When we planned the editorial for this year’s July issue, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey was still much on our minds. Last fall, we presented a photo story of how the floodwaters affected ranchers. It seemed fitting in this issue, in which we highlight the livestock auction market segment of the beef business, that we share the stories of two markets in the Gulf Coast area. Maggie Malson brings the story of the El Campo Auction and Wharton Livestock Auction and tells how the owners and employees at the markets helped ranchers and their communities during and after the flooding.
For several years, we have included a directory of the members of the Livestock Marketing Association of Texas and the Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Association in the July issue. Our advertisers and the marketing association members are tremendous resources for ranchers. In addition, they are valued partners in the beef production chain. When it comes time to take your calves to the auction market, be sure to look through the pages of this issue to find an auction market that can help you get the best price for your calves. We have also provided a handy copy of this list to keep in your truck or office so you don’t have to tear up your magazine.
This is the first issue in which we highlight the Akaushi breed of beef cattle. Read about Akaushi beef from the restauranteur’s point of view in the article “Combined Passions, Incredible Beef.” Cattleack Barbeque in North Dallas is sharing the Akaushi story through high-quality barbeque.
Speaking of barbeque and all things having to do with summertime cookouts, I know many of our Cattle Raisers families will be spending time together during the 4th of July week. In honor of our many members who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, we asked about that service in our Cattle Raisers Cross Section, a non-scientific survey of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) members.
This month, I sneaked a couple of optional questions into the survey and asked them to share their best memory from their time in the service. Read a few of their answers on page 8. Some are funny, some are serious, and for some, you’ll need that tissue.
Many thanks to the TSCRA members and friends who are veterans. We value your service to our country and its freedom.
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