Fort Worth, Texas – The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced today that the 138th annual Cattle Raisers Convention, the biggest ranching industry event of the year, is scheduled for March 27-29, 2015 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Vicente Fox, president of Mexico from 2000 to 2006, will be the keynote speaker at the opening general session. He will share stories of his prior experiences working to build a strong relationship between the United States and Mexico. Fox will also take questions from cattle raisers at the close of his speech.
Former First Lady Laura Bush has been invited to speak at the opening general session of the Convention. Bush is actively involved in issues of national and global concern, with a particular emphasis on education, health care, human rights and the preservation of our nation’s heritage. Bush will discuss her role as a founder of “Taking Care of Texas,” which is an organization that promotes successful land, water and wildlife conservation practices.
Sylvia Longmire, Author of “Border Insecurity,” will also speak at the general opening session on the challenges of border security and illegal immigration issues. Longmire is a retired Air Force Captain and former Special Agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Additionally, the School for Successful Ranching and issues sessions will feature 25 educational programs and a world-class lineup of subject matter experts who will provide insights into current ranching topics and practical tools attendees can take back to their ranch.
The Cattle Raisers Expo is the largest annual ranching exposition in the region and will play host to more than 200 companies bringing the newest products and services to ranchers and landowners. A new addition for the 2015 Expo will be live cattle handling demonstrations, which will take place inside the Fort Worth Convention Center. The demonstrations will teach attendees how to handle cattle in a safe, low-stress manner.
Rounding out the program are entertainment options such as the Cattle Raisers Dinner and Dance, Young Cattle Raisers’ After Party, the Texas Beef Council Fun Run and Walk, and the closing Luncheon Swing Riders Show featuring Doc and Mike Blakely.
“We’re looking forward to another great Cattle Raisers Convention,” said Pete Bonds, TSCRA president. “The unique combination of speakers and educational programs, focused on issues of importance to ranchers, makes this a can’t-miss event for any cattle raiser or landowner.”
Day registration begins at only $100. The Cattle Raisers Convention full registration includes:
- Access to the Cattle Raisers Expo, including lunch on Friday and Saturday, and Friday’s welcome reception
- Opening General Session and Closing General Session Luncheon
- All School for Successful Ranching programs
- All information sessions hosted by TSCRA committees
- Cattle Raisers Dance and Dinner
The Cattle Raisers Convention hotels are within easy walking distance of the Convention Center. Rooms are expected to book quickly, so those interested should register as soon as possible.
More information and registration links are available at www.tscra.org/convention.
All members of the media are invited to attend. For media registration, please contact Laramie Adams at [email protected].
TSCRA is a 138-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 16,500 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.