Cattle Raisers wrap up trip to Washington, D.C.

Members of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) gathered in Washington, D.C. this week to meet with members of Congress and regulatory officials to discuss issues critical to the cattle industry. The meetings concluded Thursday and were held in conjunction with a legislative conference hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA). The most critical federal issue facing ranchers this year is the estate tax, commonly referred to as the death tax. Other issues of concern to TSCRA include the farm bill; regulations that would expand federal control of water and child labor; increasing truck weights; limiting the use of antibiotics in the livestock industry; and frivolous lawsuits involving endangered species. Read more…

Lawmakers, livestock groups raise concerns with animal production mandates

Lawmakers and representatives from animal agriculture joined forces to educate nearly 100 people about the deliberate emphasis farmers and ranchers place on caring for the health and well-being of their animals. During a briefing hosted by Reps. Adrian Smith, R-Neb., and Joe Courtney, D-Conn., congressional staff learned about multiple voluntary, producer-led animal care programs and about the concerns farmers and ranchers have with legislation introduced in the House that would mandate strict on-farm production practices. Read more…

Use caution when thinking about restocking after drought

Experts with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service are advising beef cattle producers to use caution and strategic planning when thinking about restocking herds after drought. Though rainfall has been received throughout the eastern portion of the state and promoted growth of forages on pastures, cattle producers need to be careful when evaluating their operations. Read more…

What you need to know about “pigeon fever” in horses

Contrary to what the name might imply, pigeons have nothing to do with transmission of the equine disease known as “pigeon fever,” also called Dryland Distemper. Pigeon Fever causes abscesses and swelling in the horse’s pectoral region, or breast muscles, causing a “pigeon-like” appearance, and is caused by a bacteria. Pigeon fever is most common in dry areas of the western U.S., but cases diagnosed in other parts of the country, including Texas, may be on the increase. Read more…

HSUS files complaint with FTC in fight against pork industry

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) filed a legal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asserting that a national campaign that portrays the pork industry as ethical and humane is misleading consumers because of practices such as confining breeding pigs to gestation crates. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Chipotle steak sauce

A great steak sauce from Texas Hot Chef Brian Luscher. Read more…