14 th Annual  Holt  Cat® Symposium on
Excellence in Ranch Management

ranch management symposiumOctober 26-27, 2017

More information on the 2017 symposium topic coming soon.

The annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management is KRIRM’s highlight event held every October. The symposium features an in-depth look at timely and important issues facing the ranch management industry, delivered in a workshop format. The two-day event includes educational activities and an evening social.

13th Annual Holt Cat® Symposium on Excellence in Ranch Management
October 20-21, 2016

The 2016 symposium will focus on “Practical Stockmanship in Ranching,” a vital component to the success and profitability of a ranching operation. Cattle handling practices extend beyond individual operations, impacting the entire beef industry and also consumers. This symposium will bring top cattle handling experts together to teach attendees not only about low-stress handling techniques, but also considerations about large and small facility costs; workers’ compensation; management practices for castrating, dehorning, and euthanizing; and more. Keynote speaker Shawn Darcy of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will discuss linking animal welfare concerns to beef supply chain actions. Discussions will also include producer experiences with implementing change in cattle handling.

Both days will include a speaker panel discussion, and a trade show of more than 25 vendors will be open throughout the program. The symposium will conclude at the King Ranch Arena with a live low-stress cattle handling demonstration by experts Ron Gill and Curt Pate. BQA Logo

Para todas las presentaciones y demostraciones habrá traducción simultánea al Español.



Campus Map


Memorial Student Union Building
Texas A&M University-Kingsville Campus
1050 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave.
Kingsville, Texas 78363


$150-covers materials, refreshments, lunch, and Thursday night dinner

Travel Information:

A block of hotel rooms are reserved at a discounted rate on a first come, first served basis. The following hotels are reserved under the group name KRIRM. Please contact the hotels directly to make reservations.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2400 South Highway 77
Kingsville, TX 78363
Room Rate: $109

Hampton Inn & Suites
2489 South U.S. Hwy 77
Kingsville,Texas 78363
Room Rate: $99

The Corpus Christi International Airport is approximately 33 miles from Kingsville, offering commercial flights with American Airlines, Southwest, and United. There are numerous car rental companies available including Enterprise, Alamo, Alvis, Hertz, and more. Please reserve your flight and car rental directly with the airport and rental company.

Corpus Christi International Airport
1000 International Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78406

Symposium Speakers:

Michael Archibald
General Manager; Deseret Cattle & Timber, FL
Lee Creech
KRIRM Graduate Student; AB, Canada
Shawn Darcy
Associate Director of Market Research; NCBA, CO
Ron Gill, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head for Extension Animal Science; Texas A&M AgrilLife, TX 
Randy Hunter, DVM
Producer and Stockmanship Consultant, WY
Rick Machen, Ph.D.
Endowed Chair in Ranch Management; KRIRM, TX
Curt Pate
Stockmanship Instructor; Curt Pate Stockmanship, MT
Jason Peeler
Owner; Texana Cattle Feeders, TX
Decky Spiller
Division Manager; Silver Spur Ranches, CO