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