Attend July Ranching 101 in Fort Worth on Tuesday

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) will host a Ranching 101 seminar on Tuesday, July 17, at TSCRA headquarters in Fort Worth. July’s seminar will cover ranch accounting and record keeping and will begin at 1:00 p.m. Read more…

TSCRA Limited Edition Caps selling out fast

We’re down to less than 50 of our 2012 Limited Edition TSCRA caps. Get yours now, for $20 while supplies last. Click here to go to Cattle Raisers Trading Company or visit TSCRA.org and click on the “Shop TSCRA” hotbutton. Read more…

Proclamation extending drought emergency renewed

Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources. Read more…

56 counties in Oklahoma declared Primary Natural Disaster Areas

Francie Tolle, Oklahoma State Executive Director for the Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced July 16 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 56 counties in Oklahoma as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought. Read more…

Emergency haying of CRP acres authorized for 2 Texas counties

In response to drought conditions, USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has authorized emergency haying use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres July 12 for Crosby and Swisher counties. Based on a decision made by the Texas FSA state committee, CRP emergency haying approval will only be available for those CRP lands that were not utilized for haying or grazing during the previous 12 months. The emergency haying authorization for Crosby and Swisher County became effective July 11, 2012, and ends 60 calendar days from the authorization date, not to exceed Aug. 31, 2012. Read more…

EPA withdraws proposed livestock reporting rule

Late Friday afternoon, July 13, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) withdrew its proposed Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 308 CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) Reporting Rule. The rule sparked controversy within the agricultural community due to what was referred to as a serious overreach of EPA’s authority. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: 2012 drought impact on 2012 unclear at this point; Heat stress can reduce pregnancy rates

In the July 16 issue of Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s Cow-Calf Corner newsletter, Derrell Peel discusses drought conditions so far in 2012 and how this is clearly a large contributor to the current weakness in the cattle complex. However, how these changes in cattle numbers will affect the market in 2013 is not clear yet. Dr. Glenn Selk also explains how heat stress can reduce pregnancy rates. Read more…

Heat leaves ranchers a stark option: Sell

As a relentless drought bakes prairie soil to dust and dries up streams across the country, ranchers struggling to feed their cattle are unloading them by the thousands, a wrenching decision likely to ripple from the Plains to supermarket shelves over the next year. Ranchers say they are reducing their herds and selling their cattle months ahead of schedule to avoid the mounting losses of a drought that now stretches across a record-breaking 1,016 American counties. Read more…

Vilsack: Drought won’t affect food prices this year

Food prices may go up next year, but for now the severe drought conditions should not have an immediate effect on prices at the grocery store according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

July 17: Ranching 101, Ranch Accounting, Fort Worth July 19: TSCRA Ranch Gathering, Spearman July 19: Dilley Luncheon, Pacho Garcia Café, Dilley July 27: Regional Cattlemen’s Workshop, Bay City Aug. 11: Southern Plains Beef Symposium, Ardmore, Okla. Aug. 16: Dilley Luncheon, Pacho Garcia Café, Dilley Aug. 17-18: Young Leadership Series, Fort Worth