TSCRA Crime Watch: 29 crossbred cows missing in Robertson County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in South Texas, reports the theft of 29 cows from a property east of Bremond in Robertson County some time between May 1, 2014, and March 27, 2015. The cattle are crossbred cows branded with a lazy V on the left hip. Anyone with information on this case is urged to call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832. Anonymous tipsters may also call the Operation Cow Thief hotline at 888-830-2333. A cash reward is offered for information leading to an arrest and/or grand jury indictment. Anonymity is guaranteed. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth welcomes record crowd, TSCRA elects new leaders

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TSCRA held its annual Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth March 27-29, welcoming a record crowd of 3,700 members, friends and family for 3 full days of learning and fun. Attendees heard from world leaders, best selling authors and beef industry experts on a wide variety of interesting topics. They also watched live cattle handling demonstrations and shopped the largest industry Expo in the Southwest. TSCRA also elected officers and new members to their board of directors and executive committee. Read more…

Texas cattle producers beginning slow, gradual rebuilding process

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Water, drought, border security and the cattle market outlook were pertinent issues discussed at the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention held recently at the Fort Worth Convention Center. According to Joe Paschal, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist, some Texas cattle producers continue to slowly rebuild herds as parts of the state continue to deal with drought conditions. It doesn’t take long for that steady, slow incremental process to get us back to larger inventory levels. However, drought and high cattle prices have put a lot of producers in a dilemma of either choosing whether to sell out amid high prices and buy back later when cow costs come down in price. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, March 30, 2015

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For the week ending March 28, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, ranging from $2 to$15 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly $2 to $7 higher with some instances of up to $10 higher. Fed cattle weekly cash sales were $2 higher at $165 per cwt, and wholesale beef values were higher with Choice Grade gaining $6.29 to $250.80 per cwt and Select Grade rising $3.43 to $246.71. Net export sales for March 13-19 were up 13 percent from the previous week. Export shipments were up three percent from the previous week Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention coverage available at tscra.org

There is plenty to learn, see and do at the Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth this week.

Thanks for being a part of the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo. More than 3,700 cattle raisers and friends were part of the largest beef cattle event in the state this year! If you would like to see a list of drawing winners, view photos from the weekend or view session information you may have missed, visit tscra.org/convention for more information. If you are interested in audio from a session, please send us an email at tscra@tscra.org with the session name.

Texas Cattle Raisers: Border not secure, drug war hurting business

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There are few things that are more American than raising cattle in the great State of Texas. Every year, thousands of cattle raisers from the state and the southwestern US gather for the annual TSCRA convention. Author Silvia Longmire spoke on Saturday during the Cattle Raisers Convention’s General Session on border security issues, in addition to speaking to several of the ranchers and ranch owners about their border concerns. Here is what she had to say about border security and how this has an effect on ranching. Read more at Breitbart

Scientists take aim at airborne antibiotic-resistant bacteria downwind of feedlots 

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In a study slated for publication next month, scientists claim they have proven DNA from antibiotic-resistant bacteria in cattle feedlots is airborne. By comparing dust samples taken both upwind and downwind from operations in the Texas Panhandle, the biologists claim they found a higher percentage of DNA sequences from the antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the samples taken downwind. However, representatives of the cattle industry have rebuffed the findings, deeming them partial and inconclusive. A feedlot veterinarian who teaches at West Texas A&M University said the study mischaracterizes the threat to humans of bacteria that have grown resistant to antibiotics used on cattle. Many of the antibiotics used on livestock are not used on humans, he explained. “The judicious use of antibiotics as we are using them today has very little risk to human health.” Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Beef herd rebuilding: What’s next; Alternative weaning dates for fall-calving cows

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In the March 30 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses what’s next for the beef herd after modest growth in 2014; and Glenn Selk talks alternative weaning date for fall-calving cows Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention kicks off in Fort Worth

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TSCRA’s annual Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo kicked off Friday morning with classroom sessions at the School for Successful Ranching as well as exhibits, learning and cattle handling demonstrations in the Cattle Raisers Expo. Saturday’s events will begin at 8: 00 a.m. with the opening of the Cattle Raisers Expo, information sessions, more School for Successful Ranching classes and TSCRA’s Opening General Session at 10:00 a.m. The evening Dinner and Dance at the River Ranch begins at 7:00 p.m Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention Schedule for Saturday, March 28, 2015

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SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2015 Cattle handling demonstrations in the Expo will be presented by Dr. Ron Gill, Dr. Dean Fish, Dr. Rick Machen and Todd McCartney. Each session runs 30 minutes. Cattle handling demonstrations are sponsored by Alexander Livestock and Boyd Industries. 6:30 a.m.   Texas Beef Council Beef Team Fun Run/Walk — Omni Lobby Sponsored by Texas Beef Council 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.   Registration Desk open — FWCC Exhibit Hall   Sponsored by Merck Animal Health 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast — FWCC Exhibit Hall 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.    Cattle Raisers Expo — FWCC Exhibit Hall 8:00 a.m. – 4: 00 p.m.   Take Action Summit — Texas Junior Hereford Association Youth Meeting — FWCC 101 8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.   Information Session: Read more…

Mexican stray animals continue to pose a disease threat along the Rio Grande

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A Mexican stray donkey has tested positive for glanders according to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC). A USDA mounted quarantine enforcement inspector recently apprehended five Mexican stray donkeys along the Mexico-Texas border north of Presidio. The donkeys were transported to the USDA Presidio holding pens where they were isolated from contact with other animals. One of the 5 donkeys subsequently tested positive for glanders, an infectious bacterial disease of donkeys, horses and mules. The protocol for equines captured straying into Texas from Mexico is to test them for a number of diseases foreign to the U.S., including glanders. Read more…

Experts predict wet weather, farming problems to persist in South Texas

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Lower Rio Grande Valley growers looking for long spells of hot, dry weather may be in for a disappointment, at least through May, according to weather and crop experts. Barry Goldsmith, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Brownsville, said that while South Texas is now into the drier part of the year, unsettled weather could move across the area periodically for the next two, possibly three, months. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, March 24, 2015

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Moderate to heavy rain from southern Oklahoma into central and southern Texas reduced drought coverage and intensity, with the most notable improvements occurring between San Antonio, Texas, and the Big Bend. Despite the soaking rainfall, little change was made to the drought coverage and intensity northwest of Austin, where reservoirs levels struggled to rebound due to a persistent, pronounced long-term drought. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention Schedule for Friday, March 27, 2015

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FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2015 Cattle handling demonstrations in the Expo will be presented by Dr. Ron Gill, Dr. Dean Fish, Dr. Rick Machen and Todd McCartney. Each session runs 30 minutes. Cattle handling demonstrations are sponsored by Alexander Livestock and Boyd Industries. 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.    Registration Desk open —FWCC Exhibit Hall - Sponsored by Merck Animal Health 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Breakfast — FWCC Exhibit Hall 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.   School for Successful Ranching Legacy Planning for Ranchers — FWCC 201AB Speaker: Jacqueline Davie, Lincoln Financial Advisors Agribusiness Services Traditional financial planning often does not address the unique challenges ranchers face in estate, retirement and investment planning. Learn how legacy planning can address these challenges. Ranch Record Keeping — FWCC 202AB Speaker: Read more…

Travel Alert: If you're driving north to the Cattle Raisers Convention, avoid I-35 north of Austin

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A tractor trailer struck a bridge just north of Salado on I-35 on Thursday, resulting in the closure of the highway in both directions until further notice. Preliminary reports from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) state that large beams were dislodged from the bridge, which was under construction. Motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes such as SH 95 between Temple and Georgetown; US 190 from Belton to Killeen; and 195 to Georgetown. TxDOT is directing folks to keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates, including alternate routes.

Sign up now for your free Expo day pass; Buy a ticket to win a Ford Truck, Polaris Ranger or cruise

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TSCRA members attending the Cattle Raisers Convention beginning Friday in Fort Worth can get a free day pass for 2 full days of learning and fun. If you can’t make the meetings, TSCRA members can receive free Expo day passes for Friday or Saturday. Non-members may purchase a day pass for only $10. Time’s also running out to buy tickets for the TSCRA PAC raffle! Tickets will be available at the TSCRA PAC booth in the Expo. Read more…

Ranchers in Texas excited about rain

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The weather will likely be a topic of conversation this weekend in Fort Worth at the annual Cattle Raisers Convention. One rancher happy for the rain is Pete Bonds, Saginaw, president of TSCRA. Bonds is cautiously optimistic that drought conditions are improving but is not ready to start “doubling down” and buying a lot of cattle. Also discussing what the recent moisture could mean for cattle raisers are Jim Link, a TSCRA director and North Texas rancher, and Ken Cornelius, TCU Ranch Management director. Read more…

USDA designates Payne County in Oklahoma as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Payne County in Oklahoma as a primary natural disaster area due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Creek, Lincoln, Logan, Noble and Pawnee counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Read more…

Marbling research shows healthy fat in beef has benefits

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Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef fajitas on a stick

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Make a quick and easy fajita dinner by grilling your beef on bamboo skewers. Read more at www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com…