Believe it or not, there are some beef cow herd management techniques to help navigate the volatility of the cattle cycle. In “Working the cattle cycle — Part 1,” economist and “Market Advisor” columnist Harlan Hughes' first advice on page 11 is not to fight the cattle cycle because you'll lose every time.

It's one thing to be a visionary, another to act on it. In the arena of value-based calf marketing and individual animal ID, such a person is Jackie Moore, BEEF magazine's 2005 Trailblazer Award honoree. Joe Roybal tells you about the man and his leadership in “Man Of Vision” on page 19.

Rising oil prices are a bane to most everybody, including ranchers. But to landowners with mineral rights, this era of $60-$70/barrel of crude and $3/gal. diesel fuel may be the time to cash in. Doug McInnis provides some insight in “When You're The Oilman,” on page 27.

Eager to move the industry off its duff, leading U.S. geneticists are professing full confidence in DNA testing for tenderness traits in beef cattle. Clint Peck details why these folks believe it's high time free enterprise ran with the science in “Marking Tenderness,” page 36.

“QSA” is another grouping of letters the beef industry can add to its growing list of initialisms and acronyms. It stands for quality systems assessment, a lever by which more beef will be trading in domestic and international markets. Wes Ishmael provides a stocker perspective in “Better Than A Handshake” on page 59.

Weaning calves on pasture is an excellent way to keep them healthy, and minimize weaning cost and stress. Grazing guru Jim Gerrish provides some background and helpful pointers in his column “Tips for successful pasture weaning,” on page 70. The secret, he says, lays primarily in planning.