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
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
Today, Brown and his wife, Peggy, are still involved with the daily
operation of the ranch as they transition management to the fifth
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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