Feed Lot

MAR 2018

Feedlots and cow/calf operations in the beef industry who feed 500 or more has annually on grains and concentrates; maintain 500 or more beef cows; backgrounder, stocker/grower, preconditioner; veterinarian, nutritionist, consultant

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Commitment. That's what it takes to be successful in the long term for almost any task or project. At the Cattle Industry Convention last month during the Best of Beef Breakfast, several were honored for their accomplishments in the indus- try, honored for their commitment. One of those honored was the Jim O'Haco Cattle Company of Winslow, Arizona. Jim and his wife Jeanne were presented with the 2017 Environmental Stewardship Award for a lifetime of work on the Chevelon Butte Ranch. As the third generation on the ranch, the family is committed to improving the ranch through conservation plan- ning, water systems and removing invasive juniper. A notable property improvement was the installation of the High Point Well. The well features 42 miles of buried pipeline, supplying water to 60,000 acres of land. It was a ten-year project laying sections of pipeline each year that now sup- plies water from one end of the ranch to the other. With additional access to water, cattle weights im- proved and vegetation was more equally utilized. Wildlife has also benefitted from the project. Commenting on his family's on- going stewardship efforts, Jim O'Haco said, "Two things in life that I've always wanted to do and I think I have mostly accomplished them; have quality cattle and help the en- vironment. The job's not done; we can always improve. We learn from our past and keep on improving." Regional winners of the Envi- ronmental Stewardship awards in- cluded Blue Lake Farm, LLC, oper- ated by Rusty and Jessie Thomson, Sharon, S.C.; SFI, Inc., Seth and Etta Smith, Nemaha, Iowa; Sterling Cattle Company, Jimmy and There- sa Sterling, Coahoma, Texas; Fly- ing Diamond Ranch, Scott and Jean Johnson, Kit Carson, Colo.; and Munson Angus Farms, LLC, Chuck and Deanna Munson, Junc- tion City, Kan. "The desire to leave the land bet- ter than they found it is a common trait among cattle raisers," says Dave Owens, beef marketing spe- cialist with Dow AgroSciences, the company that sponsors the award. "You certainly see that in action in the families that are being hon- ored with this award. They're all making a real, on-the-ground dif- ference in protecting and improv- ing the environment." These cattlemen have a high lev- el of commitment to their business- es, their lifestyle, their ranches. The Cattle Industry Convention was filled with people committed to improving their operation. Al- most 1,000 individuals attended the 25th annual Cattlemen's College sponsored by Zoetis. I attended many of these stimu- lating sessions. I've sat through many Cattlemen's Colleges and each year I have learned something new. During one session I ran into an old friend from college, and we listened to a session on clostridial disease. Clostridials have been around for centuries and blackleg is not an "exciting" hot topic, but we both learned something. I will be sharing some of the insights from that session and other Cattlemen's College sessions in future articles. It was exciting to see so many committed to learning and improv- ing their businesses through the learning opportunities and network- ing available at the convention. Commitment. It's the backbone of the livestock industry. FL 4 FEED•LOT  March 2018 EDITOR'S DESK People with Commitment By JILL J. DUNKEL

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