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Cattle Raisers Convention Features Session on Animal Disease Traceability

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2012
Contact: Marissa Patton, 512-469-0171

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Cattle producers attending the 2012 TSCRA Convention, March 30-April 1 in Fort Worth will have the opportunity to learn how the animal disease traceability framework proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and the proposed cattle tagging requirement by the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) could affect their ability to market cattle.

Dr. Dee Ellis, TAHC executive director, will speak at the breakout session hosted by the TSCRA Animal Health Committee and the TSCRA Brand and Inspection Committee Sunday, April 1, at 8:30 a.m.

As the leading veterinarian for the state of Texas, Dr. Ellis will deliver a candid analysis of the proposed USDA framework regarding animal disease traceability and the TAHC cattle tagging proposal, and explain their implementation process.

This session is just one of 6 breakout sessions that will cover topics and issues critical to cattle raisers, landowners and outdoorsmen.

“Some of the most popular events at the TSCRA convention are the breakout sessions. These sessions cover topics ranging from fighting cattle diseases to wildlife ownership,” said Joe Parker Jr., rancher and TSCRA president. “We bring the experts in to inform our members about the industry issues, keep them up-to-date on the latest state and federal regulations and prepare them for the future.”

Breakout sessions begin Saturday at 2 p.m. and run through Sunday.

As the largest cattle industry event in Texas, the TSCRA Convention is a must-attend for anyone involved in cattle production. More than 2,000 ranchers, landowners and members will gather for a weekend of outstanding programs, educational sessions, a trade show with more than 200 exhibits, plus networking and fellowship with fellow cattle raisers.

A complete schedule of events, information on accommodations, and registration information can be found at www.tscra.org/convention.

TSCRA is a 135 year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has over 15,000 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.

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