The Texas Sheep and Goat Raisers Association has been helping to represent and protect the interests of rural Texans since 1915. As sheep and goat numbers have declined the focus of the organization has broadened to include issues important to all land owners. In our area, recreational hunting rivals livestock production in economic importance but bother are bound equally to the land. Predation of wildlife and livestock has become an issue of growing concern to all landowners.
On Thursday, April 16, TSGRA District 7 will have a meeting in the back room at Zavala's Cafe at 7:00 pm. Anyone interested in the preservation of our rights and resources is encouraged to attend. Dinner will be followed by several political and industry updates, a program by Mike Bodenchuk on predator control and how it affects both livestock and wildlife, and a short business meeting.
Whether you have recently moved to the Hill Country or you have been here for generations, you have a vested interest in preserving the quality of life we are all blessed with. The beautiful, uninterrupted vistas that define Mason County are testimony to the rich soils, bountiful creeks, rivers, and wildlife that attracted the first settlers. Unlike many places, our little peace of the planet remains largely in tact for us to enjoy and share.
Change is inevitable and our ability to adapt will ensure our survival as a destination sought by so many. Our lands still provide the economic base that has sustained this community since it's founding. The fragmentation of that land will continue to escalate as populations continue to expand. Although traditional agriculture is steadily being replaced by recreational interest and more passive management practices it remains our responsibility to be good stewards of the land and good neighbors to our fellow man.
Hope to see you there!