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Editor's Letter - March 2015


An Honor to Invite You to the Cattle Raisers Convention

by Ellen H. Brisendine

The handsome young man on the cover of this month’s issue is rancher-in-training Grady Weathers, great-nephew of TSCRA Director Herff Cornelius. Grady’s mother is Michelle Weathers, a professional photographer in the Coastal Bend area of Texas, whose work appears in this magazine from time to time.

Over the last year we’ve been selecting a cover from a past issue of The Cattleman to run in the back of the magazine. This month’s cover rerun comes from March 1947, and in that issue the editor encouraged readers to attend the annual convention.

I’d like to do the same.

Since before 1947 and until today — and surely in the decades to come — there has been and continues to be a need for cattle raisers to meet, to do important work on behalf of ranchers and to enjoy the fellowship of people of the land.

We will be doing all these things, and more, at the 2015 event.

Many of the articles in this year’s issues of The Cattleman stem from topics being discussed at the annual convention. Spreading the articles over the year allows us to go a little deeper in to the topic and will perhaps pique your interest in coming to association meetings to hear presentations in person. Reading is good, but I find the most interesting parts of a talk will often come during the question-and-answer sessions.

Speaking of question-and-answer, cattle raisers will have the unique opportunity to interact with Vicente Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006.

Fox is the keynote speaker at the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention opening general session on Saturday, March 28. He has indicated that he enjoys audience interaction and looks forward to receiving questions after his talk.

We are delighted that Mr. and Mrs. Fox will be a part of the 2015 meeting.

The money-saving convention pre-registration period is open through March 13. Come for a day or come for the entire weekend — any time you can spend at the Cattle Raisers Convention is a solid investment in your ranch business.

On a personal note, having attended meetings of all types in and out of agriculture, our meals and reception fare are exceptional. We don’t serve mystery meat and no dry, white-meat anything is allowed. Readers, beef will be on your convention lunch and dinner plates.

It is a great honor to join the past editors of The Cattleman and invite you to the annual Cattle Raisers Convention, March 27 to 29, Fort Worth Convention Center.

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