U.S. may give up demand for zero Japan beef tariffs in trade deal: Nikkei

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Sourece:  Reuters

The United States appears willing to accept a big cut in Japanese tariffs on beef imports rather than insist on scrapping the levy, the Nikkei business daily said on Friday, as the two countries seek a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact.  Read more…

 

U.S. Drought Monitor: April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014, Drought Map, Southern Region

Source:  droughtmonitor.unl.edu

The same storm system that brought good rains to the southeast also caught portions of Arkansas, east Texas, and Louisiana.

Outside of these areas, the remainder of the region was mostly dry.

Although dry, temperatures remained at or below normal, with departures from normal of 2-4 degrees Fahrenheit through portions of west Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.

Improvements were made to the D0 in northern Louisiana, removing all of the abnormal dryness this week.

In southern Arkansas, D0 was also improved.

The rains in east Texas allowed for the improvement of some of Read more…

How to create a login for TSCRA’s Member Center

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If you’re interested in downloading one of our free apps, need information on member discounts or want to get free tickets to the Western Heritage Classic, all you’ll need to access exclusive association information is a TSCRA membership and a Member Center login. If you haven’t created a login yet, or it’s been a while, it’s easy to do and free!

Step 1: go to http://member.tscra.org

Step 2: Click on “Create New Login” from the blue menu

Step 3: Click on “New User Registration” to register

Step 4: Fill out information and click “Submit.” Note: It may take Read more…

Check Out Your Checkoff: Beef for Breakfast

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Viewers in Tyler and Beaumont recently learned beef isn’t just for dinner anymore. Through Texas Beef Council’s (TBC) monthly television cooking segments, consumers are given ideas for incorporating beef into a healthy, filling breakfast. The beefy sweet potato hash recipe was demonstrated using leftover pot roast to make a nutritious breakfast that can be enjoyed on the go. Lean beef is an excellent source of protein and is packed with other nutrients that will power you up for the day. The recipe speaks to the checkoff’s target audience of the older millennial parent — born between the early 1980s and Read more…

Japan may cut US beef tariffs in crucial trade talks

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Source: Reuters

Japan is considering slashing tariffs on U.S. beef imports to less than 10 percent from the current 38.5 percent in negotiations aimed at laying the ground for a broad Pacific trade pact, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday. The proposed cut would be much deeper than one negotiated with Australia, which on Monday agreed to a trade deal with Tokyo including a halving of the levy on frozen beef to 19.5 percent. Read more…

Senators question EPA, president told of agency ‘land grab’ on water rule

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Source: DTN Progressive Farmer

A group of U.S. senators Wednesday told President Barack Obama that his administration has not followed the proper channel in developing the proposed Clean Water Act rule. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Pineapple-soy glazed beef steaks

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Source: beefitswhatsfordinner.com

This recipe is great for the grill or broiler. Read more…

Despite supply concerns, red meat exports remain strong in February

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Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation

Buoyed by double-digit export growth to Mexico – the largest volume market for all U.S. red meat exports – U.S. pork and beef exports performed well in February despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Beef sales to Mexico in the first two months of 2014 are up 26 percent in volume to 37,638 metric tons (mt) and 40 percent in value ($183 million), while pork exports are 16 percent higher in volume (113,677 mt) Read more…

US beef sales to Japan may decline on Australia deal

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Source: Bloomberg

U.S. beef shipments to Japan may drop after the largest Asian buyer agreed with Australia to begin reducing import tariffs as early as next year, Japan’s agriculture ministry said. The deal will give Australia an advantage over the U.S. in a market worth 267 billion yen ($2.6 billion) last year, according to Marubeni Research Institute in Tokyo. American beef exporters could lose as much as 80 percent of their sales in Japan unless the U.S. government reaches a similar agreement, according to the ministry. Read more…

Chinese market to lead global demand for beef

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Source: BEEF Magazine

While the U.S. cattle and beef markets should continue to offer profit opportunities, it’s the actors on the global stage that will set the larger tone for beef prices in 2014. That’s according to a Rabobank report that both looks at market dynamics in the first quarter of 2014 and peers into the future of the global beef trade. Read more…

Beef prices hit all-time high in US

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Source: Los Angeles Times

Extreme weather has thinned the nation’s cattle herds, roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for April 8, 2014

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Source: AgriLife Today

During the first week of April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

The rest of the state remained largely dry, receiving from a trace to 0.5 inch, which did little to stop the further encroachment of severe to extreme drought in some areas.

Texas High Plains farmers were using “sand fighters” to create dirt clods and slow wind-blown soil erosion, according to reports from Texas A&M Read more…

TSCRA members are invited to enjoy the Western Heritage Classic

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TSCRA has teamed up with the Western Heritage Classic to provide TSCRA members with 2 complimentary grounds passes to the event in Abilene good for May 9-10.This is a $34 value!

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Attend ranch gathering in Brady April 17

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering on April 17 in Brady at the Heart of Texas Events Center, 804 San Angelo Highway. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger H.D. Brittain will also update attendees on cattle thefts in the area and how they can better protect their livestock and equipment.

Please RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192, or rsvp@tscra.org.

The gathering is sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, Novartis Animal Health and Winters Family Beef. Folks that sign up as a TSCRA member at the gathering will receive a free metal gate sign Read more…

Texas cattlewoman talks BQA programs

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Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

Sugie Sartwelle is a Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) member, a life-long Texas cattlewoman and a long-time Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) advocate. She always knew there was a BQA program available to producers but her checkoff involvement nine years ago made her even more aware of its value to the cattle industry. Read more…

US cattlemen slam Japan-Australia trade deal

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Source: AgriPulse

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized the bilateral trade agreement reached between Japan and Australia, saying the deal undermines the goals of the Trans-Pacific Partnership which the U.S. is negotiating with the two countries and other nations. Read more…

Saginaw rancher re-elected TSCRA president; Group installs new directors

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) installed new officers Sunday during the closing session of the 137th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth.

TSCRA’s new officers elected during Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio. Back row: Second Vice President Robert E. McKnight, left, and Executive Vice President Eldon White. Front row, Pete Bonds, President, left, and First Vice President Richard Thorpe.

Pete Bonds, Saginaw, was elected president; Richard Thorpe, Winters, first vice president; Robert McKnight, Fort Davis, second vice president; and Eldon White, Fort Worth, executive vice president.

“The continued determination and commitment of cattle raisers Read more…

USDA announces sign up date for farmer and rancher disaster assistance programs

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Source: USDA-Farm Service Agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced April 7 that farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.

“These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments Read more…

Trich economics

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Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

When a third or more of a rancher’s cows turn up open, which can happen when trichomoniasis infects a herd, the rancher obviously takes a significant economic loss. But due to the sporadic nature of trichomoniasis, commonly known as trich, quantifying losses the disease causes across a region or across the country presents a challenge. During a recent trichomoniasis forum hosted by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA), Texas A&M University economist David Anderson, PhD, provided some estimates. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Beef herd expansion threatened in the coming weeks; Make a record of twins

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In the April 7 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses how a colder, later spring could have an affect on beef herd expansion and Glenn Selk explains the importance of making a record of twins. Read more…