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NMSU-bred bull in the running for ABBA Premier Show Bull of the Year

A champion Brahman bull bred and raised by students, faculty and staff at New Mexico State University is not your average bull.

From left, Dora Thomas, Milton Thomas, a New Mexico State University professor of animal and range sciences, and handler Joe Butt stand with NMSU Garrett Manso 7057, the leading contender for the 2010 American Brahman Breeders Association Premier Show Bull of the Year, at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. (Photo by Show Champions)

The bull named NMSU Garrett Manso 7057 is the leading contender for the 2010 American Brahman Breeders Association Premier Show Bull of the Year. If he wins, he will receive the award in March 2011. The titles the bull has claimed include 11 Grand Championships, seven Reserve Grand Championships, 19 Division Championships and six Reserve Division Championships.

NMSU 7057 competed in numerous U.S. Brahman shows from 2008-2010. He finished his showing career at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, where he, as well as NMSU, received international recognition from those in attendance.

But NMSU 7057 is more than a great show bull. The study and research programs he was a part of while at the university are significant for livestock production across the state.

"Of the $3 billion New Mexico generates in agricultural commodities a year, 75 percent is from the cattle and sheep industries, making the research and work done with cattle at NMSU important for the state," said Milton Thomas, professor of animal and range sciences and the Gerald Thomas Chair for the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.

The bull was bred and raised by NMSU as part of a historic Brangus breeding program. Undergraduate students helped raise the bull, and graduate students studying reproductive physiology also had the opportunity to work with the animal.

"There is value in being able to go out and work with the animals. The students get a hands-on learning experience when working with the animals on campus. It's what makes us Aggies," Thomas said.

NMSU 7057 has high yield grade potential as a sire, which is based on how much muscle and ribeye area the animal possesses. When sold, he was the highest-selling yearling Brahman bull in the history of marketing Brahman bulls at NMSU. The bull is now owned by Mike and Janet Partin of the Heart Bar Ranch in Montalba, Texas.

Mike Partin said, "We feel that NMSU did an outstanding job with this bull as a calf and up until we purchased him. The nutrition program he was raised on certainly helped in his development and they should be commended on that."