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Editor's Letter - April 2015


Spring Green Up

by Ellen H. Brisendine

The cover for this issue comes to us from Nancy Pruitt, a former member of The Cattleman staff and a talented photographer.

She has recently returned to Texas, moving to the Fort Worth area, and it’s nice to have her back in the state.

We chose a Brangus this month to highlight the special advertising from this community of beef producers. Thanks to Dr. Tommy Perkins, executive director of the International Brangus Breeders Association (IBBA), for providing an essay on the strengths of the breed. And, thanks to the Brangus producers who supported this issue with their advertisements.

The 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention wrapped up the last weekend in March. If you missed it, take a look at for some highlights of the weekend. If you attended and want to download a certain program, just let me know and I’ll direct you to the web address for downloads.

Our next big event is the summer meeting, and Cattle Raisers are headed to the beach at Galveston. President Pete Bonds wanted to give members a chance to mix business, pleasure and family time at the summer meeting.

We’ll have more details in the May issue, but right now I can tell you that the meeting schedule will be efficient and the relaxation time will be ample. Reserve your room at Moody Gardens and pack your beach wear. I promise, no swimsuit images of anyone older than 5 will appear in The Cattleman’s summer meeting coverage.

There’s a lot to do in April — spray for weeds, enjoy the spring calves, go to ranch gatherings. Be sure to check the calendar at for the Ranch Gathering schedule.

I hope the ice and snow of the last few months have resulted in green pastures at your ranch!

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