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…