For Immediate Release: Aug. 9, 2013
Contact: Carmen Fenton, 512-673-3906
Fort Worth, Texas – Howard and Carolyn Davis of San Jacinto Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, were announced as this year’s recipients of the Texas Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award. The award was presented Monday during the 2013 Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station, Texas.
The Davises will compete against other state BQA winners for the National BQA Award, which will be announced at the 2014 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Nashville, Tenn.
“BQA guidelines are designed to ensure that consumers can feel confident that the beef they purchase at the grocery store was produced with the best possible care for the animal in mind,” said Pete Bonds, rancher and acting Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) President.
“Howard and Carolyn are well respected for raising high quality, gentle cattle. Their implementation of BQA recommended practices on the ranch have been very evident to those who do business with them, and rarely does an educational program go by that you don’t see one or both of them in attendance,” said Bonds.
Longtime TSCRA members, the Davises have raised registered and commercial cattle on the San Jacinto Ranch since 2007. The land was first purchased in 1889 by Howard’s great-grandfather and has been in agricultural production ever since.
“Howard and Carolyn are an example to all cattle producers. Their thirst for continual knowledge and improvement on their operation is evident,” said Bonds. “They’ve used BQA best practices while providing leadership to others; all with the goal of producing safe, wholesome and nutritious beef for consumers.”
TSCRA is a 136-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production who manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest.