Industry pioneers honored
The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) honored Rob Brown of R.A. Brown Ranch, Throckmorton, TX, David and Emma Danciger, and University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor and extension specialist Jim Gosey, with the Pioneer Award, June 7 during the organization’s 39th annual meeting in Fort Collins, CO.
During the course of his career in the livestock industry, Brown has demonstrated vision, leadership and excellence.
As an industry leader for more than 20 years, he has given freely of his time to the industry through numerous organizations. He served as a director to the National Cattlemen’s Association, for which he served as a member of its Executive Committee, chairman of the Membership Committee and chairman of the Purebred Council. He was instrumental in creating the Young Cattlemen’s Conference leadership program. In addition to his leadership legacy, it was Brown’s work on the ranch that established his reputation as a leading supplier of cattle genetics.
R.A. Brown Ranch encompasses 58,000 acres in Texas and Colorado and has become known for its forward-thinking and trend-setting ways. Today, the ranch is recognized as a leader in innovative cattle breeding.
The ranch, which began as a Hereford and Angus operation in 1895, keeps meticulous records on more than 1,000 head of registered cattle in four breeds and 1,100 commercial cows. During the 1990s, the ranch developed Hollander, a heat-tolerant composite breed. R A. Brown Ranch provides Angus, Red Angus, SimAngus and Hollander bulls and females
to producers worldwide through their annual production sale each October.
Brown was a leader with the Livestock Industry Institute and the American Society of Range Management. He has been involved with the American Angus, Red Angus, Simmental and Senepol associations, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and the World Simmental Federation. At Texas Tech University in Luhbock, he has served as chairman of the Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Council and has served the Ranching Heritage Association Board of Overseers since 1982. Brown was appointed by Gov. George W. Bush and served as chair of the Texas Animal Health Commission for 10 years.
Today, Brown and his wife, Peggy, are still involved with the daily operation of the ranch as they transition management to the fifth generation.
For 34 years, Jim Gosey was the Extension beef specialist and professor in the animal science department of University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He continues his ties to UNL as professor emeritus and helps with the teaching herd.
Gosey received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma Slate University in 1965, his master’s degree from New Mexico State University in 1967, and his doctorate in beef cattle genetics from the University of Nebraska in 1976.
He joined the University of Nebraska in 1971 as beef cattle Extension specialist, working in the area of beef cattle breeding, beef crossbreeding, bull selection, cow/calf management, beef cow efficiency, and beef cattle production systems. Gosey has taught beef cattle production/cow-calf management and beef cattle merchandising in addition to managing the university’s teaching herds, which include Angus and composite populations.
Gosey is a member of the American Society of Animal Science, has written numerous magazine articles, and has given many invited presentations.
Over the years, Gosey’s style and approach have continued to evolve, offering ever-changing educational programs to meet the needs of the cattle producers of Nebraska and the nation and to meet the needs of undergraduates.
Gosey has been a featured speaker at four BIF national meetings, nine Range Beef Cow Symposia, and four 4-State Beef Conferences, as well as numerous beef breed association programs. He organized the 2002 BIF annual meeting, which was in Omaha, NE. Like many, his impact went far beyond his research and education; he had a positive influence on many cattlemen.
David and Emma Danciger
The Dancigers have long had an interest in producing high-performing, environmentally adapted beef cattle. David graduated from Harvard with a degree in economics after serving with the Army Air Force in World War II. He began in 1951 with a ranch located south of Dallas, TX. There he started breeding Angus cattle and eventually became a life member of the American Angus Association.
David was a scientist at heart, and he continually focused on improving his Angus herd.
Early on, he attended schools on artificial insemination, eventually setting up bull collection facilities and a laboratory on his Cedar Hill Ranch.
In 1980, David and Emma moved lo Carbondale, CO, bringing 50 young heifers with them from the Danciger Tybar Angus Ranch (Tybar). They felt the move to a different environment was like starting over again, learning to cope with cold weather, altitude and intensive land management.
Early in that experience they learned of brisket disease, or high-altitude disease, something they never experienced in Texas.
The challenge of breeding cattle adapted to high elevation led David to voluntarily put his bulls in a research program testing for brisket disease.
Since those original tests, Tybar has tested every animal for high-altitude disease at one year of age and continues to select animals adapted to the high-altitude environment.
Working with Colorado State University, Tybar data was used to develop expected progeny differences (EPDs) for pulmonary arterial pressure, or PAP, which is an indicator of brisket disease susceptibility.
Tybar continues to work closely with Colorado State University, producing EPDs, using those in their selection program, and supporting further research into this problem.
David’s motto was “Life—is a learning experience,” and he continued to act upon that motto until age 81. Since David’s passing, Mark Nieslanik has continued to manage the ranch and pass on David’s love of cattle and research.