Attend TSCRA Range and Pasture Field Day in Granbury

Join us for the TSCRA Range and Pasture Field Day June 29 at the 7R Ranch in Granbury. This interactive field day puts you right in the middle of everything you need to know about range and pasture management. Experts from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative, and Noble Foundation will show you first-hand how to get the most out of your land through unique demonstrations and worksheets you can take back to your operation and use for years to come. Some of the topics covered in the field day will include plant identification, production, stocking rates, animal use, soil health and economics of hay production. Read more…

USDA targeting additional strains of E Coli. in raw beef trim starting Monday

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) next week will begin instituting a zero-tolerance policy for six additional strains of E. coli that are responsible for human illness. Beginning Monday, FSIS will routinely test raw beef manufacturing trim, which is a major component of ground beef, for the six additional strains of E. coli. Trim found to be contaminated with these pathogens will not be allowed into commerce and will be subject to recall. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cows missing in McLennan County

TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, of Dist. 15 in south Central Texas, has reported the theft of seven head of black and mostly black baldy cows from a property near Robinson in McLennan County. On May 30, the thief or thieves drove through a fence and loaded cows that were penned. It is believed that the suspect was also hauling a horse. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Wills at 254-865-2571. Read more…

Hurricane preparedness week May 27-June 2

National Hurricane Preparedness Week 2012 runs from May 27 to June 2. The best time to plan for a disaster is before it happens. Visit the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center at nhc.noaa.gov/prepare or other information sites Ready.gov/hurricanes or governor.state.tx.us/hurricane for preparedness guides. The Texas Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) also provides information for dealing with livestock, land and animals before, during and after a hurricane, available by clicking here. Read more…

Texas State-Federal Lab joins National Animal Health Laboratory Network

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) is pleased to announce that the Texas State-Federal Laboratory in Austin has been accepted into the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). The Texas State-Federal Laboratories are a collaborative effort of the TAHC and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services (USDA-APHIS-VS). Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Sirloin steak and tomato salad

Keep a bottle of your favorite vinaigrette on hand to use as a flavor booster or quick and delicious marinade in recipes like this Sirloin Steak and Tomato Salad. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, May 30, 2012

Though the areas of extreme and severe drought shrank further, large parts of Texas remained either in one stage of drought or abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service reports. Producers throughout the state continued to make hay, and plant cotton and other crops, according to weekly reports from AgriLife Extension county agents throughout the state. Cattle were generally in fair to good condition in most regions. Some livestock producers were restocking herds, but doing so at a cautious rate, concerned that the weather will turn dry again. Read more…

Smith demands answers from EPA on aerial surveillance of Nebraska livestock operations

U.S. Rep. Adrian Smith joined fellow Nebraska Reps. Jeff Fortenberry and Lee Terry, as well as Nebraska Sens. Ben Nelson and Mike Johanns in sending a letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson inquiring about the EPA’s use of aerial surveillance of livestock operations in Nebraska. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: East Texas gooseneck trailer stolen

TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, has reported the theft of a livestock trailer from a property in Gregg County. Some time before May 26, a thief or thieves cut a lock on a gate to steal a 24-foot WW brand gooseneck cattle trailer. The trailer has an open bar top with no canvas, is red with white pinstripes and has a synthetic floor and a sliding rear gate. The VIN No. is 11N3524205W281883, Texas licence No. CVH-J74. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252. Read more…

Minimize heat stress

Terry Mader, Extension beef cattle specialist at the University of Nebraska, discusses how to help alleviate heat stress in cattle during the summer. Read more…

Checkoff creates new online video commercials

Two new checkoff-funded “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” online advertising video commercials recently made their debut. Read more…

National survey to explore dove hunter options

An upcoming survey will ask dove hunters from across the U.S. to share their experiences and opinions about dove hunting. Topics will include time spent hunting, demographics, constraints to hunting, and thoughts about potential effects of spent lead from hunting ammunition on mourning doves and other wildlife. The survey is a cooperative effort by the state fish and wildlife agencies, all four flyway councils, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, May 29, 2012

For the week ending May 26, feeder cattle prices at the Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $6 higher per hundredweight (cwt), with a few to $10 higher and some steady to $3 lower on heifer calves. The Texas direct feeder cattle trade was $2 to $5 higher, with the largest increases noted on cattle weighing 800 pounds or more. The Oklahoma City auction was mostly $2 to $6 higher. Fed cattle cash prices declined by more than $2 per cwt due to weaker packer demand ahead of a workweek shortened by the Memorial Day holiday. Read more…

Egg Standards Bill Introduced in Senate

Senator Diane Feinstein, D-Calif., and a bipartisan group of seven other senators, introduced a bill late last week to set federal housing standards for egg-laying hens, again sparking protest from both pork and beef producers, as well as other animal rights activists who are now calling it the “rotten egg bill.” The measure, which mirrors a bill recently introduced in the House, is based on a landmark deal struck between the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and United Egg Producers. Read more…

Farm bill savings would be $23.6 billion, CBO says

New cost estimates Friday from the Congressional Budget Office predict that the Senate farm bill will save an estimated $23.6 billion over the next 10-years, about three-quarters of which would come from a net reduction in subsidies for major commodities. Read more…

Weigh every option before considering restocking beef herds

Restocking may be an option that many ranchers are considering, but rainfall and other factors will weigh heavily into the decision-making process, according to Dr. Jason Johnson, an AgriLife Extension economist from Stephenville. Read more…

USDA announces results for CRP general sign-up

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on May 25 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept 3.9 million acres offered under the 43rd Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up. During the extended five-week signup, the USDA received nearly 48,000 offers on more than 4.5 million acres of land, demonstrating the CRP’s continuing leadership as one of our nation’s most successful voluntary efforts to conserve land and improve our soil, water, air and wildlife habitat resources. The USDA has now enrolled nearly 12 million acres in the CRP since 2009. Currently, there are more than 29.6 million acres enrolled on more than 736,000 contracts. Read more…

Is your air freshener killing you?

Beware: turns out your well-intentioned efforts to de-funk the room could be hurting your ticker, according to a new study in Environmental Health Perspectives. Women who use air fresheners as little as once a week experience reduced heart rate variability–something linked to heart attack and high blood pressure. Find out more at the following link, provided by TSCRA Insurance Services, Inc. While you’re at their resources page, check out all the other helpful information they’ve gathered for you. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Heritability in Heifers; Plan for Drought Before it Happens

In the May 28 Cow-Calf Corner newsletter, Dr. Glenn Selk talks heritability, that portion of the difference in the performance of cattle that is due to genetics. The remainder of the differences are presumed to be due to variables in the environment such as management, pastures and weather. Derrell Peel also discusses planning for a drought before it happens. Read more…

Tipsters to receive reward money in cattle killings

The tipsters that provided information leading to arrests in the killings of five head of cattle in Rogers County, Okla., will receive reward money. Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton received a check from Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Rangers John Cummings and Bart Perrier. The reward money, provided from TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief fund, will go to those who provided the information that led investigators to arrest two Broken Arrow teens. Operation Cow Thief offers a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and/or grand jury indictment of thieves. Read more…

Friday is last day for early voting

Friday, May 25 is your last day to take advantage of early voting for the Texas Primary. Click here to find your early voting location and click here to view the TSCRA PAC’s election recommendations (PDF). The list only includes candidates that have primary opponents and that are supported by the TSCRA PAC. Candidates without primary opponents are not listed. Information on early voting and more is available at votetexas.gov. Read more…

Stabenow tees up farm bill for next month

Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow said on May 23 that the farm bill will come to the floor next month. Read more…

Oil falls to less than $90 per barrel as supplies reach 22-year high

Commodity prices took another beating on Wednesday as the U.S. dollar continued climbing against the euro. U.S. crude oil fell 2 percent, dipping below $90 per barrel for the first time since November after a government report showed that U.S. crude supplies rose to a 22-year high. Read more…

CME Group Daily Livestock Report, 5-24-12: Range & Pasture Conditions

What beef producers — and especially cow-calf operators— want to do and what Mother Nature allows them to do are sometimes different things. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, May 22, 2012

Warm, dry weather returned to the Oklahoma and Texas early in the period, following the previous week’s drought-easing rainfall. Still, the May 1-22 rainfall of 9.84 inches — 364 percent of normal — marked San Antonio’s highest May total since 1993, when 12.47 inches fell. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Peppered beef brisket

Overnight marinating makes for lots of flavor. Read more…

TSCRA to host ranch gathering in Bowie

Come join the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) for a ranch gathering Thursday, May 31, at the Bowie Community Center in Bowie. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. Read more…

USDA wants public input on ag report release times

The U.S. Agriculture Department will seek public input before it considers changing the release times of market-moving reports on farm data now that futures markets are open nearly around the clock, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday. Read more…

Gov. Perry reappoints Jacobs to State Soil and Water Conservation Board

Gov. Rick Perry has reappointed Larry Jacobs of Montgomery to the State Soil and Water Conservation Board for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2014. The board administers Texas’ soil and water conservation law, and coordinates conservation and pollution abatement programs throughout the state. Read more…

El Niño risk rising for late summer, climate models show

Improving moisture conditions in the southwestern U.S. has improved the outlook for many farms and ranches for 2012, and meteorologists say the La Niña weather pattern responsible for last year’s drought is unlikely to return this year. Farmers on the other side of the globe, however, are rightfully worried about the looming threat of El Niño and the possibilities of drought it may bring to their crops. Read more…

Consumers will pay for safe beef

Consumers will pay more for beef they believe is safe and handled humanely, John Butler, CEO of the Beef Marketing Group, said at the Alltech Symposium. Butler’s group commissioned a study of 2,000 consumers who eat beef more than once a month to learn what is important to them. The top choice of these consumers was “assurance of food safety,” followed closely by “humane animal care and handling,” followed by “sustainability.” Read more…

Texas crop, weather for May 22, 2012

The drought continued to recede with less than 14 percent of the state rated as being in an exceptional or extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor and Texas AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Read more…

TSCRA, U.S. Marshals on the lookout for cattle thief

Authorities are looking for an alleged cattle thief who has been missing since March. A reward has been offered through the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Operation Cow Thief for any information leading to the arrest of Ronald Ryan Shepard, also known as Ron Shepard of Brookfield Cattle Co. and Brookport Cattle Co. Read more…

State franchise tax could mean big payday to Texas trucking companies

News Radio KLBJ reports that Texas trucking companies can keep on trucking, thanks to millions of dollars in state franchise tax refunds they have coming. Read more…

Texans urged to report suspected arson activity

Law enforcement officials with Texas Forest Service are asking residents to be aware of the potential for arson activity this summer – and to report any suspicious behavior. Read more…

Senate farm bill not a sure thing

According to AgWeek, 45 senators and a wide range of national farm and commodity groups have urged Senate leaders to bring the farm bill that passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on April 26 to the floor, but most southern senators and rice and peanut growers remain opposed to the bill. Read more…

Registration open for NCBA 2012 Summer Conference

2012 NCBA Summer Conference is July 25 to 28, Denver. Special offer on tickets to Cheyenne Frontier Days. Read more…

TDA Market Recap May 21, 2012

Texas Department of Agriculture reports that for the week ending May 19, feeder cattle prices at the Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $2 higher per hundredweight (cwt), with a few to $5 higher. Read more…

Perry renews proclamation extending drought emergency

Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources. Read more…

Horses seized at Texas border test positive for EP

U.S. Border Patrol agents recently seized 10 adult and four yearling horses near Indian Hot Springs, south of El Paso, after an attempt was made to smuggle the animals across the Rio Grande River into Texas. The horses were turned over to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Service (USDA-APHIS/VS) and underwent disease testing. All 10 of the adult animals tested positive for equine piroplasmosis (EP), a blood-borne protozoal disease that can be fatal to horses, but does not affect humans. EP is routinely found in Mexico but is not usually found in the U.S. Read more…