Experts: Texas cattle deaths due to prussic acid ‘isolated incident’

Texas AgriLife Extension Service experts said Tuesday the recent deaths of 15 cattle in Bastrop County were likely an isolated event and that no further problems are anticipated. “It should be known that there is not a widespread problem or concern related to this forage or its use for grazing livestock or the production of hay for livestock consumption.” Read more…

Founder of cattle brokerage company sentenced

The founder and former chief executive officer of the now-defunct cattle brokerage company Eastern Livestock has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in a check-kiting scheme. Two other former executives were ordered to make restitution of $890,000 and sentenced to five years, withheld through pretrial diversion. Read more…

Fourth of July fire safety

Fireworks and celebrations go together, especially during the Fourth of July. Remember, fireworks can be dangerous, causing serious burn and eye injuries, but you can help prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. First, be sure your area allows fireworks and follow these firework safety tips on what you can do to make your Fourth celebration a happy and safe one, from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Texas Forest Service. These links are provided by TSCRA Insurance Service. While you’re at their resources page, check out all the other important information they’ve gathered for you! Read more…

Animal owners advised to be prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms

With Tropical Storm Debby threatening the Gulf States, Louisiana Commissioner of Agriculture and Forestry Mike Strain is reminding livestock owners that they need to be prepared to not only take care of themselves but also their animals. For cattle and horse owners, a hurricane or storm plan should begin with selecting the place on their property that is least likely to flood where livestock can quickly and easily be moved when a hurricane or other severe weather threatens the area. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, June 26, 2012

While crops were doing reasonably well in Central Texas, much of the rest of the state is backsliding into drought pretty quickly. Read more…