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ICA News for November 2022

published: October 28th 2022
source: Independent Cattlemen’s Association


Chapter Happenings

Colorado Valley ICA Chapter News

      After two years of postponing the annual Colorado Valley Independent Cattlemen’s Association (CVICA) Annual Fundraiser Barbecue & Trade Show, the directors voted to have the annual event once again. The event is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 11, 2023, to be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall in La Grange.

      The CVICA chapter helps support scholarships in three counties: Colorado, Fayette and Lee.  It also assists the community by supporting annual events like the Fayette County Junior Livestock Show and Commercial Heifer Show and Sale.

      The organization has held this annual fundraiser for many years. The last fundraiser was held in 2020 and over 550 people participated. The event, along with several other fundraising activities, will feature a special trade fair prior to serving the evening BBQ brisket meal. The trade fair helps local companies exhibit their products and producers have a better appreciation of what our local businesses have to offer.

      Horace Drisdale, event chairman and chapter director, stated, “We hope to have the same interest and participation we have had over the years. It is always a pleasure to have local cattlemen and their associates gather once a year.”

      The chapter is currently selling meal tickets and gun raffle tickets.

      Until next month, Steve

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 Ave. 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

Gonzales ICA Chapter News

      Our chapter was all in hosting the Central Texas ICA All Breed Bull and Female Sale at JB Wells Arena on Oct. 21st.   

      About 20 members, including several we have not seen hide nor hair of during the worst of the Covid situation, attended our September meeting. It was good to see our dear friends after such a long time.

      Guest speaker, Jim Banner of Silveus Insurance Group, discussed hay crop insurance as a hedge against operating costs overtaking your wallet in off years. Members enjoyed a tasty meal prepared by Mike Ehrig, Ken DuBose, Barbara Hand and Kathy Winegeart.

      Our chapter supports youth shows in Gonzales, Waelder and Nixon-Smiley, and maintains the Gonzales County brand monument situated on the Gonzales Courthouse grounds.

      Submitted by Perry Winegeart and Steve Sucher


Guada-Coma Chapter News

      Our next meeting will be Nov. 14th at 6:30 p.m. at Seguin Cattle Company. A BBQ meal with all the fixings will be served. Members are asked to bring a door prize and dessert.

      We will be planning and accepting volunteers to help at the Christmas Party on Dec. 4th. Bring your silent or live auction items at this time. Bring a bottle of wine or six-pack for Christmas door prizes.

      Christmas party tickets will be on sale at the door, prices still pending. Menu includes ribeye steak and all of the fixings. Please RSVP by Nov. 10th by texing Carilyn John at (210) 827-1696 or Allan Bode at (830) 305-1325.

      Submitted by Carilyn John

Mid-Tex ICA Chapter News

      Howdy from the Mid-Tex ICA Chapter! We hope everyone is doing well and enjoying a well-deserved break from the heat. If only we could get a little rain to go with it! 

      The cattle market the last month has been a typical October market that trends downwards. With the drought causing an uptick in volume, along with high prices for grain and hay, the market has taken a hit. The good quality cattle still dollar well, but the odd and in-between cattle are sure spotty. 

      We wanted to remind everyone that there will be a rural community appreciation fundraiser and street dance benefitting the Mid-Tex ICA on Saturday, Oct. 29th with food and drinks from 5-9:30 p.m., and live music which will kick off at 6 p.m. This will be at the ICA State Headquarters in Lockhart. We would love to see some new faces and catch up with the old faces we always love to see. Come out and enjoy a nice evening with us! 

      As always, pray for rain and the U.S.A. – Madi Bexley


President's letter


      I know it’s only October (think State Fair, Red River Rivalry (TEXAS-ou) and all), but it seems like Ground Hog’s Day to most of us in Texas who continue to pray for rain.

      “Hot and dry” are beginning to sound like curse words for cattle producers in Texas and most western states. Hopefully, our prayers will be answered soon.

      ICA continues to be active across the state with upcoming events scheduled for the remainder of October. You can find full details on the ICA website.

      Be sure and note Mix-Tex Rural Community Appreciation Fundraiser and Street Dance for Oct. 29th at the State ICA office in Lockhart.

      You don’t have to be an ICA member to attend any event, but you’ll probably want to be as you leave.

      In addition, you’ll find chapter meeting notices with dates, places and times. Most are after quitting time and are informative and fun get-togethers with your friends and neighbors.

      Meanwhile, Good Lord, please send some rain.

      Thank you, Kerry Wiggins



Dr. Joe Paschal's column

Hot topics

      Likely, by the time that this is printed, I’ll be retired (Oct. 31). Of all the presentations that I have given, the one I call “hot topics” always seemed to generate the most audience questions. I borrowed the title from my friend and colleague, Dr. Rick Machen, formerly the Extension livestock specialist in Uvalde and currently a professor and chair with the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management.

      There are several issues affecting the livestock industry in Texas and the U.S., most are well known by our national and state producer groups such as Farm Bureau, ICA, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and others. I thought I would just cover a few here.

      Changes to the “Waters of the U.S.” or WOTUS is top of mind. Farm Bureau is doing a terrific job of following how the federal government , through the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers, view what is private and public water when it comes to your property. Although the Clean Water Act of the 1970s was important in reducing pollution and improving urban drinking water standards, the proposed changes could affect your private property rights.

      Mandatory livestock market reporting is another, especially the Cattle Price Discovery and Transparency Act of 2022. I understand the concern that the four major packers control 80-85% of the fed cattle slaughter, but the details of this bill will add a considerable amount of reporting, a large bureaucracy and expense. Live cattle or negotiated sales have declined, while formula pricing has increased, but much of that is being driven by the need for higher quality cattle for labeled programs. I like the idea of transparency in reporting pricing, but do we really want to share that information? It’s like asking how much money you make.

      The last topic you may not have considered is the trade in carbon credits or carbon offsets. In response to concerns over climate change, Europe and later, California, required certain businesses to set a “cap” on their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or arrange a “trade” with another business that had reduced their emissions as a way of slowing down climate change. Carbon credits, based on the amount of carbon in carbon dioxide, a major GHG, could be sold or traded. Carbon dioxide was still released into the air, but it looked like someone was doing something. There are a lot of concerns over exactly how this will all play out, but it's something you need to understand. New Zealand is considering a tax on their livestock to offset their GHG emissions and it is worth watching what happens there.


 From Cooper Little, executive director

It was certainly a busy October for ICA with events across Texas. The Central Texas ICA All-Breed Bull & Female Sale settled as a success for all involved. 

I want to extend a great deal of gratitude to all sponsors, volunteers, consignors and buyers that participated this year.  Particularl,y Capital Farm Credit for being our exclusive meal sponsor. I also want to thank the Malaer Family for their continued commitment to this sale. Without them, this sale would not be a reality. 

Remember, Election Day is Nov. 8th. Feel free to call the ICA state office, if you need assistance locating a polling location.




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