Compete in TSCRA’s Ranch Rodeo July 18


A few teams have cancelled for TSCRA’s Ranch Rodeo on July 18 in Levelland. If you have a team and would like to enter the competition, we have slots open! Visit for more information, entry forms and more.

USDA surveying cattle operations

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin

In July, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey 9,300 cattle operations nationwide to provide an up-to-date measure of U.S. cattle inventories. Read more at USAgNet…

Trade Promotion Authority passes House


The U.S. House of Representatives passed Trade Promotion Authority on Thursday with a vote of 218 to 208, as stand-alone legislation. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) strongly supports TPA and applauds the House for taking this necessary step to securing future free trade deals that will boost American exports. Read more…

Texas reservoir levels rise as drought subsides


As recently as 2011, Texas endured the most intense drought in recorded state history. But the rainfall so far in 2015 has left less than 1 percent of the state in drought conditions. Texas reservoirs are not far behind; as of Monday, they were collectively more than 83 percent full. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

It’s what’s for dinner: Balsamic marinated flank steak


This recipe for a flank steak marinade is great for the grill. Read more at…

Daily Livestock Report: Analyst cattle on feed numbers


Analysts polled by Urner Barry ahead of the USDA “Cattle on Feed” report expect modestly higher cale on feed compared to last year, but an ongoing reduction in the flow of cattle entering feedlots (i.e. future supply). On average the 10 analysts polled expect June 1 feedlot inventories to be up 0.9 percent compared to a year ago. A Bloomberg survey of 12 analysts also came up with a similar average of estimates. Download the Daily Livestock Report for June 17, 2015 (PDF)…

BeefSys database designed to prevent decades of research data being lost


Decades of data and analysis becomes more accessible to those in the digital age thanks to BeefSys, a massive archival database built to contain all the research work done on beef cattle, forages and pastures at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton since 1967. BeefSys architects foresee scientists using it for statistical analysis and creating decision-making tools for stakeholders in a multitude of areas. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for June 16, 2015

Pre-harvest sprouting of small grains like wheat, oats and barley can cause substantial dockage or even rejection at grain elevators, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Clark Neely

In late May, it appeared many wheat growers were poised to suffer big discounts because of pre-harvest sprouting of winter wheat. But reports from the Blacklands and East Texas contend that while the sprouting is fairly widespread, it’s not quite as severe as anticipated. Heavy rains and continued wet conditions were the culprits leading to the sprouting, but by about June 1, drier conditions began to prevail and the situation seemed to be turning around. Read more…

Whether a tropical storm or hurricane, preparation is key


The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) advises animal owners to prepare now for possible flooding due to the tropical system currently brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. Tropical Storm Bill is predicted to deliver additional torrential rain and flash flooding to parts of East and North Texas, as well as Louisiana. According to the National Weather Service, even if tropical development does not occur, a surge of deep moisture will bring a dangerous flash flood threat to parts of Texas impacted by heavy rainfall and flooding in May. Any additional substantial rainfall will quickly prompt flash flooding. Read more…

El Niño could last for another year

Photo courtesy NASA-GODDARD

A U.S. government weather forecaster on Thursday extended its outlook for how long El Niño weather conditions will last, pegging chances they will continue into the Northern Hemisphere’s 2015-16 winter at 85 percent. According to Reuters, the Climate Prediction Center, an agency of the National Weather Service, previously saw a more than 80 percent chance El Niño would last through 2015. Thursday’s monthly report from the CPC was the first to forecast the conditions are likely to last into 2016. Read more at USAgNet…

Vesicular stomatitis update: 1 new case identified, 2 premises released


The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has confirmed 1 new case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in a Ward County horse approximately 30 miles north of Fort Stockton. This is the first case of VS in this county. Two previously infected premises in Reeves and Pecos counties have been released from quarantine. Read more…

Quest for fast-track trade bill defeated for now in House


The House of Representatives on Friday delivered a blow to President Barack Obama’s signature goal of strengthening ties with Asia but could try again as soon as Tuesday to reverse defeat of a measure central to a Pacific Rim trade pact. In a dramatic vote, Obama’s own Democrats, as well as Republicans, rejected a program to give aid to workers who lose their jobs as a result of U.S. trade deals with other countries. The measure was soundly defeated in a 302-126 vote. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

Floods can present health problems to livestock, pets


Livestock and pet owners should be on the lookout for potential animal health issues related to flooding throughout Texas in recent weeks, said a Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory expert. Insect-borne diseases, toxic forages and skin irritations are just a few potential hazards to consider when it comes to the health of beef cattle, horses and pets. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma Cattle Market Summary, June 2015

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the June 15 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Derrell Peel gives an overview of how the Oklahoma cattle markets are shaping up for June Read more…

Ranch gatherings held in Alpine and Paris


More than 225 ranchers, friends and guests attended ranch gatherings in Alpine and Paris this week. Read more…

Ag gets waiver on hours of service rule


America’s hog, cattle and poultry farmers have been granted a 2-year waiver from the U.S. Department of Transportation hours-of-service rule for certain drivers. The rule, issued in mid-2013 by DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), requires truck drivers to take a 30-minute rest break for every 8 hours of service. It would have prohibited drivers hauling livestock and poultry from caring for animals during the rest period. Read more at the Oklahoma Farm Report…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, June 12, 2015


The NCEI (formerly NCDC) May 2015 precipitation total for the contiguous U.S. was the wettest May and month of any month in the 121-years of record keeping. State-wise, it was the wettest May in Texas, Oklahoma, and Colorado. With those statistics, it is not surprising that nearly all drought from late March has been eliminated in the Plains, Midwest, and central Gulf Coast. Read more…

Rainfall impacts on wildlife

photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

The overwhelming amount of rain much of Oklahoma has seen over the past couple months has made it presence felt in the wildlife community. Both long-term and short-term impacts will be evident, said Dwayne Elmore, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension wildlife specialist. Read more…

It's what's for dinner: Beef steak salad with dried cherries


Sirloin steak meets dried cherries, blue cheese and walnuts in a salad that’s big on flavor. Read more at

House OKs bills to avert shutdowns  of grain inspection, price reporting


The House passed a pair of bills aimed at avoiding future disruptions of export grain inspections and livestock market reports. The bills, which reauthorize federal grain standards and livestock reporting laws, were approved on voice votes. Both the grain and livestock programs would be extended through Sept. 30, 2020.  Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Teaching youth about beef nutrition


The beef checkoff’s second My American Farm beef game “Grocery Grab” launched May 14 and garnered nearly 400 game-plays during its first two weeks. Aimed at third- to fifth-grade science students, the new game gives students a realistic experience selecting beef cuts at a supermarket, while building a nutritious meal based on USDA My Plate guidelines.

Texas crop, weather, for June 8, 2015

Photo courtesy Texas A&M AgriLife

A considerable portion of the state’s expected cotton acreage will not be planted this year primarily due to low prices and excessive rain, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agronomist. Dr. Gaylon Morgan, AgriLife Extension state cotton specialist, College Station, said more 300,000 acres in the Rio Grande Valley and the Coastal Bend alone were not planted. Read more…

Texas cattle ranchers whipsawed between drought and deluge


The drought finally broke for Texas ranchers late last year. The range and pasturelands on which cattle graze began to recover. Then came the spring. In Cameron, about 140 miles northwest of Houston, the rain began falling at the start of May — and didn’t stop all month. “People don’t give water enough credit for how much damage it can do,” James Burks says. He’s general manager of 44 Farms, a cattle ranch bounded by a tributary of the Brazos called the Little River. On Memorial Day, the Little River crested nearly 40 feet above flood stage. Read more…

Watch out for anthrax in livestock this summer

photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is telling Oklahomans to be alert for anthrax in their livestock this summer. The disease usually occurs in sheep and cattle but can also be seen in dogs, horses, pigs or other animals — including humans. Officials said outbreaks of the disease can occur after flooding that follows a drought, and Oklahoma has a higher-than-normal chance to see anthrax. Read more or watch the video at KOCO News... Download an information sheet on anthrax from the Texas Animal Health Commission in English or Spanish.

TAHC responds to statewide animal issues due to severe weather


TAHC response to statewide animal issues due to severe weather In response to record breaking weather events across Texas, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has been actively engaged with local communities impacted by recent floods and tornadoes. Read more…

This Texas drought is over, but what about the next?


State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon discusses recent rain, the remission of drought across most of Texas, and what this could mean for future  water planning. Read more at TribTalk…

Summer Meeting registration extended to June 19


TSCRA will host this year’s summer meeting at the Moody Gardens in Galveston June 25-27. Bring the family and enjoy all the island has to offer. The schedule has been modified to allow attendees to enjoy their time on the island and fish, play golf, or enjoy the beach. The deadline to take advantage of pre-registration prices has been extended until June 19, so save your spot today!  Read more…

Canada, Mexico announce COOL retaliation figures

meat case

In a joint statement, the governments of Canada and Mexico announced they will seek a combined $3.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. goods. And they plan to move quickly, saying they will ask the WTO for a special Dispute Settlement Body meeting on June 17 to consider the request. Read more at BEEF Magazine…

Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 15

Farm Service Agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on June 15, 2015. To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated. Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Read more…

The water that goes into raising beef isn’t just “used up” – find out where it goes


Lately there has been a lot of talk about water and agriculture, specifically related to the California drought. Often missing from these conversations is the reality that farmers and ranchers have been working for generations to conserve water resources every day, not just in recent years, with the understanding that water is a precious resource. Read more at…

Cow-Calf Corner: Latest meat trade data encouraging; What to do with the bull after breeding season?

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the June 18 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel talks mostly positive meat trade data and Glenn Selk discusses what to do with the bull after he’s done his job. Read more…

Plan ahead if transporting livestock to other states this summer

Picture courtesy Oklahoma State University

Due to horses in a couple of South Texas counties testing positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS), anyone wishing to transport susceptible species into other states is urged to check ahead to see what they require to get Texas livestock, horses and some wildlife into their state. Regulations vary widely, so you are encouraged to visit other state permit sections before contacting a vet to get a CVI on VS-affected species. Read more…

Horse owners encouraged to consult a veterinarian about vaccinations


With the recent rain and flooding across the state, mosquito activity is expected to increase. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials encourage equine owners to consult with their private veterinary practitioner regarding vaccinating their horses against mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalitis, Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis, and West Nile Virus. Read more…

USDA announces final environmental impact statement on feral swine damage management program


The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the availability of a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the APHIS Feral Swine Damage Management Program. As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), APHIS published a draft EIS in December 2014 that examined five alternatives before the agency. Of the alternatives examined, APHIS is required by NEPA to identify the alternative—known as the “preferred alternative”—that best meets the purpose and need for the EIS. Following the close of a 45-day comment period on the draft EIS, APHIS thoroughly reviewed and analyzed the comments received. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, June 5, 2015


May 2015 was the wettest month ever in Texas, with 8.81 inches, and Oklahoma with 14.27 inches, incredibly ending the region’s long-term drought within 4-6 weeks and causing widespread flooding. Read more…

More counties added to disaster declaration


As of June 3,  the following 24 counties were added to Texas’ disaster declaration: Atascosa, Austin, Baylor, Brazoria, Brazos, Calhoun, Chambers, Comanche, Dallas-Garland, Erath, Fort Bend, Jack, Lee, Lubbock – Shallowater, Nacogdoches, Palo Pinto, Polk, Robertson, San Augustine, Shelby, Somervell, Starr – Rio Grande City, Tarrant-Mansfield and Trinity. Read more at…

Recent rains bring more than floods: Watch for snakes


Our recent abundance of rain has all sorts of critters looking for higher ground, including snakes. Health officials are reminding people to be extra vigilant this summer to avoid being bitten. Read more at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram via San Antonio Express-News

Think weed control now

Photo by Dr. Bob Shaw

Remove a pound of weeds from your pasture and in most cases you’ve just added a pound of forage. That’s the best argument for doing away with pasture weeds you’ll ever hear. Read more at DTN | Progressive Farmer

It’s what’s for dinner:  Beef and spinach breakfast sandwich


A great way to use leftover steak or roast. This recipe combines beef, egg and spinach on a thin sandwich roll. Read more at…

Flood zone lost and found livestock information


TSCRA’s Law Enforcement Department has developed an easy system to assist ranchers and landowners locate lost livestock or to help find the owners of found livestock displaced or killed by flooding. This resource is only available for the areas recently affected by flood and will not cover cases of theft or criminal activity. If you were affected by flood and are missing or have found live or deceased livestock, click here to fill out the online form with as much detail as possible. The compiled information will remain private and will only be used by TSCRA Special Rangers and law enforcement officials to assist in the location of missing and identification of found cattle and horses.