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Cow/Calf Corner: Pressure builds on cattle prices; Culling order for fall-calving herds when forage is limited

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

Source: The Cow/Calf Corner newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service

April 14, 2014

Pressure builds on cattle prices
by Derrell S. Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension livestock marketing specialist

With boxed beef prices down sharply from the second rollercoaster high of the year, fed cattle prices may have peaked seasonally. Fed prices are currently holding mostly steady near $150/cwt. but will likely decrease into May as fed cattle marketings increase seasonally. Cattle slaughter typically increases from April through May to seasonal peaks in June. Fed cattle prices typically decrease from April peaks to summer lows in July. Average price Read more…

U.S. beef export shipments and sales increase


Source:  Laura Mushrush, Assistant Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork

U.S. beef export shipments slightly increased by one percent from the previous week to 12,400 metric tons.

The total moved the 4-week average down four percent for the second consecutive week and decreased the 27-week average to 13,265 MT.

Japan continues to be the primary destination, taking in 3,700 MT. Other notable shipment totals include Hong Kong (2,500 MT), Mexico (2,100 MT), South Korea (1,800 MT), and Canada (800 MT). Read more…

USDA designates 6 counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas


The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated six counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought.

Those counties are:

Crockett                          Menard                    Schleicher                Irion

Reagan                           Sutton

“Our hearts go out to those Texas farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Texas producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather Read more…

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


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


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


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

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

Texas Beef Council

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


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


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



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

Despite supply concerns, red meat exports remain strong in February


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


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


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


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


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


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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TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, equipment and utility vehicle missing in Burnet County


TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in Central Texas, reports a tractor, equipment and a Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle stolen from a property in Burnet County. Some time between March 8 and 12 a thief or thieves cut a lock on the property north of Bertram to steal a John Deere tractor, model 5303, serial no. PY5303U005947, a John Deere frontend loader and a 6-foot flail mower, unknown brand. Also stolen was a green 2001 Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle, VIN No. JK1AFCE1X2B512114, with 1″x6″ cedar boards for a bed and a cracked hood with bolted repairs.

If you have Read more…

Fifth suspect in Northeast Texas cattle theft ring arrested


A fifth suspect in Northeast Texas cattle theft ring was arrested Friday on charges of organized criminal activity. The men are accused of participating in a string of cattle thefts in Delta and Fannin counties in March 2014. Charles Damon Williams, 35, of Cooper, was arrested Friday. TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley and Troy McKinney led the investigation.

Previously arrested were Jonathan Jones, 20, of Cooper, on March 24; John Green, 43, of Klondike, on March 26; James Shaffer, 60, Terrell, on April 2; and Terry Wynne, 51, Terrell, on April 2.

On March 18, authorities in Delta County received a call from Read more…

Attend ranch gathering in Brady April 17


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

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


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…