The Cattleman magazine is received monthly by TSCRA members as part of their membership in the organization.
Do you have a favorite gadget that makes your life at the ranch easier? Please post a picture of the gadget on your social media page (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and include “#CattleRaisersBestGadget” in the post.
I know our members are practical and capable do-it-yourselfers. Imagine the good idea you might spark in a fellow Cattle Raiser. You will probably get a good idea in return.
Every month this year, we’ll be asking you to post a picture on social media, always including #CattleRaisers. Our goal is to share images, build friendships and convey the culture of Cattle Raisers — hardworking, jovial and patriotic. By including the same hashtag line, we can find each other and these images by searching on #CattleRaisers.
It’s also good practice for posting pictures from the upcoming Cattle Raisers Convention.
In just a few weeks, ranchers and their friends will converge at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, March 31 to April 1. If your schedule allows you to attend the entire event, then register early for the full registration packet — and save $100 by registering before March 20.
If you can spare only a day away from work or other duties, then be assured that every day of the convention offers worthwhile programming and fun social events. We’ve highlighted many of the Saturday, April 1, events in this issue. Find details about the entire convention online at cattleraisersconvention.com.
In this issue, you will see examples of the types of educational programs that will be offered at the 2017 Convention. We have 2 articles this month that are based on classes that will be taught at the convention.
Ricky Linex, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), provides some management tips for some of the smallest critters to live on rangeland – pollinators. Bees, butterflies, beetles, and other pollinators, contribute greatly to rangeland health and depend greatly on healthy rangeland. Just look for the monarch butterfly pictures and you’ll find the article.
We also have an article highlighting the stocking management techniques that award-winning ranch manager Dale Smith uses to properly graze the lands he and Jay O’Brien manage in the Texas Panhandle. Jenny Pluhar, Texas Grazing Coalition, and Smith will teach a class on proper stocking rates.
Enjoy this issue and share your favorite gadget.
“Conversations” is excerpted each month from The Cattleman magazine.