141st Annual Cattle Raisers Convention Coverage
Cattle Raisers Convention Offers Broad Topics and In-Depth Learning Opportunities for Ranchers
The 2018 School for Successful Ranching, part of the Cattle Raisers Convention, offered more than 35 hours of classroom instruction for ranchers and natural resources managers. Responding to input from TSCRA members, beef cattle professionals, leading agency and academic advisors, and member surveys, the School planners offered educational tracks in cattle health, legal issues, genetics and selection, cattle nutrition, range and pasture management, business and marketing.
Classes within these topics were offered at the introductory level and at intermediate and advanced levels. In-depth workshops on certain topics allowed attendees to have nearly one-on-one time with the experts who presented the classroom sessions.
Find summaries of many of the sessions presented at the 2018 School for Successful Ranching in this issue. Look for “From the Reporter’s Notebook” in the magazine to find a reminder of a class you attended, or to learn the highlights if you did not attend the Cattle Raisers Convention.
Birdwell and Clark Named Outstanding Rangeland Stewards
Birdwell and Clark Ranch of Henrietta is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award for the owners’ dedication to protecting Texas’ vast natural resources.
The award was conferred at the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention to Emry Birdwell and Deborah Clark on behalf of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and the Texas Section of the Society for Range Management. Clayton Henry, chair of TSCRA’s Natural Resources and Wildlife Committee, announced the award.
“Emry and Deborah are tremendous examples of land stewards,” said Henry. “Together they have faced the challenges of ranching and have combined their different sets of personal skills and knowledge to develop creative solutions to those challenges.”
Birdwell and Clark purchased the ranch in 2003. It is home to a stocker-cattle operation that runs an average of 5,000 head per year in a time-managed, one-herd grazing program through approximately 340 paddocks on 14,000-plus acres of rolling North Texas tallgrass prairie. While the ranch sustains vigorous wildlife populations of upland game birds and white-tailed deer, the cattle operation completely funds the ranching expenses.
Since its founding, the Birdwell and Clark Ranch has become a showcase for conservation. Their underlying goal is to improve the prairie on which they ranch. Thanks to their holistic approach to managing their stocker cattle, they produce twice the county average in pounds of beef per acre, with limited labor and input costs.
“We are honored to receive this award and hope it will encourage others to follow in our footsteps,” said Clark. “Ranchers rely on their land to make a living, which compels us to be the best stewards possible and ensure that our future generations have the same opportunity that was bestowed on us by our predecessors.”
Dinner, Dance, Auction Highlight Cattle Raisers’ Saturday Night
Many thanks go to Farm Credit for sponsoring the hugely successful Cattle Raisers Dinner and Dance, featuring entertainers Summer Dean and Jake Hooker and the Outsiders.
Convention attendees flocked to the Fort Worth Convention Center ballroom that had been decked out with comfortable seating, ample beverage options, and glittering lights, to enjoy good food, great music and fun company.
The Saturday night event also offered a fundraiser auction for the TSCRA Political Action Committee (PAC). Generous donors offered visits to vacation homes, a cruise, exclusive tickets to sporting events, engraved firearms and original artwork. Equally generous bidders snapped up the items, providing support to the TSCRA PAC.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and The Cattleman magazine are proud to recognize and congratulate the following members who have been part of the association for 100 years or more.
- Boddy Ranch
- Brite Ranch
- Combs Maravillas Ranch
- Duncan Brothers
- Fair Oaks Ranch
- GAH Three Circle Ranch LP
- Harrell Ranch/Harrell Cattle Company
- Hawkins Ranch Ltd.
- J. D. Hudgins Inc.
- Kincaid Land & Cattle Co.
- Lackey Ranch
- Pumphrey IOX Ranch
- Ed Rachal Foundation
- Rafter Three Ranch
- Rocker b Ranch
- Sneed-Pool Cattle Co. Inc.
- Stiles Livestock Co. Ltd.
- Shoe Bar Ranch Inc.
- W. T. Waggoner Estate
- H.H. Wilkinson’s Cross F Ranch LLC
Thanks School Volunteers
TSCRA members offered to help during the School for Successful Ranching. These young leaders served as moderators for the sessions.
- Lee Burton
- Alexis Cowan
- Craig Cowden
- Lauren Decker
- Patrick Dudley
- Sherry Flow
- Quentin Gass
- Ashley House
- Katy Kemp
- Todd Richardson
- Payton Sultemeier
- Kristen Thomas
- Lauren Urbanczyk
- Dustin Valusek
Cow Camp Kids
On March 31, the Cattle Raisers Museum and Foundation hosted Cow Camp for TSCRA Convention attendees ages 5-10.
They participated in a number of activities throughout the day including touring the newly renovated Museum, learning about and designing their own brand, and watching a planetarium showing about the Texas sky.
The highlight of the day was being sworn in as Junior Special Rangers by TSCRA Special Rangers Mike Barr and Brett Wellden.
A Candid View of the Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo
More than 4,700 ranchers and beef industry friends were in Fort Worth, March 23 to 25, for the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention. Convention goers could attend classes and demonstrations. They could listen to national policymakers who support agriculture. They could browse and shop for a wide variety of goods and services offered at 200-plus booths in the Expo.They could even get their boots shined or share some time with friends.
The Cattleman had a troop of photographers at the Convention to capture the excitement and diversity of the event. We hope you enjoy these memories. To see more, visit www.cattleraisersconvention.com.
A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
Many thanks to these companies and organizations that supported the 2018 Cattle Raisers Convention with a generous sponsorship.
- HeartBrand Beef
- Corteva Agriscience
- Texas Range Minerals
- Rabo AgriFinance
- Brady & Hamilton LLP
- Mid-Continent Livestock Supplements
- National Finance Credit Corporation
- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
- Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo
- Anderson Bean/Rios of Mercedes
Convention Coverage is excerpted from the June 2018 issue of The Cattleman magazine.