Beef prices will likely rise for 2 years

The smallest cattle herd since the 1950s likely will mean higher beef prices at the supermarket for the next two years. Experts said beef prices could climb as much as 10 percent a year in 2012 and 2013, and the increase could be even greater if demand from other countries increases. TSCRA Director Richard Thorpe, Winters, also talks about how the drought has affected his herd and what his plans are for the future. Read more…

Black vulture predation may be on the rise as population grows

Reports of vultures, also known as buzzards, preying on cattle and calves are on the rise throughout Texas. As a result, ranchers are searching for methods to combat these pesky birds as their populations and home ranges increase. Of the most common vulture species in North America, the familiar red headed turkey vulture rarely preys on live animals. However, the lesser-known black vulture, which has a black head instead of red, may attack and kill calves, lambs, piglets, and other weak animals. Recent studies indicate that the population of black vultures, as well as spread of their range, is on an upward trend. Large numbers of roosting vultures may also lead to structure damage, accumulation of foul biological waste and other annoyances. So what can ranchers and landowners do? Read more…

Ag Minute: EPA’s sue and settle strategy makes for bad ag policy

This week during The Ag Minute, guest host U.S. Rep. Tom Rooney discusses the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) growing trend of developing public policy as the result of lawsuit settlements. This defective method of putting in place regulations that circumvent the public rulemaking process can negatively impact the agriculture community. Rooney highlights one such example with the proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) Reporting Rule. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Smoky chipotle pot roast with cornbread

What could be better on a chilly night? Read more…