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ICA News for December 2022

published: November 25th 2022
source: Independent Cattlemen’s Association

Colorado Valley ICA Chapter News


Our Christmas Party will be on Dec. 12th  at the Frisch Auf Country Club, 575 Country Club Dr, La Grange, Texas.  There will be a social hour from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner.


Our chapter will host a “Beef-It’s What’s For Dinner” event, on Saturday, Feb. 11th at the La Grange KC Hall. There will be a trade show from 4 -6 p.m., a silent auction from 4-6:30 p.m., a barbeque beef meal at 6:30 p.m. and a gun raffle at 6:30 p.m. There will also be an auction, following the meal. Cash door prizes will be awarded also. If you are interested in being an exhibitor or sponsor, please reach out to an officer and more details coming in the new year.


Submitted by Steve Janda



Mid-Tex ICA Chapter News

We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying the change in the weather! We know that we are! We are thankful to be part of those who have received some rain but we are definitely praying for those that have not. 

The ICA hosted a community appreciation night that benefitted the Mid-Tex ICA Chapter and the turn out and support was fantastic! We want to thank everyone who took the time to come out! We are working on a more formal fundraiser for the ’23 year. 

On another note, the ICA Cattle Sale in Gonzales went well under the current circumstances. We had a good turn out all things considered. The local cattle market the last month has been trending steady to a bit higher each week especially on the good quality cattle. The way the futures are looking the cattle market this spring should be pretty good if you can hold out until then! 

As a reminder Our next chapter meeting is set for Jan. 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Lockhart Auction Inc. in Lockhart. We hope your Thanksgiving was happy and safe and as always, pray for rain and for the USA! 


Submitted by Madi Bexley




Gonzales ICA Chapter News

Our chapter is much obliged and wishes to say “Thanks, partner!” to two long-time volunteers. Teresa Brzozowski, has served as chapter secretary and Sissy Mills, as chapter treasurer. They are both stepping down from their roles after many years of service. 

Our chapter will be meeting in late January or early February, we will let you know as details become available. Happy trails to all ‘till then!

Submitted by Perry Winegeart and Steve Sucher


East Texas ICA Chapter News



The East Texas Chapter of ICA will have its next meeting on Dec. 6th at the 1855 Steakhouse and Saloon in Palestine, beginning at 6:30 p.m.. The restaurant is located at 555 East Palestine Avenue. This will be the annual Christmas meeting with a "takeaway Santa" gift exchange. Join us for an evening of food, fun, fellowship and timely information. Hope to see you there! 


Submitted by Marie Reed


Victoria-Crossroads ICA Chapter News


The Victoria – Crossroads chapter is excited to announce the selling of our gun raffle tickets! We are raffling off 10 guns and the tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100, drawing will be Dec. 16 th. Contact Kyle Motal at 361/648-5093 to purchase your chance to win. We  appreciate your support! Our chapter meeting was held Nov.17th and we discussed the gun raffle event. Our fundraiser will be April 22nd at the KC Hall with a dinner, dance and auction.


Submitted by Kyle Motal


South Central Texas ICA Chapter News


The 2022 SCTICA Windy Miller Memorial Team Roping was held on Oct 22nd at Cowboy Fellowship in Jourdanton, Texas. The following are the winners from the #13, #10 & #8 team ropings.


#13 Hi-Point 

Casper Ringelstein and Daniel Braman


# 13 Rotation Round One

Jasen Russelburg and Daniel Braman

#13 Average Payoffs

#1 Justin Delagarza and Cross Ringlelstein

#2 Casper Ringelstein and Joel Galvan

#3 Martin Wall and Daniel Braman


#8 Roping

Fastest time in round 1- Cross Smith and Parker Stephens

#1 Clayton Neal and Clay Applewhite

#2 Clayton Neal and Clay Applewhite

#3 Shea Villarreal and Billy Ray Williams 

#4 Billy Ray Williams and Raylen Williams

#5 Billy Ray Williams and Raylen Williams



#10 Roping


Felix Garcia and Cross Ringelstein


Billy Ray Williams and Cross Ringelstein 


Clayton Neal and Matthew Leavitt


Gene Chapa and Cross Ringelstein


Jeff Thomas and Cross Ringelstein 

Fastest Time 310 ROUND 1

Felix Garcia and Cross Ringelstein 


Cash prizes, as well as buckles, knives, halters and oil change coupons were distributed as prizes. The SCTICA Directors wish to thank all for the great roping especially S Productions who ran a very smooth roping!


Submitted by Laurie Miller

President's Letter



Seems like some of our prayers are paying some dividends, cooler and wetter conditions are certainly welcome. Of course, we can use some more, so let’s keep it up.


Hay baling seems to be over and I hope you made or found the supply you need for the coming months.  There is some out there but it’s expensive just like all our input costs and it doesn’t seem like any relief is in sight.  Not a good year for corn and fuel continues to be a major drain in the pocketbook as well.  Everyone will get through all of this, but it will take tenacity.  However, prospects for a better market are being reported for next year’s calf crop which will make it worthwhile.


Football is in full swing, deer hunting has started, and the election is behind us.  So, there were things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving . I’m thankful for faith, family and friends and that we free to live and work in rural Texas, doing what we love.



God bless.


Kerry Wiggins


Almost Too Funny to be True

Joe C. Paschal

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Livestock Specialist, Retired

Corpus Christi, Texas



As many of you know I recently retired from almost 37 years as a livestock specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Over those years I have had a lot of great experiences, many of them involving some of you and ICA. I was very fortunate to have been able to have on the job training but more importantly survive the experience! I thought I might pass a few of them along here. No names are mentioned to protect my friends.

One of the first was when I was in Ft. Stockton. The range specialist and I drove to Sierra Blanca to a meeting. Well, only three folks showed up (the county agent and the agriculture science teacher and his wife – who made some excellent cookies!). Well, we got back in the truck and my colleague complained for the next two hours. About the community of Kent, I pulled over and he asked what I was doing, I told him to get out that I wanted to drive the last hour in peace and quiet. Not another word was said but those were some great cookies!

A few years later, I was conducting deworming trials in South Texas and the company rep was to meet me at a ranch north of Laredo. I told him the location was just a little north of the Border Patrol checkpoint. The owner and I waited for him over an hour and finally we saw him coming up and was he upset! Apparently, he took me at my word and was driving up and down the access road near the checkpoint and the Border Patrol decided he was acting suspicious. After they visited with him, they let him go but he was plenty mad!

Another funny event happed when we were conducting the Texas A&M Ranch to Rail Program at King Ranch. A couple of veterinarians from A&M wanted to collect blood samples from the steers consigned to the program. To keep the selection of animals to be unbiased, they filled a glass bowl with colored M&Ms and when a particular color was selected, they would sample that animal. Well, after several hours of doing this, I got hungry, I decided to sample that bowl myself! I was careful not to bias their color selection but eventually they caught on!

I know there are others but some will have to wait!


Cooper Little's Letter



Since the dust has mostly settled after election “week”, Congress has reconvened for the start of the lame duck session. Several bills of agriculture interest remain in limbo, including a pair of bills that would address marketing practices in the meat industry. Prospects for those bills remain slim at best, given the opposition they still face. Much is the same in the Senate with ICA’s priority bill, the ‘Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act’. Good or bad we anticipate some action on the measure before the senate completes its work in January.

On the state level:

Republicans expanded their legislative majorities in both the House and Senate.

In the State House, the GOP grew its ranks by one — giving them an 86-to-64 advantage in the 150-member chamber for the 2023 legislative session. The Senate has 31 members, and Republicans previously outnumbered Democrats 18 to 13. The GOP will hold 19 seats next session. Democrats will hold 12.

ICA staff wish you and your families a blessed holiday seasonand hope you do a little deer hunting. Until next time.



Cooper Little


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