TSCRA Crime Watch: Black and black baldy calves missing in Panhandle area

TSCRA Special Ranger Harold Dempsey, District 1, has reported the theft of 9 head of black or black baldy calves from an Armstrong county property in the Texas Panhandle. The calves could have been stolen any time between early September and mid-December 2011, and weighted approximately 500 pounds each. Read more…

TSCRA congratulates new regional special ranger supervisors

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Sonny Seewald has been selected as regional supervisor for Region 4 covering districts in south and southeast Texas. Special Ranger John Cummings has also been selected as regional supervisor for Region 3 in eastern Oklahoma. Read more…

Mineola man arrested on hay scam charges

A Mineola man was arrested Friday by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Larry Hand on charges of 2 counts of hay theft. Special Rangers Hand, Max Hartmann and Doug Hutchison investigated the case.

According to Hand, Steven Clues, 39, of Mineola, began advertising hay for sale in late summer on Internet hay websites. He is accused of collecting funds by wire transfers on 98 round bales of hay from 2 victims, worth an estimated $10,000, but failed to deliver the hay. The victims were from Fayette and Comal counties.

Hand says that a Grand Jury will review the case for possible additional charges.

“These ranchers began ordering hay in September 2011 at the height of the drought and wildfire season,” Hand said. “We’ve seen an increase in this form of hay fraud and expect the situation to get worse as we head into winter and hay supplies dwindle even lower.”

Hand advises ranchers to be extremely cautious when using hay brokers. Get a contract, pay upon delivery when possible, or agree to one of many forms of escrow accounts to minimize your risk.

Clues was released from the Wood County jail Saturday on a $10,000 bond.

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Legislation introduced to counter proposed child farm labor laws

U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, Dist. 4, is taking action to support the tradition of family farms as bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Labor push to restrict the ability of youth to do farm work. U.S. Rep. Dan Boren, D-Okla., Dist. 2, is co-sponsoring the legislation. Latham authored and introduced bipartisan legislation on Friday that expresses the sense of Congress that “the secretary of labor should recognize the unique circumstances of family farm youth and multi-generational family partnerships in agricultural operations when drafting regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act.” Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Dec. 19, 2011

For the week ending Dec. 17, feeder cattle prices were mixed. Select Texas auctions were mostly $2 lower to $5 higher per hundredweight, though a trend could not be established at some Panhandle locations because of light receipts the previous week. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were mostly steady to $2 lower, while Oklahoma City was $5 lower to $2 higher. Buyers are willing to pay more for the more desirable offerings and to fill current orders, but lighter demand and the onset of cooler, wetter weather are also keeping a lid on the market. Read more…