Crime Watch: 5 crossbred steers stolen from Ramona, Okla., property

TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, District 5, Oklahoma, reports the theft of 5 crossbred yearling steers, weighing approximately 700 pounds each, from a Ramona, Okla., ranch. Read more…

GIPSA searching for Ron Shepard in connection with unpaid livestock transactions

USDA’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) has received reports that livestock sellers have not received payment in livestock transactions involving, either directly or indirectly, a buyer named Ron Shepard. Read more…

Study shows lean finely-textured beef improves burger quality

A study conducted last fall by a University of Arkansas student has shown lean finely-textured beef, or lean beef trim, added at levels up to 20 percent in ground beef, improved fresh color, reduced spoilage and increased tenderness. Read more…

Lots of turbulence and mixed signals in cattle markets

Cattle and beef markets have dropped significantly in the last month led by sharp declines in boxed beef prices and Live and Feeder Futures. Read more…

TCEQ eases restrictions on junior water rights in Neches River Basin

Source:  TCEQ

Conditions have improved to the point where the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality notified all junior water-right holders in the Neches River Basin that their right to divert water is no longer suspended.

In November, 2011 the TCEQ responded to a senior priority call in the Neches River Basin by notifying certain junior water-right holders that their right to divert was suspended. The senior priority call has now been rescinded and the previously suspended water right holders can divert water again.

The TCEQ continues to monitor the situation closely and strives to balance protection of senior and superior surface water rights while attempting to minimize the impact to junior water-right holders, within TCEQ’s authority. Please note that should another priority call be made or should drought conditions persist or worsen, suspensions of junior water rights may again be necessary.

These actions are guided by the priority doctrine in Texas law. The most senior water rights are served first during times of drought with domestic and livestock uses superior to any appropriated rights. Water rights are suspended or curtailed by priority date, with the most recently issued – or “junior” – priority users suspended before senior water rights in Read more…

“Same Kind of Different As Me” co-author dies at 75

Denver Moore, co-author and keynote speaker at the 2009 TSCRA Convention Weekend passed away in late March or early April, reports an April 2 obituary. Read more…