SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE
HORSESHOE BAY — Highland Lakes veterinarian Dan McBride has been named Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture by the Texas County Agricultural Agents Association.
The award was presented July 30 during a banquet as part of the association’s annual meeting, which, this year, was held in Horseshoe Bay
McBride owns the Burnet Veterinary Clinic, 2500 U.S. 281 in Burnet.
“Each year, the TCAAA gathers together a small group of individuals who have made a difference in the lives of Texans,” said Wade Hibler, Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension Service agent in Burnet County and the association’s new president.
Hibler said McBride was recognized not only for his veterinary service to clientele in Burnet and the region but also for his efforts and passion for wildlife preservation.
“Dr. Dan has driven literally thousands of miles across Texas to share his expertise at dozens of field days, workshops, conferences and camps,” Hibler said in presenting the award. “He finds great joy in educating young people, whether it’s through sharing his knowledge in veterinary medicine, deer and antelope management or through his taxidermy skills.”
According to Hibler, McBridge not only assists the extension service with its educational efforts but also helps the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Texas Wildlife Association, the Texas Deer Association, the Boone and Crockett Club, the Buckskin Brigade Camps and several other organizations.
“There is no one in Texas, and possibly the world, that is as knowledgeable and has as much passion for pronghorn antelope as Dan McBride,” said Jeff Hanselka, AgriLIFE Extension agent in Guadalupe County and a lifetime friend of McBride’s. “He has studied them for over 40 years from Texas to Wyoming. If the pronghorn antelope in West Texas survive, they need to thank Dan. He has spent countless hours trying to preserve the herd. He has done everything from educating landowners, working with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, predator control, reducing harvest numbers, and has assisted with relocating antelope from the Panhandle.”
McBride is a member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, director and regional chairman of the Texas Wildlife Association’s Desert Big Game committee, president of the Texas Taxidermy Association and one of the 100 regular members of the Boone and Crockett Club. He also is a master taxidermist.
McBride was accompanied to the awards banquet by his wife, Linda, and children and grandchildren.