Cattle Raisers Convention Brings Record Attendance, Leadership Changes
The 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention drew more than 4,700 guests to the Fort Worth area to hear industry experts, engage in educational opportunities, connect with other ranchers, and browse an enormous trade exposition featuring the latest and greatest products available to cattle raisers.
The Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo is the largest ranching event of the year in the Southwestern U.S. This year’s convention set a new attendance record for the 141-year-old event.
The event featured programs and activities of interest to cattle raisers, landowners, and the general public, with opportunities for everyone to participate.
“If you own land or livestock in Texas or the Southwest, the Cattle Raisers Convention is an excellent investment of your time,” said TSCRA President Richard Thorpe, who concluded his 2-year term at the event. “The Convention and Expo offer opportunities to further your education, gain industry information, make useful business connections and have some fun.”
In addition to the Expo, the renowned School for Successful Ranching provided an opportunity for producers to gain valuable knowledge from industry experts. Numerous informational sessions were also included throughout the event. Among the highlights were the Washington, D.C., issues update, which was opened by Congressmen Steve Scalise and Roger Williams. “Give everyone a shot at the American dream; that’s what we’re working for” said Whip Scalise in his remarks.
The keynote speaker at the convention Opening General Session was Congressman Mike Conaway, who challenged attendees to continue to “be the keepers of the republic.”
The Closing General Session concluded the 2018 Convention and Expo on Sunday, March 25, 2018. That session featured Nick Adams, author of Retaking America: Crushing Political Correctness, who believes that we have the cure for political correctness.
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Also at the convention, TSCRA announced a change in the officers within the board of directors. Following the closing session, President Richard Thorpe, Winters, rotated off the officer team after serving as an officer for seven years, 2 of those as president. Robert McKnight Jr., Fort Davis, was elected president, and Hughes Abell, Austin, was elected first vice president. Arthur Uhl, San Antonio, was elected second vice president.
“TSCRA has played a critical role in preserving the strength and stability of the Texas cattle industry and the property rights of landowners for the past 141 years,” said Thorpe. “It is a great honor to have served as president of this great organization and I know I leave the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in very capable hands.”
“Richard has continually exhibited tremendous passion, dedication and commitment to TSCRA, and more importantly, to the cattle raisers and landowners of Texas, Oklahoma and beyond,” said TSCRA Incoming President Robert McKnight, Jr. “On behalf of the entire TSCRA board of directors and membership, I would like to sincerely thank Richard Thorpe for his service to the association.”
New Executive Committee members, directors and honorary directors were also selected:
New Executive Committee members are Stephen Diebel, Victoria; George Harrison, Bay City; and Heath Hemphill, Coleman.
New directors are Cody Fry, Armstrong; D.A. “Day” Harral, Fort Stockton; James Oliver, Ozona; Gilly Riojas, Hebbronville; and Jessica Tate, Marfa.
New honorary directors are Nixon Dillard, Pleasanton; Tom Moorhouse, Benjamin; Rick Peebles, Baytown; and M.R. “Mike” Wirtz, Brenham.
Convention Reports is excerpted from the June 2018 issue of The Cattleman magazine.