No Cattleman Update next week

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TSCRA offices in Fort Worth and Austin will be closed from noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Jan. 2 in observance of the holidays. During that time The Cattleman Update e-mail will not be distributed. All offices will reopen on Jan. 5, 2015, for normal business. If you need help regarding a theft or law enforcement matter, such as with stolen or estray livestock, please call the Special Ranger assigned to your district. To find your local Special Ranger’s contact information, click here to go to our website or look in the back of any recent issue of The Cattleman magazine. The TSCRA officers and staff wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Cattle thefts on the rise amid higher beef prices

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Putting beef on the table could be getting even more expensive. One reason — cattle thefts are on the rise. More and more cows are disappearing from North Texas ranches as cattle rustling becomes more lucrative. Read more or watch the video at CBS DFW…

Cameron County temporary cattle fever tick quarantine area update

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) confirmed the presence of cattle fever ticks this fall on Cameron County premises located outside the permanent quarantine zone. In order to protect the land, premises, and animals from exposure to cattle fever ticks, the TAHC created a temporary preventative quarantine area (TPQA) in Cameron County. The TPQA, commonly referred to as the “blanket area,” and its requirements, became effective Oct. 7, 2014. Read more…

Old ruling keeps counties from mineral rights

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South Texas counties scrambling for money to repair roads damaged by heavy trucks carrying oil field equipment have run into a roadblock: the state itself. Officials in many of the counties hoped to lease mineral rights beneath county roads and rights of way to energy companies, and use the revenue to repair those roads. But a 54-year-old opinion from the attorney general’s office gives leasing rights, and the revenue, to the state. That does not sit well with some county judges. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Cow/Calf Corner: Cattle markets weather a Christmas storm; Severity of winter and impact on calf birth weights

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In the Dec. 22 edition on Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the holiday cattle markets, especially in the feeder sector; and Glenn Selk talks about the effect winter weather has on calf weights. Read more…

Fairfax man arrested on larceny of livestock charge

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A Fairfax, Okla., man was arrested in Oklahoma City, Thursday and charged with larceny of domestic animals. Garrett Mitchell Gibson, 26, was arrested after Gibson allegedly stole seven head of cows from a neighboring rancher located in the Big Bend area of Osage County. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation and made the arrest. Read more…

Vilsack dropping beef checkoff proposal

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With Congress blocking USDA from spending any funds to create a second beef checkoff, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he’s happy at least that people within the beef industry could at least find an area of agreement. In a phone interview Thursday, Vilsack said the USDA won’t pursue efforts to create another checkoff under the 1996 commodity promotion law. A policy rider in the federal appropriations bill passed over the weekend prevents USDA from continuing to write a rule for the plan during this fiscal year. Read more at DTN/Progressive Farmer…

Spending bill maintains horse slaughter ban

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Several provisions that impact the horse industry, including maintaining a ban on horse slaughter, were included in the omnibus appropriations bill passed by Congress Dec. 13. The bill is a package that includes parts of the fiscal year 2015 appropriations bills and will fund most government agencies and programs until the end of the fiscal year Sept. 30, 2015. Read more at Blood-Horse.com…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Dec. 16, 2014

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Minimal or no precipitation fell on western and southern sections of Texas, and some slight deterioration in drought was warranted in Texas in the northwestern Panhandle, along the southeastern coast near Matagorda Bay, and northeast of Houston. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Second Arkansas man arrested in cattle theft case

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A second Arkansas man was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 17 and placed in the Ouachita County, Ark., jail as a suspect in the theft of approximately 70 head of cattle across Texas and Arkansas. The suspect, Levi Boyd, 37, of Camden, Ark. was arrested by TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley and Brent Mast in Camden Ark., after the special rangers met with the Ouachita County Sheriff’s Office. Read more…

CME adjusts cattle trading limits

CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures market operator, on Wednesday took emergency action to adjust trading limits for feeder cattle futures after prices plunged for five days in a row. A CME Group committee “determined that an emergency exists and that emergency action is warranted” after futures sank by their daily trading limits for five consecutive days, the Chicago-based company said in a notice. Read more at Reuters…

Thaw in relations with Cuba positive for US agriculture: USDA

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Exports of U.S. agricultural products such as wheat, rice, soybeans and meat products stand to gain from a surprise U.S. move toward repairing relations with Cuba, agriculture industry officials said on Wednesday. Read more at Reuters…

It’s what’s for dinner: Herbed beef tenderloin with holiday rice

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Enjoy a festive beef holiday with this tenderloin recipe. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Health insurance open enrollment cutoff date is Jan. 15

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Open enrollment for health insurance began Nov. 15, 2014, and ends Feb. 15, 2015. Applications for new policies must be turned in to Cattle Raisers Insurance staff by the fifteenth of the month to get insurance for the next month. For example, an application must be turned in by Jan. 15, 2015, for a Feb. 1, 2015, effective date. We don’t want you to miss the February deadline! For more information about your health insurance options, contact Julissa Chubbs at jchubbs@tscra.org, Tina Finicum at tfinicum@tscra.org; or Michele Woodham at mwoodham@tscra.org or call 800-252-2849.

Senate approves tax extenders bill

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With just over two weeks left in the 2014 calendar year, the Senate finally made up its mind about the tax extenders bill. The bill, which extends the life of a number of tax breaks through 2014, passed the Senate 76 to 16. The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it into law this week. Read more at Forbes…

Feeder fiasco continues as CME refuses to act

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Feeder cattle futures are locked down the CME mandated 300-point limit for fifth consecutive day taking live cattle futures along for the ride as fear spreads. There are already more offered limit down Wednesday than Tuesday as a true snowball effect is underway. Read more at The Beef…

Lawmakers question FDA ability to combat overuse of antibiotics in food animals

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FDA Democratic lawmakers want to know what’s being done to stop the overuse of antibiotics in food animals. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein and Kirsten Gillibrand sent a letter this week to the co-chairs of the newly formed interagency Task Force for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria — outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell. In the letter, they question how the group plans to address what they called “critical gaps” in current Food and Drug Administration policies. Read more at The Hill…

Expert: Consequences of Texas drought continue to linger

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Texas agriculture industry experts discussed the future of water and its impact on agriculture before attendees at the 26th Texas Plant Protection Association Conference held recently in Bryan. Though most areas of Texas has received some rain, drought is still an issue and will continue to be an issue with 35 percent of the state is still in extreme or exceptional drought status. And with state populations continuing to grow, the problem is becoming more serious. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in west Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson, Dist. 8 in west Central Texas, reports 5 head of cattle missing from a property near Peacock in Stonewall County.Missing since Oct 15 are 2 black heifers, weighing approximately 500 pounds, each, with a bar over X on the right hip and an overbit in each ear; 2 black calves weighing approximately 225 pounds, each, with no brands or marks; and one black cow with unknown brands or marks. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Williamson at 940-889-2269.

Arkansas man arrested for theft of livestock after manhunt

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Bradley Wayne Guthrey, 25, of North Little Rock, Ark., was arrested in Carthage Dec. 9 and charged with multiple felonies after it was revealed that he was involved in the theft of a total of approximately 70 head of cattle across Texas and Arkansas. Guthrey was also wanted on outstanding warrants out of Oklahoma and Arkansas. Read more…