TSCRA Honorary Director James “Jim” Monroe Brizendine

TSCRA Honorary Director James “Jim” Monroe Brizendine passed away on Friday, April 27. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, at Starrville Cemetery, Winona, followed by a memorial service at 11:30 a.m. at Starrville Methodist Church in Winona, under direction of Burks Walker Tippit Funeral Directors. The family will receive friends at the funeral home, 215 East Front Street, Tyler, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 30. At the family’s request, memorials should be made to the Starrville Community Center, P.O. Box 351, Winona, 75792, in lieu of flowers. Read more…

May TBQP meetings planned for Bowie, Brady

Upcoming Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) program meetings are planned in Bowie on May 8 and Brady on May 15. The TBQP program promotes good management practices for cattle producers in an effort to strengthen consumer confidence in beef as a wholesome food product. There is no cost to attend, but an RSVP is required. For more information, click here to go to the texasbeefquality.com event page and click on the event you would like to attend. To RSVP, call 800-242-7820 or email rsvp@tscra.org. Read more…

TSCRA to host a Ranch Gathering in Saginaw

Join the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) for a ranch gathering on Tuesday, May 8, at Bonds Ranch in Saginaw. The featured guest speaker will be Daren Williams, executive director of communications for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Daren will give a presentation on effective beef advocacy and messaging. The gathering will begin at 5:30 p.m. with registration followed by a beef dinner. To attend, please RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192, or rsvp@tscra.org. Read more…

Animal ID plan sent to White House following BSE find

A proposal to strengthen the tracking of U.S. cattle has been sent to the White House for a fast-track review after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in California and spurred calls for a more stringent system. Read more…

EPA’s Armendariz quits in wake of ‘crucify’ remark

The Obama administration’s top environmental official in the south and southwest region has resigned after Republicans targeted him over remarks made two years ago when he used the word “crucify” to describe his approach to enforcement. In a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson sent Sunday, Al Armendariz says he regrets his words and stresses that they do not reflect his work as administrator of the 5-state region including Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Herd rebuilding, Deworming nursing calves

In the April 30 edition of the Oklahoma Extension Service’s, Cow-Calf Corner, Derrell Peel talks herd rebuilding and Glenn Selk discusses the early summer deworming of nursing calves. Read more…

$1.5 million grant helps researchers address quail decline

“Poor bob-white,” the iconic song of one of America’s most popular game birds, is fading into a golden oldie as quail disappear in massive numbers. Now thousands of Texans want to know where all the quail have gone. To find the answers, the Rolling Plains Quail Research Foundation (RPQRF) will provide $1.5 million to staff a new laboratory at The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech that will support the assessment of diseases, parasites and contaminants that could impact quail. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

May 2: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Grayson Pipkin Ranch, Beaumont, Texas May 8: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Bonds Ranch, Saginaw, 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 May 17: Dilley Luncheon, Pacho Garcia Café, Dilley, Texas May 17: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Washington-on-the Brazos, Texas May 24: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Holt River Ranch Pavilion, Graford, Texas May 31: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Bowie Community Center, Bowie, Texas June 13-15: TSCRA Summer Meeting, Fredericksburg, Texas

Cattle Raisers applaud withdrawal of proposed youth labor regulations

The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) applauded a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor on Thursday to withdraw a proposed rule that would have restricted youth under 16-years of age from performing most jobs associated with agricultural production, especially the livestock sector. The proposal would have also limited youth involvement in programs offered through the Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H. Read more…

Forecaster predicts rain in parched West Texas, Okla.

Farmers, ranchers and others struggling with historic drought in West Texas and Oklahoma received a welcome prediction Thursday from a weather researcher who expects the region to see above-normal rainfall in the next three months. University of Colorado climate scientist Klaus Wolter told those attending a drought forum in Lubbock that his prediction came from an experimental model that considers such factors as warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico and soil moisture data collected from around the nation. Read more…

State leaders unveil the Texas Wildfire Risk Assessment Portal

Officials with Texas Forest Service and The Texas A&M University System gathered with state lawmakers Friday morning to unveil new web applications that will help homeowners and communities determine wildfire risk — and take measures to mitigate potential hazards. Read more…

Selecting for calmer cattle

Stockmen know that wild, temperamental cattle present a danger to handlers, facilities and other cattle. They’ve also learned that cattle behavior can play a role in performance, health and carcass value, making selection for calmer cattle a worthwhile effort. Read more…

Beetles chomping their way through salt cedar at Lake Meredith

Dr. Jerry Michels, a Texas AgriLife Research entomologist in Amarillo, is hopeful this will be the year major defoliation occurs on salt cedar that lines the banks of the waterways leading into Lake Meredith. They are using both spraying and introduction of salt cedar beetles, which cause defoliation, eventually killing the trees. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, April 24, 2012

No alterations were made to the drought depiction in Oklahoma this week. Notable improvements were made in Texas, especially the Coastal Bend and far southern Texas. In addition, some of the abnormally dry area in east Texas has retreated, while some trimming of extreme drought and exceptional drought was also performed in the Panhandle. The dominant impacts across most of the state are considered to be long-term (L). Read more…

Respected Ozona rancher, son, killed in Utah wilderness plane crash

The Ozona Stockman newspaper has reported that three men were killed in a single-engine plane crash in San Juan County, Utah, area yesterday. While the San Juan Co. Sheriff’s office has not yet released the names of the victims, the Associated Press reports the Federal Aviation Administration had released a tail number that shows the plane was registered to Kyle Richardson, of Midland. Sources have told The Ozona Stockman that Kyle’s father, Wade, who lives in Ozona, was also on the plane. Wade Richardson and his wife Jane are Crockett County ranchers and the owners of several fast food restaurants in West Texas. The third victim is believed to be a pilot from Utah. Read more…

Senate Agriculture Committee approves farm bill

The U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry voted Thursday, April 26, to approve the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act of 2012, a bipartisan farm bill authored by Committee Chairwoman Senator Debbie Stabenow and Ranking Member Senator Pat Roberts. The measure will now go to the full Senate for consideration. Read more…

US beef industry profits from fast-growing exports

Exports are big business for the U.S. beef industry, which shipped a record $5.4 billion worth of beef abroad in 2011. Last year, 14 percent of the beef produced in the U.S. was shipped overseas. Measured in both sales and volume, exports saw growth of more than 20 percent according to the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Read more…

Secretaries Vilsack and Salazar announce readiness for wildfire season

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today outlined the federal government’s readiness for the wildland fire season to ensure protection for communities and restoration of forests and public lands across the country. The Secretaries were joined by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell and National Predictive Services Program Manager of the National Interagency Fire Center Ed Delgado. Read more…

Understanding your sunscreen options

Confused about the best sunscreen? TSCRA Insurance Services Inc. provides this link to help sort through the options. Read more…

Selecting for calmer cattle

Stockmen know that wild, temperamental cattle present a danger to handlers, facilities and other cattle. They’ve also learned that cattle behavior can play a role in performance, health and carcass value, making selection for calmer cattle a worthwhile effort. Read more…