Marbling research shows healthy fat in beef has benefits

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Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat quality. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef fajitas on a stick

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Make a quick and easy fajita dinner by grilling your beef on bamboo skewers. Read more at www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

COOL retaliation looms

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It’s been more than a decade since Congress first passed its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements and 3 subsequent World Trade Organization rulings that have gone against the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has said no administrative action could resolve the issue if the WTO comes down with a final adverse ruling. The WTO Appellate Body has announced it will circulate its ruling on the final U.S. appeal no later than May 18. WTO-authorized retaliation by Canada and Mexico could be authorized as soon as 60 days thereafter. Read more at Feedstuffs…

Hormones in beef:  Myth vs. fact

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Much confusion and concern often surrounds the use of hormones in beef production. A common myth surrounding beef produced with additional hormones is that it is unsafe to consume. The fact is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulates the development and use of hormone implants and the Food Safety Inspection Service of the USDA routinely monitors residues of synthetic hormones in meat. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

Texas crop, weather, for March 25, 2015

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All parts of the state received more precipitation in the last week, further delaying planting of spring crops in many areas. The total amount of rain is not so much the problem as lack of warmer, sunny weather to dry out fields for planting and to encourage growth of winter forages. Read more…

Nutrition scientist, registered dietician urges secretaries to reconsider dietary guideline recommendations

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The department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and USDA hosted a meeting for public comments on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report released in February. The recommendations in the report, made by government-appointed nutrition scientists, fail to fully recognize the nutritional benefits of lean beef and conclude by advising Americans to eat less meat. Shalene McNeill, a nutrition scientist and registered dietitian with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, said the advisory committee’s recommendation to exclude lean meat from a healthy dietary pattern is a historic move that ignores decades of nutrition science and all previous editions of the guideline. Read more…

FDA issues draft guidance for on-farm feed

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The FDA is now accepting comments on Draft Guidance 203, which outlines steps livestock producers can take to identify and prevent feed contaminants that could jeopardize animal health and food safety. The guidance provides detailed recommendations on addressing unacceptable feed risks on the farm, feed-safety practices in procuring, growing and using animal feeds, pesticide and agricultural chemical use, personnel training, identifying the origin of feed and analyzing feed samples. It also offers examples of feed contaminants and unacceptable risk levels. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Get a sneak peek of your April issue of The Cattleman magazine

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The April print edition of The Cattleman magazine will be in your mailbox soon, but if you’d like to get a head start on it, the digital version is ready for you in the TSCRA Member Center. This digital edition of The Cattleman is free to TSCRA members and is an exclusive benefit of your membership. Read more…

Global meat consumption reaches 225 million tons in 2014

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Euromonitor International released new market research on the global fresh food industry. The global meat market saw 3 percent volume sales growth in 2014 to reach 225 million tonnes, driven by growing demand in emerging markets. Read more at USAgNet…

Livestock slaughter report data errors found

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The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has discovered a data processing issue that caused multiple data errors in the March 19, 2015, Livestock Slaughter report. The March report, which contained February slaughter data, has been removed from the Internet and the parallel data removed from the Quick Stats database. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Spring in Oklahoma means severe weather; Spring time storms and the cow herd

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In the March 23 edition of Cow/Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service, Derrell Peel discusses the good and the bad of spring weather and Glenn Selk talks about what to do after a severe spring storm. Read more…

House passes bill to overhaul EPA Scientific Advisory Board

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The House passed legislation on Tuesday to modify the selection process for members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. Read more at The Hill…

One new positive found in 2014-15 Trans Pecos CWD surveillance

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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in only one of 222 tissue samples that were collected from hunter harvested deer and elk from the Trans Pecos ecoregion during the 2014–15 season as part of a CWD surveillance effort. This sample was collected from a mule deer buck harvested in the Hueco Mountain area of far West Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, March 20, 2015

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Drought conditions in Texas were reduced in some areas, while other areas saw intensification this week. D0 and D1 conditions were trimmed back in the Coastal Bend and east Texas. Meanwhile, D2 and D3 conditions were expanded towards the south in central Texas due to the below normal reservoir levels which are less than 70 percent full in those areas. Read more…

One last chance to get pre-registration discounts for Cattle Raisers Convention

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If you missed the pre-registration deadline for the Cattle Raisers Convention taking place in Fort Worth March 27-29, now’s your chance to guarantee your seat at the largest ranching event of the year. If you’re only planning on visiting the Cattle Raisers Expo and don’t want to register for the entire roster of meetings, day passes are available and free to TSCRA members. Save time by signing up for your day pass today and skip the line! Read more…

House Ag Committee advances bill to protect farmers and ranchers from duplicative regs and permits

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The House Committee on Agriculture has approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015. This legislation (H.R. 872 in the 112th Congress and H.R. 935 in the 113th) would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or near waters of the United States. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Saucy skillet meatballs and potatoes

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This meat and potatoes meal isn’t your usual, but it could become your favorite. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

House renews efforts to repeal the death tax

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TSCRA Second Vice President Robert McKnight testified Wednesday before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. He shared his personal family story of dealing with the unrealistic death tax and how it negatively affects ranching families across the country. TSCRA believes the death tax should be permanently repealed to protect future generations from being saddled with unreasonable estate tax burdens. Read more… 

Subcommittee reviews WOTUS definition and its impact on rural America

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The House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry subcommittee held a public hearing March 17 in Washington D.C. to review the definition of “waters of the U.S.” proposed rule and its impact on rural America. Read more at Agri-Pulse | Click here to read participants’ testimony or watch a webcast of the hearing

New FDA rules change access to antibiotics for beef producers

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons says new rules for antibiotic use by cattle producer are in the process of being finalized. Simmons said these changes should increase flexibility and ease of use, with the final rule being released spring 2015. She said NCBA will continue to work to educate producers on this new method of accessibility. Final implementation date has been set for December 2016. Listen or read more at Oklahoma Farm Report’s Beef Buzz