Is stockpiled pasture really of sufficient quality to carry cattle all through the winter? “Yes, with the right management,” says grazing management consultant and educator, Jim Gerrish, in “Stockpiled forage's longevity” (page 18). But the grazier needs to know how to manage it from the time you start letting it grow until the cow takes the last bite before spring comes.

Bob Dixon says he's rotationally grazed cattle since he began ranching in the 1970s. Yet, the Black Rock, AR, rancher says it wasn't until recently that he really understood the principles. “I didn't handle the grasses right. I was letting my forages get too mature,” Dixon tells Alan Newport in “Great Grazing Pays Off” on page 30.

What's the latest in fencing equipment and who are the folks who provide such products and services? You'll find it in our “2005 Fencing Guide.” The annual feature, which begins on page 40, was compiled by Associate Editor Stephanie Veldman.

As the value for source-verification is established, stocker operators will have to provide the auditable trail feedlots are requiring of cow-calf producers, writes contributing editor Wes Ishmael in “Trickle-Down Verification” on page 54. Ishmael discusses some realistic approaches to getting calves tagged and age-verified where such a system hasn't before existed.

“Undaunted Courage,” the bestseller chronicle of the Corps of Discovery's exploration of the Louisiana Purchase, has raised the profile of this year's Lewis & Clark Bicentennial. In “Filling The Canvas,” page 68, BEEF Senior Editor Clint Peck tells how Montana ranchers will use the occasion to showcase their stewardship.

It was 75 years ago that Queens, NY, grocer, Michael J. Cullen, debuted a new retail concept — a combination of volume dealing, self-service, discount pricing, chain marketing and separate departments; in other words, the supermarket. Diana Barto details what Cullen's retail brainstorm has meant to the marketing and fortunes of the U.S. beef industry in her story, “The One-Stop Shop” on page 86.