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Editor's Letter - August 2012


By Ellen H. Brisendine

Staying Power

Drought-plagued ranchers continue to manage their resources for good cattle and healthy wildlife populations.

Our cover this month, and photo illustrations for 2 of our feature articles, were provided by Russell Graves,

Russell, a former vocational agriculture teacher based in Childress, is a full-time outdoor photographer and writer. He is also a savvy technophile. We are fortunate to be able to work with many talented artists, photographers and writers. Russell's unique service lies in his extraordinary organization. Thanks to his searchable photo websites — note the plural websites — we can look at hundreds of images to select those that, we hope, will draw your attention to the content.

He responds to email so quickly that one wonders where on his person he keeps that iPhone. I hope the ringtone doesn't ruin a good shot.

This month's features — focusing on Hereford cattle and wildlife resources — explore non-traditional use of Hereford cattle in a registered operation. Since the outcome of any beef operation is to produce quality beef products, we included a look at the growth of the Certified Hereford Beef program in this country.

At the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association summer meeting in mid-June, we heard detailed reports from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Animal Health Commission on the efforts of those 2 state agencies in combating chronic wasting disease in mule deer. We also heard an encouraging 2012 Texas hunting outlook from TPWD, and we thought our hunter readers could use the information to prepare for the start of the fall hunting seasons next month.

As always, the feature articles are brought to you by our new and returning advertisers. For decades, the August issue has highlighted Hereford cattle and has been the issue in which many Texas and Oklahoma Hereford producers represent their programs. The 2011 drought had an ill effect on operations of all types, but we are proud to note that just about all of our traditional Hereford seedstock producers chose to be a part of this 2012 issue.

We appreciate the resiliency of all of our producer advertisers and the loyalty of our commercial advertisers. Please share this issue with your friends, and share the news of natural resources management and the cattle business of the Southwest.

"Conversations: Staying Power" is from the August 2012 issue of The Cattleman magazine.