A live auction of 25 specially selected items will be held March 24 in Fort Worth to help fund activities of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association's Political Action Committee.
Legislation and regulation are bigger threats to ranchers and landowners today than the relentless rustlers that provoked beleaguered cattlemen to organize 130 years ago.
"Because of increasing urbanization, ag producers have no voice unless we can be more influential," said TSCRA President C. R. "Dick" Sherron. "Houston has more representatives in the state legislature than all of the state west of I-35!
"The issues seem to be getting more complex," he continued. "Immigration, the new Farm Bill, Trans-Texas Corridor, water, and eminent domain. We have to have the political action money and we have to spend it wisely to help our members."
Sherron also urged livestock producers and landowners that have a stake in the outcome of the issues to join TSCRA. "The number of members we represent has a direct effect when we speak up on the issues," he said.
"And non-members can also support the Political Action Committee," he added. "If you can't be present to bid at the auction, consider donating to the PAC. Even small amounts add up!"
TSCRA's PAC Dinner and Live Auction will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, during TSCRA's 130th annual convention in Fort Worth. Auction items will be on view in the trade show beginning on Friday, March 23, at 2 p.m.
Items up for bid include ranch equipment, artwork, and exclusive hunting, fishing and vacation trips. A detailed list follows:
Curtis Fort Bronze (Quail)
Chef Dinner for10 by Tom Perini
King Ranch Quail Hunt for four
Monster Alligator Hunt
Five Tiger Stripe Heifers
AerWay Pasture Renovator - including concrete blocks and drag
UT/TAMU College Station Suite Tickets for Four, (lunch and golf provided depending on game time)
Gooseneck Cattle Trailer
Three-Year-Old Quarter Horse Gelding
State Legislative Chair
TSCRA Commemorative Pistol & Rifle
Aspen Food & Wine Festival for four (includes private round trip airfare, luggage and condo accommodations
Alaska Cruise for two (first class accommodations) All-inclusive luxury, plus luggage
National Finals Rodeo/Las Vegas for four, plus liggage
Vail Condo Summer plus excellent luggage (travel to and from not included)
Vail Condo Winter plus excellent luggage (travel to and from not included)
Del Frisco Steak House Dinner for 20 in the Wine Room (gratuity and alcohol not included). Reservations must be made well in advance
TSCRA President's Trail Ride, Collins Creek and Lambshead Ranches. All-inclusive trip with a special "ladies day" in Albany on Saturday
Chevrolet Ranch Truck (TTL not included)
Five Hereford Heifers
Aoudad Sheep Hunt
UT/TAMU Suite Tickets for Four
Fishing Trip, Quien Sabe Ranch
Nilgai and Feral Hog Hunt - El Sauz Ranch
For more information call 1 (800) 242-7820 or log onto TSCRA's Web site at www.texascattleraisers.org/.
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 130-year-old trade organization whose 14,400 members manage about 5 million cattle on roughly 67 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.