TSCRA offers reward in Oklahoma calf slaughter case

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of suspects involved with the killing and butchering of a calf in Rogers County, Okla. Read more…

Kroger asks for ‘accelerated’ move to stall-free pork

The Kroger Co. announced this morning that it has started to inform its pork suppliers that it believes “a gestation crate-free environment” is a more humane means of housing pregnant sows than individual stalls and that pork producers should work toward a transition to stall-free housing for pregnant sows. The company said it encourages its suppliers “to accelerate” this transition, which it noted already is underway. The company acknowledged that this transition “may take many years.” Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Estray and missing cattle in Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier has reported one black Brangus bull missing from Osage County, Okla.; plus one black Angus cross bull and four Angus-Limousine cross cows from Rokfuskee County, Okla. Read more…

Eye in the sky: EPA defends feedlot flyovers

In response to criticism last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims it has legal authority and precedent for using aerial photography to monitor compliance with the Clean Water Act. The issue came to light when U.S. Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., announced he, along with all of Nebraska’s Congressional delegation, had sent a letter to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson questioning the agency’s motivation and legal authority for using aerial surveillance of Nebraska livestock operations. Read more…

TSCRA Range and Pasture Field Day June 29

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…

It’s tick time in Texas

Beautiful spring weather across the state not only encourages Texans to become more active outdoors, it also is a boon for tick populations, according to Dr. Pete Teel, a Texas AgriLife Research entomologist at College Station. Ticks are an ever-present part of living in Texas. But Teel says the unusually mild temperatures and precipitation much of the state has received during late winter and early spring on the heels of the hottest and driest year on record are proving to be ideal for increased tick activity. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, June 4, 2012

For the week ending June 2, feeder cattle prices at the Texas auctions covered by USDA Market News were mostly steady to $2 higher per hundredweight (cwt), with fleshy new-crop calves as much as $7 lower. The Texas direct feeder cattle trade was mostly steady with a few over 800 pounds to $3 higher. The Oklahoma City auction was closed for Memorial Day. Read more…