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Editor's Letter - August 2015


Special Thanks for the Help With This Special Issue

by Ellen H. Brisendine

Special thanks this month go to Angie Stump Denton and the American Hereford Association (AHA). She was a tremendous help in gathering photos and articles for our annual Hereford issue. It is always a pleasure to work with such professional and talented colleagues.

You’ll find a sample of Denton’s work in the article “Selfless Service” about General Butch Funk, Spearhead Ranch, Copperas Cove.

Her article highlights the good work that members are doing by providing performance data on their entire herds to beef breed associations.

There is a cost to this data gathering, but many producers of registered cattle count it a small cost when compared to the overall gains in genetic information on their cattle and their beef breed.

In the Ranching department, find the “Texas Range Report,” provided by a team of USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) range professionals.

Regardless of the region, nearly all the range specialists temper the good news of rain and grass with a caution to be on guard against wildfire when conditions turn dry.

They offer some good advice on early preparations now that might help contain a fire later.

Be sure to check the calendar in this issue and in the coming months. The schedule is about to get busy again with fall sales, seminars and field days, stellar educational events like the Beef Cattle Short Course at Texas A&M University, College Station, and with a slew of TSCRA ranch gatherings.

Thanks to Curtis Younts and Claude Koontz, chair and vice chair of the Association Promotion Committee, dozens of ranch gatherings will be hosted this fall by generous TSCRA members and sponsors.

There will be something new on the calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Friday, Sept. 25. We are enhancing the traditional fall meeting and developing it into the TSCRA Policy Conference. As of this writing, the agenda was being developed. Watch for more details at, in The Cattleman News Update or in Meeting News in The Cattleman NOW smartphone app and, of course, in your postal mail box and email inbox.

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