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Ropin’ Dreams, feral hogs highlights cattlemen meeting

Ropin’ Dreams, feral hogs highlights cattlemen meeting
Rhett Whethers (from leftt) and Hayden Decker, members of the Floresville High School welding class, join instructor Clifton Rogers as they inspect the utility trailer fabricated for the local ICA chapter.

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By Brad Cotton

The South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association (ICA) held its second quarterly meeting for the year on April 28 in the Jourdanton Community Center in Jourdanton. It was a real success with a larger crowd than we have seen in some time. Several first-time visitors attended, which was great to see.

The meeting was called to order, followed by a prayer led by Alton Kuykendall. Dickie Jackson led the Pledge of Allegiance. Tom and Bonnie Crouch served a great barbecue dinner.

A short presentation was followed by Dub and Cindy McClister from Ropin’ Dreams. They are doing a great work with terminally ill children and wanted to put the word out about their program, in which they try to make a dream come true for a child.

We then had a very entertaining and interesting presentation from Mike Bodenchuk of Texas Wildlife Services regarding the feral hog population.

Lastly, Bill Hyman, executive director of the ICA of Texas, updated the cattlemen in regards to business being conducted in our state and federal government.

The meeting concluded with some local updates.

The sixth annual Buck Taylor Team Ropin’ event is set for Saturday, July 23.

The 37th annual ICA Convention and Trade Show will be held June 22-24 in Galveston.

The local chapter will be donating a 6-foot-by-10-foot utility trailer for the draw down. The trailer was built by the Floresville High School welding class, under the direction of Clifton Rogers.

Everyone seemed to have enjoyed the meeting and benefited from attending. Thanks go out to all those helping to make this meeting a success, as well as to all those who attended.

Brad Cotton is the president of the South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association.

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