Oct. 17, 2005
For Immediate Release
2005 A Year Of Accomplishments, TCFA Chairman
2005 was a fast-paced and hectic year, but a year that cattle
feeders can look back on as one that saw several major accomplishments
come to pass, according to Charlie Sellers, chairman of the Texas Cattle
Feeders Association (TCFA).
Speaking at the 2005 TCFA Convention in Grapevine, Sellers said
some of those accomplishments were a while in coming.
"Never have I seen a year with so many 'I don't knows' in
it. We found ourselves caught
between when will judges rule and when will borders open?"
The beef checkoff is now secure, he said, thanks to the Supreme
Court, and an appeals court sided with science and reopened the Canadian
The debate on other issues, such as BSE, continues to pull at the
industry. Sellers said TCFA
has been very frustrated at the slow progress on reopening the Japanese
market and the association continues to pressure the White House and
Congress to seek all possible remedies to resolve the issue.
told the nearly 500 cattle feeders in attendance that he is optimistic
about the cattle industry because he is bullish on protein and world
consumption. Ninety six
percent of the world's population lives some place other than the
our growth lies in exports and there are several emerging economies-the
, the Middle East and to an extent
-where the quality of life is improving.
Did you know there are 300 million middle class people in
? That's an incredible
market if we can tap into it."
said he is also bullish on demand here at home.
"People here in the
want our product. That's
because we have the safest product in the world and we have a superior
heat-and-serve beef is one of the fastest growing categories in retail
marketing, he said, and the reason for that is because cattlemen, through
the beef checkoff, made it happen. "Thanks
to the beef checkoff, we're now competing head-to-head, and winning,
with poultry and pork in the retail meat case."
told cattle feeders that a number of challenging issues remain, but he is
confident the industry will deal with them effectively.
"In every one of those issues, TCFA is working persistently and
diligently on your behalf," he said.
"We still have a lot of things on our radar and it will take all
of us, working together, to meet those challenges head on.
My commitment to you is that TCFA will continue to be a major force
in influencing the policies and practices of this great industry."
can't imagine a better business to be in than cattle.
"We still handle millions of dollars on a handshake, or the
electronic version of a handshake made with a cell phone, a fax or an
e-mail. I don't know of any
other business where that occurs. I
hope we never lose that, because it is truly unique and special.
Your association and your business have a great future ahead of it
because TCFA has the finest people in the world as its members.
The challenges remain, but so do the opportunities.
I have no doubt that you and your association are up to it."