U.S. House defends legislation to block CWA jurisdiction authority

U.S. House of Representatives voted down an amendment Friday by U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., which would have prevented Congress from defunding the implementation of over-reaching Clean Water Act (CWA) “Waters of the U.S.” jurisdictional guidance. This guidance is being fast-tracked by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). The House is currently considering the Energy and Water Development Appropriations bill, HR 5325, which contains a section that blocks funding to finalize or implement the EPA/Corps Clean Water Act (CWA) guidance. TSCRA asked all Texas and Oklahoma representatives to oppose the Moran amendment and keep language preventing CWA jurisdiction expansion intact. The House has not concluded consideration of the bill as a whole, but final passage is expected on Tuesday, June 5. Read more…

TSCRA Summer Meeting pre-registration and hotel rate deadline today

Cattle producers from Texas and Oklahoma will gather June 13-15 in Fredericksburg for the 2012 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) summer meeting. The meeting will be at the Inn on Barons Creek located at 308 South Washington Street. Friday, June 1 is your last day to pre-register and take advantage of special meeting hotel rates. Read more…

Oklahoma calf stolen, butchered in rising trend

Rogers County, Okla. authorities are investigating a string of attacks in which cattle have been killed and butchered. The latest happened this week on a county road near Chelsea. With two other similar attacks on cattle in recent months in the same general area, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association special rangers are assisting Rogers County deputies with the investigation. Read more…

Rollins talks quail and cattle in “A Tip ‘O the (Camouflaged Cowboy) Hat”

Dr. Dale Rollins, Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch (RPQRR), discusses the relationship between cattle ranchers – especially TSCRA members – and quail in the June issue of the RPQRR’s e-Quail Newsletter. “I know ranchers love their deer, doves, turkeys, pronghorns, and other wild critters great and small. But, in my opinion, quail hold a special throne, right up there with old saddle horses and canine companions. To all of you who claim such, and practice your craft accordingly, TSCRA member or not, I salute you.” Read more…

Texas Beef Quality Producer Award now taking nominations

Applications for the first-ever Texas Beef Quality Producer (TBQP) Award are now being accepted. The TBQP Award will recognize winners in the area of beef, dairy and/or cattle marketing. The winner will be chosen based on Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) management practices, good animal handling practices, as well as their involvement in BQA leadership and education efforts. Read more…

What you need to know about chagas disease

Chagas disease, or American trypanosomiasis, is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi and has been gaining attention in the news. The infection may be on the rise in some areas of the South, especially South Texas and the Gulf Coast. Chagas disease is usually acquired through contact with the feces of an infected triatomine bug, also known as a kissing or assassin bug, a blood-sucking insect. Animals, including dogs and people, can be affected by the disease, which may lie dormant for several years and is hard to detect and treat. Chagas disease is of increasing concern because of emigration to the U.S. from Mexico, Central and South America, where the disease is common. Read more…

AgriLife Research study focuses on feeding beef steers with algae co-products

Algae typically isn’t associated with cattle feed, but a Texas AgriLife Research scientist and graduate student have found some interesting results from a study that may change this. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, May 29, 2012

By May 27, topsoil moisture in Kansas was rated 74 percent very short to short, along with 62 percent in Texas, 60 percent in Oklahoma, and 52 percent in Nebraska. Harvest of Kansas winter wheat began (4 percent cut by May 27), with 25 percent of the crop rated in very poor to poor condition. In contrast, locally heavy shower provided some relief from dryness and moderate drought on the northern Plains. Read more…