattle In a Drought"

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AMZA's New ONLINE DATABASE

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..

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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 best. 

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.

"Sorting Cows for More Efficient Winter Supplemental Feeding"

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patchAMZA Launches New Website

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 SUBJECT! 

In the first phase, we will build a "My Membership Module".  This 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!

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ribbonCongratulations 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.  

Click here to see complete listing.

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mesuring tapeSo...How Are They Measured

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.

See Frame Scoring Table...

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Bovine Bloat - Zebu 101

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 helplessly.
 
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).  - Read More
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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. - Read More
 
 
 
 
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