Study claims red meat increases risk of death; others say findings flawed

A Harvard health study released Monday claims red meat increases the risk of many diseases and premature death. However, representatives from the meat industry, including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the American Meat Institute, says the study – which is observational, assigns too much blame to red meat, ignoring other factors that could lead to premature mortality. They also reassert that scientific evidence supports the role of lean meat in a healthy, balanced diet. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Feed truck stolen from San Saba Co. ranch

TSCRA Special Ranger Max Hartmann reported the theft of a pickup being used as a feed truck from a San Saba county ranch on March 1. The four-wheel drive truck is a half-ton pewter 2004 Dodge with a double cab, long bed, a black headache rack, silver diamond plate toolbox and a plexi glass rear sliding glass window. The license number is farm tag XIA 187, VIN # 1D7HU18N74J178832. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Hartmann at 830-669-2429. Read more…

USMEF: Beef ahead slightly in January, pork exports maintain hot pace

U.S. red meat exports have a tough act to follow after a record-setting year in 2011, but the early indications for 2012 are good. January pork exports jumped 28 percent in volume and 43 percent in value while beef exports were even in volume but rose 14 percent in value, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Read more…

TDA Market Recap, March 12, 2012

For the week ending March 10, feeder cattle prices at Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were steady to $2 lower per hundredweight (cwt) at Panhandle locations, and firm to $2 higher at San Angelo. Tulia noted a larger volume of heavier cattle coming off wheat pastures. Texas feeder sales direct to feedlots were steady to weak, while Oklahoma City was steady to $3 higher on feeder cattle, and $1 to $8 higher on calves. Fed cattle cash prices were down by more than $3 per cwt from the previous week’s record high following a drop in Choice beef values. Read more…