This month’s magazine is the result of careful development and execution of our editorial plan generously supplemented with exceptionally good fortune. In other words, some months you just get lucky with the way things work out.
Last year Ike Lasater, New Haven, Conn., contacted me with an article idea about handling the family conflicts that can develop when it’s time to discuss transitioning assets and leadership from one generation to the next.
Many fine writers contact us with interesting story ideas. Most of the ideas are outside of the interest of our community and are proposed by urban authors who have little understanding of rural issues.
When I saw the Lasater name and saw Connecticut, my first response was “hmm.” Connecticut is not near Texas or Oklahoma.
But when he explained that his family includes our families of Lasaters in San Angelo and Matheson, Colo., I knew Ike could bring us a message about mediation that would be valuable to our community. We are proud to present his work on page 100.
The exceptionally good fortune in our editorial plan is that this is the issue when we focus on the Beefmaster breed of cattle. We had the opportunity to interview Alex Lasater, the grandson of the founder of the Beefmaster breed — a relative of Ike.
I hope you enjoy the family history Alex tells about his father Dale, grandfather Tom and great-grandfather Ed. Alex owns the foundation Beefmaster herd and is still operating on the six essentials for which Beefmaster cattle are known.
These two articles complement each other nicely.
This is convention month for Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the 2019 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo, March 29 to 31, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Visit cattleraisersconvention.com for all the great details.