The 2017 Cattle Raisers Convention wrapped up Sunday, April 2, at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio. Attendees from across the state and Southwestern U.S. gathered to hear industry experts, engage in educational opportunities and browse an enormous trade exposition featuring the latest and greatest technology available to Texas’ cattle men and women. Participants also enjoyed live music from Jake Hooker and Outsiders at the annual Cattle Raisers Dinner and Dance, the largest social event of the year for Texas ranchers, on Saturday evening.
This year’s convention had more than 4,000 people in attendance.
The Cattle Raisers Convention is one of the best and most beneficial events of the year to attend if you are in the cattle business. You cannot find another place with so much information and opportunity under one roof.
Eminent domain reform was one of the hot topics discussed throughout the event. TSCRA President Richard Thorpe gave a telling account of his own personal eminent domain experience at the general opening session of the convention. Photos of high-voltage power lines over his family cemetery were a poignant reminder that landowners must continue to defend their private property rights. Information sessions and workshops helped landowners prepare for their own defense.
Also at the convention, the association announced the addition of nine new members to their board of directors and 10 new honorary directors. Additionally, the current slate of officers was re-elected to their respective positions for an additional year, and three new members were named to the Executive Committee.
“TSCRA has played a critical role in preserving the strength and stability of the Texas cattle industry for the past 140 years,” said Thorpe. “It is a great honor to continue serving as president of this venerable organization and I look forward to all that will be accomplished in the coming year.”