TSCRA’s third day of Convention Weekend began Saturday with the breakfast in the Trade Show, the School for Successful Ranching’s final session, breakout meetings, the Opening Session and an industry outlook by CattleFax. The evening’s social event, the Cattle Raisers Dance, was held at the Omni Hotel and included a live auction benefiting the TSCRA Political Action Committee (PAC), great food and entertainment from Jake Hooker and the Outsiders.
The School for Successful Ranching ended with a final meeting where attendees heard from Jason Skaggs, TSCRA executive director of government and public affairs, and a panel of experts talk about how the private property laws will affect landowners and cattle raisers.
Morning breakout sessions began with a meeting hosted by the Fever Tick Committee featuring special guest speaker Dr. Carlos Borroto, vice director, Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Havana, Cuba.
During the convention’s Opening Session TSCRA leaders presented awards for TSCRA’s Prosecutor of the Year and 2012 Outstanding Rangeland Steward. Elmer Beckworth, the district attorney for Cherokee County, was presented with the Prosecutor of the Year award and Gary and Sue Price of 77 Ranch were named 2012 Rangeland Steward Award winners.
New TSCRA leaders were also named during the Opening Session. New directors include Dustin Dean, College Station; Wesley Welch, Lubbock; and Curtis A. Younts Jr., Belton. New executive committee members include Robert E. McKnight Jr., Fort Davis; Richard Thorpe III, Winters; and Arthur G. Uhl III, San Antonio. Alan McNeill, Beaumont; John Welch, Lubbock; and W.C. “Billy” Williams, Mertzon, were elected as honorary directors.
The general session also included a panel discussion with industry experts Rob Aukerman, president of U.S. Operations at Elanco Animal Health; CattleFax Senior Market Analyst Kevin Good; Bill Rupp, president of JBS Inc., beef division; and John Ryan, president and CEO for Rabo AgriFinance. The panel was moderated by Tom Brand, executive director and past president of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. Each panelist spoke for a bit on the state of the cattle industry and then took questions from the audience.
Afternoon breakout sessions included topics on how to better prevent E-Coli exposure in waterways and rivers and what E-Verify legislation could mean to ranches and small businesses with employees.
Kevin Good, senior market analyst with CattleFax gave an industry outlook that covered how the cattle market will look going into 2012 and beyond, including market influences both domestically and abroad. Good also talked about prospects of herd expansion and when and how that may be taking place.
The Cattle Raisers Dance concluded the day at the Omni Hotel with a live auction to benefit the TSCRA PAC. Attendees bid for hunts, vacation packages and many other prizes before enjoying good food and lively entertainment from Jake Hooker and The Outsiders.
Sunday will b e the final day of convention activities. Cowboy Church will be led by Jeff Gore. Morning breakout sessions will feature meetings about disease traceability, wildlife ownership, and what may be in store with the 2012 elections.
Evelyn Browning-Garriss will provide a global perspective on the drought affecting Texas and the Southwest. The Closing General Session will close out the 2012 Convention Weekend with a keynote speech from Paul Mobley, photographer and author.