With an eye toward industry unity and capitalizing on opportunities to strengthen state-national relationships among cattle industry organizations, as well as herd expansion potential, fifth-generation Texas cattleman Bob McCan is preparing to take the reins as president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) at the Cattle Industry Convention in February.
Bob McCan McFaddin Enterprises Texas McCan’s ascension to NCBA’s top volunteer-leader position did not happen overnight. Since the early 1990s, McCan has held leadership positions in state organizations and NCBA, as well as various conservation boards and advisory committees. “I was president of our state affiliate, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, about 10 years ago, as my grandfather and great uncle were in the past, so I had a history there and it was a natural progression for me. I grew up in the environment of advocacy work for the cattle industry.”
McCan and his wife Julie have two children, Robert August and Mary Isabel. They will be the sixth generation of the family to work on McFaddin Enterprises.
The McCan family ranching operation, McFaddin Enterprises, is comprised of three ranches located in Victoria, Refugio and Bee counties in southeast Texas. “We run a purebred commercial Braford cow-calf operation and have for many, many years. We sell Braford bulls, replacement heifers and feeder steers.” Also part of McFaddin Enterprises is a large recreational hunting enterprise on the properties managed by the McCan family.
McFaddin Enterprises currently consists of approximately 3,500 female cows, down from a high of about 5,000 females prior to droughts beginning in 2011. “We had to decrease numbers. We had to decrease stocking rates considerably. We have a protocol for what to do when we get into situations when we know we’re lacking moisture and when we know we’re losing range condition.”
McCan says they sold older, less-productive cattle and also moved a lot of cattle off the Enterprise operation to leased land to avoid a more significant sell-off . Moisture in 2012 and 2013 allowed McCan to bring many of the cattle back to the ranch. “We feel like we are kind of in a rebuilding stage right now, and hopefully Mother Nature will smile on us and keep sending some moisture so that we can continue to rebuild. I would hope that for the industry in general because I think across the nation we have that same issue.”