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ICA News for September 2022

published: September 2nd 2022
source: Independent Cattlemen’s Association

President’s report




Hopefully, you all have received some (or more) moisture in the past few days than we’ve seen in the last few months. Finally! I can’t wait for the grass to green up even though it may not be enough to get all the hay that we’ll need for the winter, it’s still better than it was.


Lots of cattle have been and are continuing to go to market because of the drought and high input costs to cover feed that usually is provided by Mother Nature. Again, hopefully, we have held on to benefit from what should be an improved market going forward.


Although I was unable to attend, my understanding is the Texas A&M Beef Short Course was once again a great success. ICA was represented and signed up some new members and we’re still looking to grow. Please tell your friends and neighbors about our mission and ask that they join us. Chapters are meeting and some new ones are being organized. There is room for everyone.


Your ICA State Board of Directors will meet in September.  Please contact us if there is an issue that you would like addressed.  Meanwhile, try to stay cool and thank the Lord for the rain.


Kerry Wiggins



Executive vice president Cooper Little’s report



Thankful for the moisture we’ve been blessed with recently and let’s continue to pray the good Lord keeps it up.  Recently the state office has been working hard on making this ICA Central Texas All Breed Bull & Female Sale a great one and are anticipating deep quality consignments. The sale date is set for Oct. 21st at JB Wells Park in Gonzales. Sale rules and consignment forms are available on our website (icatexas.com). For those interested in participating as a sponsor give the state office a call (512/620-0162)

I regret to inform you we lost ICA member, Jordan Lee Cotton, son of Brad Cotton, our most recent past state president,. Though the Cotton’s will be holding a private service, ICA scholarship donations may be made in memoriam of Jordan Lee Cotton.

The ICA state office is a resource to your operation and advocates for the interests of cattle producers.

If you have any questions or would like to become a member, please call the state office at 512/620-0162.


Dr. Joe Paschal’s report


Alternative hay and winter feeding options

Some of us have had some rain, but our rangelands and pastures are still under the influence of drought. With enough moisture and warm weather there will be regrowth for fall and maybe winter grazing. My colleague and Beef Cattle Extension Specialist at Overton, Dr. Jason Banta, evaluated some alternatives to consider.

Feeding corn (or grain sorghum) stalks. Stalk hay consists of husks, stalks and some ears or heads and vary widely in nutrient content. Total digestible nutrients (TDN, a measure of energy) averaged 46.5% (a dry cow requires about 48%, a wet cow 52%) while crude protein (CP) averaged 5.7% (dry cow about 7%, a wet cow 10%). There is generally more waste in sorghum stalks and they are lower in CP (but similar in TDN) than corn stalks. If the entire corn plant is harvested for hay TDN and CP can be higher, but nitrate and aflatoxins can be concerns.

Straw from small grain crops such as oats, rye, barley, or triticale will have lower CP and TDN and is not very palatable.

Cotton gin trash or cotton burrs are the result of cotton ginning (removing the seed from the lint or fiber). It contains leaves, stems, burrs, lint, and seed. It will range from 7-9% in CP and 38-42% in TDN but can vary greatly. It can be difficult to handle and is best when mixed with other feeds.

When feeding this fall and winter, determine how much hay cows will consume. A dry cow will consume 1.8-2.0% of her body weight, while a wet cow will eat 2.3-2.5%. If you don’t have enough hay, there are ways to stretch your hay supplies. Selling calves early is one option to reduce demand. A second option is to reduce the amount of roughage fed while increasing other supplements. A minimum of 10 pounds of roughage is required to maintain a rumen function. It is important to gradually increase consumption of high energy or grain supplements slowly to allow the rumen microbes to adjust.

Planting ryegrass or other small grains can stretch limited hay supplies or grazing. Even with the high cost of seed and fertilizer, they will provide high quality forage when we do catch some rain. Apply fertilizer after germination. Limit graze (restrict the amount of time cattle graze them) on these pastures to extend their usefulness and reduce forage losses due to trampling. For a copy of this article and other tips, visit your County Extension Agent.



Gonzales ICA Chapter

Silveus Insurance Group agent, Jim Banner will discuss crop insurance products as guest speaker at the Gonzales ICA chapter meeting and meal, scheduled for 6 pm Thursday Sept. 29 at the Gonzales VFW Hall, 3302 Harwood Rd. The event is free. Banner, a native of Llano County, is a member of the ICA, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and has been active in the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course. Silveus Insurance Group is one of the nation’s leading private crop insurance agencies, offering risk management products in pasture, rangeland, and forage categories.


The Gonzales ICA chapter allows cattlemen of all ages to learn about industry trends, be engaged in ICA’s government relations efforts and network with fellow producers. Student memberships are $50 per year; the base membership level is $125 per year.


To join the Gonzales ICA chapter, please contact ICA Office Manager Dorothy Harper at 512/620-0162, online at icatexas.com, or contact Perry Winegeart, chapter president at 830/857-4397.


Submitted by Perry Winegeart


East Texas ICA Chapter


Save the date! The East Texas chapter of ICA will meet Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the 1855 Steakhouse, located at 555 East Palestine Avenue, in Palestine. The meal will be served at 6 p.m. with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Dr. John Hutchinson, a veterinarian with Merck. Dr. Hutchinson is slated to discuss emerging animal health issues in Texas. 


Submitted by Lillian Read


South Central Texas ICA Chapter

SCTICA looks forward to their next meeting which will be the annual SCTICA Windy Miller Memorial Benefit Team Roping to be held Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022 at Cowboy Fellowship in Jourdanton, Texas. Cash prizes will be awarded for hi-point 13 and 8/10 ropings. Other prizes include buckles, knives, halters and oil changes. 


Past State ICA President and current SCTICA Board Member Brad Cotton encourages everyone “to come to our roping produced by S Productions. We are so pleased they have agreed to work with us again as things have gone very smoothly with them in the past.” 


Please watch for flyers announcing the roping and share the date with your friends and family. We hope to have a great event that will allow our SCTICA chapter to continue to spread the news and progress  regarding cattle/ranching challenges. Happy Trails!


Submitted by Laurie Miller


Mid-Tex ICA Chapter


Howdy folks!  I hope this letter finds all of you a lot better and wetter than the previous three months.  We recently had our chapter meeting in Lockhart at Chisholm Trail BBQ, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. We elected officers for the Mid-Tex chapter and they are: President-Tommy Jackson, Secretary-Madison Bexley and Treasurer-Karen Bell. 


There is also a new fund-raising committee and I will share contact information on that in the next article.  At our meeting we had Thomas Jackson and Austin Miles from Texas Farm Credit as guest speakers.  They briefed us on the ag financing products available as well as drought insurance programs they have to offer, which is on all our minds at this time. Texas Farm Credit also sponsored our meal and we extend a big thank you for that!


I hope all of you had a good rain so we can grow some grass, plus a little cooler weather.  We have endured a very hot, dry summer this year and need some relief.


Our next meeting is set for Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, 6:30 p.m. at Chisholm Trail BBQ in Lockhart in the back room.  Hope to see more new and familiar faces. Pray for rain and for the USA!


Submitted by Karen Bell


Colorado Valley ICA Chapter


The CVICA will be holding their "Annual Fundraiser BBQ & Trade Show" on Feb. 11, 2023.  The event will have a social hour, dinner, silent & live auction, gun raffle and cash door prizes.  Tickets will go on sale in late September.


Submitted by Steve Janda


Victoria-Crossroads ICA Chapter
The Victoria - Crossroads Chapter is planning a spring fundraiser in April 2023 with more details to come. We are also putting together an exciting raffle in order to raise funds for the event. Our last meeting went great on July 28th. We’ll be announcing our next local chapter meeting soon and we hope all members will attend. 


Submitted by Kyle Motal

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