WHEREAS, The Senate of the State of Texas is pleased to
  recognize the cattlemen of Texas on the grand occasion of Texas
  Cattlemen's Day at the Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Cattle have been raised in Texas since the
  mid-18th century when the Spanish established missions; and
         WHEREAS, Beginning in the 1860s, ranching expanded
  rapidly; and
         WHEREAS, The first cattle drives on the legendary Chisholm
  and Goodnight-Loving Trails headed north from Texas toward the
  markets and railheads in Kansas; and
         WHEREAS, After interstate railroads were established in
  Texas during the 1870s, cattle drives to the Midwest became
  unnecessary, and communities such as Forth Worth and Amarillo
  became points where herds were amassed for rail shipment across
  the United States; and
         WHEREAS, The dramatic growth of cattle feeding in Texas,
  beginning in the 1950s, has made our state a leading provider of
  grain-fed cattle desired by consumers around the world, and this
  state supplies almost a third of the nation's fed beef; and
         WHEREAS, Texas is the number one cattle-producing state,
  with an inventory of 13.8 million cattle and calves; and
         WHEREAS, The Texas cattle industry contributes almost $8
  billion in cash receipts and has a direct impact of $15 billion on
  the state's economy; and
         WHEREAS, Cattle production accounts for more than 70
  percent of livestock cash receipts and for almost half the total
  for all agricultural products in Texas; and
         WHEREAS, Cattle production has played a prominent role in
  the culture and legacy of Texas; and
         WHEREAS, Texas cattlemen have a proud heritage of animal
  husbandry and land stewardship that continues to be strong today;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 81st
  Legislature, hereby honor these dedicated producers and their
  contribution to the economy and culture of our state and declare
  April 1, 2009, as Texas Cattlemen's Day at the Capitol; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
  the cattlemen of Texas as an expression of esteem from the Texas
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on April 1, 2009.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate