Register now for TSCRA’s 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 (NRCS), Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI), and Samuel Roberts 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…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Oklahoma cattle stolen, calves butchered

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma reports that two calves were butchered near the Chelsea area and four black commercial cows were stolen from the Claremore area. Read more…

Blister beetles found in Reeves County alfalfa

A Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist at Fort Stockton warns alfalfa producers and those buying the forage to be on the lookout for blister beetles. Serious problems occur when livestock, especially horses, accidentally eat the insects, which are crushed into the hay during cutting and baling. Read more…

What America spends on groceries

New data reveals that we spend less of our money on groceries than we did 30 years ago. The way we spend our grocery money has also changed. We now spend a much bigger share of our grocery money on processed foods, which includes things like frozen dinners, canned soups and snacks. We spend much less on meat, largely because meat is much cheaper than it was 30 years ago. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, June 18, 2012

For the week ending June 16, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions were mixed, ranging from $6 lower to $6 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Lower cattle futures, dry pastures, variable quality and lower prices for fed cattle offset the seasonally smaller supplies and the impacts of a smaller cow herd. The Texas direct feeder cattle trade was steady to $2 higher. The Oklahoma City auction was mostly steady on feeder cattle and steady to $3 lower on calves. Fed cattle cash prices were $3 lower, while beef values were mixed, with Choice beef prices higher and Select-grade offerings lower. Read more…