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Stadler promotes Brahmans on local, state, national levels

Stadler promotes Brahmans on local,  state, national levels
Shirley and Tommy Stadler, owners of Sunnyside Ranch

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Wilson County News
October 17, 2012
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FLORESVILLE -- One of Wilson County’s native sons is not only continuing the family tradition of agriculture, but also promoting the first bovine breed developed in the United States -- Brahman.

Tommy Stadler of Sunnyside Ranch hosted the Texas Brahman Association and South Texas Brahman Association Sept. 15, on his ranch near Floresville. During this meeting, he was elected as the president of the Texas Brahman Association. Stadler also currently serves as secretary/treasurer of the American Brahman Association.

In 1995, Stadler and his family became the third generation to raise Brahman cattle on the family ranch, acquired by his grandfather in the late 1800s. Stadler credits his father for the genetic base used in the operation today. His father was also involved in pork production and growing peanuts.

For this part of the country, the Brahman breed is a useful component in a successful beef operation, he said. The Brahman breed is well-concentrated in the Southeast from Florida, Louisiana, and the Carolinas to Mississippi, and is also in Texas. The reasons for this breed’s success are its heat tolerance and crossbreeding common denominator. Stadler said the breed crosses well with Herefords, Charolais, Angus, Simmental, and the English breeds.

The drought has affected his operation, as it has many producers. Stadler had to reduce his herd, from a high of 110 cows to the present 90 head.

“We are gonna have drought,” Stadler said. “The producers have to mentally prepare themselves that drought will come again.”

The Sunnyside Ranch is a family operation maintained by Stadler; his wife, Shirley; a son, and one hired hand.

Stadler said the cattle and agriculture industry input costs, from feed and corn to diesel and fuel, are all high today.

“Cattlemen must control the input cost to make the business model work,” Stadler said.

Cattlemen must identify a niche market, such as the use of F1 females in an operation, and the introduction of the proper genetics, to succeed.

“The days of my parents going to the weekly auction barns, to me, are very numbered,” Stadler said.

In addition to raising registered Brahman cattle, Stadler established Stadler & Co. Inc. in Houston in 1985, after working in the airline business for 18 years. He describes his work as a private investigator and security consultant firm that works nicely with his cattle business. His daughter also works with him in Houston.

While Stadler works the ranch and his Houston business, he is currently getting ready for the second annual Brahman convention to be held Nov. 16-17 at Moody Gardens Hotel and Spa in Galveston. For more information, call 1-888-388-8484 or visit www.brahman.org.

For more information about the state association, which Stadler heads, call 936-336-2582 or visit www.texasbrahmans.com.

The Sunnyside Ranch is located on F.M. 537 in the Sunnyside community, southeast of Floresville. For more information, contact Stadler at 830-393-0497 or 832-483-2140.

Brahman history

The Brahman breed originated from 266 bulls and 22 females of Bos indicus (a breed of cattle from India) imported into the United States between 1854 and 1926.

Richard Barrow of St. Francisville, La., a sugar and cotton farmer, is credited for the first importation of the Indian cattle in the United States. The government of Great Britain gave Barrow these animals for his services helping the British establish cotton and sugar cane in India. Other imports came from Brazil.

“Bos indicus cattle have been serving man for thousands of years. Throughout their evolution, they have endured famine, insect pests, diseases, and extreme temperature fluctuations,” according to the American Brahman Breeders Association website.

From the 30 breeds or types of Bos indicus cattle, only a few of the Indian line were selected to develop the American Brahman.

In 1924, the American Brahman Breeders Association was organized, with J.W. Sartwelle of Houston as its first secretary. Sartwelle is credited with the naming of “Brahman” -- a new beef breed.

Acceptable colors are light gray to red to almost black. Average bulls weigh from 1,600 to 2,200 pounds; cows weigh 1,000 to 1,400 pounds.

Source: American Brahman Breeders Association

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