2012 Young Cattlemen’s Conference applications now available

With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important. Every year, TSCRA partners with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to see that leadership development for both organizations is successful. That is why TSCRA is committed to sending up to 3 delegates to the annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). Applications and additional information on the conference is now available at TSCRA’s YCC information page. Read more…

Vilsack announces disaster assistance to producers and communities in 33 states

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday an important package of disaster assistance to help farmers, land owners, communities and others recover and rebuild after a year in which a wave of natural disasters swept across all regions of the U.S. The funding, totaling $308 million, provides financial and technical assistance to help rebuild and repair land damaged on account of flooding, drought, tornadoes and other natural disasters in 33 states and Puerto Rico. Read more…

FSIS & FDA consolidation being considered

There’s long been talk about creating a single federal food safety agency. That may become a reality if Congress grants the Obama administration authority to reorganize the government. According to Pork Magazine, such efforts are already underway following last week’s announcement to close more than 250 USDA-based offices across the country, as well as combining the commerce and trade offices. Read more…

Beef cattle operation management tips from OSU’s Derrell Peel

Manage your beef cattle operation in such a way that you will have something to sell. That’s the advice of Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Derrell Peel in this Beef Buzz feature with Oklahoma Farm Report’s Ron Hays. Read more…

Explore what cattle eat in “Cow Chow” game and video series

The beef checkoff recently launched “Cow Chow,” an online game and video series designed to answer common questions about cattle diets. The 10-question game and corresponding videos encourage consumers to explore what cattle eat from birth to the feedyard. The first-of-their-kind “Cow Chow” videos were filmed almost exclusively by cattle in Kansas, South Dakota, Texas and Florida wearing specially-rigged GoPro cameras to share this important animal care story from the cows’ eye view. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Jan. 17, 2012

For the week ending Jan. 14, feeder cattle prices at Texas locations covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $2 higher per hundredweight, with some steady to $2 lower. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were steady to $2 higher, while Oklahoma City was $4 to $12 higher in its first sale after the holidays. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, 1-18-12

Winter rain accumulations varied across the state, from as much as 5 inches in some East Texas counties to 1 inch to 3 inches in Central and North Texas, according to reports from Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Parts of the Rolling Plains also got rain, as much as 1.5 inches, while some areas in West Central Texas got more than 1 inch, according to reports by AgriLife Extension county agents. The rest of the state remained mostly dry, receiving only light rains, if any. Read more…