NCBA supports USDA-proposed comprehensive BSE rule

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published in the Federal Register a comprehensive rule for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) on March 16, 2012. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) voiced support for the rule in comments submitted late Tuesday. NCBA Vice President Bob McCan, of Victoria, Texas, a past president of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, said the organization has been pushing for this rule since the first case of BSE was detected in the U.S. in December 2003. Read more…

House ag committee hears criticism of Senate committee’s farm bill

While the House Agriculture Committee considers its development of the 2012 Farm Bill, the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management questioned agricultural economists and commodity groups about their views on the Senate Committee-passed version during a Wednesday farm bill hearing. Read more…

With beef prices up, beware of livestock theft

Thanks to some rain over the past six months, which means more hay should be available this summer, things are looking up for the folks who depend on the land to make a living. The good thing is that the price of cattle and beef has gone up. That is welcome news to local ranchers, but it also could lead to a spike in cattle theft. Read more…

Cattle and beef sectors mostly take recent events in stride

Drought effects continue to diminish in the U.S. except for some areas in the Southeast and Southwest. However, most of the northern half of Mexico remains under drought conditions, resulting in a 22-percent year-over-year increase in year-to-date imports of Mexican feeder cattle into the U.S. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, May 15, 2012

The forecast for Texas cotton remains mixed, depending upon which part of the state you’re talking about. Read more…