Ranchers and landowners from across the state will gather in Fort Worth for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association's 16th annual School for Successful Ranching during the TSCRA Convention in Fort Worth.

The school will take place March 18-20 and will address multiple issues facing ranchers and landowners including animal disease control, animal nutrition and business and marketing techniques.

"2009 was a trying year for the cattle industry in Texas. The economy slumped, credit was harder to come by, and a record drought plagued our state, said TSCRA presidet Dave Scott. "It wasn't the best of years, but the Texas cattle industry still managed to survive partly because our ranchers have access to valuable tools and information that help them make financially smart decisions."

On Thursday, school participants will attend a special series of hands-on classes and demonstrations where they can view live cattle handling and chuteside demonstrations and test their skills at ear tagging, using implants, fence building and plant identification. Day two of TSCRA's School for Successful Ranching offers six different tracks covering animal health, animal nutrition, business and marketing, pasture and forage, wildlife management and holistic resource management.

Interested individuals can register online at http://www.texascattleraisers.org/convention/.

More than 2,000 ranchers and landowners will gather in Fort Worth for a weekend of programs and educational sessions, a trade show with more than 200 companies, networking and fellowship with fellow cattle raisers.

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association is a 133-year-old trade organization. As the largest livestock association in Texas, TSCRA represents more than 15,000 beef cattle producers, ranching families and businesses who manage approximately 4 million head of cattle on 51.5 million acres of range and pasture land, primarily in Texas and Oklahoma.