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Beefs and Beliefs

My farewell to readers reminds me of a winding road

Editor says farewell as he moves on from Beef Producer.

This is my last column as editor of Beef Producer so I want to say farewell to the readership and I also want to share some memories from my many years with Farm Progress -- which is now Penton/Farm Progress.

I actually started with the Oklahoma Farmer-Stockman magazine back in 1989. At that time it was owned by Harvest Life Insurance, along with Nebraska Farmer, Kansas Farmer, Texas Farmer-Stockman, Colorado Rancher-Farmer, Missouri Ruralist and California Farmer. About 1990 we started an inside beef publication called "Cattle" after recognizing we had about 70% of all the beef cattle in the nation within the confines of our subscriptions list.

I believe that was the genesis of Beef Producer.

At the time Cattle didn't have a regular editor and everyone from all the states chipped in material.

I broke the story of growing problems with injection site lesions in Cattle. The rumor was that one or two companies had one or two clostridial vaccines that were the major culprits. No one in the industry was naming names, but I remember that as the beginning of the move to put all injections possible subcutaneous in the neck. That was the recommendation we carried in the article.

Then came company buyout after buyout over the years, and those of us who remained in the company even worked for a division of Disney for a brief period after ABC (American Broadcasting Company) was purchased by the entertainment giant.

Anyway, fast forward to today and now Beef Producer, a demographic insert to beef cattle producers nationwide, which is delivered through state and regional magazines, is a sister publication to one of the oldest and most respected beef magazines in the nation -- BEEF magazine. Strange how things work out.

I've enjoyed working all those years here with many great Farm Progress/Penton editors across the nation, including the men and women who work on BEEF.

Now I'm moving on. I'll miss all my coworkers and will have to adapt to a new company, but I know most of you will still be out there and I'll still get to correspond with you and share new ideas. Best wishes to you, to my coworkers at Penton and to the new editor of Beef Producer!

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