The Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization (NETBIO) founded in 1998 has established a reputation throughout the Southern United States for its preconditioned calf sales. Their focus is on improving the genetic makeup of area cattle herds, enhancing management practices to meet the national quality assurance standards and producing healthy pre-conditioned calves that will perform from the time they leave the ranch until they reach the consumer. The organization has had a dynamic impact on the Northeast Texas economy having successfully marketed 401 thousand calves for $293 million since its first sale in November 1998. In 2014 consignments came from 580 producers scattered across 45 different Texas Counties and from 7 states outside of Texas. Hopkins County, Judge Robert Newsome has set aside October 16th to officially recognize Beef Producers in Hopkins and surrounding counties for their contributions to a sustainable agriculture and the Northeast Texas Economy.
Brian Cummins, NETBIO President and beef producer from Van Zandt County, TX, stated, “it is great for our organization to be recognized in this manner and our board is very excited about all the events our planning committee has put together to celebrate this recognition. We also want to thank the City of Sulphur Springs for welcoming us to their beautifully renovated Celebration Plaza.”
Dwyatt Bell, President of Texas Heritage National Bank and NETBIO Board Member, added, “the celebration will begin in the afternoon with the Texas Beef Council providing cooking demonstrations in the heart of the Plaza in downtown Sulphur Springs. An area wide steak cook off with a restaurant and an amateur division will kick off around 3:00 PM. The City is blocking off the square and competing grill masters will begin cooking steaks for the public after concluding their competition. We will begin serving dinner to ticket holders around 6:15 PM. Winners of the each division will be announced and awards presented at 7:30 PM. A free concert will be kicked off at 8:00 PM. Johnny Lee and his Urban Cowboy Band will entertain for the rest of the evening.”
Tickets go on sale for the steak dinner August 15th and should be purchased in advance by October 1st. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased in person at all Texas Heritage National Bank locations or the Hopkins County AgriLife Office or online @ http://www.texashnb.com/ . Dr. Mario Villarino, NETBIO board member and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Agent in Hopkins County stated: “The beef industry in Northeast Texas has shown a recognizable growth during the last decade. Although always a significant economic contributor to our local economy, organized beef producers have become an economic drive to our economy. NETBIO has promoted and secured markets for our beef allowing small producers to reach markers like never before. We are grateful for all of our industry sponsors but we especially appreciate the four major event sponsors Sulphur Springs Livestock Commission Company, Boehringer Ingelheim, Brookshire’s and Texas Heritage National Bank. These generous sponsors have made all of this possible.”
Brandon Bell, Manager of Potts Feed Store in Quitman Texas and President of the Wood County Farm Bureau, noted, “It is very fitting that NETBIO be recognized in this manner. It has had a big impact not only on beef producers but also on many area agribusinesses such as ours that supply goods and services to beef producers. I am very glad to be assisting with the Cattleman’s Classic and Ribeye Round-up. I encourage people to check it out more on www.Facebook.com/ribeyeroundup .”
Chris McClure, area beef producer and NETBIO board member commented on judges for the competition, “I doubt there has ever been a more elite group of individuals representing the industry assemble to judge such an event. We have James Henderson with Bradley 3 Ranches and board member for Certified Angus Beef and the American Angus Association, Dr. Tom Woodward General Manager of Broseco Ranches, Dr. Dan Hale, head of the Texas A & M Meat Center and Trey Chapman of chapman family ranches, and food blogger, just to name a few. The enthusiasm and excitement by everyone has been unbelievable and I think it is going to be a fun and enjoyable evening.”
Karen Potter representing the Hopkins County Veterinary Clinic is in charge of planning a 5K “Run for the Beef” that will conclude the Cattleman’s Classic celebration Saturday morning. She commented, “I am very excited to have this opportunity especially with assistance provided by the Texas Beef Council. It will be great to have some of the Beef Team runners participating here in Northeast Texas and we are thankful to have Sulphur Springs Dodge as our sponsor for this event. I encourage area runners to come join us as we promote quality lean beef for healthy bodies.”