Bob McCan comes from a strong background of industry involvement as he takes the reins as 2014-15 NCBA president. Learn more about the incoming NCBA president and see photos from his ranch above.
Read the full feature story about Bob McCan here.
<p>When Bob McCan looks across his cow herd on the McFaddin Ranch south of Victoria, TX, he sees 137 years and counting of ranching heritge. Among the many reasons that McCan took on the top job with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association is to help ensure that family ranches throughout America have a promising future to go with a historic past.</p>
<p>Bob McCan sits on the steps of the McFaddin Mercantile, which was built in 1910 to serve ranch hands and neighboring farmers. The Texas Historical Commission named it an<br />
official historical site.</p>
<p>The McFaddin Ranch was purchased by McCan's great-great-grandfather in 1877 with money made from financing the storied cattle drives north to the railheads in Kansas. The State of Texas many years ago recognized the ranch for its consistent operation by one family.</p>
<p>Bob McCan looks out from the front steps of the historic McFaddin Mercantile, built in 1910, and sees not just South Texas ranchland, but an entire nation's ranching heritage.</p>
<p>Bob McCan's grandfather began a systematic crossbreeding system with Herefords and Brahmans that resulted in what is now known at the Victoria Braford, 3/4 Hereford-1/4 Brahman cross well suited to the tough South Texas environment.</p>
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<p>Running a ranching operation that includes three ranches and 3,000 to 5,000 cows usually means that Bob McCan’s saddle has four wheels. But he’s on horseback as often as possible, checking cattle and pastures.</p>
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<p>Bob McCan rides through a crop of yearling bulls, comparing their feed test data with their conformation. Combining performance data with "the eye of the master" helps him rank the bulls for both his own use and for others.</p>
<p>South Texas can be a tough environment for cattle to rustle a living in. It's often hot, usually dry and summertime can be especially tough. But when it does rain, the land responds beautifully, thanks to more than 137 years of proper management.</p>
<p>You wouldn't automatically correlate ranching in South Texas with playing polo, but Bob McCan is a longtime enthusiastic player. Here he's riding in a full-tilt practice session on a field he carved out of the brush on the McFaddin Ranch.</p>
<p>The McFaddin Ranch employs a fall calving program. That's because the summers are especially tough--very hot, very dry and not well suited for pasture growth. By calving in the fall, both the cows and calves usually have ample pasture and cooler temperatures.</p>