No one must be a rancher. Anyone who gets into the business does so because he or she loves something about it. Well, no one must own a livestock auction market either. Randy Carson at Abilene does, and he absolutely loves it.
Read about Carson and the Abilene Livestock Auction in this month’s issue of The Cattleman. In July, we focus on this segment of the beef production chain. Terry Chapman and Jesse Carver, representing Livestock Marketing Association (LMA) in Oklahoma and Texas, respectively, kindly provide us with a list of LMA members who operate in their states and we develop a story to feature one of their members.
This year we talked with Carson, who is fulfilling a goal he set for himself more than 40 years ago when he decided that his path in life would be owning the market where he worked at the time.
In this issue, you’ll find the first of six articles on the work that the Institute of Ranch Management (IRM) at Texas Christian University is doing with Burgundy Pasture Beef at Grandview. IRM is drawing students from other disciplines at TCU to help research the effect of beef cattle grazing on the landscape. Katrina Huffstutler provides an overview of the project they cleverly named the Living Laboratory.
Look for this series from now through the end of this year. You may find techniques, tips, and thought processes that apply to your own land and natural resources.
In July, it is our honor to thank the men and women who serve in our armed forces. We thought this month’s cover, provided by Clark Kelley Price, a member of the Cowboy Artists of America, was fitting — Guts and Glory. A magnificent American flag flies over a fearless young person heading off into the unknown. Granted, that may be a stretch to describe the cover. While some of our readers can predict what that bronc will do when hooves meet dirt, most of us will wince and send up a prayer that the rider returns unbroken.