If you are an innovative participant in the cattle industry, you can send your application to the National Cattlemen's Foundation for the 2007 Beef Industry Vision Award. The application deadline is November 30, 2006.
The Vision Award recognizes individuals in the cattle industry for innovative strategies that have enhanced not only their business, but the industry as a whole. Applications are evaluated on the basis of effective use of technology, production cost, ingenuity of implementation, innovative marketing, impact on the industry and optimum resource management.
Up to seven individuals will earn spots as regional finalists, and one of the finalists will win the national Vision Award. The winner will receive $1000 in cash as well as round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and two paid registrations for the 2007 Cattle Industry Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., where the winner will be recognized and receive the award. The regional finalists will also receive $1000 and complimentary convention registrations.
Applications are evaluated on the basis of effective use of technology, production cost, ingenuity of implementation, innovative marketing, impact on the industry and optimum resource management, and should focus on a specific concept and its effect on the beef industry.
2006 saw two winners share the award: Dean Davis of Greeley, Colo., and Jim Odle and Buddy Jeffers of Ft. Worth, Texas.
Davis, who founded Pingree Design and Equipment, invented the walking beam, hide and down pullers and curved feed bunks, all of which have been used across the nation to improve the efficiency and safety of beef operations.
Odle and Jeffers founded Superior Livestock Auction in 1987, making it the first satellite video cattle auction in the U.S. The auction has become a leader in cattle marketing, with 400 field representatives across the country.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S.-based businesses somehow involved in the beef industry.
For more information about the award, visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org or call 303-850-3388.