The Cattleman magazine is received monthly by TSCRA members as part of their membership in the organization.
As I have previously written, the best ideas for articles in this magazine come from the members and our friends in agriculture. That is especially true this month as we focus on livestock markets.
Bruce Healy, district conservationist with USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Corpus Christi, shared handouts he received from a seminar for ranchers taught by Eddie Garcia. Garcia, the owner of Gulf Coast Livestock Auction, had supplied copies of the papers that sellers at his livestock auction market receive when they sell their cattle, including a sample check.
In the seminar, Garcia explained step-by-step what cattle owners can expect to pay and earn when they sell cattle through the livestock auction market system.
I admire good educators and asked Garcia to grant us an interview for an article for this month’s issue in which we focus on our partners at the livestock auction markets. He agreed and I understand from our writer, Maggie Malson, that their conversation was inspiring.
I know you will enjoy the article about the Garcia family and how they came to own an auction market. Thanks, Bruce, for the story recommendation.
The 2017 Cattle Raisers Convention is in the past, but the information presented at the convention should not be left on a shelf. If you attended the convention, you received a link to a web page with audio recordings of the educational sessions. You will also find speaker notes and, in some cases, follow-up videos from the speakers.
On page 86 in this issue, we have turned Dr. Jason Banta’s well-attended session on choosing the right range cube into an article to share with those Cattle Raisers who did not attend the convention.
One, we know the information is useful to all ranchers and two, we hope to entice you to attend the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention, March 23 to 25, in Fort Worth.
Again, this year, our friends at the Livestock Marketing Association of Texas and the Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Association have provided us with lists of their member markets. When it comes time to take those calves to the auction market, be sure to look through the pages of this issue. Our advertisers and the marketing association members are tremendous resources for ranchers. In addition, they are valued partners in the beef production chain.
Please keep those ideas for articles coming, Cattle Raisers. Your input makes your magazine that much better. ❚
“Conversations” is excerpted each month from The Cattleman magazine.