Texas -- Santa Gertrudis Breeders International (SGBI) named the first recipient of the SGBI Industry Service Award at its 2008 Annual Meeting held recently in New Orleans, La. This newly created award was presented to Dr. Joe C. Paschal, Professor and Extension Livestock Specialist, Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Robert Silva, SGBI Vice-President of Breed Improvement noted that the association felt the need to recognize Dr. Paschal for his life long contributions to the improvement of beef cattle in the areas of breeding, genetics, nutrition, marketing and carcass merit. Dr. Paschal was responsible for the success of the Texas A&M Ranch to Rail Program – South and that program dispelling the idea that all southern cattle were of lower quality.
Recently, Dr. Paschal has been instrumental in developing the Santa Gertrudis National Steer Feedout Project. This project was begun in 2003 and has involved feeding close to one thousand purebred Santa Gertrudis steers and collecting carcass data to be used in the breed's genetic evaluations. A direct result of this work was the development of the breed's first carcass EPDs in 2005 which combined actual carcass data with ultrasound data. The association's goal is to eventually combine this data with DNA test results on feed efficiency, tenderness and marbling in order to provide cattlemen with comprehensive information upon which to base breeding decisions.
For further information on the Santa Gertrudis National Steer Feedout or the Santa Gertrudis breed, contact SGBI at PO Box 1257, Kingsville, TX 78364 or www.santagertrudis.com.