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: Read more…

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…

Severe drought seen as driving cost of food up

Scorching heat and the worst drought in nearly a half-century are threatening to send food prices up, spooking consumers and leading to worries about global food costs. On Wednesday, the government said it expected the record-breaking weather to drive up the price for groceries next year, including milk, beef, chicken and pork. The drought is now affecting 88 percent of the corn crop, a staple of processed foods and animal feed as well as the nation’s leading farm export. Read more…

Beef flavor research: Consumer changes from 2005 to 2012

The beef checkoff has continuous interest in conducting research among U.S. consumers to better understand preparation methods and flavors used in beef preparation. Given the changing nature of availability of foods and preferences, the beef checkoff has been tracking these consumption patterns. Research was conducted in 2002, 2005 and again in 2012. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Chuckwagon beef & pasta skillet

This easy recipe is quick and tasty. Read more…

House passes youth labor legislation

The Department of Labor (DOL), withdrew its proposed rule regarding youth in agriculture on April 26, 2012. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), along with an overwhelming majority of congressional leaders, doesn’t believe pulling back the proposed rule does enough to provide certainty to America’s farm and ranch families. Consequently, U.S. Rep. Tom Latham, R-Iowa, introduced the Preserving America’s Family Farm Act (H.R. 4157), which passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a voice vote, Tuesday. Read more…

TCEQ warns of possible curtailment of water rights

Despite recent rains, drought conditions remain widespread across the state. As a result, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) informed water rights holders today that the agency may need to administer water rights on a priority basis, if drought conditions persist. The executive director and his staff will closely monitor drought conditions throughout the state and take actions when necessary to control diversions. Read more…

Cattle flood auctions

Cattle are streaming into auctions across the country as ranchers sell animals amid a spreading drought that has shriveled pastures and driven up the price of feed corn. Beef from the animals now flooding livestock auctions will start showing up in grocery stores in November and December, temporarily driving down meat prices. But then prices are expected to rise sharply by January in the wake of dwindling supplies and smaller livestock herds. Read more…

Corn grain prices push to record highs

The future of corn prices and the impact on fed livestock continues to be an unfolding, tumultuous situation, but some degree of clarity should be coming to the story in the next few weeks, according to a Texas AgriLife Extension Service economist. Read more…

Conservation agencies seeks local input

The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Texas Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and their many partners in Local Working Groups statewide, invite the public and any agencies with interest to participate in their annual Conservation Stakeholder’s Meetings held in counties across the state from now until the end of August. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, 7-24-12

If you’ve got grasshopper problems now, you’re probably going to continue to have them until this fall, said a Texas AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. Grasshoppers are long-lived; they’re with us most of the summer, and growers are still battling them. Some producers have already had to re-treat two or three times to protect crops. Read more…

Attend Young Leadership Series Aug. 17-18 in Fort Worth

TSCRA’s next Young Leadership Series (YLS) session is planned for Aug. 17-18 at TSCRA headquarters in Fort Worth. This session will focus on cattle markets and attendees will try their hand at playing a simulation game of the Fed Cattle Market. They will also receive a legislative update and hear about the latest on activities in Austin and Washington, D.C. Read more…

Services for Janie Burgess to be held Aug. 1 in Amarillo

Cornelia Jane “Janie” Burgess, wife of TSCRA Past President C. Coney Burgess, passed away July 23. Burgess was a prominent figure in the community of Amarillo and the last great-grandchild of pioneer rancher and businessman Col. C.T. Herring. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Aug. 1 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St., Amarillo. The family asks donations be made to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch or a favorite charity. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Wire stolen in Frio County

TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark reports the theft of wire from a business in Frio County. Sometime between July 20 and 23, a thief or thieves entered a property in Frio County to steal 800 feet of double rubber coated 1-0 gauge electrical wire. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778. Read more…

USDA authorizes emergency haying and grazing of CRP acres for 14 Texas counties

Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director James B. Douglass announced Tuesday, July 24 that in response to drought conditions, FSA has authorized emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for Briscoe, Collingsworth, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Foard, Hall, Hardeman, Kent, Lipscomb, Motley, Ochiltree and Wheeler Counties. Parmer County was approved for emergency haying and was previously approved for emergency grazing on June 6, 2012. Read more…

AIFA urges Obama to waive ethanol blending mandate

In a letter to President Barack Obama, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) urged the president to waive the ethanol blending mandate under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). With present drought conditions impacting the cost and availability of corn supplies, AFIA believes that food security should command the same priority as energy security and that the administration must immediately use the RFS waiver to mitigate disaster. Read more…

Record heat kicks insects into high gear

Across the country, as a result of record heat, pests from grasshoppers to crickets and ants to bees are arriving earlier and in greater numbers than usual, say entomologists. Read more…

Plains ranchers sell cattle as US drought spreads

Cattlemen throughout the middle and western part of the U.S. are selling animals they can’t graze or afford to buy feed for. Beef from the animals now flooding livestock auctions will start showing up in grocery stores in November and December, temporarily driving down meat prices. But then prices are expected to rise sharply by January in the wake of dwindling supplies and smaller livestock herds. Read more…

Deceptive fundraising by HSUS subject of new report

HumaneWatch.org has released the report, “Deceptive Fundraising Practices of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS)”, that outlines the various ways in which HSUS parts well-meaning people from their money. HumaneWatch.org believes that HSUS is so deceptive in its fundraising, that it has recently sent letters to 25 state attorneys general outlining how the HSUS fundraising tactics may be illegal according to some charitable organization laws, and asking them to investigate. Read more…

Burger love

In spite of all the negative pressures on beef demand – sluggish economy, high beef prices, unwarranted negative publicity – Americans still love a good burger. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, July 23, 2012

For the week ending July 21, feeder cattle prices at Texas auctions were mostly $3 to $15 lower per hundredweight (cwt) early in the week and steady to $7 lower later. Texas feeder cattle sales directly to stocker operations and feedlots were $2 to $4 lower. At the Oklahoma City National Stockyards, feeder cattle were $6 to $10 lower. Higher grain prices, lower fed cattle, hot temperatures and poor pasture conditions all contributed to the decline. The fed cattle cash trade was $1.65 lower per cwt following a drop in wholesale beef prices. Read more…

TSCRA testifies at eminent domain hearing in Austin

The Texas House Land and Resource Management Committee held a hearing Monday at the Texas State Capitol in Austin regarding eminent domain issues relating to oil and gas pipeline activities. Clayton Henry, a TSCRA member from Wichita Falls, delivered testimony on behalf of TSCRA and stressed the importance of protecting private property rights in oil and gas pipeline condemnation cases. Henry serves on TSCRA’s Legislative and Tax Committee. Also in attendance for TSCRA was Director Arthur Uhl, chairman of the Legislative and Tax Committee; TSCRA Director Jamie Donnell; and TSCRA Member James Uhl. Read more…