House votes to overturn Supreme Court decision on eminent domain

The House on Tuesday afternoon approved legislation that overturns a 2005 Supreme Court decision that affirmed the ability of states to take control of private property under the doctrine of eminent domain and hand it to another private developer. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Upshur County

TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports the theft of 15 head of steers from a property north of Gilmer in Upshur County. The steers each weigh 400 to 500 pounds, are of various colors, have a double under bit in the right ear and the W over Bar brand on the left hip. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252. Read more…

CME Group: Beef exports up 7 percent in first 2 months

The CME Group says that by judging from the trade data for the first 2 months of the year, U.S. beef export demand remains in good shape. Total shipments continue to track above year ago levels despite sharply higher prices in the U.S. market. A weaker dollar has blunted some of the impact of higher U.S. beef prices, but not entirely. Read more…

USDA announces equine operations now eligible for emergency loans

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Bruce Nelson announced Feb. 29 that equine operations that breed, raise and sell certain types of horses are now eligible for loan assistance under FSA’s emergency loan program. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, Feb. 28, 2012

Rains continued to improve forages and the outlook for spring planting in many areas. Only about 14 percent of the state was listed as being under “exceptional” drought conditions, according to the Feb. 21 U.S. Drought Monitor. However, though conditions have greatly improved in the last few months, nearly 70 percent of the state still suffered from “severe” drought conditions. Read more…

EPA greenhouse gas rules face new legal challenges

U.S. limits on greenhouse gas emissions face a challenge in federal court this week from more than 100 industry groups and several U.S. states, the latest high-profile effort to halt or overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rules. Read more…

Vilsack grilled on budget request

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack may have thought he was complying with the mood in Congress recently when he presented a budget with a minimum of increases, but at a 4-hour hearing before the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee he got a full dose of members’ views on cuts to the programs they think are important. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: This Could Be the Year for Grass Tetany

Grass tetany is a serious, and often fatal, metabolic disease caused by low blood levels of magnesium. It is also known as grass staggers or wheat pasture poisoning. It most commonly affects older cows early in lactation, but it may also occur in any cattle. It occurs most commonly when cattle are grazing lush, immature grass and it often affects the best cows in the herd. It is typically a late winter or early spring problem coinciding with the rapid growth of cool season grasses. In this case an ounce of prevention truly does equal a pound of cure. Read more…

General Oklahoma CRP sign-up to begin March 12

Francie Tolle, executive director for the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that a 4-week Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general signup will begin on March 12 and end on April 6. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers interested in offering land under the competitive general sign-up are encouraged to contact their county FSA office. Read more…

New website showcases the opportunities of US-Korea FTA

The USDA Agricultural Trade Office (ATO) in Seoul recently launched a Web page to showcase potential opportunities to be created by the soon-to-be-implemented U.S.-Korea Trade Agreement (KORUS). KORUS will take effect on March 15, 2012. Information available on the Web page includes a list of South Korea’s top-imported commodities, a detailed view of the population, and analysis of trade competitors. Exporters can also download the latest import statistics, which are updated monthly, to accurately evaluate market trends. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Feb. 27, 2012

For the week ending Feb. 25, feeder cattle prices at Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady with a few to $2 lower per hundredweight and a few to $5 higher. Texas feeder sales direct to feedlots were $1 to $4 higher with some as much as $6 higher. Oklahoma City was $2 to $5 higher on feeder cattle and $4 to $10 higher on calves. Fed cattle cash prices were near unchanged from last week’s record high. Wholesale Choice boxed beef prices were up 3.7 percent for the week, which helped packers reduce their losses, though margins remain negative according to most sources. Read more…

Last chance to re-register your brand!

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) reminds ranchers that the current brand re-registration period ends this Wednesday, Feb. 29! If you haven’t yet re-registered your brand with the county clerk’s office, this is your last chance. Read more…

Oklahoma cattle shooting suspects plead guilty

Two Broken Arrow men pleaded guilty Feb. 23 to 8 counts of cruelty to animals for shooting 9 head of Rogers County cattle with a bow and arrow, killing 6 of them. Traton Tyler Vanderpool, 19, and Jared Wade Barlass, 20, were sentenced to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) program for one year. Upon successful completion, the defendants will serve 4 years of supervised probation, pay a $100 fine, serve 60 days in the Rogers County jail or complete 240 house of community service. Vanderpool and Barlass will also pay full restitution to the ranchers in this case. Read more…

Gov. Rick Perry renews proclamations extending drought and wildlife emergencies

Gov. Rick Perry has renewed proclamations extending emergencies due to extreme fire hazard and drought conditions across the state. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor stolen in Northeastern Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a Massey Ferguson tractor from a Claremore property in Rogers County, some time between Feb. 14 and 21. Read more…

Cattle producers should remain de-stocked despite recent rainfall

Beef producers shouldn’t get too caught up in adding cattle to herds despite recent rainfall, according to Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist. He recommends remaining de-stocked, despite recent rain, and consider drought management part of your overall strategy. Read more…

TPWD sets statewide public hearings

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is recommending changes to next year’s hunting and fishing regulations and is seeking comment during a series of public hearings. Each year, TPWD considers changes in hunting and fishing regulations to achieve resource management objectives and maximize outdoor recreation opportunities consistent with good stewardship. The public is encouraged to attend public meetings in their area and provide comment on proposed changes. The TPW Commission will make final rulemaking at its March 28-29 public hearing in Austin. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Prices, incentives and margins in the beef industry

It is a fact that cattle and beef prices tend to go up and down together. It is also a fact that cattle and beef prices do not usually go up and down by the same amount and at the same time. It is this second fact that creates so much of the short term dynamics in cattle and beef markets. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

March 8: TSCRA Cattleman’s Luncheon, Wichita Falls, Texas
March 15: Monthly Dilley Luncheon, Pacho Garcia Cafe, Dilley, Texas
March 20: Ranching 101-Resource Management, Fort Worth, Texas
March 30-April 1, 2012: TSCRA Convention Weekend, Trade Show and School For Successful Ranching, Fort Worth, Texas

Oklahoma man arrested on felony charges

A Pushmataha County, Okla., man was scheduled to appear Thursday in a Marshall County, Okla., court for an arraignment on felony charges of burglary in the second degree and larceny of farm equipment. George Holder, 45, of Antlers, Okla., was arrested Feb. 10 by the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office after a 10-month investigation. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Austin Green and Deputy David Barnes of the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation. Read more…