Cow-Calf Corner: US meat market struggling; Dietary changes needed for early lactation beef cows

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In the Feb. 23 issue of Cow Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Derrell Peel talks factors challenging the U.S. meat market so far in 2015, and Glenn Selk disucsses the dietary needs for cows as they deliver calves and begin to lactate. Read more…

TSCRA statement on 2015 Dietary Guideline recommendations

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The USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday released their 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report, which recommends that Americans consume less beef. “Including beef in meals and practicing a balanced diet is a healthy option for Americans,” said TSCRA President Pete Bonds in a statement Friday. ” The federal government keeps attacking our industry by spreading false information about beef. This appears to be a trend from bureaucrats who are pushing an anti-meat agenda. The federal government should be promoting all nutritious food sources in their recommendations – not just the ones they feel like fit their political agenda.” Read more…

Nutrition panel urges Americans to eat green

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Americans should consider the health of the planet along with the health of their hearts when deciding what to eat, according to an expert panel that advises the federal government on nutrition. It is the first time the advisory committee, which updates its recommendations in a report every five years, has considered the environmental impact of food choices. But a registered dietitian who served on the advisory committee in 2010, notes that there were no experts on food’s environmental impact on the latest panel. Read more at USA Today…

US beef exports to drop in 2015 on high prices, tight supply

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U.S. beef exports will decline in 2015, as tight supplies, high prices and a strong dollar constrict demand from buyers holding other currencies, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Feb. 20, 2015

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Precipitation was below normal (half an inch or less) across most of the Great Plains, except portions of Texas and southeast Oklahoma which received an inch or more of precipitation. D0-D3 expanded in southwest Texas to the Texas panhandle due to re-evaluation of data. Read more…

Oklahoma confirms case of neurological equine herpesvirus

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A horse diagnosed with equine herpesvirus has shut down the Oklahoma State University’s (OSU) veterinary teaching hospital to other horses. The horse was referred to OSU last week after being treated for 2 weeks for an unrelated illness at a private veterinary clinic. After several days of treatment at OSU, the horse began showing neurological symptoms and the horse was diagnosed and confirmed to have EHV. With this single case of EHV, horse owners may be concerned about the safety of their horses. Oklahoma’s state veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall said the situation has been managed well and does not expect any changes to shipping requirements for Oklahoma horses.  Read more at the Oklahoma Farm Report…

LCRA: Current drought worst on record for Central Texas

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The ongoing drought impacting Central Texas’ Highland Lakes is the worst the region has experienced since the lakes were built in the 1930s, according to data from the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) presented at a Wednesday meeting. Preliminary LCRA data shows the Highland Lakes are in a new “critical period,” drier than the 1947-57 drought previously considered the worst on record. Read more or watch the story at KXAN…

Farmers and ranchers should develop, implement an emergency plan

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Too often, when first responders arrive on the scene of a farm-related emergency, they don’t have the proper knowledge, training, personnel or equipment to manage the situation. Even in rural communities, many emergency service personnel are not familiar with farm issues, according to Davis Hill, manager of Penn State Extension’s Managing Agricultural Emergencies program. Read more at USAgNet…

Texas crop, weather, for Feb. 19, 2015

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The drought may have receded in much of Texas, but reservoir levels are, if anything, worse in many areas than they were a year ago, so cities will see continuing water-use restrictions. As far as agricultural interests, it depends upon where they are, but many who depend upon river water will likely see recurring cutbacks in water allocations. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Asian beef and broccoli with noodle

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This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients and is full of flavor. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com..

NCBA applauds tax code

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Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 636 America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, will make permanent the $500,000 expensing levels for small businesses under Section 179 of the tax code. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Philip Ellis said permanency to the tax code is critical for cattlemen in order to make necessary purchasing decisions and informed business decisions. The passage of this bill allows farmers and ranchers to write off capital expenditures in the year that purchases are made rather than depreciate them over time. Read more at High Plains Journal…

EU countries may gain approval on US beef

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The U.K., the Netherlands and Lithuania may be the next European Union countries to win access to the U.S. beef market, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said as he prepared for four days of talks in Washington. The U.S. and the EU are trying to push ahead with the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to cut tariffs, reduce regulatory barriers and expand the world’s biggest economic relationship. Two rounds of talks are planned between now and August in a bid to speed up negotiations that have been slowed by concerns related to financial services, investor- protection clauses and transparency. Read more at AgWeb…

Hay storage options

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There are several management considerations regarding hay storage and reducing feed loss, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialists. Read more…

Dealing with prolapses

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Around calving time, prolapses in cows and heifers can be major health issues. Some cases may even be life threatening. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

AQHA welcomes new executive vice president

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The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce that Craig Huffhines, currently executive vice president of the American Hereford Association, has been selected to assume the executive vice president leadership role for AQHA. Read more…

Duncan Ranch Rodeo crowns champions

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The 2015 Duncan Ranch Rodeo was held Feb. 13 and 14 in Duncan, Okla. Twenty-four teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri competed for cash prizes and merchandise. Read more…

FAA releases draft rules for commercial use of UAVs

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The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology. Reuters reports that the long-awaited draft rules from the Federal Aviation Administration would require unmanned aircraft pilots to obtain special pilot certificates, stay away from bystanders and fly only during the day. They limit flying speed to 100 miles per hour (160 kph) and the altitude to 500 feet above ground level. Read more at USAgNet…

West Coast ports dispute drags on; labor secretary to intervene

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A partial shutdown of 29 U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead of the U.S. labor secretary’s scheduled arrival in San Francisco to try to broker a settlement ending months of disruptions on the cargo-clogged docks. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma February update; Re-warming methods for severely cold-stressed newborn calves

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In the Feb. 17 edition of Cow /Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel gives an update on February weather and markets in Oklahoma and Glenn Selk discusses the best method of warming a severely cold-stressed newborn calf. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Far South Texas Ranch hunting camp looted, OK bull and cow missing

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports the looting of a hunting camp near Millett in LaSalle County. A thief or thieves broke into the lodge to steal a Windy Ryon Longhorn saddle with a 15 1/2-inch tree, tan padded seat, fully-stamped square skirts, full double rigging, leather-covered horn with a silver horn cap, tapaderos (toe fenders) on the stirrups and quick change buckles on the stirrup leathers; iHome B22 wireless speakers; a black GE brand freestanding stove model JB630DFBB SKU 1000-0177-966; Frigidaire stackable washer and dryer, model no. CLCE500FW4; 4 gun scabbards; a left-handed Ashley hunting bow, case of arrows, bow release and archery accessories; 6 cases of shotgun shells, gauges 12, 28, 20 and 410; 4 pair of binoculars, Read more…