TSCRA Crime Watch: Truck stolen from Fredericksburg auction barn

TSCRA Special Ranger Max Hartmann, Dist. 26, reports the July 29 theft of a 2002 white Chevrolet single cab 3/4 ton truck with a black flat bed from the Gillespie Livestock Company in Fredericksburg. Texas license plate no. AF13979, Vehicle Identification No. 1GCHK24U22Z116918. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Hartmann at 830-669-2429. Read more…

TSCRA Insurance Services has your Medicare supplements covered

Did you know TSCRA Insurance Services offers Medicare supplements? Regardless of your current insurance provider, if you’re about to turn 65, call us at 1-800-252-2849 for more information. TSCRA Insurance Services handles a wide variety of products for members, including individual plans and small business groups for 2 to 50 employees, vision, dental and more. Visit our website at tscrainsurance.com and click on “Health & Well-Being” in the yellow menu bar to find out more. Read more…

Cattle-Fax: It’s not all doom and gloom

While this year’s drought has profoundly affected the cattle outlook, Cattle-Fax analyst Kevin Good presented some signs of hope Friday during the Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver. Read more…

USDA offers flexibility for CRP emergency haying and grazing in Oklahoma

The Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that all Oklahoma counties with eligible Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) contracts are eligible for emergency haying and grazing because of the new provisions announced recently by Secretary Tom Vilsack. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, July 30, 2012

For the week ending July 28, feeder cattle prices at Texas auctions were generally steady to as much as $12 higher per hundredweight (cwt), though a few locations noted lower prices, especially on fleshy, unweaned calves. Texas direct feeder cattle sales and the Oklahoma City National Stockyards were steady to $3 lower. Tight supplies, higher futures markets and a dip in grain prices contributed to the higher prices, though negative cattle feeding margins limited the increase. The fed cattle cash trade was $1.33 higher per cwt and wholesale beef prices were flat for most of the week before declining on Friday. Read more…

TSCRA participates in Industry Summer Conference

A large delegation of almost 30 TSCRA members participated in the Cattle Industry Summer Conference hosted by National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB), American National Cattle Women (ANCW) and the NCBA Foundation. TSCRA’s delegation was led by TSCRA President Joe Parker, Byers, First Vice President Clay Birdwell, Hereford, and Second Vice President Pete Bonds, Saginaw. Read more…

Coalition urges waiver of RFS because of drought

As drought conditions become the worst in 50 years, and corn yields are expected to drop significantly, a coalition of meat and poultry organizations Monday asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to waive the federal mandate for the production of corn ethanol. In a petition delivered to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, the coalition asked for a waiver in whole or in substantial part of the amount of renewable fuel that must be produced under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for the remainder of this year and for the portion of 2013 that is one year from the time the waiver becomes effective. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cow stolen in Gatesville; Trailer stolen in Oklahoma

TSCRA special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15, reports the theft of a black cow branded with a running W over bar on the left hip. Sometime between July 13 and 17, the cow was stolen from her holding pen near Gatesville. TSCRA Special Ranger Paul Cornett, Dist. 3, also reports the theft of a beige tandem axle livestock trailer sometime between July 26 and 27 from a property near Ada in Pontotoc County, south Central Oklahoma. Read more…

USDA offers more flexibility for CRP emergency haying and grazing for 229 Texas counties

USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director James B. Douglass announced that 229 Texas counties are eligible for Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) emergency haying and grazing because of the new provisions announced by Secretary Vilsack on July 23, 2012. Read more…

House pitches shorter farm bill

Anxious to show progress before the August recess, House Republicans unveiled legislation late Friday that would extend most current farm programs for one year while providing immediate disaster aid to livestock producers impacted by this summe’s severe drought. Direct cash payments would be trimmed modestly to help cover the costs, but their extension is controversial in itself since both the House and Senate Agriculture Committees have recommended reforms that would end the multibillion dollar subsidies. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Cattle Marketing Opportunities when production is difficult; Hay feeding costs; In In

The July 30 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, Derrell Peel, OSU livestock marketing specialist, talks marketing profitably when production is a challenge; Dave Lalman, OSU beef extension specialist explains how the cost of hay feeding can be substantially reduced; and Dr. Glenn Selk, OSU emeritus extension animal scientist, discusses how hot weather affects bull fertility. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

To view TSCRA’s entire list of events, click here to go to the TSCRA calendar. Under the “select category” dropdown list, choose which events you would like to view: Cattlemen’s Industry Events, Education, Sale Calendar, TSCRA Events, or Ranch Gatherings. Make sure those selections have a checkmark and then click the “go” button. You can choose as few or as many event categories as you like.

Aug. 11: Southern Plains Beef Symposium, Ardmore, Okla.
Aug. 16: Dilley Luncheon, Pacho Garcia Café, Dilley
Aug. 17-18: Young Leadership Series, Fort Worth
Aug. 21: Ranching 101, Current Issues and Q&A, Fort Worth
Aug. 30: Proper Injection Sites & Equipment Care Demo, Lindsay
Aug. 30: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Sulphur Springs
Sept. 7: TSCRA Cattleman’s Luncheon, Nacogdoches
Sept. 8: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Lubbock
Sept. 13: TSCRA Cattleman’s luncheon, Wichita Falls
Sept. 18: Ranching 101, Topic: Risk management, Fort Worth
Sept. 20: Dilley Luncheon, Pacho Garcia Café, Dilley
Sept. 24-26: TSCRA Fall Meeting, Austin Please note: this meeting is Monday through Wednesday
Sept. 27: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Fredericksburg

TSCRA Fall Meeting: Add your voice to Cattle Raisers policy development

The 2012 session of the Texas Legislature will begin in January. The 2012 elections will be held in 3 months. Come to Austin for the TSCRA fall meeting, Sept. 24 to 26, to be part of the policy development that guides TSCRA’s actions. All TSCRA members and friends are welcome to register to attend and learn about the issues important to cattle raisers and property owners. Register before Sept. 7 to get special pre-registration prices. Please note this meeting runs Monday to Wednesday. Read more…

TSCRA member 77 Ranch honored for outstanding environmental stewardship

Cattlemen and women from across the country were recognized for their commitment to environmental stewardship Thursday during an award ceremony for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s (NCBA) Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP). TSCRA members Gary and Sue Price of 77 Ranch, Blooming Grove, were the regional winner from Texas. The ranch was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Rangeland Steward Award on March 31, 2012, at TSCRA’s Convention Weekend. Read more…

Drought bill may carry mammoth farm bill into law

A comparatively low-priced disaster bill for livestock producers hit by the worst drought since 1956 may be the ticket to passage for a $500 billion farm bill now in limbo in Congress. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, July 24, 2012

July 22 USDA statistics indicated that more than90 percent of the topsoil was short or very short of moisture in Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, with virtually all (99 percent) short or very short in Missouri and Illinois. More than 80 percent of the pasture and rangeland was in poor or very poor condition in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. Corn, Soybean, Sorghum, and Alfalfa losses continued to mount, ponds dried up, and wells failed in several of the states. Read more…

Oklahoma man arrested on charges of horse theft

A Wynona, Okla. man was arraigned on 2 felony counts of Larceny of Domestic Animals Tuesday after he confessed to stealing 2 horses he was hired to break and train. Michael John Delaney II, 26, turned himself in to authorities on Monday. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigations leading up to Delaney’s surrender. Read more…

Early primary runoff voting ends Friday

Early voting for the Texas Primary Runoff runs through Friday, July 27. Election day is on Tuesday, July 31. Visit votetexas.gov for polling location and ballot information. Read more…

TAHC reports no vesicular stomatitis found in Texas

The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) reported Tuesday that TAHC veterinarians have conducted numerous investigations in Texas for vesicular stomatitis and have not found any cases. On April 30, 2012, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, confirmed a finding of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection in two New Mexico horses. Read more…

Report shows real harm of estate taxes

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Wednesday said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee (JEC) report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses. The JEC, a bipartisan committee composed of members from the House and Senate, issued its report, “Costs and Consequences of the Federal Estate Tax,” earlier this week. According to the report, there are extensive costs associated with the estate tax in terms of the dissolution of family businesses, slower growth of capital stock and a loss of output and income over time. This can be particularly hard on farm families, who own 98 percent of the nation’s 2.2 million farms. Read more…