Cargill is successful bidder for Fort Worth beef facility

Cargill announced Thursday that it is the successful bidder for the former AFA Foods, Inc. ground beef processing plant in Fort Worth with a bid of $14.1 million for the facility, plus the purchase of all working capital assets. AFA filed for chapter 11 protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court at Wilmington, Del., in April. The transaction received court approval and the sale is expected to close within a week. Read more…

GIPSA and COOL amendments adopted into House farm bill

Near the end of the 15-hourlong markup of its 2012 farm bill legislation slated to save $35 billion, the House Agriculture Committee accepted two Miscellaneous Title amendments designed to limit or monitor USDA regulations. Read more…

May beef export data indicates minimal BSE impact

The fourth U.S. case of BSE announced on April 24 produced only minimal impact on U.S. beef export, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Read more…

CME Daily Livestock Report: USDA Estimates for Beef and Pork Production in 2012/13

Spreading drought conditions prompted a number of changes to the latest USDA estimates of corn, soybean and wheat production. But even as USDA reduced corn feed use by some 650 million bushels at 12 percent, the changes to forecasted beef, pork and poultry output were more muted. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles stolen in Tulsa

TSCRA Special Ranger Paul Cornett, Dist. 3 in Oklahoma, reports the theft of two saddles from a trailer during a horse show in Tulsa April 7 or 8. Stolen were 2 saddles; one Coats brand with square skirts and mostly rough out. Repairs had beem bade to the swell, candle and stirrups in a lighter color. The seat is a 14-14 ½ inch dark green that appears black. The maker stamp on the latigo holder says “COATS SADDLERY-SAN ANGELO, TEXAS.” The saddle also has rubber on the horn. The second saddle is a Marty Byrd brand with full rough out and rawhide stirrups, square skirts, hoof pick holder located on the rear billet; and a leather-wrapped horn with a rawhide ring around the edge. If you have any information on the theft of these saddles, please call Special Ranger Cornett at 580-334-1017. Read more…

U.S. ethanol output drops to lowest level in two years

U.S. ethanol output plunged to its lowest level in nearly two years last week as soaring corn prices pushed many biofuel refineries into the red. At least three U.S. ethanol plants — two in Nebraska and one in Indiana — are idling as the highest corn prices in more than a year squeeze margins in the worst spell since a string of bankruptcies in 2007 and 2008. Read more…

Texas early migratory seasons set for dove, teal and Canada geese

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regulations Committee has approved the 2012-2013 Texas early migratory game bird seasons, including a 70-day season and 15-bird daily bag statewide for dove, a 16-day early season statewide for teal, and 16-day early season for Canada geese in the Eastern Goose Zone. Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, July 10, 2012

Beneficial rains – 2 to 6 inches at a number of locations – brought at least temporary improvement to the southern halves of the High Plains and Rockies and across Louisiana and eastern Texas. Significant drought improvement was assessed in a good portion of New Mexico and along the Texas and western Louisiana Gulf Coasts. Farther north and east, conditions deteriorated significantly in most of Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri, where broad expansions of drought were assessed. Read more…