Convention Weekend Special: Breakout Sessions, Trade Show, Opening Session and Market Outlook Featured on Day 3

TSCRA’s third day of Convention Weekend began Saturday with the breakfast in the Trade Show, the School for Successful Ranching’s final session, breakout meetings, the Opening Session and an industry outlook by CattleFax. The evening’s social event, the Cattle Raisers Dance, was held at the Omni Hotel and included a live auction benefiting the TSCRA Political Action Committee (PAC), great food and entertainment from Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. Read more…

Cattle Raisers elect new board members at TSCRA convention

New directors were elected to the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Board of Directors at the 135th Annual convention, Saturday. Also named were honorary directors and executive committee members. Read more…

TSCRA honors Elmer Beckworth as Prosecutor of the Year

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) named Elmer Beckworth the TSCRA Prosecutor of the Year for his commitment to prosecuting livestock theft and related crimes. Beckworth was honored at the association’s 135th annual convention and trade show, Saturday. Read more…

77 Ranch honored with Outstanding Rangeland Steward Award

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) honored 77 Ranch with the 2012 Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship award during the 135th annual TSCRA convention on Saturday. The award is the highest stewardship honor from TSCRA and the Texas Section, Society for Range Management (TSSRM). Read more…

Convention Weekend: Second day of school and first day of the trade show

TSCRA’s 2011 Convention Weekend continued on its second day with the School for Successful Ranching classroom sessions and the opening of the trade show. Association members and guests shopped the numerous booths and gathered for business meetings and university alumni receptions in the afternoon. The TSCRA Trade Show opened at noon with a barbecue lunch and later, hosted a welcome reception at 5:00 p.m. The Young People’s Reception, Friday’s evening social event, was held at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar and boasted quite a crowd. Read more…

Perry: Lean, finely textured beef is nutritious, safe and affordable for consumers

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and a coalition of governors and state officials set the record straight about lean, finely textured beef during a tour of Beef Products Inc.’s (BPI) facility in Nebraska, Thursday. The governor was joined by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Govs. Terry Branstad, Iowa, Sam Brownback ,Kansas, Dave Heineman, Nebraska, and Lt. Gov. Matt Michels, South Dakota, for the tour. Read more…

TPWD adopts rules to curb spread of exotic species

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission adopted new rules designed to prevent further spread of exotic aquatic species into Texas waterways as part of the 2012-12 Statewide Fishing Proclamation. The changes require anglers and boaters to take action to prevent the spread of zebra mussels, and silver and bighead carp. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, March 27, 2012

Moderate to heavy showers across central and eastern drought areas contrasted with unfavorably dry, warm weather in southern- and western-most portions of the region. 1 to 3 inches of rain provided additional drought relief in eastern portions of Texas and much of central and eastern Oklahoma. In eastern Texas, Severe Drought was removed, with only a small area of Moderate Drought left to reflect slow-to-recover reservoir levels while the rain alleviated Abnormal Dryness in a large part of Oklahoma. Read more…

Convention Weekend kicks off with School for Successful Ranching live demonstrations

TSCRA’s 2012 Convention Weekend began Thursday in Fort Worth with the School for Successful Ranching, where attendees participated in hands-on live demonstrations on topics important to landowners and cattle raisers. Friday at the Fort Worth Convention Center, the school will continue with educational tracks, TSCRA’s Trade Show also opens at noon and the first of the social events take place in the evening. Read more…

Cornyn tries to block lizard’s endangered listing

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is trying to block the proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species. Cornyn filed an amendment to energy tax credit legislation Wednesday that would block the lizard’s addition to the federal endangered species list. Read more…

The Ag Minute: Misguided regulatory attack on family farms must end

This week during The Ag Minute, Chairman Frank Lucas discusses the latest regulatory attack on family farms and rural America. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has proposed a regulation that would make it difficult, if not impossible, for young people to access comprehensive on-farm education and employment opportunities. Lucas is a co-sponsor of H.R. 4157, the Preserving America’s Family Farms Act that was introduced by U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa. The bill blocks the DOL from implementing any regulation that would prohibit youth from working on family-owned farms. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Farmer’s market vegetable, beef & brown rice salad

Brown rice has a nutty flavor and is full of fiber and vitamins, making it a healthy addition to lean beef. Read more…

Cattle Raisers and Cornyn support legislation to repeal death tax

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) and Texas Sen. John Cornyn Wednesday announced their strong support for recently-introduced legislation that would provide for a permanent repeal of the federal estate tax, commonly referred to as the death tax. Cornyn is a co-sponsor of the Death Tax Repeal Permanency Act, S. 2242, which would stop the federal government from considering death as a taxable event. Read more…

Eastern Livestock execs plead guilty to theft

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and his office of special prosecutions announced the guilty pleas of four former livestock executives on Tuesday that will result in court-ordered restitution for Metcalfe County farmers. The pleas were made by former executives of the New Albany, Ind.-based Eastern Livestock LLC, which is now defunct. As part of the plea deal, restitution will be paid. Read more…

USDA reminds producers of approaching deadline for CRP signup

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded landowners, farmers and ranchers that the opportunity to enroll in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up 43 ends on Friday, April 6, 2012. Producers who want to offer eligible land for CRP’s competitive general sign-up may enroll at the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office where their farm records are maintained. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle Stolen from Eastern Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5, has reported the theft of 10 head of cattle from an eastern Oklahoma property in Muskogee County. Sometime between March 18 and 20, the thief or thieves removed a locked gate from its hinges and used holding pens to gather and load the cattle. Stolen were eight medium-framed, mostly black heifers, one curly-haired white heifer and one solid black yearling bull. None of the cattle have brands or eartags. One of the black heifers has a white scar from a recent bout with pinkeye. If you have any information on this theft, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, March 27, 2012

Many parts of the state continued to receive heavy rains, bringing them completely out of the drought, while other areas were not so fortunate. But there’s a good chance overall conditions could improve soon. Read more…

Groups push coordinated trade approach to the EU

More than 40 food and ag groups are worried that a move recommending a ‘single undertaking’ to trade negotiations could be trouble. Read more…

Beef industry braces for loss of ‘pink slime’ filler

The announcement Monday by Beef Products International, (BPI) that it would close three plants that make “finely textured beef” that has taken hits on social media, has the beef industry wondering what impact the loss of the low-fat beef product will have on beef prices that already have risen 10-20 percent in the last year. The prospects that the removal of the filler might tighten supplies helped beef prices open up Tuesday on the Chicago Board of Trade, with slaughter-ready live cattle up $1.35 per hundredweight to $125.90 and younger feeder cattle up $2.05 per hundredweight to $154.60 for April delivery. Read more…

Combined treatment most effective for brush management

Sometimes a one-two punch is needed to control brush effectively on rangeland. A combination of fire and herbicides are often needed for effective brush control, according to Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas AgriLife Research scientist at Vernon. Read more…

CWD found in NM deer – Texas taking note

Texas officials have been warned that three recently harvested mule deer taken in New Mexico, several miles from Texas, have tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). The deer were harvested in the Hueco Mountains, which extend into Texas northeast of El Paso in Hudspeth County. New Mexico has been monitoring annually for CWD since it was first discovered 10 years ago and this event is the closest to Texas that the disease has been detected. Texas also has had an active CWD-surveillance program for the past decade, and CWD has not yet been detected in the state. However, state wildlife officials have been preparing for the possibility since 2002. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, March 26, 2012

For the week ending March 24, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mixed, from $5 lower per hundredweight (cwt) to $3 higher, depending on location and the type, age, weight and quality of offerings. Texas feeder cattle sales direct to feedlots were weak to $5 lower in relatively light trade. Oklahoma City was steady to $2 lower on feeder cattle and steady to $3 higher on calves. Fed cattle cash prices were down by less than 50 cents per cwt from the previous week following continued declines in beef values. Read more…

Cattle brands: Leaving a mark

Cattle brands identify animals, tell the ranch story and have a long history in Texas. Read more…

Nab joins The Cattleman magazine

TSCRA and The Cattleman magazine are pleased to announce the addition of Sheila Nab to our staff. Sheila comes to us from advertising sales at Quarter Horse News, and will be part of the advertising sales team for The Cattleman, TSCRA News Update and thecattlemanmagazine.com. Please be sure to look her up at the Convention registration desk and in the Trade Show if you’ll be in Fort Worth this week for Convention Weekend! Read more…

FDA must act to remove antibiotics from animal feed: judge

A federal judge on Thursday ordered U.S. regulators to start proceedings to withdraw approval for the use of common antibiotics in animal feed, citing concerns that overuse is endangering human health by creating antibiotic-resistant “superbugs.” Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Cattle market fundamentals clearer with improved drought conditions

Through much of the winter, uncertainty about continued drought in major beef cattle regions contributed to uncertainty about cattle industry supply fundamentals. Would 2012 be another year of drought forced liquidation, like 2011, or can the industry get back to responding to growing market signals for herd expansion? This question has significant implications for cattle markets in both the short run and the long run. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Oklahoma cattle and hay thieves busy

TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4, has reported the theft of cows, calves and hay in northeast and eastern Oklahoma. The thefts include approximately 100 square bales of hay from a Washington County property, 1 cow and 10 assorted calves from Checotah, and 2 calves from Morris. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

March 30-April 1, 2012: TSCRA Convention Weekend, Fort Worth, Texas April 3: TSCRA Membership Gathering, Vaquillas Ranch, Aguilares, Texas April 10: Beef Quality Producer Training, Cameron, Texas April 11: Beef Quality Producer Training, Meridian, Texas April 17: Ranching 101, Topic: Facilities/Processing,  Fort Worth, Texas May 8: Beef Quality Producer Training, Bowie, Texas May 10: TSCRA Cattlemen’s Lunch, Wichita Falls, Texas May 15: Beef Quality Producer Training, Brady, Texas May 15: Ranching 101, Topic: Marketing, Fort Worth, Texas

Perry renews proclamations extending drought, wildfire emergencies

Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources. Perry has also renewed a proclamation extending wildfire emergency due to extreme fire hazard posing a threat of imminent disaster in specified counties in Texas. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts. Read more…

USTR to appeal WTO ruling on Country of Origin Labeling

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Friday it would appeal a World Trade Organization ruling on Country of Origin Labeling (COOL). National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President Bob McCan, a past president of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA), issued a statement expressing disappointment in the decision, claiming it could jeopardize U.S. trade relationships with Canada and Mexico, the two largest importers of U.S. beef. Read more…

Rising beef prices fail to slow U.S. beef exports

Rising beef prices have not slowed U.S. beef exports, according to recent data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. U.S. beef exports last week were the highest in more than a decade at 52,000 metric tons, the most since 96,044 metric tons were sold in December 2001. Read more…

Despite recent rains, drought far from over, experts warn

Most of Central and East Texas beat long odds with heavy rains this winter, but experts warned state lawmakers Thursday that the drought is far from over. Read more…

Your ultimate allergy guide

It’s that time of year! Combat the symptoms — sneezing, runny nose, nasal congestion, itchy throat, and itchy, watery eyes, using information found at this this link provided by TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, March 20, 2012

Locally heavy rain across central and eastern drought areas contrasted with unfavorably dry, warm weather in southern- and western-most portions of the region. A second band of equally heavy rain developed from Norman, Oklahoma, into southeastern Kansas. Outside the heaviest rain areas, a soaking 1 to 2 inches of rain was reported, particularly from the eastern Texas Panhandle northeastward to Wichita, Kansas. In contrast, warm, dry conditions persisted in southern Texas (highs eclipsing 90°F) and from the western Edwards Plateau northward into southeastern Colorado and western portions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Read more…

Evans testifies before Texas House Natural Resources Committee

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) member Jay Evans, Austin, testified before the Texas House Natural Resources Committee at the Texas State Capitol on Thursday. Evans, who serves as vice chairman of TSCRA’s Natural Resources and Environment Committee, informed state legislators of the impacts the drought has had on the cattle industry. The committee held Thursday’s hearing to gather testimony regarding the strain the historic drought has put on Texas and will issue a report on its findings to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus later this year. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Trailer stolen in Dimmit Co.

TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28, has reported the theft of a 32-foot flat-bed, dove-tailed gooseneck trailer from a property near Carrizo Springs in South Texas. On March 18, the thief or thieves removed the trailer by opening a gate that was locked. The trailer is a 2012 PJ tandem-axle and had dual wheels, VIN no. 4P5FD3220C1169843 and license plate no. DYKR32. If you have any information on this theft, please contact Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778. Read more…

2012 Cattle Raiser’s Convention to feature beef industry expert panel

A world class panel of beef industry experts will provide a look into how the cattle industry will transform over the next 15 years at the Opening General Session of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) convention in Fort Worth. The session begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 31, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Read more…

Supreme Court sides with landowners against EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in favor of landowners in their battle against the Environmental Protection Agency. In a unanimous decision, the court agreed that an Idaho couple can sue to challenge a federal government compliance order under the Clean Water Act. The ruling was seen as a victory for the “little guy,” but was also hailed by business groups and corporations. Read more…

Prescribed fire can help fireproof land before droughts hit

After the record-breaking 2011 wildfire season in Texas in which more than 30,000 fires burned nearly 4 million acres and destroyed more than 3,000 homes, viewing prescribed fire as a benefit during drought might sound like an unsound practice. But the use of prescribed fires can lessen the impact of wildfires that occur during drought. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Boef a la mode

Experience comfort food at its best. Recipe adapted from “Country Suppers” by Ruth Cousineau. Read more…