2017 Cattle Raisers Convention scheduled for March 31 – April 2

Wisconsin State Farmer

Fort Worth, Texas — The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) announced today that the 140th annual Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo, the biggest ranching industry event in Texas and Oklahoma, is scheduled for March 31 – April 2, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

Douglas Holtz-Eakin, American Action Forum president, former director of the Congressional Budget Office and the former chief economist of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, will be the keynote speaker at the opening general session. Dr. Holtz-Eakin will discuss how the new Presidential administration will likely act on policy priorities such as international trade, domestic energy, immigration and healthcare. His remarks will focus on how these positions may impact ranchers in the future.

Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax, will discuss the cattle markets and provide guidance on what ranchers can expect from livestock supplies, consumer demand and cattle prices.

Information sessions will feature experts on critical ranching topics such as eminent domain, international trade and export markets, differing perspectives on antimicrobial resistance, the 2017 state legislative session and a look ahead to what we can expect from weather patterns for the balance of 2017.

Additionally, the School for Successful Ranching and issues sessions will feature more than 33 hours of 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. Dr. Clay Mathis, Professor and Director, King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management will keynote the opening session of the school by discussing how to make the cow herd adapt to the continued demand for beef and be more efficient by 2037.

The Cattle Raisers Dinner and Dance will be held at the newly renovated Mays Family Center at the Witte Museum and will feature great food and entertainment by Jake Hooker and the Outsiders.

The Closing General Session Brunch will feature Taya Kyle, wife of the late U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and author of the New York Times bestselling book, American Wife. Mrs. Kyle will deliver a unique message of love, faith, and inspiration.

The Cattle Raisers Expo is the largest annual ranching exposition in the region and will play host to more than 250 companies bringing the newest products and services to ranchers and landowners. The Expo will host live cattle handling demonstrations, which will take place inside the convention center. The demonstrations will teach attendees how to handle cattle in a safe, low-stress manner.

Rounding out the program are numerous entertainment and special interest options such as the Law Enforcement Silent Auction, Young Cattle Raisers’ After Party, Texas Beef Council Fun Run and Walk, Texas Cattlewomen annual meeting, Young Leadership Series forum, and Cow Camp for the younger attendees.

“We’re looking forward to another great Cattle Raisers Convention,” said Richard Thorpe, 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.”

The Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo is open to all ranchers, landowners and cattle industry participants. Day registration begins at only $90. Full details on registration and lodging options are available at www.cattleraisersconvention.com.

All members of the media are invited to attend. For media registration, please contact Laramie Adams at ladams@tscra.org or call 512-469-0171.

TSCRA is a 140-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has more than 17,500 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses as members. These members represent approximately 55,000 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.