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2014 Trinity Valley Forage Field Day slated for May 13

BRADFORD, May 10, 2014— This field day is being sponsored by Anderson and Henderson County Beef and Forage committee and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.  Field Day will take place Tuesday, May 13, located at Partin & Partin Heart Bar Ranch at 3159 FM 837, Bradford, Texas.   

This event will start with registration beginning at 4:45 p.m., program will start at 5:30 p.m. Direction to Partin & Partin Heart Bar Ranch from Palestine, head north on Hwy 19 to Bradford, in Bradford turn left on FM 837, travel 3.2 miles, Ranch headquarters on the left.  Partin & Partin Heart Bar Ranch has a history of producing quality Brahman Bulls Cattle and Golden Certified F1 cattle. 

Partin & Partin Heart Bar Ranch is owned and operated by Mike Partin and his two sons, Steve and Carlton.  The ranch is rich in tradition and history thanks to Mike’s grandfather, Henry O. Partin whom everyone recognizes as the Father of the Brahman cattle industry in Florida.  On September 15, 1936 Mr. Henry purchased 131 purebred Brahmans from a Texas breeder and a year or so later he got a bull he’d been after since he first saw him in the early 1930’s.  This bull was Imparistre, son of an imported bull named Imperator.  One of Imparistre’s first sons by a Partin cow was named “Emperor” born on April 9, 1940.  Mr. Henry always said pointing with pride to Emperor, “that is the man that put me in the Brahman business.”  Mr. Henry had the know-how and foresight and merely wanted to put blocky beef on his cattle and he used Emperor to do it.  Henry O. Partin, with the help of emperor, practically transformed Florida’s cattle industry during the 1940’s and 1950’s.  Never defeated in a show ring, Emperor was used as a sire by several of Florida’s cattlemen.  Early on it was to see that Emperor was special, he took grand champion honors as a yearling at the Tampa, FL fair.  Descendents of Emperor in a two-year period won 108 blue ribbons around the nation.

Generations later Mike and his two sons are carrying on the Partin tradition of raising functional, outstanding Brahmans and promoting the breed.  Mr. Henry, was President of ABBA from 1951-53 and Mike served as ABBA president from 1995-97.

Working together is a proud heritage on the Partin Ranch, whether it’s making hay or working cattle, family members do the work themselves.  The Partin’s run a registered Brahman ranch and commercial cattle operations that is still meeting the demands of the cattle industry after seventy years.

Forage production and Harvesting Demonstrations will be conducted; tractor implement dealers will be on hand with equipment being demonstrated and on display.  Hay equipment, Baling Haylage, Tractors, Gopher Baiting & Machines, hay transport and farm/ranch ATV’s, weed control and fence line talks. 1 Hr. C.E.U. in IPM will be offered.  Cost is $15.00 per person.  A Barbecue dinner will be served.

Pre-Registration is requested by calling Anderson County Extension Office, 903-723-3735 or Henderson County Extension Office, 903-675-6130.

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