Time running out to enter The Cattleman Now contest


Time is running out to enter for your chance to win a pair of boots made by the Anderson Bean Boot Company. All you need to do is get a friend to take a picture of you with The Cattleman Now smartphone app on your phone. Post the picture with the #CattlemanNow hashtag on TSCRA’s Facebook , Instagram or Twitter or email to thecattleman@tscra.org. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win. This contest ends  Friday, July 31 and the winners will be announced Aug. 3, so be sure to post your picture to TSCRA’s social media outlets or email us before the deadline ends!

New special ranger for West Texas area


TSCRA has named David Duncan, Fort Davis, as special ranger for District 18 in West Texas. Duncan has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. Most recently, he worked as a TxDPS Texas Ranger as a staff lieutenant where he supervised Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers in Marfa, Del Rio and El Paso. As a Texas Ranger, he also worked with state and local law enforcement agencies on border enforcement efforts. Additionally, Duncan has experience as a city police officer, sheriff’s deputy, highway patrolman and an auto theft investigator. Duncan replaces TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr, who moved to District 26. Read more…

TAHC reports a rise in cases of EEE


The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently received confirmation of Texas horses testing positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). To date, there are a total of 5 confirmed cases in Newton, Orange, Liberty, Jasper and Jefferson counties. Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) is a mosquito-borne viral disease that can affect all equine species. Infected horses may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders. Symptoms may include unsteadiness, erratic behavior and a marked loss of coordination. The death rate for animals infected with EEE is 75-100 percent. Owners are reminded to vaccinate against mosquito-borne illnesses such as EEE. Read more…

Meat labeling legislation sparks fear of retaliation against US

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Industry groups and top U.S. trading partners are pushing back against legislation to redesign an Agriculture Department meat-labeling rule found to violate international standards, arguing the regulations should be scrapped altogether. Read more at The Hill…

It's what's for dinner: Reuben bites


Short on time? No worries! Check out this quick recipe using corned beef from the deli. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Last chance for Texas Ranch Roundup passes


TSCRA has teamed up with the Texas Ranch Roundup to offer TSCRA members 2 free trade show passes during the event in Wichita Falls Aug. 14-15. This is a $20 value – Friday is the last day to reserve your passes! Don’t miss the TSCRA booth along with a great trade show, entertainment, a ranch rodeo and more. Click here for more information.

TWDB approves approximately $3.9 billion in SWIFT inaugural financial assistance


The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved approximately $3.9 billion in financial assistance last week from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT). The inaugural round of SWIFT financing will be distributed to 21 applicants for approximately $1 billion in projects in the first year and approximately $3.9 billion total over the next decade. The applicants are requesting funding for 32 projects identified in the state water plan. The types of projects approved include transmission pipelines, canal linings, capacity expansions, seawater desalination, leak detection systems, water meter replacements, and reservoirs. Read more…

US measures to protect against BSE


The FDA has released a video that explains what measures the FDA and the USDA have put in place to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), also known as mad cow disease, from entering the U.S. and how FDA’s Feed Inspection Program is essential to protecting the U.S. food and feed supply. Read more and watch the video at FDA.gov…

Texas crop, weather, for July 29, 2015


A super-strong El Niño now brewing in the tropical Pacific will likely bring another rain-drenched winter to large parts of Texas, said Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist, College Station. But the climate scientist said he doesn’t expect a repeat of the 2015 wet spring will necessarily follow. Read more…

Internal docs said to undermine WOTUS rule

USDA/NRCS photo by Jeff Vanuga.

Internal memos that the Army Corps of Engineers turned over to a Senate committee undermines the scientific and legal basis for the new rule that re-defines the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act, the panel’s chairman says. In a letter Monday to the assistant secretary of the Army who oversees the Corps, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Senate Environment and Public Workers Chairman Jim Inhofe said that the documents show the “rule is lacking factual, technical and legal support.” Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Producers continue to support the checkoff


Three out of four producers (76 percent) continue to support the beef checkoff program and the more they know about the program, the more supportive they are. In addition, the number of producers who say they do not support the program, at 10 percent, is the lowest ever found. The random survey of 601 beef and dairy producers nationwide was conducted by the independent firm Aspen Media & Market Research in late June and early July. The survey found an overwhelming majority of beef and dairy producers continue to say their beef checkoff has value for them in many ways Read more…

TAHC releases all VS quarantines in Texas


Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas. The final premises was in Ward County, approximately 30 miles north of Fort Stockton. The affected premises in Reeves and Pecos County were previously released. Read more…

Texas A&M helping understand, monitor chagas disease


To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas. Chagas is the common name for a disease transmitted by insects and animals that can cause severe symptoms, even death, in humans. It is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths annually in Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 8 to 11 million people throughout Latin America have the disease, the majority of whom do not even realize they are infected. Read more…

Help horses avoid heat stress


The historic hottest part of summer is fast approaching, underscoring the importance for horse managers to review basic strategies that will help their equines avoid heat stress. Horses, like humans, dissipate the majority of their excess body heat through sweating. Horses can sweat as much as 10 to 12 liters per hour. Depending on the environmental temperature and the animal’s workload, it is possible for a horse to become dehydrated in as little as 2 to 3 hours. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: More cattle mid-year; Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

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In the July 27 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Derrell Peel discusses the latest cattle inventory report; and Glenn Selk outlines using stockpiled bermudagrass for winter feed. Read more…

Survey to measure impact of feral swine on US farms


The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)  in cooperation with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying U.S. crop producers to measure the impact feral swine have on their crops and livestock. Feral swine are an invasive species that eat and destroy many field crops, such as corn, milo (sorghum), and rice. They also prey upon young livestock and other small animals. The animals are known to carry numerous diseases that are transferable to livestock, humans, pets and wildlife. Producers in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas will be contacted to participate in the survey. This is the first survey conducted by USDA to determine the extent of feral swine damage. Learn more

VFD brochures outline each sector’s responsibilities

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The FDA has released a series of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) brochures, which list the specific responsibilities of veterinarians, clients and distributors such as feed mills for compliance with the new VFD rules. The brochures also include a list of commonly asked questions and answers and the specific information to include on a lawful VFD. The new VFD rule, which will end over-the-counter access to medically important feed-grade antibiotics and place their use under the control of veterinarians, will take effect in December 2016, and the FDA currently is working to help affected veterinarians, producers and suppliers prepare for the changes. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 21, 2015


During the past week, the South was generally hot and dry. The only areas receiving rainfall (1 to 2 inches) were northern portions of the Texas Panhandle and the Trans-Pecos region of west Texas. The NWS WPC Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) calls for the dryness to continue across most of Texas during the next 7 days. Read more…

Beef from South America? Not so fast!

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The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill July 8 that would block imports of fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina. The amendment requires the USDA to develop a comprehensive risk evaluation and conduct site inspections of processing plants in Brazil and Argentina before meat can be allowed into the U.S. This puts, at least for now, a stop to action taken in late June when the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it was amending regulations to allow fresh beef into the U.S. from the South American countries. Read more…

Water Board set to OK $4 billion in projects


The Texas Water Development Board is poised to approve nearly $4 billion in financing for dozens of projects to increase water supplies across the state, and a handful to promote conservation. From pipelines to a seawater desalination plant feasibility study, the agency’s staff is asking the board to approve financing for 32 water-related projects Thursday, doling out $1 billion within the next year and another $2.9 billion over the next decade. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

It’s what’s for dinner: Pepperoncini beef


Roast beef cooked in a slow cooker with garlic and pepperoncini makes a delicious and simple filling for gyro sandwiches. Serve on hoagie rolls with provolone or mozzarella cheese, and your choice of condiments. Read more at allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pepperoncini-Beef…

TAHC passes rules at June meeting


The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) held a meeting June 9 in Austin and adopted rules governing equine health certificates, feral swine holding facilities and chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring. Rules were also proposed concerning  trichomoniasis (trich) testing of exposed or infected bulls, fever tick ID requirements, animal health certificates for animals entering from areas with trich or vesicular stomatitis (VS). Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for July 21, 2015


After a year of low activity, the Bermuda grass stem maggot has returned with a vengeance and spread quickly across Texas. Since 2013, the pest has rapidly expanded its range in Texas and is now found throughout much of East, Central and South Texas, and as far west as Abilene and San Antonio. There have also been reports farther west in the Brownwood and Anson areas. Read more…

Full house at today’s Ranching 101


The Brand Room at TSCRA headquarters was full at today’s Ranching 101 session. Dr. Robert Wells, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Okla., taught an afternoon session on expected progeny differences (EPDs), cattle selection and beef cattle breeding decisions. Today’s session allowed attendees to ask plenty of questions in a relaxed setting.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 15 calves missing in Van Zandt County


TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, District 14, East Texas, reports 15 calves are missing from a ranch in Van Zandt County. The calves are mostly black, weight 350 to 500 pounds each. Most of the calves are Brahman-influenced crossbreds. All of the calves had ear tags at the time of the theft.

Save the Date for Policy Conference – All TSCRA members invited to attend


Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 23, to Friday, Sept. 25, for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Policy Conference at the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio. The TSCRA Policy Conference replaces the traditional fall meeting and offers a format in which TSCRA members will have ample time to focus on policy issues of interest to association members and any others involved in ranching and the stewardship of private property.

Summer meat demand


Meat prices are higher in the latest retail prices released for the month of June. The All Fresh retail beef price was $6.114/lb., up $0.059 cents from May and up $0.606/lb. from one year ago. The June retail pork price was $3.703/lb., up $0.007/lb. from last month but $0.413/lb. lower than June of 2014. The retail broiler composite price was $1.987/lb., $0.055/lb. higher than May and up $0.038/lb. year over year. Read more…

Blue-Green algae can threaten livestock


Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are microscopic organisms that can be found in all types of water including farm ponds. Some cyanobacteria can produce toxins that can be harmful to livestock affecting the nervous system and liver. Read more…

Visit TSCRA’s Facebook page for Levelland Rodeo photos


See exciting images from the TSCRA Ranch Rodeo at Levelland over the weekend at TSCRA’s Facebook page. Stacy Fox, TSCRA director of member programs, captured these images.

TDA Market Recap July 20, 2015

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For the week ending July 18, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $1 to $8 lower per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly $1 to $4 lower with some steady sales early in the week. Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $3.68 to close at $233.30 per cwt and Select Grade losing $4.60 to close at $229.39 per cwt.

Levelland Ranch Rodeo Recap


Wild-cow milking was the deciding factor in which team won the TSCRA Levelland Ranch Rodeo, July 18. The bronc riding, team doctoring and team branding competitions set up a showdown in the last segment. Spires Land and Cattle and Tongue River Ranch were first and second going into the wild-cow milking. Both teams were tied after their respective runs. The final team, Sandhill Cattle Company, needed to be faster than 36 seconds in the wild-cow milking to win the entire rodeo. Team captain Tripp Townsend made quick work of the roping and the rest of the team worked hard to put together a fabulous 30-second run and take home the championship. Spires Land and Cattle won the tiebreaker for second place and Tongue River Ranch came in third place. Read more…

New beef industry long-range plan establishes roadmap for 2016 to 2020

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Drive growth, protect the business and political climate for beef, grow trust and promote beef’s value are the key factors in the beef industry long-range plan, announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver last week. Sixteen beef industry leaders representing every link in the beef value chain have been developing a set of aggressive goals to strengthen the beef industry from 2016 to 2020 since December 2014. Read more…

Oil eases, choppy after early dollar strength pressures

An oil well is seen near Denver, Colorado February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Brent and U.S. crude slipped in choppy trading along with the seesawing dollar after the currency’s early strength pressured dollar-denominated commodities. Read More at Reuters…

Cuban flag flies over embassy in Washington for first time in 54 years


The red, white and blue Cuban flag was raised over the island’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time since 1961 — a fluttering symbol of the historic thaw taking place between the Cold War foes. As pro and anti-Cuban protestors gathered outside the gates of the embassy chanting “Fidel” and “Justice” — the flag was was raised at about 10:35 EST. The ceremony came after the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic ties early Monday after a 54-year gap. Read More at the Kansas City Star

Space is available on the August Copenhagen-to-Stockholm Cruise


If you’d like to cruise the Baltic Sea, Aug. 17 to 27, with TSCRA, hurry to reserve the last stateroom. Travel to 8 countries in the comfort of your Silversea’s all-inclusive suite. See everything from Soviet-era austerity to Romanov grandiosity. For more information contact Pam Small, Travel Experts, at 512-454-5235 or e-mail Pamela@PamSmallTravel.com.

TSCRA Recognized for Outstanding NCBA Member Recruitment


Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association earned the use of a piece of equipment from New Holland for outstanding efforts to recruit new members to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. TSCRA will get its choice of a 1-year lease on a New Holland Roll-Belt™ 560 Specialty Crop round baler or a 1-year lease on a New Holland T6 175 tractor. The award was announced yesterday at the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver.   “Since 2003 New Holland has been a great partner to NCBA, recognizing and rewarding our affiliates that help strengthen the membership base and give the cattle industry a stronger voice,” said Philip Ellis, NCBA President. “Like New Holland, these state affiliates recognize that the organization’s growth is a smart way Read more…

6666 Ranch Wins Environmental Stewardship Award for NCBA Region IV


Seven families were honored yesterday for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. The Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) honors the efforts of farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to maintaining and improving their lands to ensure that they are productive for future generations. 6666 Ranch, Guthrie, won Region IV, and was nominated by TSCRA and Texas Section, Society for Range Management. Regional and national award recipients serve as role models among their peers in the farming and ranching community, ensuring that the innovative conservation practices are widely adopted by other land managers. The program is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA-NRCS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tyson Foods, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. The other Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, July 14, 2015

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During the past week, generally dry conditions prevailed across most of the region with the exception of some isolated pockets of heavy shower activity (4 to 8 inches) in west central and some lesser accumulations (2 to 3 inches) in the northwest Panhandle of Texas. In these parts, one-category improvements were made in areas of Abnormally Dry (D0) as well as in the sole remaining area of Moderate Drought (D1) in the state. According to the NWS in San Angelo, Abilene already has broken the July rainfall record at 8.26 inches. Statewide, Texas experienced the wettest January through June period on record (1895–2015), according to NOAA NCEI. In Oklahoma, short-term improvements led to removal of the remaining areas of Abnormally Dry (DO) in the Panhandle Read more…

TSCRA member touts Levelland Ranch Rodeo


See TSCRA member Blake Birdwell on www.myfoxlubbock.com encouraging ranches to enter this weekend’s Ranch Rodeo and inviting the general public to come watch. Watch video here…

Crop, grazing land requirements to meet demand in 2050

Photo courtesy Texas A&M AgriLife

As part of the larger Food Forward Sustainability Project, researchers J.R. Knapp of Fox Hollow Consulting and R.A. Cady of Elanco Animal Health have estimated the quantity of feed required to produce animal products and meet global consumer demands in 2050 under different production scenarios using population-based models. Without innovation in animal and plant agriculture, 36 to 58% more land would be required in 2050 to produce food and feed, they said. Read more at Feedstuffs.com…