Grab your Cattle Raisers Boss tumbler today


Click to see larger. Cattle Raisers Trading Co. is excited to show off our first new product in 2016, the Boss 30 oz Rambler Tumbler! This product is built with the same heating/cooling technology that the popular Yeti tumblers offer. It’s guarantees to keep your beverages hot for 6+ hours or cold for 48+ hours! It has been Cattle Raiser tested and approved. Get yours today before they are gone! Click here for more information and to place your order.

New case of CWD confirmed in captive deer release site


A 3 1/2-year-old captive raised white-tailed buck harvested in early January by a hunter from a release site on a ranch in Medina and Uvalde counties has been confirmed positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The deer’s origin has been identified as an onsite deer breeding facility. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) are conducting an epidemiological investigation. Read more…

AgriLife Extension conducting custom agricultural rate survey

A custom rate survey will collect data on many operations, including tillage. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin

A Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service survey to collect rates charged for custom agricultural operations is being distributed to select farmers, ranchers and landowners across Texas. Dr. Steven Klose, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station, said the survey is voluntary, but urges producers to respond as it provides a baseline of rates statewide and further assists with questions regarding specific custom-hire activities Read more…

Guide to bull buying

Picture courtesy Oklahoma State University

Are you sifting through stacks of bull sale catalogs looking for your next bull? While bull selection can be a daunting task, your choice will impact your herd for years to come. Thus, taking some time to think about what you need from your next herd sire is important. Travis Meteer, with the University of Illinois Extension’s Cattle Connection blog gives us some points to emphasize when it comes to bull selection. Read more at web.extension.illinois…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Feb. 2, 2016


In Texas, January 2016 precipitation was about 62 percent of normal statewide. Consideration of various 2-6 month precipitation indicators supported the introduction of D0 to Tom Green County in west-central Texas, and the introduction of D0 to Nueces and San Patricio Counties (along the southern coast near Corpus Christi). These same precipitation indicators, and the occurrence of fairly substantial evaporation, supported the expansion of pre-existing D0 conditions across Starr and Hidalgo Counties in far southern Texas. Read more…

Cattle thief gets 30 years in prison


Clinton Easter, 47, of Eastland County, was convicted Jan. 28 of 2 first degree felony cattle theft charges in Coleman County and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He will serve 30 years confinement, concurrently, on each case. Easter had also been charged with similar offenses in Eastland, Comanche and Stephens counties. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Portable pen trailer stolen in East Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in near East Texas, reports the theft of a portable pen trailer from a property near Donie in Freestone County. Some time after Jan. 18 a thief or thieves took a red 2015 OK Corral portable pen trailer, serial no. 420153374. The trailer sported several Holmes Livestock stickers. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Dickson at 903-586-8733.  

NCBA and PLC accepting applications for summer positions  


The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council’s government affairs office in Washington, D.C., is accepting applications for a 2016 summer public policy intern as well as a summer law clerk. The deadline to submit an application for either position is Feb. 24, 2016. Read more…

Fallin announces 3 counties added to disaster declaration for November winter storm


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin announced Feb. 3 that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved the state of Oklahoma’s request for public assistance for 3 more counties dealing with infrastructure damage related to the winter storm that began after Thanksgiving. With this approval, federal funding is now available in Bryan, Garfield and Greer counties to assist municipalities, counties, rural electric cooperatives and the state with infrastructure repairs and costs associated with responding to the storm, which occurred between Nov. 27 and Nov. 29. Read more…

TPP is signed, but ag leaders are skeptical of passage this year


Trade ministers have officially signed off on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but that doesn’t look to be speeding up congressional approval in the United States. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Robust beef expansion will slow


Nothing like record cattle prices and profitability to get an industry excited about expansion. The latest USDA Cattle report shows a rapid expansion is underway with cattle and calf numbers up three percent and beef cow numbers up four percent in the past year. Record high cattle prices in the last-half of 2014 and first-half of 2015 raised excitement among beef cow producers and they heard the market’s expansion call. So when should we expect expansion to level off? Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

It’s what’s for dinner: Nacho beef dip


Try this tasty nacho beef dip for your Super Bowl party this weekend! Get the recipe at…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, saddles, trailers, 4-wheelers and ranch equipment stolen in NE OK


TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of a tractor and other ranch equipment from a property near Nowata in Nowata County. Some time after Jan. 6 a thief or thieves entered a barn to steal a New Holland TN 75 open station 4×4 tractor, serial no. 001276911; a New Holland 32LA loader, serial no. S2E0278; a Honeywell 6500 generator; and a metal 4-wheel utility wagon. Also stolen some time after Jan. 25 from a property near Muskogee was a 32-foot black PJ gooseneck flatbed trailer; 2 brown saddles; a Suzuki 4-wheeler; a Polaris 4-wheeler; a Honda 4-wheeler; and assorted cow medicines and vaccines. If you have any information on these cases, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Arrest in theft of calf from Plainview Rodeo Arena


Jim Bob Beene, 48, was arrested Jan. 22 and charged with one count of third degree felony theft of livestock in the case of a calf stolen from the Plainview Rodeo Arena. After the arrest was made, the suspect was charged with 2 additional counts of third degree felony theft of livestock after he confessed to stealing other calves from a rancher who runs cattle in Swisher County. Read more…

NWS: Wildfire outlook ‘normal’ but stay on guard

Photo by Oklahoma State University

The Texas Panhandle is likely to see normal to above-normal precipitation through May, according to a National Interagency Fire Center report. But experts warn residents to stay vigilant as peak wildfire season nears. Read more at the Amarillo Globe-News…

With water issues on tap, House committee looks at statewide solutions

Photo by TexasExplorer98

Anticipating a continuing tug of war over water — increasingly scarce in mostly dry, fast-growing Texas — a state House committee is examining the prospect of a statewide water grid. Read more at Austin American-Statesman…

Texas crop, weather, for Feb. 2, 2016

Field conditions last year in February and March were too wet for farmers to get into fields to till and plant corn. Field conditions are drier so far this year in late January and early February, so are more favorable for planting, said Dr. Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cropping systems specialist, College Station. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Ronnie Schnell

According to various news agency reports, groundhogs across the nation, including Punxsutawney Phil, did not see their shadows today, which, by tradition, means spring will come early this year. “Regardless of what the groundhogs indicate, we are experiencing a drying trend in many areas, and the soil-moisture profile is good, which is good news for Texas corn growers,” said Dr. Ronnie Schnell, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service state cropping systems specialist, College Station. Read more…

Three-state ATV theft ring busted


Seven out of a possible 22 suspects accused of participation in an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) theft ring in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma have been arrested on charges of organized criminal activity. TSCRA Special Rangers and local law enforcement authorities have recovered 14 stolen ATVs so far, with more possible. TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley and Sulphur Springs Police Department Sgt. Bo Fox are leading the investigation with assistance from TSCRA Special Rangers Troy McKinney, Wayne Goodman and additional law enforcement departments in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Read more…

Tyson Foods closes some pork, beef packing plants as blizzard slams central US


Blizzard conditions in the central United States shut down three Tyson Foods pork processing facilities and one beef plant, the company told Reuters by e-mail on Tuesday. Read more at Reuters… To read how the storm could affect beef packing production numbers and market conditions this week, read more at The Beef…

Dance The Night Away at Cattle Raisers Convention


SPONSORED CONTENT Saturday evening, April 9, enjoy a great beef dinner, stupendous desserts and plentiful beverages as you relax after a full Saturday at the Cattle Raisers Convention. Sample hand-rolled cigars and sip specialty whiskey, brought by local artisans, while you stroll around the grounds at the River Ranch. Or, pull up a seat by one of the fire pits to tell stories all evening with old and new friends. Jake Hooker and the Outsiders will once again provide the evening’s Western Swing concert and dance music. Wear your Western finery and enjoy the music and dancing. The Dinner Dance starts at 7:00 p.m. at the River Ranch in the Stockyards area of Fort Worth. Ladies, the rustic setting at River Ranch is a Read more…

Beef checkoff and day-to-day reputation management


Each day, hundreds of news messages reach you whether it be via Facebook, Twitter, USA Today or Beef Magazine. The headlines above are some of the positive messages you might have seen in the past few months, but what about those that are less favorable? And what is your beef checkoff doing day-to-day on your behalf to share accurate information about your industry? Read more…

Crazy for jerky: An ancient trail food finds new fans

Picture courtesy Larry Jackobson on Flickr

Americans have gone jerky crazy. We spent $2.8 billion on dried meat snacks last year, according to the market research firm IRI. It turns out jerky is the perfect food for the moment. Millennials are snacking more than ever, and people want more protein in their diet, according to the National Snack Food Association. Read more or listen to the story from NPR’s The Salt…

Services announced for TSCRA Honorary Director Frank Lewis Jr.


TSCRA is sad to report the passing of Honorary Director Frank Lewis Jr., on Jan. 27, 2016. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 11, 3:00 p.m. at Taylor Bros. Funeral Home in Bay City. Memorials can be made to Matagorda County Museum, 2100 Avenue F, Bay City, Texas 77414; Ranch Management Program, Texas Christian University, TCU 297420 Fort Worth, Texas, 76129; or Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation, 1301 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-2665 or charity of your choice. Click here to read a full obituary.

US cattle inventory up 3 percent form 2015

As of Jan. 1, there were 92.0 million head of cattle and calves on U.S. farms, according to the Cattle report published Friday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). This is the highest U.S. cattle inventory since 2011 Read more…

Transitioning cropland to pastureland in Rolling Plains requires multi-year planning


Anyone who has been through even one calving season has most likely dealt with calving difficulty. Dystocia (calving difficulty) is the biggest cause of calf death loss at birth. It can be minimized by managing factors like genetics and nutrition; but once the calving season is upon us, those things are in the past. Now the focus becomes observation and possible intervention. Being prepared to provide assistance is critical, so knowing your calving landmarks can help you along the way. Read more…

Knowing what to look for minimizes calving difficulty

picture courtesy Noble Foundation

Anyone who has been through even one calving season has most likely dealt with calving difficulty. Dystocia (calving difficulty) is the biggest cause of calf death loss at birth. It can be minimized by managing factors like genetics and nutrition; but once the calving season is upon us, those things are in the past. Now the focus becomes observation and possible intervention. Being prepared to provide assistance is critical, so knowing your calving landmarks can help you along the way. Read more at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation…

Cow-Calf Corner: Telling the new cattle inventory story and retelling the old one; Assisting the backwards calf

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Feb. 1 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel goes over recent USDA cattle inventories and how it fits in historic trends; and Glenn Selk talks assisting a heifer or cow deliver a backwards calf. Read more…

Online cattle auction aims to shake up US meat market


A proposal for an online auction that could shake up the U.S. pricing model for cattle is set to make its public debut on Friday after a test run last week, with the support of a unit of the world’s largest meatpacker. Producers have worried for years that the country’s existing method for pricing cattle headed to slaughter can undervalue animals because it is based partly on a declining market of cash sales that are concentrated in certain geographic areas. Read more at Reuters…

CattleFax predicts market shock is nearly over


Recent price shock in the market and insights about the turbulence ahead were explained to attendees of the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention in San Diego on Thursday. The downward spiral in price from record high cattle prices has been a rough ride for many in the business, but CattleFax CEO Randy Blach said the market correction has mostly occurred. He explained how tight global protein supplies and a strong export market in 2014 and 2015 led to the ‘perfect storm’ of market peaks and significant drops seen in recent extremes. Animal health challenges in both poultry and pork production led to tight supplies in 2014, which saw the tightest per capita protein supply in the last 20 years. Read more…

Cattle producers under the microscope; good antibiotic stewardship is a must


A good quality control program should include proper animal ID, good treatment records, established written protocols, trained employees, the following of label instructions and avoiding extra-label drug use. Read more at BEEF Magazine…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 26, 2016


Short-term dryness has led to some minor growth of Abnormally Dry conditions in west Texas (western Big Bend area) and in extreme southern Texas north of Brownsville in the McAllen area. The rest of the region remains unchanged this week with very little in the way of dryness or drought being shown over most of the country’s interior. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention hotels are filling up fast


If you’re planning to attend the Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth on April 8-10, please note that hotels are filling fast. The Omni and Hilton have sold out across various dates, but the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth has opened a block of rooms for Cattle Raisers at a rate of $188 a night. Attendees interested in making a reservation should visit for more information.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in East Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in East Texas, reports the theft of cattle from two properties in Freestone County. Missing since November 2015 are 2 black Angus bulls branded with a 5T on the left hip. Also missing from a separate property in Freestone County since Jan. 14 is a black Brangus-type steer weighing approximately 475 pounds with a crop on lower right ear, and a black Angus-type heifer weighing approximately 400 pounds with a crop in the lower right ear. If you have any information regarding these thefts, please call Special Ranger Dickson at 903-586-8733.

Proposed rule puts a target on Oklahoma’s feral hogs


The public is invited to comment on the proposed rule to eradicate feral hogs in the state of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry has released their proposed rule and will hold a public hearing next month on the control of wild hogs or feral swine. Commissioner of Agriculture Jim Reece said the state has a long way to go in order to eliminate the estimated 600,000 to 1,000,000 feral hogs in Oklahoma. Read more at Oklahoma Farm Report…

How to keep good ranch employees


A recurring discussion in the cattle business, particularly the feedyard sector, has been centered on how to hire and keep good employees. According to Ryan Rhodes of Texas A&M – King Ranch, and Kim McCuistion of Texas A&M University, there are huge financial and production incentives for managers to put together an organized employee plan. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

It’s what’s for dinner: Pizza with a purpose


Nothing says kid favorite quite like pizza. Now with a boost of added nutrition, it’s something everyone can feel good about. With a blend of your favorite veggies mixed right into the pizza sauce and topped with protein packed Ground Beef, you’ve got yourself an easy and nutritious favorite. Get the recipe…

Creating uniformity in a diverse industry


During its 100 years of serving the livestock industry, USDA Market News – part of USDA’sAgricultural Marketing Service (AMS) – has prided itself in creating transparency and clarity in the marketplace by allowing all industry stakeholders to have the same information about the market at the same time. The entire agricultural supply chain relies on USDA Market News for timely, unbiased data. Without this free service, information would not be available to everyone equally, making USDA Market News a vital lifeline for America’s agricultural economy. Read more at USDA Blog…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 8 head of cattle stolen in Erath County, horse trailer theft in East Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, Dist. 10 in North Texas, reports the theft of 8 cows and a calf from a property near Alexander in Erath County. Some time between Jan. 9 and 19 a thief or thieves cut a lock and chain to steal the 8 black muley, or hornless, Angus/Brangus cows weighing 850 to 1200 pounds, each. These cattle are branded with an IG connected high on the right hip. Also missing is an unbranded 3-week old calf weighing approximately 150 pounds. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in East Texas, reports the theft of a horse trailer from a property near Rusk in Cherokee County. Some Read more…

Cattle market pressured by heavier weights, fewer heifer placements


More feedlot placements than expected, coupled with large supplies of cold storage beef, will pressure cattle prices in the near term, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service livestock economist. Dr. David Anderson, livestock economist in College Station, said the recent cattle on feed report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture depicts fewer heifers placed on feed, signaling continued expansion among producers across the country Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Jan. 27, 2016


Central Texas wheat growers continue to have a challenging year, including acres being prevented from planting in the Blacklands due to waterlogged soils and standing water. Rust has also been an issue, and could spread beyond its current area in south Central Texas, depending on the weather. Read more…