Houston, Texas
-- Spring enrollment is now open for producers interested in participating in the Certified F-1 Female, Golden Certified F-1 Female, or F-1 Plus programs of the American Brahman Breeders Association (ABBA).

These programs are designed for cattle producers using Brahman cattle in their crossbreeding programs. By certifying their cattle, beef producers provide added value to their herd by documenting the guaranteed parentage needed to achieve maximum hybrid vigor.

There are three programs for commercial producers using Brahman influence in their herd. Golden Certified F-1's are those by both a registered sire and dam. Certified F-1's are those out of a registered sire and a qualified (but non-registered) purebred dam. The F-1 plus program is for cattle out of a golden or certified F-1 female and a registered sire.

Enrollment fees include a one-time fee of $50, and a $7.50 per head fee for the producer's choice of a F-1 certificate or ear tag. F-1 Plus ear tags are $3.50 each. Once enrolled, members receive a quarterly F-1 program newsletter, listing in the online ABBA membership directory, ability to list their cattle on the ABBA Buy/Sell listing service, and eligibility for special premiums and participation at the National ABBA F-1 Sale each spring.

“Interest in the F-1 programs are very high,” announced Chris Shivers, ABBA executive vice president. “Cattle in the F-1 and F-1 plus certified program not only have environmental adaptability, but also have built in efficiency, growth, maternal excellence, and carcass quality.” They also fit a wide variety of marketing programs, Shivers added.

Established in 1979, the ABBA F-1 Certification Program is one of the leading commercial female programs in the U.S., with more than 80,000 head enrolled to date. It's success is also derived from the fact that it is user friendly, inexpensive, and requires limited record keeping, yet reaps financial premiums for participants.

Enrollment is now open for interested producers to join the ABBA F-1 program. To enroll in either program, call the Brahman office at 713-349-0854 or visit Brahman.org and download an application.

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