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King Award honors The Cattleman for special breed of service

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Pictured from L to R: Linda Lee, Elaine Hellmund, Ellen Brisendine of The Cattleman Magazine; Mayna Haggard, Farm and Ranch Club; and Kristin Hawkins of The Cattleman Magazine.

The Cattleman magazine, published since June 1914 by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), has been honored by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce’s Farm and Ranch Club with the 2013 W.A. “Bill” King Award for Excellence in Agriculture.

The award, presented recently during the Fort Worth Stock Show’s Livestock Appreciation Day luncheon at the Round Up Inn at Will Rogers Memorial Center, recognizes The Cattleman’s special breed of value to ranchers and TSCRA members.

“The award recognizes 10 decades of service to the ranchers of Texas and the Southwest, and that service was provided by talented men and women who admired, and continue to admire, the independent spirit of ranching,” said Ellen H. Brisendine, Cattleman editor and TSCRA’s executive director of communications services.

“The current staff certainly is honored to be recognized for their dedication, creativity and hard work.”

With national and international readership, The Cattleman focuses on activities of TSCRA’s special ranger force, public policy relating to ranching and private property rights, educational information on cattle herd health and natural resources management, and the news of the ranching community and TSCRA.

The Fort Worth-based magazine shares a close relationship with TSCRA and the Stock Show that continues to deepen, Brisendine said.

Staffers celebrated the King Award and are “honored to be a part of such a tradition,” said Shawn McCoy of advertising sales.

“I was excited,” said copy editor and proofreader Elaine Hellmund. “It’s nice to be recognized, especially a print publication in this niche.”

“I felt very proud to be a part of The Cattleman staff and very excited that the magazine was honored with this award,” said Linda Lee of graphics and production.

“My reaction was, ‘Yay,’” said media consultant Gina Bryson. “I did the ‘happy dance,’ and I felt a sense of pride for being part of such a fantastic team and looking forward to winning many more awards for excellence with all of our talented people.”

“It’s an honor to be involved with a publication that has such a rich history in the industry as well as in Fort Worth,” said Kristin Hawkins, website manager and editor of The Cattleman Update.

“I’m glad that the (Stock Show) and Fort Worth Chamber – both organizations with their own historical and cultural importance – recognized The Cattleman in a way that highlights the role we all play in the past, present and future.”



King Award honors Texas Hereford Association

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Hereford cattle are among the world’s greatest breeds.

The Texas Hereford Association (THA) – organized Nov. 7, 1899, in a San Antonio boot shop during the International Livestock Exposition and headquartered here since 1945 – has been named as recipient of the Fort Worth Farm & Ranch Club’s 2013 W. A. “Bill” King Award for Excellence in Agriculture.

The award honoring THA’s service to the cattle industry will be presented January 24 at the Round Up Inn during the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo’s Livestock Appreciation Day luncheon. (See event details below.)

“We’re pretty excited about this,” said THA secretary-treasurer Jack Chastain, who also serves as manager and editor of THA’s Texas Hereford News. “We appreciate this great honor.”

“The Texas Hereford Association has made an indelible mark on the Texas ranching industry for more than a century,” said Farm & Ranch Club President Tim Niedecken. “With the future in mind, they continue to play an important role in enhancing the breed and meeting the demands of today’s marketplace.”

Chastain is a longtime member of the Farm & Ranch Club, an arm of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. The King Award, named after Bill King who founded the Farm & Ranch Club in 1950, recognizes a business, individual or family which has significantly contributed to agriculture or the agribusiness industry.

Hereford cattle are among the world’s greatest breeds, and there’s a resurgence in demand for them, said Chastain, who holds an animal science degree from Texas A&M University.

He noted a recent American Hereford Association report stating that sales in FY2012 hit a record high of 47 million pounds sold – a 17.5 percent increase and two million pounds higher than the previous record. Generally, he added, the U.S. cattle industry is strong. “We have seven foreign countries that are in the U.S. today, trying to buy cattle – live and in frozen genetics.”

The Hereford breed originated in Herefordshire, England, in the 18th century. History credits statesman Henry Clay of Kentucky as bringing the breed to the U.S. in 1817. Henrietta cattlemen E. F. and William S. Ikard brought the breed to Texas in 1876.

The Hereford is known for adaptability – particularly the ability to thrive in harsh climates – gentleness, fertility and cross-breeding strengths. “It’s one of the greatest breeds there is,” said Chastain, who grew up with Herefords on his grandparents’ farm south of Mineral Wells and showed them while a student at Mineral Wells High School.

“Hereford will grade prime as well as any other breed,” he said. “Certified Hereford beef will compete and win most every contest they’re in.”

Event Details:

The keynote speaker for this year’s Jan. 24 luncheon is The Honorable Kent R. Hance, the Chancellor of the Texas Tech University System and former member of the U.S House of Representatives from West Texas. Individual tickets are $60 and a table of eight is $480. Limited seating is available and tickets will go quickly, so reserve yours by calling 817-877-2400.


The history of Hereford cattle in Texas.


Bill King Award honoree Jim Link sees potential in agriculture

Thursday, December 24th, 2009
Jim Link
Jim Link

James E. “Jim” Link is a Tarrant County cattleman, but he’s bullish on all of the United States’ agriculture and its growth potential in global markets.

“There’s a tremendous amount of opportunity in agriculture,” he said, noting that in terms of U.S. exports, agriculture products are in heaviest demand. “We may not be able to feed the whole world, but we put a pretty big dent” in meeting demand.

Link is a nationally respected and authoritative voice in the matter, having served as director of Texas Christian University’s Ranch Management Program from 1994 to 2005 when President George W. Bush appointed him as administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration.

In 2008, he was appointed administrator of USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.

Link has been named by the Fort Worth Farm & Ranch Club, an independent arm of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, as the 2010 recipient of the W.A. “Bill” King Award for Excellence in Agriculture.

He will receive the award January 21 during Livestock Appreciation Day at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo, which runs Jan. 15-Feb. 7.

“His work in Washington, D.C., made enormous improvements in the Packers and Stockyards program and the animal ID program,” Jim Bradbury, president of the Fort Worth Farm & Ranch Club, told the Stock Show’s November newsletter.

Link brought greater recognition to TCU’s Ranch Management curriculum, Bradbury said, while training cattlemen who now operate some of the largest ranches in the U.S. “Most importantly, Jim never lost his bearings for agriculture in Fort Worth.”

Link has returned to private business, running a stocker operation with his wife, Karen. They also graze and feed cattle in his native Kansas.

He sees vast export opportunity for U.S. agriculture. The value of U.S. agriculture trade has increased annually for years, growing from more than $63 billion in 1990 to more than $194 billion in FY 2008, according to the USDA.

“The biggest challenge for the economics of agriculture is to keep our exports strong – to make sure that we have that flow of corn, wheat, milo, rice and other products moving to other countries to help keep the price up for our farmers.”

Plus, he said, as economies around the world recover, U.S. farmers can grow a new array of exports with specialty crops such as flowers and ginseng. And opportunity for livestock exports continues to increase because no other country can match the quality of U.S. livestock.

“We’ve just scratched the surface” in agribusiness, he said.

“We hear a lot of gloom and doom about agriculture, but it’s still in business.”

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