Members of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association will focus on marketing, wildlife issues and the latest information on fever tick control during their fall meeting Oct. 11-13 in Laredo. They’ll also hear from candidates hoping to be the next lieutenant governor of Texas. The candidates will address the Legislative and Tax Committee meeting on Friday morning. A question-and-answer session will follow. “The agenda is jammed with information vital to cattle producers,” said TSCRA President John E. Dudley. “We invite all interested producers to participate. The general session, committee meetings and social activities are open to everyone; you don’t have to be a member to register,” he emphasized. ‘”TSCRA holds its meetings in different parts of the state’ specifically to give area producers the opportunity to attend,” he continued. “We want their ideas for our grass-roots programs and policies.” Dudley said that parts of the program will address issues of particular importance to the South Texas area, but that there are applications for producers across the state. How cattle can benefit a wildlife program and how the two can fit together in a ranching operation will be examined during the Wildlife Committee meeting on Friday morning. The information will be presented by Dr. Fred Bryant, director of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Center. Steve Lewis, a TSCRA director and former president of the Texas Wildlife Association, will discuss TSCRA’s role with the Texas Wildlife Association. Later in the afternoon, producers will hear about treating white-tailed deer to clean up “ticky” pastures and about new information on resistant fever ticks. The information will be presented during the Agricultural Research Committee meeting by Dr. J. Mathews Pound and Dr. Ronald B. Davey. Both are research entomologists with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service in Kerrville. Those attending the Marketing Committee meeting will learn about the industry and market outlook from Dr. Larry Falconer, Extension economist with the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi. During the general session on Saturday morning State Sen. Judith Zaffirini will share her perspective on the recent Texas Legislative session and future issues for the state. U.S. Rep. Henry Bonilla has also been invited to speak. Phil Hardee, policy division chair for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will provide an update on NCBA issues. Dr. Saul Mercado, an international marketing consultant, will address the Texas-Mexico cattle scene. The long-term weather outlook will be presented by Bob Rose, chief meteorologist with the Lower Colorado River Authority. Derry T. Gardner, president of the Texas Wildlife Association, will look at common objectives for TSCRA and TWA. There will be a special presentation to Bruce Casteel, senior captain (retired) of the Texas Rangers, for his longtime support of TSCRA’s law enforcement efforts. All meetings will be held in the La Posada Hotel in Laredo. The registration desk will be open from 2 -6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, and from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12. A Welcome to Laredo Reception, with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment, will be held from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Laredo Center for the Arts. The reception benefits TSCRA’s Political Action Committee. Ladies can participate in an across-the-border shopping trip and luncheon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday. Everyone will be able to enjoy border-style hospitality during a courtyard party from 6- 9:30 p.m. on Friday. There will be cocktails, buffet and mariachis. For more information, call 1 (800) 242-7820. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 124-year-old trade organization whose 13,200 members manage approximately 2.7 million cattle on 58.9 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.