Former Oklahoma game warden joins TSCRA as special ranger

Former Oklahoma Game Warden Paul Cornett has joined the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) as a special ranger for District 3 in Oklahoma. District 3 includes Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cleveland, Comanche, Custer, Garvin, Grady, Hughes, Johnston, Kiowa, Love, Marshall, McClain, Murray, Oklahoma, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole, Stephens, and Washita Counties. Read more…

DOJ report on competition in agriculture markets

In 2010, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hosted a series of workshops exploring competition in the agricultural sector. The workshops, DOJ and USDA hoped, would create for a dialogue and learning on the challenges—as well as the opportunities—facing American agriculture in the 21st Century. The DOJ has released a report on the workshops and what they learned. Read more…

Blue-green algae, other diseases threaten cattle

Dry fields and pastures are not the only challenges agricultural producers are facing so far this summer. Warmer-than-usual weather and a lack of precipitation are also contributing to disease threats to livestock, according to Kansas State University veterinarian Larry Hollis. Hollis, who is a beef cattle specialist with Kansas State Research and Extension, outlines 3 threats to cattle stemming in part, from recent weather conditions, including blue-green algae in ponds, leptospirosis and anaplasmosis. Read more…

USDA-ARS studying alternatives to antibiotics in animal health

Over the years, the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists have developed and patented new technologies that could aid in reducing antibiotic use. Some of those tools have been shown to be effective in treating mastitis in cattle, controlling foodborne enteric bacterial pathogens, creating antimicrobials that kill disease-causing bacteria, and protecting poultry against parasites. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, 6-25-12

or the week ending June 23, feeder cattle price trends at Texas auctions were mostly steady to $7 lower per hundredweight (cwt), although a few locations also noted prices as much as $5 higher on a portion of their offerings. Lower fed cattle and beef markets, dry pastures and variable quality offset smaller supplies. A Texas direct feeder cattle trend was not available due to light trade volumes as sellers passed up the lower bids in hopes of a recovery. The Oklahoma City auction was $1 to $5 lower. Fed cattle cash prices were down $3 in very light trade as the market followed beef values lower, leaving many sellers unwilling to accept the lower bids. Read more…