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THE ART OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS

Posted by on Apr 27, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, HEALTH AND WEALTH, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

THE ART OF RISK MANAGEMENT AND ANALYSIS

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
For all about cutting.net

 

WHAT IS RISK MANAGEMENT

Risk management is the ongoing analytical review and evaluation, by a Risk Analyst, of client-provided documents, practices or processes to determine a safety and risk factor to same.  It’s also the analytical process of assigning a numerical Risk Factor designation to any perceived or identified Risk or Safety risk or threat occurrences. Equally, it’s also the practice of continually reviewing and changing established, in-place, Risk Management Practices to counter future risks to thwart incidences of occurrence.  

Other examples of an ongoing and continuing Risk Management program include: Onsite facility security and safety surveys which includes a review of: barrier prevention access (i.e.) fencing, door and window locking systems and devices, closed circuit tv cameras and recording devices, computer, financial, IT and banking security as well as lighting, entry and exit points safety and security.  The Risk Analysis also includes a review of safety and security protocols to include employee hiring and termination practices.

During my tenure in the private security sector as a Risk Manager and Analyst, I’ve authored a myriad of Corporate Employee and Contractor Drug and Alcohol Prevention programs for:  Exxon Company USA, Atlantic Richfield, ARCO oil and Gas, KerrMcGee Corporation, as well as companies in the oil and gas exploration, aviation, maritime, construction, mining and construction industries.  These program models are in full compliance with the Federal Workplace Drug and Alcohol testing programs defined by 49, CFR, Part 40. Long ago, it was determined that the on-the-job use of impairment prescription drugs as well as illegal drugs and alcohol use and abuse were detrimental to safety, productivity and welfare of the workforce.

Risk Analysis comes in various forms to meet specific industry requirements: Security, Financial and Banking, etc.  Risks can come from various sources including uncertainty in financial markets, threats from project failures (at any phase in design, development, production, or sustainment life-cycles), legal liabilities, credit risk, accidents, natural causes and disasters, deliberate attack from an adversary or events of uncertain or unpredictable root-cause.

There are two types of events i.e. negative events can be classified as risks while positive events are classified as opportunities. Several risk management standards have been developed including the Project Management Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, actuarial societies and ISO standards. Methods, definitions and goals vary widely according to whether the risk management method is in the context of project management, security, engineering, industrial processes, financial portfolios, actuarial assessments or public health and safety.

Strategies to manage threats (uncertainties with negative consequences) typically include avoiding the threat, reducing the negative effect or probability of the threat, transferring all or part of the threat to another party and even retaining some or all of the potential or actual consequences of a particular threat as well as the opposites for opportunities (uncertain future states with benefits).

In ideal risk management, a prioritization process is followed whereby the risks with the greatest loss (or impact) and the greatest probability of occurring are handled first and risks with lower probability of occurrence and lower loss are handled in descending order. In practice, the process of assessing overall risks can be difficult and balancing resources used to mitigate between risks with a high probability of occurrence but lower loss versus a risk with high loss but lower probability of occurrence can often be mishandled. 

Risk Management also includes the use of mathematical algorithms whereby a set of standards of incident occurrence are included in the algorithm to project a certain number of probabilities of occurrence or happening within a certain time frame.

Intangible risk management identifies a new type of a risk that has a 100 percent  probability of occurring but is ignored by the organization due to a lack of identification ability. For example, when deficient knowledge is applied to a situation, a knowledge risk materializes. Relationship risk appears when ineffective collaboration occurs. Process-engagement risk may be an issue when ineffective operational procedures are applied. These risks directly reduce the productivity of knowledgable workers, decrease cost-effectiveness, profitability, service, quality, reputation, brand value, and earnings quality. Intangible risk management allows risk management to create immediate value from the identification and reduction of risks that reduce productivity.

Risk management also faces difficulties in allocating resources. This is the idea of opportunity cost. Resources spent on risk management could have been spent on more profitable activities. Again, ideal risk management minimizes spending (or manpower or other resources) and also minimizes the negative effects of risks.

RISK ASSESSMENT

Broadly speaking, a risk assessment is the combined effort of 1. identifying and analyzing potential (future) events that may negatively impact individuals, assets, and/or the environment (i.e., risk analysis); and 2. making judgments “on the tolerability of the risk on the basis of a risk analysis” while considering influencing factors (i.e., risk evaluation). Put in simpler terms, a risk assessment analyzes what can go wrong, how likely it is to happen, what the potential consequences are and how tolerable the identified risk is. As part of this process, the resulting determination of risk may be expressed in a quantitative or qualitative fashion. The risk assessment is an inherent part of an overall risk management strategy, which attempts to, after a risk assessment, “introduce control measures to eliminate or reduce” any potential risk-related consequences.

METHODS

For the most part, these methods consist of the following elements, performed, more or less in the following order:

Identify the threats, characterize the threat or risk, assess the vulnerability of critical assets to specific threats, determine the risk (i.e, the expected likelihood and consequences the risk or threat poses to the project or object of the Risk Analysis as well as specific assets), identify ways to reduce the threat or Risk and develop and prioritize counter measures to the identified or perceived Risk or Threat.

MONITORING

After the identified Risk or Threat has been eliminated, the Risk Manager and Analyst develop a system whereby the in-place Risk Vulnerability Threat Assessment System is constantly monitoring the system to prevent future occurrences.

WHAT IS RISK ANALYSIS?

Risk analysis is the process of identifying and analyzing information to determine potential issues that could negatively impact an individual, key business initiatives or critical projects in order to help organizations avoid or mitigate those risks.

Performing a risk analysis includes considering the probability of adverse events caused by either natural processes, like severe storms, earthquakes or floods or adverse events caused by malicious or inadvertent human activities. An important part of risk analysis is identifying the potential for harm from these events, as well as the likelihood that they will occur.  An analytical Risk Analysis will also identify any current risks to the client.

WHO USES RISK MANAGEMENT & RISK ANALYSIS

Individuals, business enterprises and other organizations use risk analysis to:

Anticipate and reduce the effect of harmful results from adverse events;

Evaluate whether the potential risks of a project are balanced by its benefits to aid in the decision process when evaluating whether to move forward with the project,

Plan responses for technology or equipment failure or loss from adverse events, both natural and human-caused, and identify the impact of and prepare for changes in the enterprise environment, including the likelihood of new competitors entering the market or changes to government regulatory policy.

Essentially, Risk Management and Risk Analysis are used daily to prevent economic or other losses in a particular business or personal environment.  Furthermore, Risk Management and Risk Analysis are used effectively by the oil & gas, maritime, aviation, manufacturing, insurance, telecommunications, and trucking industries, to name a few, as well as the United States Government and the US Department of Defense.  Private individuals utilize the services of a Risk Analyst to produce a Risk Analysis Report pertaining to individual safety as well as threats to their safety and as a protection of assets.

WHO IS A RISK ANALYST?

A Risk Analyst is an individual who uses his or her analytical skills to evaluate client-provided documents such as banking or other documents, or processes included in an onsite Security Survey such as. banking practices, use of computer devices, safety practices, etc., to determine a Risk Category, usually on a scale of 1 through 5, to determine a specific threat or risk to the client.  The analyst also devises a plan for implementation of a Risk Management Program, to counter any identified or perceived threats in order to protect client assets.  For the record, a Risk Analysis isn’t an investigation of any type and the Risk Analyst isn’t a private investigator but simply an analytical review artist who is well versed in law, finances, security and safety processes including an analysis of client-provided documents to determine a specific risk to the client and counter same by applying the appropriate counter measures.

Furthermore, a Risk Analyst is usually an individual with an intricate and extensive background in law enforcement, counter intelligence, security, finances, or generally required business safety requirements and practices. But he or she is also well versed in the rule of law. If the Risk Analyst requires the need of a private investigator, he or she hires an outside licensed individual to conduct any investigations.  The same is applied for forensic audits.  If during a Risk Analysis, the Risk Analyst requires the need of a forensic audit of accounting records, the Risk Analyst outsources this requirement to a duly licensed Forensic Accountant to complete the audit and turn his or her findings over to the Risk Analyst for transmittal to the client. However, if a Risk Analyst determines that a violation of the law has occurred, he or she is compelled, by law, to inform the client of the occurrence in order for the client to adhere to the Misprision of A Felony law.  

THE VALUE OF A RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM & A RISK ANALYST

Overtime, the savings to a business or individual is realized when the money saved far outweigh the investment.  For example, some of the Risk Analysis cases I’ve conducted have realized a savings for my clients due to the recovery of assets totaling millions of dollars and in some instances have dramatically changed the way a company conducts business.

EVERYDAY EXAMPLES OF A RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Normally, individuals don’t realize he or she is executing a Risk Management program in their daily lives. More specifically, if you have your vehicle on a regular maintenance program to change the oil, or if you have an in-place practice of securing your passwords for on-line internet activities, or if you own a livestock ranch and you check the fencing daily to ensure the escape of your livestock is minimized, you are conducting an in-house Risk Management Program.

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between The Bridle!”

Copyright 2019, All Rights Reserved

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Phone: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis@outlook.com

Web Site: http://www.richardedennis.net

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WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NON-PROFIT AND A 501(C)(3) NON-PROFIT?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 4 comments

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A NON-PROFIT CORPORATION AND A 501(c)(3) NON-PROFIT?

By Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
February 24, 2019

DONATION WRITE OFF’S FOR TAX RETURNS.

On social media, a “Hot-Button-Issue” is being debated among horse enthusiasts. With specificity, the topic of conversation pertains to donating to horse rescues whose sole purpose is the care of horses no longer wanted by society, including horses who are abandoned, abused, rescued from the slaughter pipeline or in distress from sickness or disease. Aside from the welfare of the horse itself, the other main interest to the donor can be summed up in one question, “What’s the difference between a non-profit corporation and a non-profit corporation with an IRS 501(c)(3) designation?  More specifically, Which one allows the donor to write off his or her donation on their annual tax return filing? 

My due diligent research into this topic, included an Internal Revenue Service publication as well as similarly related internet articles. An excellent article on this topic is written by Sam Ashe-Edmunds from which excerpts are included in this article.

Non-Profit Corporation:
A non-profit corporation is a state entity that does not automatically come with a federal tax exemption. A non-profit corporation that has been given 501 (c)(3) status by the Internal Revenue Service is not only tax exempt but also allows donors to write off donations. Not every nonprofit organization needs to apply for federal tax-exempt status.

The first step in becoming a non-profit organization begins with a state registration as a non-profit corporation. The entity can make a profit but all of its profits must be put back into the corporation and no members may take profits from the organization. Individuals can be paid a salary, wages or contract fees but they may not take profits that the entity earns.

Each state has its own requirements for a non-profit corporation status and you can find the rules for your state by visiting the website of your Secretary of State. The process is usually simple, requiring paperwork you can file online for a small fee, which is usually less than $100. State non-profit incorporation does not come with federal tax-exempt status but the organization can apply for and receive some tax relief at the state level, such as sales or income tax. Simply stated, some state non-profit organizations never apply for federal tax-exempt status. Therefore, please consult with your Secretary of State in your State of organization.

Tax-exempt Status:
An organization might want to become a state non-profit corporation to avoid paying certain state taxes, never opting to become a federal tax-exempt organization. Once a non-profit organization has incorporated, it can file for a federal tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service or within its state. The IRS will review the application and determine what type of organization the entity is. The 28 different classifications include such categories as: charity, trade, research, civic and religious associations.

501(c) Status:
A 501 (c)(3) is considered a charity and the IRS allows donors to take a tax deduction for contributions of goods, cash and other assets. A 501 (c)(6) organization is a business entity that doesn’t necessarily seek to promote the public good but rather the interests of a select group of business people. Donations to 501 (c)(6) organizations are not tax deductible, which is why many trade associations set up 501 (c)(3) foundations. These related foundations solicit funds for scholarships, research or education.

Either type of organization can make a profit from its operations but if the entity consistently makes a significant annual profit, the IRS might remove its tax-exempt status. For this reason, tax-exempt organizations try to operate at or near a break-even basis. If you join a trade association, your membership dues might not be tax deductible unless you itemize your business expenses and declare your dues as an expense, not a donation.

Form 990:
Federal, tax-exempt organizations file an annual financial return to the IRS called a Form 990, which is available to the public each year. This document lists the organization’s board of directors, key employees, income, expenses, assets, mission and major activities. You can download a free copy of many tax-exempt organizations’ Form 990 at web sites such as GuideStar.org and FoundationCenter.org.

Verification of Status:
The easiest way to verify the claimed status of a specific entity is to contact the Secretary of State in the state of organization or directly contact the Internal Revenue Service.  If the organization is claiming a 501 (c)(3) status, just proceed to guidestar.org, enter the name of the organization and obtain the desired result in the search query. If the organization is a legitimate 501 (c)(3) and this organization files tax returns, it will show up here as legitimate.  If an organization previously holding a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status has lost its exempt status, this information will also be available to the searcher.

The final result is: There’s a lot of very fine horse rescues out there. However, the donor should perform due diligent research into an organization prior to handing over your hard-earned cash to help horses. During my research, I also noticed a lot of bashing by one rescue organization against another. In my opinion,  in some cases, it appeared some of this bashing was for the demise of one organization to support the favorable competition. In law enforcement, this cyber bullying could be interpreted as “impeding commerce” or a violation of U.S. Code 1951.

Interference With Commerce by Threats or Violence:
Whoever in any way or degree obstructs, delays or affects commerce or the movement of any article or commodity in commerce, by robbery or extortion, or attempts or conspires to do so, or commits or threatens physical violence to any person or property in furtherance of a plan or purpose to do anything in violation of this section, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than 20 years, or both.

As with all things.  “Trust, But Verify!”

“Until Next Time, Keep Em Between the Bridle!”

Copyright 2019, all rights reserved

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC
Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500
Email:  HYPERLINK Mailto: richardedennis@yahoo.com or richardedennis@yahoo.com
Web Site:  HYPERLINK http://www.richardedennis.net or http://www.richardedennis.net

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DON AND JANIE VOGEL MAKE CUTTING HISTORY

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 2 comments

A COUNTRY VISIT!!!

By Glory Ann Kurtz
Feb. 18, 2019

Nestled in the gently rolling hills landscape of Montague County, Texas sits a most picturesque and quaint cutting horse facility. The Vogel Vista Ranch. Recently I was lucky enough to receive a personal invitation to visit and tour a portion of the ranch with the owners; Don and Janie Vogel as my tour guides. I was accompanied by Richard E. “Rick” Dennis, who is a contributing writer to my online magazine: www.allaboutcutting.net, the Managing Member of the WIND RIVER COMPANY L.L.C.; specializing in Risk Management and Analysis. Rick has provided his expertise for the Vogels as well as Jandon Ltd.

Once we passed the entrance gate Rick and I hopped into the truck with the Vogels and the breathtaking tour began. I was instantly taken aback by the scenic and meticulously groomed landscape which resembled an ensemble of a National Park setting more than a horse ranch. Geographically, this unique property, is saddled between the West Crosstimbers and the Post Oak Savannah of North Texas. The long slow-winding drive, landscaped and sculpted largely by Mother Nature over eons is captured with a variety of trees, gorgeous age-old mottes of Live Oak, Texas Red Oak intermingled with mature groves of Pecan, Walnut, Hickory and other hardwoods to name a few. Don Vogel, with his evident attachment for trees, recounted seven different species of native oaks that grow on the ranch.

Patches of bluestem and other native prairie grasses and forbs thrive in the upland meadows along the meandering trail, finally giving way to sprawling creek bottomland. Here, this fertile soil produces improved grasses for livestock grazing and quality hay production. The viewer soon realizes a great deal of architectural engineering, possibly divine, was employed in the crafting and design of the property. More specifically, the landscape offers a pleasant and serene atmosphere for the embodiment of the visitor to enjoy on the way to the ranch house and barn as well as viewing the property. It’s sort of like seeing a piece of heaven.

A large lake sits at the back of the main house which offers a magnificent view from the interior of the residence. The great room is completely surrounded by an open window setting which provides a panoramic and peripheral snapshot of the lake and adjoining wooded areas. According to the Vogels the ranch is home to an assortment of wildlife including deer, turkey, quail, waterfowl, beavers, coyotes, feral hogs, badgers, and an occasional mountain lion.

HISTORY

Don and Janie Vogel are previous owners of NCHA Futurity Champions Stevie Rey Von and Auspicious Cat as well as other well-known cutting horses. To illustrate the business acumen of the Vogels, one only has to visualize their track record as seen in two endeavors: the private sector business and the cutting horse industry. First, they ran a highly successful business for thirty years which they subsequently sold. They then retired. Not completely satisfied with retirement, they entered into the Cutting Horse World where they made a remarkable appearance by owning a list of “who’s who” of cutting horses.

For the record, there’s a little unknown fact about Janie Vogel. She has dabbled in horses for years. Janie first proved her business savvy when she purchased a vested interest partnership in a group of horses which the Vogels later came to own outright. This purchase included NCHA Futurity World Champions Stevie Rey Von and Auspicious Cat.

In just a matter of days, Janie, in a feat of opportunistic brilliance, flipped this purchase for a handsome and satisfying profit.

TODAY

So what’s in the future for the Vogels? Although they are presently downsizing their equine operation, Janie’s face and eyes still light up at the mention of cutting horses. Or any horse. She just has a deep love of anything equine. So stayed tuned on that front. It’s my bet Janie will somehow remain involved whether for hobby or profit.

For now the Vogels continue attending to their small cadre of genetically powerful broodmares. The two yearling foals we viewed at their barn are representative of Janie’s sound breeding practices with her intention to breed good and possibly great cutters. The yearling stud colt and yearling filly are both out of powerhouse mares by NCHA Futurity Champion Stevie Rey Von. The Vogel’s breeding philosophy has been to breed the best to the best and hope for the best. Rick, who is also an AQHA Cow Horse breeder and Professional Reined Cow horse trainer is very impressed with the yearlings, their sire and dam, as well as the horses’ genetics and the direction and desire Janie and Don Vogel have taken to breed great cutting horses.

As for the Vogels, an individual will find it hard to exceed the grace, eloquence and character of Don and Janie Vogel.

  • Above photo is of Don and Janie Vogel, along with myself and my dog Billie.

 

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I’M BACK!!!!!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2019 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, EQUI-VOICE, FEATURE ARTICLES, FROM THE EDITOR, HEALTH AND WEALTH, HORSE ABUSE, HORSE HEALTH, HORSE LAWSUITS, HORSE NEWS, HORSE ORGANIZATIONS, INDUSTRY NEWS, LAWSUITS & INDICTMENTS, MAJOR EVENTS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, RODEO & BULLRIDING NEWS, SALES INFORMATION, TO THE EDITOR, Uncategorized, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

I’M BACK!!!!!

Dear Readers,

Following over a month of being offline, www.allaboutcutting.net is back!!!

Following a change by the website creators, a change in Word Press and a visit to the Apple store, today is the first time that I have been able to get into my site within the last two months. I hope you will continue returning to this site for the latest news in the horse industry. I need you to keep sending me your news. My gmail address is glory.kurtz@gmail.com.

Since this is the first time that I have been able to get into my site, my news is a little scarce – but in the coming days, I assure you that will change. The fleecing of innocent people in the cutting horse industry hasn’t gone down just because www.allaboutcutting.net went down.

 

 

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☛ YIPPIE KA-YAY, THE RUSSIAN WAY-11-5-18

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, COW HORSE NEWS, CUTTING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, HORSE NEWS, INDUSTRY NEWS, REINING NEWS, RICK'S CORNER, WHO, WHAT & WHERE | 0 comments

YIPPIE KA-YAY, THE RUSSIAN WAY

 By Rick Dennis
Information derived from The New York Times and Valuets Journal
Nov. 5, 2018

Quietly secluded in the Russian interior, amid Russia’s wilderness fabric is a seldom heard of but emerging new industry modeled after the United States economy and the cowboy way of life. That new industry is the Russian beef industry.

Russian Company Rustles Up Cowboys To Help Beef Up Demand For Steaks

The firm Miratorg is building an American-style beef steak industry from scratch. To make it work, it has to import everything from the cows, to the feed — right down to importing American cowboys. And now we have a story from Russia of a massive effort to import something that’s very, very American. Russia has lots of open land, which is good for grazing cattle, but steak remains something of a foreign idea. So one company is trying to single-handedly build a steak industry from scratch in Russia – importing American cows, importing American grass, saddles, horses, and even importing American cowboys.

 

Russians Learn the Ways of the Cowboy From American Ranch Hands

 VALUETS, Russia — A visibly tiring but stubborn Aberdeen Angus cow sank all of her four feet in the rich black mud of central Russia, refusing to budge. Try as they might, the two Russians yanking on the rope lassoed around her wide, wet neck could not pull that massive body out of the icy December slush.

 

The cowboys on this new Russian ranch here still have a few things to learn. And unlearn. In a throwback to the old Soviet way of doing things, while the two were trying to move the recalcitrant cow, four others were standing idly by shouting advice.

 

Watching the greenhorns from afar was Ashley Chester Corlett, one of 10 American trainers brought in by the ranch’s owner, the Miratorg company. It chose them over Brazilians and Australians in large part because of the similarity between the climate in Wyoming and central Russia, where temperatures can drop to 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 29 Celsius).

“At first people always want to use pressure to handle the cattle and don’t realize how much like a predator they seem to the cow,” said Mr. Corlett, a thickset fourth-generation cowboy from Riverton, Wyo. “If you want to get the best out of that cow, you have to understand how it thinks. It opens so much understanding.”The aspiring cowboys also have to get used to working long days in harsh conditions, a concept that often seems novel to many of them.

 

“Working here is hard. Many people cannot stand it, especially the need to stay sober,” said Viktor P. Buivolov, who installed elevators in Moscow before becoming the manager of the ranch. “We even have a Breathalyzer here,” he said, navigating a Russian UAZ Patriot sport utility vehicle through a herd of cattle.

 

Agriculture all but disappeared from this and many other parts of Russia years ago, after the final screw was turned into scrap metal at the last surviving Soviet collective farms. But as oil prices have collapsed and Russia has imposed retaliatory sanctions against Western food products, reviving the economy with import substitution has become a priority for the Kremlin. President Vladimir V. Putin has said Russia has the potential to become a world leader in food production, and has set a goal of self-sufficiency by 2020.

 

Russian Cowboys Learn To Wrangle A Brand New Beef Industry

 As far as rodeos go, everything resembles an American rodeo, but the proceedings were just a little different. No swords here, but plenty of horses. And tons of people who came to watch. They brought signs and applauded their teams as they struggled to rope steers in the arena.

 

The Russian Rodeo embodied more than entertainment. It was a cacophonous celebration of a fledgling beef industry clawing its way into the Russian countryside. It was also part of a larger national goal to gain self-sufficiency with food production.

 

By copying the structure of Western beef operations, Miratorg skipped more steps. Miratorg is single-handedly trying to create an American-style beef industry, but in a very condensed time period. It now has about 400,000 cows, the largest herd in the world. The company has had to build fences in a country without any, to train veterinarians, and to also import everything from horses and grass seed to tractors. But the hardest part of managing this immense operation is not the science or the planning.

 

It’s finding workers. Cowboys. So the company imported some of them, too. One of them, Shawn Weekes, has been in Russia for two years. He’s a fourth-generation, Montana-born cowboy with a great, big mustache, Western boots, a hat, and a tucked in button up shirt. “I grew up doing this,” he said. “A rope was actually my first toy.

 

“He’s worked on ranches all over the U.S. but the growth of Miratorg, from zero to the largest herd in the world, stood apart. “I’ve never seen anything grow this fast. Ever. And sometimes it kind of set me back a little bit, like, whoa, let’s slow this train down a little bit. But this is their program and this is what they want, so I just try to help them,” Weekes said.

 

His job is teaching locals to cowboy. The new hires, mostly young men from nearby villages, have no experience. Most of them have only seen cowboys in black and white movies. Miratorg now employs 1,000 Russian cowboys, though they call them ‘operators. “The difference is they’re starting out from scratch, there’s only a handful of us here to teach all these people how to do this,” he said.

 

Which ever way the Russian beef industry turns out, I’m sure the American beef industry and entrepreneurs supporting this industry will have a boost in their sales economy.

 

WIND RIVER COMPANY LLC

Richard E. “Rick” Dennis
Managing Member
Freelance Writer and Author
Office/Mobile: (985) 630-3500
Email: richardedennis51@gmail.com
Website: http://www.richardedennis.net

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☛ Cloning and genetic engineering – 1-24-18

Posted by on Jan 24, 2018 in BREAKING NEWS, FEATURE ARTICLES, INDUSTRY NEWS, WHAT | 0 comments

CLONING AND GENETIC ENGINEERING OF HORSES

WILL IT AFFECT FUTURE OLYMPICS?

 

From the Editor
Jan. 24, 2018

Following is a link to an article I received that I thought was very interesting and thought provoking. It was written for readers who are interested in horses competing in the Olympics, but it is also a general article on cloning and genetic engineering of horses that I feel you may be interested in reading.

There is  a lot of agreement regarding this among horse lovers, as well as opposition, to cloning and genetic engineering. However, this article is an in-depth article regarding horses going to the Olympics in jumping and other events.

Cloning and Genetic Engineering: Will It Affect Future Olympic Teams?

 

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