Creativity and ingenuity can both be used to describe winners of Drovers/CattleNetwork’s 2012 Profit Tips Contest. In past years, some of the simplest ideas were judged the best, and that trend holds true again this year. The tip submitted by Mike Jones, Mount Airy, N.C., was chosen by a panel of four judges as this year’s grand-prize winner, earning Jones $500 from Drovers/CattleNetwork. Jones’ winning entry was a storage platform that keeps electric wire and posts organized.
Two runners-up in the contest received $250 each. James Hofer, Mitchell, S.D., converted a salvaged water tank into a portable shelter for newborn calves. John Allan, DVM, Hermosa, S.D., submitted his siphon method that connects multiple water tanks.
Judges were asked to evaluate all Profit Tips Contest entries for several criteria. The guidelines suggest that tips can relate to saving money, increasing income, improving cattle performance, reducing labor, reducing stress on animals or workers, saving time or other valuable beef business tips. Information provided should allow readers to apply the tip in their own operations.
Each profit tip sent in with a photo and published by Drovers/CattleNetwork earns $75 and is automatically entered in the annual contest. Tips that are sent via e-mail with a digital photo earn $100.
Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 contest. Entries can be mailed or sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries must include a photo and a phone number for the entrant.
2012 profit tips contest judges
Eric Grant Eric Grant is the director of public relations and communications for the American Angus Association in St. Joseph, Mo. He oversees the organization’s national advertising campaigns and produces two popular television programs, “The Angus Report” and “I Am Angus.” Prior to joining Angus, he was a writer and photographer based in Colorado.
Geni Wren Geni Wren is the editor and associate publisher of Bovine Veterinarian. A pre-vet student at Iowa State University, Wren changed course and received a B.S. in zoology, then a B.A. in journalism/public relations. She worked for Pioneer Hi-Bred International, the American National CattleWomen in Denver and for the Meyocks Benkstein agricultural public relations firm.
Todd Inglee Todd Inglee and his family operate Ralston Valley Beef, based in Arvada, Colo. The company runs cattle on nearby leased properties and sells beef directly to consumers through local marketing channels. Inglee formerly held positions with the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, NCBA, eMerge Interactive and Colorado Serum, an animal-health company.