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Editor's Letter - August 2016


More Than 50 Years of Mutual Support

by Ellen H. Brisendine

For the last several months, I have been looking back 100 years to 1916 and 50 years to 1966 to see what was going on in the Cattle Raisers community. Those findings show up on the next to last page of The Cattleman. This month we can see that Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association’s connection to the Hereford community has lasted more than 50 years.

The August 1966 issue is packed with Hereford advertisements and articles about Hereford field days, tours, shows and information on the regional Hereford associations in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arkansas.

This month, it is once again our privilege to carry the marketing messages of several Hereford ranches to the readers of The Cattleman. Some of those ranches were represented in the 1966 issue, indicating sustainable ranching operations and a tenacious loyalty on the part of Hereford ranchers to their breed of beef cattle.

We had some special help with our feature articles this month, for which I am grateful. I mentioned in July that our freelance writer Gary DiGiuseppe had passed away in June. Our friends at the Texas Forest Service, who Gary had interviewed for an article in the fire series, heard of his passing and provided me with the review copy of the article that was scheduled for the August issue. I am glad to be able to share his work this last time.

We had additional help from our friends at Livestock Weekly who have graciously allowed us to print an article on Barber Ranch, Hereford producers in the Texas Panhandle. On a personal note, it’s pretty nifty to be able to include a former co-worker in an article. Terri Barber and I worked together early in our careers and it’s exciting to see where she is now with her career at Elanco and to see her service on the American Hereford Association board of directors.

The original artwork on this month’s cover comes from artist Becky Hicks. Find more of her work at

There is more information of interest and use in this issue — coverage of the TSCRA Summer Meeting at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa; information on how vaccines work in a herd health program; a look at a range restoration project in the San Angelo area; and highlights of the September TSCRA Policy Conference in Austin. I hope you’ll join us at the Sheraton at the Capitol, Sept. 28 to 30, for this important Cattle Raisers meeting.

"Conversations" is from the August 2016 issue of The Cattleman magazine