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…

The race to save the pronghorn of far West Texas

Pronghorn once roamed Texas from the Hill Country all the way to the state’s western tip. Today their range is diminished to the point of disappearing. But even though the impact of drought and accompanying wildfires was devastating to the pronghorn, researchers say the conditions have also provided unexpected insights into what might help the animal thrive. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Carne Asada

Carne Asada is a colorful Mexican beef dish that means, “roasted meat.” This version calls for Top Loin steaks on the grill, seasoned with fresh garlic and cumin and a splash of fresh lime juice. Read more…

Cattle prices rebound after BSE news; JBS says business not affected

Cattle futures were higher at midday. News that a California dairy cow tested positive for BSE sent CME futures down the daily limit on Tuesday, but prices bounced from the lows in electronic trading late Tuesday and were higher Wednesday amid assurances from most beef importing countries that they are not planning to restrict beef imports from the U.S. JBS also issued a release stating business will not be jeopardized following Tuesday’s report of BSE. Read more…

World Bank says global food prices on the rise again

Global food prices are rising again, pushed higher by costlier oil, strong demand from Asia and bad weather in parts of Europe, South America and the United States, the World Bank said on Wednesday. Read more…

TVMDL receives AAVLD accreditation through 2016

The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) has given full accreditation to the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) through 2016. TVMDL remains the only AAVLD-accredited laboratory in Texas and is among only 35 such facilities in the U.S. The accreditation includes TVMDL’s full-service labs in College Station and Amarillo, as well as its poultry labs in Center and Gonzales. Read more…

Prevention and management to protect horses from strangles

As spring competition season approaches, it is important to remember that strangles is a highly infectious disease that can have severe consequences for horses. Understanding what it is, how it is spread, and treatment options can prove to be a lifesaver for your horse. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, April 24, 2012

Though there remained large areas still stricken, the number of counties under drought conditions continued to shrink. In many counties, with lush growth brought on by recent rains, producers continued to bale a great deal of cool-season grasses for hay. Though the hay is certainly welcome, the flush of growth is holding back warm-season grasses, including Bermuda grass, Bahia grass and native species. Read more…

BSE detected in California dairy cow; never entered food supply

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed Tuesday that a dairy cow in Central California has tested positive for an atypical strain of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). It was never presented for slaughter for human consumption, so at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. Read more…

Attend Cattlemen’s Luncheon and Field Day May 2 in Beaumont

A Cattlemen’s Luncheon and Field Day will be held May 2 at the Grayson Pipkin Ranch, 23779 Big Hill Road in Beaumont from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Attendees will enjoy a free beef lunch and hear from Merial, Novartis, Bayer, Mulitimin and Micro Beef representatives and get a preview of their products. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt will also be in attendance to answer questions. To attend, RSVP to at 800-242-7820, ext. 192, or rsvp@tscra.org. Read more…

Will you be making purchases this year? Tell us!

The Cattleman staff is working on the special June equipment issue. Tell us what you’ll be buying this year — and what you can’t do without to run your ranch – via a 5-question survey. Go to thecattlemanmagazine.com and click on the “Tell Us What You Think” button in the lower right column. Your advice will help us bring advertisers who have the goods and services you need. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner video: Beef tips and industry trends

Glenn Selk talks about industry trends with OSU alumni Rick Rasby, who is now an Extension cattle specialist at the University of Nebraska. Will the cattle that moved north due to the drought stay where they are and what does this mean for feed, forage and calving? Read more…

TDA Market News, 4-23-12

For the week ending April 21, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $3 higher per hundredweight (cwt), though one location was as much as $5 lower on a few head. Receipts at many auctions were half to two-thirds of those during the same week a year ago. Weather limited volumes at some sales, but the lower head counts also were likely a reflection of smaller supplies of available cattle. Read more…

Government leaders lean on Vilsack to set the record straight on LFTB

Thirty members of Congress signed a letter asking Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to provide them with the steps USDA plans to take to set the record straight about the safety of lean finely textured beef (LFTB). Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Steers shot in Hugo, Okla.

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in southwest Oklahoma, reports that on April 1, three black steers were shot with a rifle from a roadway and adjoining pasture near Hugo in Choctaw County. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888. Read more…

Senate bill proposes updating farm bill to 21st Century US farm supports

Senate Agriculture Committee leaders unveiled a proposal on Friday that would eliminate the $5 billion-a-year “direct payment” subsidy that is paid regardless of need and is a target of reformers. Overall, the Senate bill would cut spending by $23 billion over 10 years, mostly in crop subsidies. Committee members are scheduled to meet this week to discuss amendments. Read more…

Justices to rule on role of states in immigration

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday on a bitterly disputed immigration enforcement law that was passed two years ago in Arizona. The court’s decision could lead to a redrawing of long-established boundaries between the federal government and the states when it comes to immigration enforcement, which has been considered a nearly exclusive federal preserve . Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Regional differences in cattle markets; Anaplasmosis prevention

The latest USDA Cattle on Feed report contained few surprises in the overall numbers for placements and marketings. However, a closer look at the report reveals a continuation of recent trends that reflect more regional differences in cattle markets. The mild winter and early, wet spring in Oklahoma have been a blessing. However, insects that are vectors for the cattle disease anaplasmosis have also enjoyed the weather and are quite plentiful. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

April 23-25: OSU Cow-Calf Boot Camp, Kelleyville, Okla. 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

Senate Democrats weigh vote plans on extending Bush cuts

Democrats in the U.S. Senate are considering whether they should vote before the November election on extending income tax cuts that expire at the end of 2012. Read more…

Even if drought worsens, lake levels should remain stable, officials say

Even a return to extreme drought conditions over the next six months wouldn’t send Highland Lake levels dropping below the low point that was reached during the worst part of the drought, thanks in large part to a decision to severely limit how much water rice farmers get this year. Read more…