Forty-nine entries in Drovers' first Profit Tips Contest made judging difficult, but only one entry was named on all three judges' scoresheets. That tip belonged to Len Cox, Rio Rancho, N.M. who earned the $500 grand prize. Two runners-up awards of $250 went to Bill Bergin, Jr., Roundup, Mont., and Charlie Orchard, Bozeman, Mont. Judges were asked to evaluate all profit tips contest entries for several criteria. Our judges' 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 business tips. Judges were also told tips should be practical, and they should be easy to understand. Information provided with the tips should allow readers to apply the practice in their own operations.

Each profit tip sent in with a photo and published by Drovers earns $50 and is automatically entered in our annual contest for the $500 grand prize. Entries are now being accepted for the 2000 Profit Tips Contest.

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