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FYI: BEEF's Brazil Tour, Grazing Bulletin Board

bulls-bw_edited-1.jpg Long before I established a working relationship with the magazine, I was a fan of BEEF's ability to capture the stories that were interesting and applicable to my family's cattle operation. In addition to its knack for digging up quality articles, the magazine has editors who have worked hard in recent years to offer more than a magazine. Today, beef producers can find a plethora of information and special features online and through travel opportunities developed by the magazine staff. I would like to give you a heads up on a few of these unique items.

First, BEEF magazine is offering readers a chance to get up close and personal next January with the cattle-production powerhouse that is Brazil. But you’d better act soon to reserve your seat. Seat reservations for the 2011 BEEF Study Tour To Brazil, set for Jan. 17-29, 2011, ends Tuesday. On the trip, participants will learn about the U.S. cattle industry’s biggest competitor and sample the culture and beauty of South America’s largest country. The trip includes stops at Brazilian ranches, ag research centers and market venues, as well as stops in tourist venues in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Space is limited to 20 passengers and reservations are closing this week, so reserve your spot by contacting Renata Stephens at Brazilian Liaison ( at 612-802-2388 or Learn more details and view the itinerary at For more information on beef powerhouses Brazil and Argentina, read Clint Peck’s report from last year’s trip, “Two Countries, Two Directions."

Second, I have had a few readers ask about the Grazing Bulletin Board that was developed by BEEF contributor Wes Ishmael. The listings are sent in by cattle producers who have forage-based, cattle-growing services to offer. Link here to check it out and take advantage of these pasture and hay opportunities.

I encourage all of you to consider the trip to Brazil, as well as to utilize the many online features the magazine has put together. Thanks again for your continued readership. What topics would you like to read about in the upcoming weeks?