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Editor's Letter - July 2015


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by Ellen H. Brisendine

We had a unique opportunity last month in Texas. The World Livestock Auctioneer Championship (WLAC) was held Saturday, June 13, at Clifton Livestock Commission, Clifton.

Wayne and Andrea Carroll, owners of Clifton Livestock Commission, tell me they have spent the better part of 2 years preparing to host this event. Thirty auctioneers converged on Clifton to compete for the national honor.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association was happy to be a part of the event by hosting a meal for the competitors, and I had the honor of serving as a judge during a portion of the contest. June 13 was an exciting day that highlighted these important partners in the business of ranching — those who help cattle raisers market their cattle off the ranch and into the next segment of the beef industry.

The WLAC is hosted by the Livestock Marketing Association. This national organization has member livestock markets in the states. If you would like to find an LMA member near you, check the directory of LMA members in Texas and Oklahoma in this issue.

Learn more about Clifton Livestock Commission in this issue, too. Kristin Hawkins captured our cover image this month while she was on a photo shoot for the feature article “Being Different — To Be the Best,” about the Carrolls and their drive to provide all the services a client might need.

If your travels take you to the Galveston area later this month, I hope you’ll join Cattle Raisers at Moody Gardens for our annual summer meeting. The summer meetings are a time for members and friends to enjoy some time to relax and still fit in a few hours of important association work. Find out more at

Conversations is from the July 2015 issue of The Cattleman magazine.