Cattlemen’s Column: Water is Water

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TSCRA Director Jay Evans, chair of the association’s Natural Resources and Environment committee, discusses private property rights, ownership of the water beneath land, rule of capture and how brackish water may become a legal issue in future legislative sessions and court opinions. Read more…

Conservation program to launch bold ideas, accelerate innovation

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When USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), they envisioned a program that would help local and diverse organizations to accelerate innovation, bring new partners to the table, and demonstrate the value and effectiveness of voluntary, private lands conservation to a national audience. The response was tremendous – more than 5,000 partners submitted nearly 600 pre-proposals from all 50 states and each critical conservation area. Read more at blogs.usda.gov…

Texas quail season begins Oct. 25: Forecast improved over 2013

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Texas quail season opens statewide Oct. 25 and runs through Feb. 22, 2015. The daily bag limit for bobwhite, scaled (blue) and Gambel’s quail is 15, and the possession limit is 45. The bag limit is the maximum number that may be killed during the legal shooting hours in one day. Timely rainfall has helped bolster quail populations and should improve hunting opportunities over last year, according to the most recent quail forecast. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Oct. 22, 2014

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For the week of Oct 22, AgriLife Extension Agent reports included very good quality pecan harvest in Central Texas, prussic acid detected in some Coastal Bend johnsongrass fields, feral hog and army worm activity in East Texas, a good Upland cotton harvest, and a mixed bag in Rolling Plains pasture moisture. Read more…

More than 500 attend TSCRA Ranch Gatherings in Oklahoma and Texas

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More than 500 association members, friends and guests attended ranch gatherings in Bartlesville, Wagoner and Stillwater, Okla., and Brenham, Texas, last week. Read more…

Attend public scoping meeting on Dallas to Houston high-speed rail

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The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) are preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a 240-mile high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston proposed by the Texas Central High-Speed Railway, LLC (TCR). Public input on the proposed project is requested, so please plan to attend for one of the six public scoping meetings taking place this week. Read more…

WTO again sides with Canada, Mexico on US COOL law

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The World Trade Organization (WTO) on October 20Drovers, as expected, ruled on the side of Canada and Mexico in the ongoing battle over the U.S. mandatory Country-of-Origin-Labeling (COOL) law, saying some COOL requirements treat Canadian and Mexican livestock less favorable than U.S. livestock. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

South Texas cattle program could reflect growing herd numbers

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Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel are hoping that with recent rains and improved pastures, South Texas cattle ranchers will start rebuilding herds sold off during the drought. Proof of renewed activity could come when ranchers start submitting their livestock in the annual Bull Gains Test, Heifer Development and Pen of Steers Program later this month. Read more…

Early voting begins today!

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Early Voting begins today and runs through Oct 31. The general election will be on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Casting your vote can make a difference and positively influence the future of the cattle industry. For more information, please visit the TSCRA Cattlemen Vote webpage where you will find a list of candidates recommended by the TSCRA PAC and information on voting locations. If you have any questions regarding voting, please contact TSCRA’s Austin office at 512-469-0171.

As beef prices climb, ranchers watch out for cattle theft

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Across the country, cattle prices continue to climb. That means profits for some ranchers — and huge potential payoffs for cattle thieves. Drought in states like Texas and Oklahoma caused the cost of feed to rise, forcing ranchers to sell off their cattle stock. Now that feed prices are back down this fall, ranchers are looking to replenish their dwindling herds — and since cattle supply is low, that demand is driving the cost way up. NPR talked to TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman about the cost of cattle theft to ranchers, and the ways to prevent becoming a victim. Read or listen to the story at National Public Radio…

TSCRA Kentucky Derby trip

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Join TSCRA President Pete Bonds and wife Jo for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. This “bucket list” trip will run from April 29 to May 3 and includes 4 nights’ accommodations at the Galt House Hotel. The tour package will feature seating for both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby races, admission to Ferdinand’s Ball, breakfast on Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs to watch the morning workout, open house at Three Chimneys Farm, tours of Old Friends Horse Farm and the Buffalo Trace Burbon Distillery, and much more. For more information CLICK HERE to view the brochure. To confirm your place on the trip or for more information contact Pam Read more…

NCBA statement on WTO COOL decision

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and TSCRA Past President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, made a statement Monday regarding the public announcement by the WTO to side with Canada and Mexico on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. McCan voiced concern that continuing to enforce COOL measures will result in retaliatory tariffs by two of America’s largest trading partners, Canada and Mexico. Read more…

Texas Section Society for Range Management holds annual meeting in Marfa

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The Texas Section Society for Range Management (TSSRM) wrapped up their 65th state convention recently with one of the largest turnouts for this event in several years. The two-day event was held in Marfa and included topics focusing on the conservation of rangelands on both sides of the border. An awards luncheon was also held to recognize award winners such as TSCRA Director Joe Leathers, general manager of 6666 Ranch at Guthrie, who accepted the Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship award. The award is given jointly by the TSSRM and TSCRA in recognition of demonstrated skill and knowledge in practicing sound management and care of rangeland resources.  Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall cattle markets: Marketing considerations; Using ionophores in replacement heifer diets

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In the Oct. 20 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks marketing your cattle for those fall cattle markets and Glenn Selk discusses the benefit of using ionophores, which are feed additives such as monesin or lasalocid, in your replacement heifer program. Read more…

Video: A Revenue Stream or a Cause for Concern?

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Thousands of Texas landowners have already agreed to sell their groundwater for a number of projects to supply growing cities — like San Antonio and Austin — with water. But other landowners worry that selling such rights will hurt the local sustainability of a finite resource. Watch the video at The Texas Tribune…

TAHC releases all vesicular stomatitis quarantines in Texas 

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Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas after releasing one premises in Bastrop County and another in Travis County. Read more…

Beef demand exceeds expectations

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In the past year, anyone in the business of selling or marketing food has encountered higher food costs. Proteins in particular have challenged purveyors to consider how to continue offering the products their customers want. Various strategies are being used to mitigate the impact of higher prices, but at the same time consumers continue to want and expect to get their favorite protein, beef, where and when they want it. Its price has risen because of a variety of factors, including devastating drought conditions in the most productive cattle regions. Yet, at the same time, an unexpected phenomenon is occurring: Demand for beef is growing, despite its increased price. Read more at The National Provisioner

Experts offer hunters tips on avoiding disease in the field

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With archery season for deer already under way, and the rifle season in the North and South zones only three weeks away, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is cautioning hunters to be careful in handling the game they harvest. It is not common, but some diseases can spread from wildlife to humans. Follow these steps to avoid disease in the field.  Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 14, 2014

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Texas was a mixed bag this week, with rains improving things by 1 category in the eastern portion of the state (in general), but warm and dry conditions leading to degradation, with expansion of D1-D3 sneaking back in across south Texas. North-central Texas has also fared a bit better of late, and this is reflected in a slight trimming of D2-D4 in this part of the state and along the Red River border with Oklahoma. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Insurance staff available to answer open enrollment questions

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The Affordable Health Care Act allows U.S. citizens to change health care coverage from Nov. 15, 2014, until Feb. 15, 2015, even if you have not experienced a “qualifying event.” Cattle Raisers Insurance has developed a decision chart to help you navigate the common questions about open enrollment, available at tscrainsurance.com/openenrollment. For more information about your health insurance options, contact Michele Woodham at mwoodham@tscra.org, or Julissa Chubbs at jchubbs@tscra.org, or call 800-252-2849.