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Editor's Letter - October 2016


The Advice Issue

by Ellen H. Brisendine

This October issue of The Cattleman could almost be called “The Advice Issue,” because we have so many articles with so many suggestions and real-life experiences from Cattle Raisers to Cattle Raisers this month.

Parents of high school and college students may want to consider the scholarship information provided by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation. Applications are available for students who are pursuing a degree in agriculture or an agriculture-related program from an accredited university in Texas or Oklahoma. Find the details on page 24.

If your students are looking ahead to vocational or college education, share the article “Skills and Knowledge to Improve a Young Person’s Hireability” on page 142. Three Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) members who have successful careers give some practical advice on being a hireable graduate. They offer suggestions on how to behave in the workplace and on classes that can help students be prepared for the challenges of any job or career.

TSCRA officers and directors met with young association members in July at the second Young Leadership Series (YLS) Workshop. This second workshop repeated the popular open mic session for attendees. President Richard Thorpe, Winters, First Vice President Bobby McKnight, Fort Davis, and Past President Pete Bonds, Saginaw, were generous with sharing their experiences and suggestions on getting started in ranching. Find their comments on page 16.

This October issue offers more than career and business development advice. We also have some practical cattle management information. Expected progeny differences (EPDs) are more than those weird numbers at the bottom of the pedigree in a sale catalog. Dr. Tommy Perkins, executive vice president of International Brangus Breeders Association, demystifies the meaning and use of EPDs.

If fall brings weaning time to your herd, learn about reducing stress with fence line weaning on page 128.

You’ll also find articles on transitioning young bulls into breeding season and on livestock transportation safety tips in this issue.

Our cover this month is courtesy of TSCRA staff member Linda Lee, production manager, who worked closely with Shawn McCoy, advertising sales, to highlight this special 20th edition of The Cattleman Bull Buyer’s Guide. We have also the Ranch Services Guide in this issue. We thank the advertisers who continue to participate in these valuable buyers’ guides and welcome our new advertisers to this issue.

Keep up with TSCRA and advertiser events with the calendar in this magazine, at or use your smartphone app, The Cattleman NOW.

"Conversations" is from the October 2016 issue of The Cattleman magazine.