$10,000 is on the table for the winner of BEEF magazine's National Stocker Award. Look for the details at www.beef-mag.com. The deadline for nominations is April 30.

Three finalists will be chosen from the following categories: Summer stocker operation (forage-based),

Fall/winter stocker operation (forage-based), and

Backgrounding/dry lot stocker (feed-based). Of these, one will be selected to receive the award and a $10,000 cash prize. The winner also receives a trip to the 2007 Cattle Industry Annual Convention for special recognition. BEEF will announce the winner and publish stories about the finalists in its October issue.

Selection will be based on info provided in the nomination form (available at www.beef-mag.com) and follow-up phone interviews by the selection committee comprised of reps from private industry, Extension and BEEF magazine. The main eligibility requirement is that the nominee derives the majority of cattle income from the stocker/backgrounding business. -- Joe Roybal