The Independent Cattlemen’s Association has been representing cattlemen since 1974. As the premier representative for the cattle industry, ICA works hard to provide an effective legislative voice for farmers, ranchers, and cow/calf producers. Our objective is to promote change that supports efforts of cattlemen and their well being, while combating policy that hinders the progress of the cattle industry.


Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas was formed in 1974, by T.A. Cunningham of Goliad, TX. At the time, there were severe problems with beef dumping into the US market and the implementation of the brucellosis program, which concerned many farmers and ranchers. In response, Mr. Cunningham convened a group of 17 like-minded cow/calf producers together to discuss forming an organization that specifically represented their sector of the beef industry. Thus, the Independent Cattlemen’s Association of Texas was born.

The ICA provided representation for the average Texas rancher. Since then, the association has grown from a small assembly to a grassroots organization that represents thousands of agricultural families.

The ICA state headquarters office is located in Lockhart, where the 37 volunteer state directors and officers meet on a regular basis to discuss hot topics facing the cattle industry.

Chloe Nunley Wilson, President

PO Box 54, Sabinal, TX 78881-0054

Brian Malaer, Past President

PO Box 108 Harwood, TX 78632

Brad Cotton, 1st Vice President

9505 FM 536 Floresville, TX 78114

Don Thompson, 2nd Vice President

PO Box 7773 Beaumont, TX 77726-7773

Kerry Wiggins, Treasurer

1209 Wilderness Cove Austin, TX 78746-6739

Cooper Little, Executive Director

PO Box 1168, Lockhart, TX 78644

Phone: 512-620-0162

Fax: 512-620-0610

Contact Information

PO Box 1168 Lockhart, TX 78644

Phone: 512-620-0162

Fax: 512-620-0610

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