Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Texas - Big Beefy Brahmans 18/4/12

I arrived in Houston Texas on the 14/4/12 and was greeted by John Locke from the famous, J.D.Hudgins. J.D.Hudgins Inc. is located in Hungerford, Texas, in the area settled by Joel Hudgins in 1839. The ranch was established in 1908 through a partnership of Joel and his son, J.D., who chose brahman cattle for their ability to thrive in the gulf coast climates. In 1924, J.D. and his son, purchased a group of bulls imported from Brazil. These cattle and other breeds cattle formed the basis of the first breed developed in the United States, the American Brahman.

The Ranch's legendary Manso bull set the standard of quality that has become the trademark of J.D Hudgins Inc.which was purchased by Walter Hudgins in 1933. Manso is the single most recognised Brahman bloodline in the world. It is estimated that more than 75% of all cattle registered through the ABBA (America Brahman Breeders Association) carry this bloodline.

Over the past 100 years, the herd has expanded into 1,500 registered females grazing on 20,000 acres. The ranch focuses on practical and profitable cattle, maximising traits most important to cattleman. Artificial Insemination, embryo transfer, and extensive production and growth records further enhance their breeding program.

J.D.Hudgins is a fifth and sixth generation family run business and I personally love seeing a family run business and I wish them all the success in the future.

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