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President’s Address

published: April 2nd 2021
by: Brad Cotton
source: ICA Of Texas

Howdy folks and friends,
    The year is definitely moving by fast. The big storm has come and gone, bluebonnets are everywhere and the landscape has turned from brown to green. God is good!
    This past month I was able to do another first. I loaded up a couple of bulls and headed to Beaumont for the Southeast Texas ICA Bull and Female sale. To say the least--I was impressed. The facilities were great at the Ford Center. The holding pens, sale ring, bidding area…. all were first class. I was impressed to see the large number of members on hand to work tirelessly like a well-oiled machine to make the sale run smoothly. From the time you arrived where they unloaded your cattle, offered shavings and feed to be delivered to your pens, cowboys safely moving cattle, all the members were attentive to the needs of the cattle and consignor. The ladies signing up buyers showed this wasn’t their first rodeo and greeted everyone with a smile. By the looks of the sponsor list and equipment present it was apparent ICA is a big part of the community which as a member, makes me proud.
    The auctioneer and Chuck Kiker did a great job of representing and marketing the cattle and prices were respectable. Lastly, the food was awesome. Over a couple days, if you hung around, there was fried fish, steak fingers, fried oysters, shrimp gumbo and rice, homemade desserts and a few adult beverages…. Heck, it was worth the trip just for the food. While this was my first trip to this sale, it definitely won’t be my last. Thanks to you all for your hard work in making this sale a success.
    We are getting closer to convention and the pandemic that has plagued our country the past year is showing signs of relief. The 2021 convention looks to be a great one and I encourage everyone to make plans to attend. There will be a number of firsts this year you don’t want to miss. Pam Minick will be our keynote speaker Friday and will moderate our cattleman’s panel on Thursday afternoon. We have added some new speakers and CEUs will be available. I personally am excited to get it underway.
    We are starting to hear some positive news on cattle prices, which is always a good thing and the spring rains are one day closer. Until next month, stay safe and God bless.

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