Bob McCan of Victoria, Texas, oversees the cattle operations and recreational hunting and wildlife operations for his family’s company, McFaddin Enterprises, Ltd. in Victoria, Refugio, and Bee Counties. The ranches are stocked with Victoria cattle, a commercial cross-bred of three-fourths Hereford and one fourth Brahman with a uniform Hereford coloring.
McCan was born in Victoria County on October 16, 1957. He graduated from public high school in 1975. After spending his freshman year at Victoria College, he transferred to Texas A&M University in College Station and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Range Science in 1980.
McCan was appointed to the board of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association in 1990. In 1999, he was named second vice-president of the Association and in 2003 he became president of TSCRA. Some of the accomplishments McCan is most proud of during his tenure there were organizing the association’s long range strategic planning process and creating a partnership stewardship award program between TSCRA and the Society for Range Management Texas section to honor Texas ranchers for their 0stewardship achievements.
During his tenure as president, TSCRA received an award for their leadership role along with Texas Beef Council and Texas A&M Extension Service on creating the Texas Beef Quality Assurance training program.
In 1995, Governor George Bush appointed McCan to serve on the Fire Ant Research and Management Account Advisory Committee. He was then elected chairman of this state committee. Under his leadership, McCan was responsible for helping coordinate research efforts for controlling the red imported fire ant between Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University, and The University of Texas.
Since 1993, McCan served on the National Cattleman’s Beef Association board. He served as vice chairman of the Private Lands and Environment Committee. From 2005 through 2008, he served as a regional vice president for NCBA and served on the Executive Committee during this time.
McCan has also taken an active role with the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, serving as the state chairman on two separate tenures over the past fifteen years. GLCI is an organization founded by grassroots producers in an effort to re-establish technical assistance for range land producers and grazing managers and also to help provide education to grazing land managers. Under the leadership of McCan and many others in Texas, this coalition effort has been very successful in increasing technical assistance for ranchers.