Ranchers worried cattle branding may be replaced by ear tags

Traditional branding may soon be phased out in favor of ear tags for Texas’ more than 13 million head of cattle. DFW’s News 8 stopped by TSCRA headquarters last Friday to talk to association staff and learn more. Read more…

Potentially deadly horse disease on the increase In Oklahoma

Horses are getting sick from a strain of bacteria that vets say was likely caused by the drought conditions in Oklahoma. It’s called drought distemper or pigeon breast. The bacteria can spread from horse to horse and and vets say it can kill them. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Horse stolen in Stephens County

TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, of Dist. 9 in Central Texas, reports the theft of a horse from a property in Stephens County. The thief or thieves opened a gate on the property south of Breckenridge between Dec. 15 and 17 to steal the 14 hand sorrel gelding Quarter Horse, which has a forehead star and a stripe down to snip. The gelding is 6 years old, weighs approximately 900 pounds and is not branded. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-845-2019. Read more…

Texas Forest Service looking for landowners with ash trees

Texas Forest Service soon will be surveying ash trees across the state for signs of the emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that kills its host. An exotic wood-boring beetle from Asia, the dark, metallic green insect bores into ash trees and feeds on the area between the wood and the bark, effectively killing the tree. The half-inch long pest first was found in Michigan in 2002, and since has spread to at least 15 different states and Canada. The survey is designed to help tree experts determine if the beetle also has spread to Texas. Read more…

Texas receives additional USDA Emergency Conservation Funds

An additional $6,414,000 of Emergency Conservation Program (ECP) funds has been allocated for counties affected by wildfire In 2011. These funds are in addition to regular ECP funds previously issued across the state. In Texas, 27 counties were approved for ECP assistance because they were designated as a primary disaster county under a Presidential Disaster Declaration issued for damages from 2011 wildfires. . Producers who sustained damage from the 2011 wildfires are encouraged to submit their request for assistance prior to beginning reconstructive work. Submitting a request after completing qualified reconstructive work may result in forfeiture of program eligibility. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Jan. 30, 2012

For the week ending Jan. 28, feeder cattle prices at the Texas locations covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $5 higher per hundredweight, with a few to $10 higher. Texas direct feeder sales were steady to $4 higher. Oklahoma City was mostly $2 to $4 higher on feeder cattle, steady to $4 lower on steer calves and $1 to $4 higher on heifer calves. Read more…