As you may know, the story of Brahman cattle goes way back—nearly a thousand years and a world away from Texas. Through those thousands of years, Bos indicus cattle, the ancestors of the Brahman breed, endured any number of hardships: from famine to drought, pests and disease. But their endurance made them stronger, and when American cattle breeders used Bos indicus cattle to develop the American Brahman breed, magic happened.
Today, Brahman cattle are some of the most distinctive and well-known in the world, and V8 is proud to produce some of the finest individuals the breed has to offer. And though this past year has had its share of challenges, we look to the heritage, strength, and integrity of our herd as a symbol of what’s to come for the future.
Which is why, in a year of unknowns and near-constant adjustments to our new reality, we couldn’t be more excited to warmly invite you to join us at the 2021 International Brahman Show.
Yes, while we were disheartened to hear that 2021 Houston Livestock Show would not be able to host the International Brahman Show this year, we were pleased to discover that the American Brahman Breeders Association would be hosting a new event: The International, Multi-Breed Open Breeding Cattle Show being held March 23-27, 2021 at the Extraco Events Center in Waco, Texas.
We’re sure you have a lot of questions and we want to be able to provide as many details as possible. Up-to-date information can always be found on the International Brahman Show Facebook page.
Below you will find everything you need in order to attend: a schedule of events, flight and hotel information, and best of all, how to see us while you’re there!
2021 International Brahman Show Schedule
Here is a detailed breakdown of the schedule as it relates to V8 Ranch activities and Brahman activities, per the International staff:
Tuesday, March 23
8:00 AM: Barns open for cattle move in.
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Brahman cattle check in.
6:00 PM: All cattle must be in place.
Wednesday, March 24
9:00 AM: Weights and Measures of Cattle
6:30 PM: The International Opening Ceremonies
Thursday, March 25
10:00 AM: ABBA Annual Meeting, Election of Officers and Executive Committee
3:00 PM: V8 Ranch Annual Stall Party
Friday, March 26
8:00 AM: Group Classes, followed by Brahman Female Show
Saturday, March 27
8:00 AM: Brahman Bull Show
2021 International Brahman Show Location
The 2021 International Brahman Show will be hosted in Waco, Texas at the Extraco Events Center. This facility is familiar to many livestock exhibitors already as it is the home of the Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo.
The facilities are to the level of what you would expect for a show as prestigious as the International Brahman Show. Our cattle will show in the Extraco Coliseum, which is one of the largest climate-controlled indoor arenas in the state of Texas. Many of the barns on the fairgrounds are also climate-controlled so guests can enjoy the event without worry of the elements.
Waco, Texas is located in Central Texas. This location is about a 3.5 hour drive from the Hungerford, Texas Brahman ranches.
While Waco does not have an International airport, it does have a regional airport which is serviced by American Airlines. In addition, these International airports are within driving distance of Waco:
- Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS): 111 miles from Waco
- Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 115 miles from Waco
- George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 195 miles from Waco
Where to stay in waco
The International has set up room blocks for the event. All blocks are under the name “The International.”
Here are the recommended hotels with room blocks.
A traditional full service hotel in Downtown Waco. This hotel has restaurants nearby as well as an on-site restaurant.
Home2 Suites by Hilton
An extended stay hotel meaning some of the rooms are larger suites and may offer kitchenettes.
Residence Inn Waco South
Rate: $110.00 (king size only)
Another extended stay hotel.
Rates: $134 and $164
A boutique hotel in the Warehouse district of Waco. Trendy rooms and decor and an on-site restaurant. This is a ten minute walk from the Magnolia Market.
V8 Ranch During the 2021 International Show
We look forward to hosting you both at our ranch and in Waco, Texas during the 2021 International Brahman Show. We will be bringing the same show string we would normally bring to Houston, so you’ll still get to see us showcase our best in Waco.
V8 Ranch Stall Party
There’s nothing quite like our now-famous Stall Party, which we will be hosting on Thursday afternoon, March 25 at 3:00 PM. Yes, we’re still having it! We will have specials on our top-selling AI sires as well as our 2021 Bull of the Year. We’re planning a socially-distanced stall party so that everyone can safely enjoy our hospitality, which we know has become one of your favorite parts of the International show.
Tours and Visits to V8 Ranch
Waco, Texas is about a 3.5-hour drive from Hungerford, Texas, home of V8 Ranch and other Brahman breeders. While it won’t be as easy to come out to the ranch as it would be during a Houston show, we will be welcoming visits and tours both prior to and after the show. If you would like to schedule a tour at V8 Ranch, please reach out to us via email for an appointment and we will do our best to accommodate you.
International Brahman Show Entry Information
A Highlight of the Year
We hope you’ll join us in the festivities as we celebrate what is already proving to be a successful year and enjoy fellowship together. If history is any indicator, the Brahman breed should have a great showing at this year’s event, and we’ll have a good time doing it as well!