APHIS seeking feedback on animal disease reporting, response


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services wants feedback on plans to update the way it reports and responds to certain animal diseases. Stakeholders in animal agriculture have until January 16, 2015 to submit feedback to the agency on a National List of Reportable Animal Diseases (NLRAD) and a Proposed Framework for Response to Emerging Animal Diseases. Then, based on the comments received on the NLRAD, the agency says it will likely begin the standard rulemaking process by publishing a proposed rule in the Federal RegisterRead more at Drovers CattleNetwork

USDA Climate Hubs website: Connecting stakeholders to information


The USDA has launched Climate Hubs, a new website that provides a portal for farmers, ranchers, forest landowners and others to find useful, practical information to help cope with the challenges and stressors caused by a changing climate. The site provides resources related to drought, fire risks, pests and diseases, climate variability, and heat stress, and links users to the network of USDA conservation programs and resources that provide producers with technical and financial assistance to manage risks. Each region also has its own site. Read more at blogs.usda.gov…

Grazing management benefits cattle and deer


Ranchers continue to face tremendous challenges with drought and increasing input costs. This has led many to seek alternatives that are both ecologically sustainable and economically feasible to keep their operation going. Grazing lands provide forage for livestock, habitat for wildlife and recreational opportunities such as hunting. The assessed value of a ranch based on aesthetics and wildlife habitat or its recreational opportunities can often exceed the property’s agricultural value. This provides additional economic incentive to apply effective grazing management. Read more at Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation…

It’s what’s for dinner: Oktoberfest beef burgers


This recipe includes instructions for making your own German-style beef sausage to combine with Swiss cheese, pretzel rolls and coarse grain mustard for an Autumn burger full of flavor. Read more at www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Cattlemen’s Column: Water is Water


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


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

Picture © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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


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


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

Texas Section Society for Range Management

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

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

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?


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 


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…