This is another cow family that’s been a part of V8 Ranch since 1944! Through extensive historical research, we’ve traced this cow family back to the original foundation herd, originating with the foundation female Betty Lou 44 and her daughter Miss V8 9th. This line was propagated by herd bull Mr. V8 827/1.
+Miss V8 617/2 is one of the longest-spanning, most successful cow families here at V8 Ranch. When 617/2 was born, she was hands-down one of the best heifers we’d ever raised. We were eager to get her on the show circuit to see how she’d fare. Back then, you couldn’t show May heifers in the open shows, but you could show them in the newly formed American Junior Brahman Association and Texas Junior Brahman Association shows. And, since the All American was brand new at the time, it didn’t have any ownership or possession date requirements either. So, Jim and Sloan Williams started collaborating with their good friend Max Watts.
See, Max’s daughter, Tammie Watts, was known as the super showman of the junior Brahman circuit, so she and the Watts family took 617 to Frost, Texas to show her at the 1980 TJBA State Show as a May calf. There, Tammie and 617 were awarded either Champion or Reserve. (Hey—it’s been more 30 years, we can’t quite remember the exact award!)
After the All American, 617 came back to V8, where she and Dave Sagebiel were constant champions in the show ring. She won back-to-back Reserve National Championships and was named Grand Champion Brahman Female at the 1981 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky.
Famous Sons and Daughters
617/2’s first calf, Miss V8 888/2, was named National Champion in 1984. In 1986, at our “Visions of the Future” sale, we sold a flush in 617/2, which was purchased by Clayton Williams. He flushed 617 to Mr. V8 202/3. Later, when Williams dispersed his herd, he sold two one-month-old, unbranded Brahman calves from the 617 x 202 flush. Jim and Luann Williams purchased the heifer, who was branded +Miss V8 666/3, for $10,000. This extraordinary investment would ultimately result in the production of Powerstroke and Superstroke. At Dallas in 1989, +Miss V8 666/3 was named Grand Champion Female.
The bull was purchased by Bernardo Vega for $9,800. Bernardo, a trusted friend and Columbian customer, bought the bull sight-unseen based on Jim’s recommendation. That bull was branded +Mr. V8 666/3 to match his sister. In 1990, he was named the National Champion Bull.
Another full sister, Miss V8 725/3 (“Amber”) was also a dynamo on the show string. Amber was the 1990 All American Champion, 1990 National Champion, and 1991 International Champion Female.
In addition to being a major champion showgirl, +Miss V8 666/3 was an incredible producer. She has 61 progeny recorded in the ABBA and is, quite simply, a real herd bull maker. Her mating to Mr. V8 702/3 produced the National Champion Bull, Mr. V8 440/4. Another flush with the same mating produced +Mr. V8 777/4 (Powerstroke). Powerstroke is known as one of the best V8 herd bulls of the 1990s, and his legacy is still popular in many herds today. Powerstroke sired +Mr. V8 287/5 (Superstroke), who sired six undefeated Houston Get-of-Sire Championships. Superstroke’s daughters, like their grandmother, were legendary producers. It was actually a Superstroke daughter who produced our highest-profile sire today, +Mr. V8 380/6.
What Makes Her Special?
As if the above isn’t special enough (and it is!), +Miss V8 617/2 spent more than 20 years as the #1 cow in the ABBA Register of Renown.