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…