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Cattlemen pass new policies at fall meeting

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FORT WORTH -- Members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association voted to approve nine new policies Sept. 26 during the group’s annual fall meeting.

Among the new policies is a call to protect the current surface and ground water rights and exemptions for domestic and livestock use in state and/or local laws and regulations.

“Surface and ground water for domestic and livestock use must be protected as our state continues to grow and require more resources to support that growth,” said Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Joe Parker Jr. in an Oct. 1 cattle raisers press release.

“For centuries, it’s been the job of landowners to manage surface and ground water, use it responsibly in order to produce food for our growing population, and preserve it for the next generation.”

Other policies passed include a reaffirmation of the cattle raisers’ opposition to any federal, state, and/or international legislative or regulatory efforts to weaken U.S. citizens’ right to keep and bear arms and a call for stronger border security efforts by the U.S. government along the Texas and Mexico border.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers also passed policies dealing with private property rights including stronger laws that better protect landowners from liability due to trespassing, and policy opposing efforts by counties and municipalities to gain more regulatory authority.

Policy was also passed supporting the protection of current state law of public ownership of native wildlife and landowners’ rights to manage and hunt wildlife. The cattle raisers also passed policy to urge the Legislature to appropriate all dedicated funds collected from fishing and hunting license and stamp fees to be used for the intended purposes. Policy was also passed that supports current state laws and regulations for wildlife disease prevention and control.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers also passed policy opposing federal and state subsidies and production mandates for renewable fuels that use feed grains and/or other feedstuffs used for human and/or animal production.

For more information on the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers’ policies, visit

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