TSCRA Crime Watch: Black Angus heifer stolen in northeast Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, Dist. 12, reports the theft of a black Angusf heifer from a property near DeKalb in Bowie County. Some time between Feb. 24 and 27 a thief or thieves removed a gate from its hinges to steal to steal the 2-year old black Angus weighing approximately 900 pounds. This first-calf heifer had a CH brand on the right hip and a 5-day old calf, which was left in the pasture. If you have any information regarding this animal, please call Special Ranger Hurley at 903-945-3236.

Niche marketing expands cow-calf producer opportunities

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Cattle prices were once again favorable for most cow-calf enterprises throughout 2014. Yet, it was about this time last year that analysts were warning that our bubble was about to burst and prices would soon “level off” and possibly start to decline. Read more at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation…

Funding bill includes completion of NBAF

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It appears the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) will receive the $300 million in federal funding needed to complete construction in Manhattan, Kan. After a contentious fight over the Obama administration’s immigration policy, the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 257 to 167 in favor of the $40 billion bill, which finds the Department of Homeland Security, including $300 million for the NBAF. President Obama signed the bill the following day. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, March 3, 2015

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In Texas, near-to-above normal precipitation during the past 60 days led to minor improvements in reservoir conditions in the north-central area, primarily in Dallas reservoirs, which are currently at 68.6% full, according to Water Data for Texas. In response, one-category improvements were made in areas of Exceptional Drought, Extreme Drought, and Severe Drought. In the Texas Panhandle, above normal precipitation during the last 60 days led to minor improvements in areas of Severe Drought and Moderate Drought. Overall, temperatures across the entire region were well below normal  during the past week. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Reps. Conaway, Walorski and Rouzer express grave concern with dietary guidelines

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Today, Chairman of the Agriculture Committee K. Michael Conaway (TX-11), Nutrition Subcommittee Chairwoman Jackie Walorski (IN-2), and Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee Chairman David Rouzer (NC-7) sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell raising concerns about recommendations received from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC). The letter can be viewed here. “Members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee greatly exceeded their scope in developing recommendations,” Chairman Conaway said. “The Secretaries share responsibility for these flawed recommendations because they failed to keep the Committee focused on nutritional recommendations and away from areas such as sustainability and tax policy, which are outside of the Committee’s purview. At a time when consumers are already subjected to conflicting and Read more…

Conaway says Vilsack shared responsibility for 'flawed' dietary recommendations

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House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway and two of his subcommittee leaders wrote to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell Wednesday expressing concerns about recommendations from a federal panel for the next set of Dietary Guidelines for Americans that Vilsack and Burwell will issue. Read more…

McDonalds to curtail antibiotic use

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McDonald’s this week announced a plan to source poultry raised without antibiotics important to human medicine. At the same time, the company also introduced its Global Vision for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Food Animals, which implies McDonald’s will, over time, extend similar policies to its beef, dairy and pork supply chains. Read more…

Spicy Roast Beef Chili Over Cornbread

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Here’s a hearty beef recipe for cold weather – using ready-made packaged roast beef and gravy, or your own leftover roast beef. Read more…

TSCRA Participates in Roundtable for Sustainable Beef

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By U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef TSCRA is one of the founding members of a group of U.S. beef value chain participants including producers, processors, retailers, foodservice operators, packers, allied industry and non-governmental organizations which has launched the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (USRSB). The roundtable’s purpose is to identify sustainability indicators, establish verification methodologies, and generate field project data to test and confirm sustainability concepts for use throughout the U.S.  Read More…

Attend Ranch Gathering March 13 in Waxahachie

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TSCRA and the World Black Hereford Association will host a ranch gathering on Friday, March 13 at the Ellis County Youth Expo Center in Waxahachie. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Coastal Bend

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in the Coastal Bend area, reports 7 head of cattle missing from a property near Nada on the southern Colorado – west Wharton County line. Missing are 2 solid black heifers, 4 black heifers with white or mottled faces and 1 brindle white-face cow. The cows have a light blue tag  in their left ears and no brands. If you have any information regarding these heifers, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.

WLFW predictability planning is gaining ground in Texas

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Habitat improvements for the Lesser Prairie Chicken are growing as more voluntary conservation planning support through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW) is being developed in partnership with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), working through the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board (TSSWCB) along with the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs) in the state. Read more…

Texas crops, weather, for March 3, 2015

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Texas’ average temperatures have increased about 1.5 degrees since the 1970s, according to the Texas state climatologist. While this may not seem like much of an increase to most people, it’s enough to increase the evapotranspiration of plants and loss of surface water by several percent, making droughts more severe. Read more…

Take advantage of Cattle Raisers Convention pre-registration prices before March 13

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Your last day to take advantage of discounted pre-registration prices for the Cattle Raisers Convention is March 13. Save big bucks and make sure your seat is reserved for all the events that sell out quick! Registration will be available onsite, but availability of tickets to some events cannot be guaranteed. Avoid disappointment and register today. Read more…

Conservation program applications accepted at NRCS offices statewide

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Applications for funding opportunities with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) are currently being accepted at all NRCS offices across Texas. NRCS in Texas has received its initial allocation of EQIP funding for 2015 and will begin ranking and obligating contracts after April 17, 2015. All agriculture producers interested in submitting a contract application for 2015 should do so before this ranking deadline. EQIP — one of the largest programs in the Farm Bill — is a voluntary conservation program that promotes environmental quality and assists producers to meet local, state and federal regulations. Read more…

APHIS extends comment period on changes to marketing rules

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Producers, livestock markets and other stakeholders have another month to comment on proposed rule changes governing how the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) approves facilities that receive livestock for interstate commerce, along with other rules affecting marketing facilities. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

TDA Market Recap, March 3, 2015

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For the week ending Feb. 28, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly higher, ranging from $2 to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales for head below 850 lbs. were $2 to $9 lower. Fed cattle weekly cash sales were lower at $156 per cwt, but wholesale beef values were higher with Choice Grade increasing $7.17 to $247.48 per cwt and Select Grade gaining $7.78 to $245.57. Net export sales for Feb. 13-19 were higher at 13,900 metric tons (MT), up 29 percent from the previous week. Export shipments were consistent with the week before. Read more…

Beef checkoff completes research study on consumer content needs

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The beef checkoff recently conducted a Content Search Analysis Research Study to uncover the content needs of consumers actively seeking information about beef and competitive proteins online. This study identified how consumers are searching for this information on the web through tools such as Google and Bing Search. Read more…

Information sought on theft of calves from Braum's Farms in Follett

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Special Ranger Ben Eggleston is seeking information on the theft of 1,121 head of Holstein/Jersey cross steer calves from a Braum’s dairy farm near Follett in the Texas Panhandle. Employees at Braum’s Farms noticed the steer calves, weighing from 300 to 750 pounds, each, were missing after doing their 2014 yearly inventory. The dairy farm is located on the border of Lipscomb County, Texas, and Ellis County, Okla. Anyone with further information regarding this case should contact TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333 or call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741. A cash reward of $10,000 may be paid to individuals who can provide useful information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of suspect(s). Individuals reporting information may choose to remain anonymous. Read more…

FDA releases progress report on use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced its second progress report on its strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. In December 2013, the agency took a significant step forward in addressing antimicrobial resistance by publishing Guidance #213, which calls on animal drug sponsors of approved medically important antimicrobials administered through medicated feed or water to remove from their product labels indications for use related to growth promotion, and bring the remaining therapeutic uses of these products under the oversight of a veterinarian by December 2016. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…