Convention Weekend pictures available for download

Pictures taken at TSCRA’s Convention Weekend in Fort Worth are now available for download. Pictures can be downloaded for free and prints may be purchased for a fee. Select a category from the drop-down box at the top of the page to go to a certain event or use the “back to” box at the top right of the page. This service is provided by sponsor Dow AgroSciences. Read more…

USDA increases beef production forecast

According to the USDA’s latest WASDE report, the 2012 forecast of total red meat and poultry production is raised from last month. Beef production is forecast slightly higher as higher mid-year production is largely offset by lower-than-expected slaughter in the first quarter. Read more…

Expert: Beef industry has made ‘huge changes’ to ensure food safety with lean, finely textured beef

A Texas A&M University food safety expert said there are three primary misconceptions about lean, finely textured beef. Dr. Gary Acuff, a Texas AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow and director of the Center for Food Safety at Texas A&M, said consumers are concerned the product is not safe when, in fact, stepped-up food safety controls have been implemented throughout the beef industry over the past decade. Read more…

Oklahoma Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Action Plan draft available for public review and presentation

The public is invited to provide comments on a draft conservation plan for the Lesser Prairie Chicken in Oklahoma. The first draft of the Oklahoma Lesser Prairie Chicken Conservation Action Plan (OLEPCCP) is now available for public review. Comments on the draft plan will be accepted until May 4, and the public is encouraged to attend an evening public meeting April 25 in Beaver or April 26 in Woodward. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, April 9, 2012

For the week ending April 7, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $4 lower per hundredweight (cwt), though one location reported 600-700 pound steers $2-$3 higher. The Texas direct feeder cattle trade was steady to weak with few comparable sales for immediate delivery. Oklahoma City was $4 to $8 lower on feeder cattle and steady to $15 lower on calves. Fed cattle cash prices were $3 lower per cwt from the previous week following continued declines in beef values. Read more…