Beefed up cattle branding registration online in Texas

The process of registering cattle brands in Collin County, Texas, got a lot leaner earlier this year, as the county rolled out what officials call Texas’ first online branding registry database. Every 10 years, Texas requires that brands be re-registered in the county or counties in which you operate. The brand re-registration period began Aug. 31, 2011, and concludes Feb. 29, 2012. If you haven’t already re-registered your brand, please plan to do so before the Feb. 29 deadline. Read more…

Holiday fire safety

Each year fires occurring during the holiday season claim the lives of more than 400 people, injure 1,650, and cause more than $990 million in damage. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), there are simple life-saving steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday. By following some of the outlined precautionary tips found at the link provided by TSCRA Insurance Services Inc, individuals can greatly reduce their chances of becoming a holiday fire casualty. Read more…

What’s left out of the GIPSA rule

USDA issued its long-awaited, final GIPSA rule Thursday, lacking many of the provisions favored by some beef cattle groups and opposed by others. The rule focuses primarily on contract arrangements between poultry and hog growers, companies and packers, leaving out, for now, some of the most contentious provisions relating to beef cattle marketing. Read more…

Texas state parks need your help

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is appealing to the public to visit state parks and make donations to help offset a revenue loss caused by heat, drought, wildfires and a resulting drop in park visitor revenue. A ‘triple whammy’ of record heat and drought, devastating wildfires and a corresponding decline in visitation and revenue has created a critical need for Texas State Parks. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor and Summary, 12-6-11

Widespread welcome precipitation fell across much of Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas as the recent bouts of precipitation (since mid-September) have greatly eased or eliminated short-term deficiencies. Unfortunately, long-term deficits remained, especially after the driest 12 months on record (Oct 2010-Sep 2011) in Texas and near-record 12-month dryness in surrounding states (OK, LA, NM) that was exacerbated by the record summer heat, which will take time and continued surplus precipitation for major improvement. Read more…