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ICA News for January 2023

published: January 6th 2023
source: Independent Cattlemen’s Association

From the President:


Greetings and Happy New Year!


Hopefully, everyone had a blessed and safe Christmas and New Year’s. We certainly welcome the end of year rain and how nice to have the tanks full.


Year-end brings the livestock sales market to a slower or closed pace but should pick as the new year gets underway.  I imagine that there will be a good market for females into the spring months, especially as the pastures and tanks being repaired.


Mark your calendars for the coming stock show circuit.  There will be plenty of opportunity to participate in great consignment shows /sales with animals from some of our ICA members and other noted cattle operations from around the country.  ICA will be there to visit with our members and others and add to our membership.


Meanwhile, keep us posted on your endeavors and let us know how we can help.


God Bless!

Kerry Wiggins



From the Executive Vice President:


The Texas Legislature reconvenes for the 88th Legislative Session January 2023, and rural Texas will again be fighting at a disadvantage, after losing several rural seats in the State House from redistricting to urban population growth.

However, your ICA staff, officers, directors and our legislative partners will be in Austin around the clock to familiarize newly elected members and the legislature as a whole on all issues important to private property owners, cattle producers, and our rural Texas communities. You can be certain that animal rights activists will be fighting us every step of the way, attempting to define your livestock as pets and mandate your ranches be open for public inspections.

Many of us used to live in communities we consider rural but are now rapidly faced with the realities of urban expansion and the consequences that come with it, such as abuses exercising eminent domain law. ICA will fight tooth and nail to preserve private property rights in the state legislature but please know powerful lobbyists representing those large urban cities (Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Austin) and other metropolitan areas will be fighting just as hard against us and they are armed with near limitless financial resources.

Preserving private property rights, limiting eminent domain authority, no new taxes, and establishing a ‘right to farm’ constitutional amendment are key ICA priorities this session. Lastly but just as important, we are committed to ending the marketing abuses cell-cultured and plant-based fake meat products use to mislead consumers through false labeling. Putting an end to their marketing strategy of stealing the good name of livestock producers while simultaneously slandering the traditional beef producer.

Until next time,

Cooper Little


Chapter Happenings


East Texas ICA Chapter News

The members of the East Texas Chapter of ICA met Dec. 6 at the 1855 Steakhouse and Saloon, Palestine, Texas

Chapter president Kimberly Ratcliff and Andy Young, vice president welcomed 30+ members and guests to an informative meeting and festive Christmas party.

Bubba Brummit, Jr.  of El Dorado Chemical Company updated ranchers on the current and projected prices for fertilizer components and fertilizer blends. Andy Young provided ranchers with an overview of the availability of grass seed and forage blends for those ranchers considering planting cover crops. ICA Executive Director Cooper Little gave guests and prospective members an introduction to the workings of ICA on behalf of the cattle producers of Texas, with an opportunity for them to sign up as members during the meeting.

Chef Scott Bollinger prepared a meal of sirloin, potatoes, green beans, salad, yeast rolls, tea and coffee. The meal was sponsored by El Dorado Chemical Company.

The light-hearted Christmas party was highlighted with a “Takeaway Santa” game, followed by a drawing for door prizes.

The next meeting will be held Feb. 7, 2023, at the 1855 Steakhouse and Saloon, 555 East Palestine Avenue, Palestine, Texas. The meal will be sponsored by Rozelle Sprayers and will begin at 6:30 p.m. Application has been made for continuing education credits through AgriLife, with approval pending.

Submitted by Marie Reed


South Central Texas ICA Chapter News

Happy New Year from all of us at SCTICA! We are looking forward to a great year and are ready to kick it off with our first member meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at the Poth Catholic Church Parish Hall with dinner at 6:30 pm. More information will be coming your way.  The speaker for the January meeting will be Blaise Korzekwa, Texas Parks and Wildlife Biologist for Karnes and Wilson Counties and we are working on giving one CEU.

New officers will be elected and if you are interested in serving on the board, please contact Laurie Miller, current chapter president, at 210/215-1147. Again we wish you the happiest, safest and healthiest 2023.


Happy Trails, Laurie Miller


 Guada-Coma ICA Chapter News

                  Greetings to all, a Happy New Year and blessings to all.

                    What a way to end the year.  We celebrated a grand Christmas party at “The Red Barn” well known as the Texas Agriculture Heritage Center on Cordova Rd.   We had a great gathering of friends and family, delicious ribeye steaks by Troy Brown of Next Door Catering a lot of tasty desserts and most of all, a festive time by all.   Music was by DJ Gordan Land and his lovely wife, Natalie.  Leroy and his wife, Carol kept everything rolling smooth financially.  Members were very receptive in gathering items and donations for the silent and live auction this year.  Allan and myself did a lot of leg work before hand and after.  Much kudos, Allan with your lap top and printer, Greg at the front desk kept the line moving well and folks being able to use their credit cards this year made a difference.  A big thank you Cooper Little for attending and setting up the display for ICA and to all our great members who helped in many ways.

                  This may be my last report on chapter news.  I am transitioning my position to multitasking by several folks.  I am retiring my position, but will continue as a director for the state. This will be discussed at our Jan. 23, 2023 meeting at The Seguin Cattle Co.

                  Until next January, all stay healthy and bundle up.

Carilyn John signing off


Victoria-Crossroads ICA Chapter News


Victoria – Crossroads chapter held their 10 gun raffle drawing on Friday, Dec. 16th. We streamed it on Facebook live and we all had a great fun time! Thank you to everyone who purchased a raffle ticket and special thanks to our members for pushing the selling of the tickets. It was a successful raffle for our chapter! We appreciate everyone’s support. Our next meeting will be Jan. 26th at Frances Marie’s restaurant at 6 p.m. Robert Nix from Merck will be our speaker. A complimentary meal will be served. Mark your calendars for April 22nd for our chapter fundraiser, you don’t want to miss it. More details to come in the next few months. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!


Thank you,

Kyle Motal


Mid-Texas ICA Chapter News

Mid-Tex Chapter will be meeting in Jan. on the 17th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. There is a venue change this month as we will be meeting at the Lockhart Sale Barn, 2601 Hwy 183 in Lockhart. Our guest speaker is Patrick Dudley from Texas Agriculture Commission. Dinner is being sponsored by the Lockhart Auction Barn and we will have interesting door prizes this month. We welcome one and all and hope that you will bring a potential new member with you. Please RSVP to the ICA office, 512/620-0162 or email TICA@ ICATexas.com by Jan. 16th. Looking forward to discussions about fundraising and membership.


Madi Bexley, secretary


Colorado Valley ICA Chapter News


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


Southeast Texas ICA Chapter News

We are excited to announce information for the 28th Annual SETICA Commercial Bull & Heifer Sale. This sale will take place on Saturday, March 11th at the Ford Park Complex in Beaumont, Texas.


Please note that this year hard copy catalogs will not be mailed out like they have been in the past. Catalogs will be available by request only. Electronic copies can be emailed or downloaded.


Consignments are now being accepted. For more information visit https://icatexas.com/events/.


Submitted by Debbie Riley


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