It's my pleasure this month to introduce Alaina Burt as managing editor of BEEF magazine. Alaina grew up on a Minnesota purebred cattle operation, in which she is still intimately involved in selection and mating decisions, and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Crookston, with a master's degree from South Dakota State University.

Her past experience includes stints with the Red Angus Association of America, the Grand Rapids Herald-Review, the Angus Journal, Bieber Red Angus Ranch in Leola, SD, and Oates Land and Cattle in Big Sandy, TX.