Rio Grande Valley Beef Development Program

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Bull Gain Test,  Heifer Development Program & Pen of Steers Program

2016-2017 Information Packet Letter (goes with Information Packet, from County Extension Agents)
2016-2017 Information Packet (includes Memorandum of Agreement, application form, schedule, protocol and Pen of Steers Program

Deadline Friday, Oct 14, 2016

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Value Added Calf (VAC) Vaccination Program (vaccination recommendations)
Value Added Calf Management Program (Extension publication)
Cattle Trichomoniasis (information from Texas Animal Health Commission)

History of Participation  (1998-2017) 2016-2017 cattle are in the feedlot as of 10/20/16


2016-2017    Bull Data(pdf)   Heifer Data(pdf)   Bull and Heifer Data(Excel)  Consignors  Terms   Awards
2015-2016    Bull Data(pdf)   Heifer Data(pdf)   Bull and Heifer Data(Excel)   Terms   Awards
2014-2015    Bull Data(pdf)   Bull Data(Excel)     Awards    
2013-2014    Bull Data(pdf)    Heifer Data(pdf)    Consignors    Awards    Terms
2012-2013   Bull Data(pdf)    Heifer Data(pdf)    Consignors    Awards
2011-2012    Bull Data(pdf)    Heifer Data(pdf)    Consignors    Awards
2010-2011    Bull Data(pdf)    Heifer Data(pdf)    Consignors    Awards
2009-2010   Bull Data(pdf)    Heifer Data(pdf)    Consignors    Awards    Terms

The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association was created in 1998 to assist cattlemen in the Rio Grande Valley in improving the quality of their livestock.

The initial project undertaken by the Association was to conduct a Bull Gain Test and Heifer Development Program. This is an official gain test conducted by  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service under the direction of Dr. Joe Paschal, Extension Livestock Specialist and County Extension Agents in Cameron, Hidalgo, Willacy and Starr Counties.

Successful bull gain tests and heifer development programs have been conducted since 1998. 

The Simbrah and Santa Gertrudis breeds have been represented in the largest numbers.

Other breeds have included: Simmental, Beefmaster, Brahman, Braunvieh, Red Brangus, Charolais, Limousin, Hereford, Angus, Red Angus, Maine Anjou, various crosses and others.

The Rio Grande Valley Beef Improvement Association is affiliated with  Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Any of the following County Extension Agents will glad to provide additional information.

Brad Cowan, County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Vidal Saenz, EA-CEP
Hidalgo County, 956-383-1026 or 1-800-638-8239

Dr. Enrique Perez, County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Cameron County, 956-361-8236

Omar Montemayor, County Extension Agent- Agriculture
Starr County, 956-487-2306

Ronnie Zamora, Extension Agent- CEP Community Development
Willacy County, 956-689-2412


Dr. Joe Paschal taking pelvic measurements


Ultrasound Technician Donnie Robertson

Ultrasound Technician Donnie Robertson


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