Be sure to check out the winning management ideas that topped the Integrated Resource Management (IRM) 2002 Tips For Profit Contest. Appearing on either page 25a or 41a of this issue, the ideas are detailed in the winter edition of IRM News, the official quarterly newsletter of the national IRM program.

The second-year contest — sponsored by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and the Pennington Seed Co. — is designed to recognize innovative and successful management ideas submitted by cattle producers. The top three winners share a total of $6,000 in prize money, with the overall winner also earning an expenses-paid trip to this month's 2002 Cattle Industry Convention and Trade Show in Denver, CO.

This year's winners exhibit creative solutions in a range of management areas:

  • A group of smaller Kentucky cow/calf operations joined forces to overcome the lack of market punch they faced as individuals.

  • A Kansas producer modified his granddad's 1950s drought feeding strategy to earn modern-day dividends in three ways. The practice not only provides a palatable and nutritious feeding option but improves pasture quality and affords a little extra income as well.

  • An Oklahoma rancher details his conversion to large alfalfa bales as a primary protein source to his cattle. A Nevada rancher utilized some leftover home electronics to stay on top of calving problems. And, a Nebraska operator refurbished old buildings for better ranch efficiency.

Incidentally, 2002 marks the fifth year BEEF has exclusively carried the IRM News to our readership. It's been a great win-win situation for both BEEF and IRM.

With distribution through BEEF magazine, the IRM program has extended its reach to America's cattle producers by five fold. And, because BEEF covers the newsletter's paper, printing and postage costs by including IRM News in our mailing to 104,000 readers, the IRM program registers significant savings for use in other aspects of its mission.

Meanwhile, BEEF readers receive additional valuable production and management information. They're also exposed to IRM concepts and viewpoints that will only become more important in this rapidly changing industry in which the need for coordination and “big picture” thinking is becoming ever more important for optimal financial and production efficiency.

Man Of The Year

Warren Kester, BEEF features editor, has piled up numerous professional accolades over the years. His latest is the Northwest Arkansas Cattlemen's Association (NWACA) Man of the Year. The nation's largest cattle producer organization by membership, the NWACA honored Warren for his more than half-century of service as a beef industry chronicler.

Retired from full-time employment from BEEF magazine in 1987, Warren still pens occasional stories for us. He and his bride of more than 56 years, Lucile, live in Bella Vista, AR.

Congratulations, Clint

This month, it's also my pleasure to announce the well-deserved promotion of Clint Peck from associate editor to senior editor on BEEF.

Already a seasoned, well-known and respected beef industry journalist when he joined us two years ago, Clint was a blue-chip acquisition. And, he's surpassed even our lofty expectations.

His background as a ranch manager, Extension educator and editor — coupled with his work ethic and enthusiasm for the industry — has been a tremendous boon to our editorial package. The new title is a much-deserved and more accurate depiction of his stature, expertise and value to BEEF magazine. Congratulations, Clint.