TSCRA Crime Watch: Bulls stolen in Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger Paul Cornett, Dist. 3 in south central Oklahoma, reports that theft of two bulls on different dates from a property in Love County. On June 1, 2012, and in November 2011, the thief or thieves entered the property west of Burneyville through an unlocked gate. Stolen were 2 black Angus bulls, one approximately 6 years of age with a red ear tag in the right ear with the number 6435; the other approximately 2 years old with a red tag in the right ear with the number 29 or 32. If you have any information on these thefts, please call Special Ranger Cornett at 580-334-1017. Read more…

Meet with members of Congress during August

Members of Congress are back at home spending time meeting with constituents during the August recess. Now is the time for TSCRA members to call their local representative’s office and schedule a meeting to discuss important issues that affect the cattle industry. It is critical our leaders in Congress continue to hear from TSCRA members in their districts. As we fight for the cattle industry in Washington, we must seize every chance to promote common sense laws and regulations that support free enterprise, private property rights and protection of natural resources. Read more…

Brenham ranchers honored with Texas BQA Award

r. Mike and Anne Wirtz, owners of TZ Cattle Co., Brenham, were announced as this year’s recipients of the Texas Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Award Monday at the 2012 Beef Cattle Short Course in College Station. TZ Cattle Co. will compete against other state BQA winners for the National BQA Award, which will be announced at the 2013 Cattle Industry Annual Convention and Trade Show in Tampa, Fla. Read more…

All classes of cattle post gains despite another hot, dry week

Leverage in the cash fed cattle trade turned modestly toward cattle feeders last week with the market jumping $3 to $4 per hundredweight higher to $118. Cattle on a dressed basis sold at $184 to $186 per hundredweight. Feedyards will begin this week asking higher money again with ideas market-ready supplies are declining. Read more…

Drought muddies politics of ethanol

Will you be paying more at the grocery store this year because of what you’re burning in your gas tank? Some lawmakers say you will, and they want the federal government to relax ethanol requirements so that more corn goes to feed livestock. Read more…

US to resume beef imports from Japan after 2-year ban

The U.S. will restart importing beef from Japan this month, ending a 2-year suspension imposed after foot-and-mouth disease was found in Japanese cows, the farm ministry in Tokyo said. Imports into the U.S., which were halted in April 2010 after the discovery of Japanese cows infected with the virus, will resume on Aug. 17, Japan’s farm ministry said in a statement released on Friday. Read more…

Agencies complete investigation of BSE case

Following the discovery of BSE in a California dairy cow in April 2012, the FDA conducted an extensive investigation of feed suppliers and found no violations or evidence of a feed source for the infection. Read more…

Colleges see higher demand for degrees in agriculture

Enrollment is booming at many colleges of agriculture as students flock to study subjects they feel offer a clear path to a job on graduation. Demand for skilled workers in the industry shows no signs of letting up, in part because some predict agriculture productivity will have to increase 70 percent by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma Cattle producers face additional decisions; Keeping good records; Nitrates

In this week’s issue of Oklahoma Cooperative Extension’s Cow-Calf Corner newsletter, Derrell Peel talks about the decisions Oklahoma cattle producers are facing; and Dr. Glenn Selk discusses how keeping good records can ease the pain of a disaster and warns not to let your guard down on nitrates. Read more…

TSCRA Event Calendar

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: Read more…