Three Views of the Drought

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In this exclusive report for TSCRA members rom climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, author of The Browning Newsletter, drought is discussed from three perspectives: current vegetation profiles, long-term drought deficits and how areas have improved in the last couple of years. Read more…

Ranch gathering scheduled Aug. 7 in Hamilton T

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Thursday, Aug. 7, at the Circle T Arena in Hamilton. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a free beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger, Marvin Wills will give a law enforcement update and offer advice on how ranchers can better secure their livestock and equipment. Read more…

Texas vesicular stomatitis update

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On July 18, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of 3 new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas. One premises is 4 miles east of Webberville in Bastrop County, the second premises is 1 mile northwest of Webberville in Travis County and third premises is 8 miles southeast of Seguin in Guadalupe County. To date, 13 premises in 8 counties have confirmed cases of VS. Read more…

Two ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

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The years-long fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges. Read more at ABC News/Associated Press…

TDA Market Recap, July 21, 2014

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For the week ending July 19, 2014, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady to $6 lower per hundredweight (cwt), with a few as much as $12 lower and some steady to $6 higher. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were weak to $8 lower. Fed cattle cash prices were less than 50 cents lower per cwt. Wholesale beef values were $2 to $3 lower. Prices dipped lower throughout the cattle sector, but remain at near record high levels due to reduced cattle supplies and continued strong demand. Beef export sales for the week were down 50 percent from the previous week and down 37 percent from the prior four-week average Read more…

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Show your pride as a member of TSCRA and display a limited edition TSCRA blue “POSTED” sign license plate on your vehicle, trailer or fence line. This is a MEMBER ONLY item priced at $10, so order yours today before they are gone! To order call 800-242-7820 or click here to visit our website to print out an order form. This exclusive price includes tax and shipping.

Sandhill Cattle Co. takes top spot at Caprock Ranch Rodeo in Levelland

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Congratulations to Sandhill Cattle Company for taking top spot in the Caprock Ranch Rodeo in Levelland July 19. NK Cattle Company took second place and Rafter R came in third. The Top Hand was Tripp Townsend with Sandhill Cattle Company. Thanks to all teams and everyone who came to the rodeo. Click here for more information, a list of the ranch rodeo standings and pictures…

Texas lawmakers study desalination expansion

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Hundreds of miles of Texas coastline may offer more than a scenic view in the coming years. One day, it could help solve the state’s water woes. A committee of state lawmakers is studying whether tapping the ocean to turn saltwater to fresh water would alleviate a problem exacerbated by population growth and a persistent drought that has left Texas lakes at near-record lows. The committee is also evaluating the benefits of building more desalination plants farther inland to filter brackish water. Read more at Austin American-Statesman

EPA keeps burning bridges

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EPA continues to be a bit of a dirty word in the countryside. Despite Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy’s best attempts to clean up the agency’s act and build a bridge with the agricultural community, she keeps finding herself burning bridges. The agency already had many in agriculture in an uproar over its proposed lower Renewable Fuels Standards for biofuels last fall. National Farmers Union president Roger Johnson explained that EPA’s reputation was “very severely damaged in farm country” with the proposal to scale-back the Renewable Fuels Standard and this likely led to the “surliness with which the WOTUS proposal rule was received.” Read more at Farm Futures

Cow-Calf Corner: More rain in Oklahoma and feeder cattle price adjustments; Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

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In the July 21 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks recent Oklahoma rains and how feeder cattle prices are shaping up this summer; and Glenn Selk discusses the benefits of using stockpiled bermudagrass as winter forage. Read more…

Nomination deadline nears for Farm Service Agency county committees

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U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan Garcia reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that Aug. 1, 2014, is the deadline for local FSA county committee nominations. County committees are an important link between the farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers elected to local committees share their opinions and ideas on federal farm programs. Read more…

USDA seeks comments on conservation program

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The USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has announced there will be public meetings on Aug. 4 in Lubbock, Texas, and Aug. 5 in Stillwater, Okla., to solicit comments on a recently completed draft analysis that examines the potential environmental impacts of changes to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) enacted by the 2014 Farm Bill. Read more…

Watershed rehabilitation funding to repair dams in 26 states

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that communities across the nation will benefit from a $262 million investment to rehabilitate dams that provide critical infrastructure and protect public health and safety. Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Chief Jason Weller and Representative Frank Lucas, chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, were in Oklahoma to recognize the importance of this announcement to agriculture and communities nationwide. Both Texas and Oklahoma will receive funding for many projects in multiple locations Read more…

Safety tips for trailering horses

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Summer brings increased opportunity for travel with your equine partner, so make sure you’re doing everything possible to be safe when you hit the road together. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for July 15, 2014

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In Texas, it was a relatively dry week, following a wet May and near-normal June. Accordingly, only small changes were made, with a slight reduction of Exceptional and Severe drought in the Panhandle, some trimming of the Abnormally Dry conditions along the western Gulf Coast, and slight downgrades in southwestern, south-Central, and extreme South Texas. Read more…

Cattlemen's Column: Investing in the Future of the Beef Industry

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The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) recently announced Texas cattle producers voted to establish a state-level Beef Checkoff program. The referendum passed with broad support, and TSCRA President Pete Bonds believes this a positive step forward for the Texas beef industry. Read more…

Oklahoma counties named natural disaster areas due to drought

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Hughes, Mayes, Okmulgee and Wagoner counties in Oklahoma as primary natural disaster areas due to a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in an additional 13 counties in Oklahoma also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Read more…

Daily Livestock Report, 7-17-14:  Pasture conditions and implications for lean beef prices in 2015

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Cow slaughter continues to run significantly below year-ago levels on improving moisture conditions in key production areas and above average pasture conditions. Less animals going to slaughter could, as a result, limit overall lean beef supplies and further contribute to beef price inflation. Read more at dailylivestockreport.com… (PDF download)

It’s what’s for dinner: Buffalo-style beef tacos

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Family favorite tacos get a flavor update with wing sauce, blue cheese, celery and carrots. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Hay baler stolen in Fort Bend County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, Dist. 24 in South Texas, reports the theft of a hay baler from a property in Fort Bend County. On June 20 a thief or thieves cut a lock to steal the 2012 John Deere round hay baler, model 568, VIN 1E00568XCCC388730. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209. On June 20 this hay baler was stolen from a property in Fort Bend County.