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