Plan now, graze later

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“Let the cows do the work.” That’s a common piece of advice from grazing specialists, and it makes a lot of sense. Mechanically harvesting, storing and feeding forage requires substantial investments in machinery, fuel, time and labor. In fact, economists generally consider winter feed costs the single-largest annual production expense for cow-calf producers. Cows, meanwhile, are quite capable of harvesting forage themselves. Eliminating winter feeding altogether is unrealistic for many cow-calf producers, but they could extend their grazing season and reduce dependence on harvested feeds by planning to stockpile forage in selected pastures late in the season. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

FDA releases latest antibiotic sales report

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The FDA on Friday released its latest report on antimicrobial sales for use in food-producing animals, reflecting 2013 sales compared with the previous year and longer-term trends. The report predictably generates criticism of animal agriculture from activist groups, some of which is based on misinterpretation of the data. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Keep or cull open replacement heifers; Oklahoma forage conditions improving

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In the April 20 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Glenn Selk talks your options when it comes to keeping, culling or buying open heifers; and Derrell Peel discusses the Oklahoma forage situation and what recent rains may do to drought conditions. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddle stolen in South Texas, heifer missing in Central Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Gary Baros, Dist. 25 in far South Texas, reports the theft of a tan championship roping saddle from a property in Goliad County. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northern Central Oklahoma, also reports a black motley-faced heifer missing from a property near Orlando in Payne County. Read more…

TSCRA statement on House passage of death tax repeal act

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TSCRA Second Vice President Robert McKnight, a rancher from Fort Davis, made a statement following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1105, the Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015,  The legislation, which passed with a with a 240-179 vote,  was authored and championed by Rep. Kevin Brady, Texas, Dist. 8. Read more…

Rockwood man gets 15 years in cattle theft case

Don Ernest Estes, 40, of Rockwood, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 15 years in the state penitentiary on charges of cattle theft and prior criminal mischief. TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts and Coleman County Sheriff’s Deputy Archie Lancaster led the investigation into the disappearance of $3,000 worth of cattle from a rancher in Coleman, which resulted in the  discovery of a steer sold at the Coleman Livestock Auction and 2 head of cattle on land leased to Estes. Read more…

New mobile app, online reporting  are now options for Eastern turkey harvest

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Eastern turkey hunting in Texas began Wednesday, April 15 and runs through May 14. Hunters are reminded all eastern turkeys must be reported to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department within 24 hours of harvest. In addition to physical check stations, hunters have the option of reporting harvests online or on the new My Texas Hunt Harvest app. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for the week of April 14, 2015

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The Southern Plains experienced another week with relatively wet conditions. There were minor improvements in all drought categories in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southeast Kansas. Looking ahead, above-normal precipitation is expected from the Southern Plains across the South and Southeast. Drier conditions are expected across much of the West. Read more…

Young Leadership Series meeting held in Austin

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TSCRA Young Leadership series participants were in Austin this week learning about issues important to Cattle Raisers, including groundwater rights and eminent domain reform. Read more…

Attend a Ranch Gathering in Guthrie on April 18

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Join us for a Ranch Gathering April 18 in Guthrie featuring entertainment by Seth James, a free beef dinner, an update on TSCRA activities and issues facing ranchers! Come early for a tour of 6666 headquarters at 3:00 p.m. and a tour of the 6666 Horse Facility at 4:00 p.m. A roping to benefit the Guthrie High School Junior Class will be held at 10:00 a.m. For questions on the roping, call 806-470-4622. Become a TSCRA member during the event and receive a TSCRA gate sign — $40 value– courtesy of Bayer Animal Health and New Holland Agriculture. Read more and RSVP…  

Governor renews drought proclamation

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Gov. Greg Abbott has renewed the certification that exceptional drought conditions that began in 2010 continue to pose a threat of imminent disaster in specified areas of Texas. Read the proclamation…  

USDA designates 6 Texas counties as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Brown, Callahan, McCulloch, Menard, Mills and Taylor counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in 17 additional counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Read more…

‘Death tax’ punishes success

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Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas,  a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., the House majority whip, discuss the death tax and why it is the wrong tax at the wrong time and hurts the wrong people, like ranchers and farmers. Read more at USAToday…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef and cream cheese bagelwich

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Think bagel and lox, but sub in your favorite steak or roast beef. Read more…

Shuster to present legislation to stop EPA’s WOTUS rule

U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) will introduce the Regulatory Protection Act of 2015 on Monday, April 20, legislation that will require the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to repeal its proposed “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. “Our economy can’t grow if the Obama Administration is standing in the way with new job killing regulations at every turn,” said Shuster, chairman of the transportation and infrastructure committee. “This EPA power grab demonstrates how important it is that Congress reins in the federal government. My legislation stops the Waters of the United States rule and protects Pennsylvania farmers, homebuilders and small businesses from its harmful implications.” An article by The Ripon Advance:  Rep. Shuster to Present Legislation to Stop WOTUS Rule Read more…

Hugo man charged with larceny of livestock

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A Hugo, Okla., man was arrested and charged with larceny of livestock on Friday, April 10, for stealing cattle on two occasions from Watkins Ranch, Madill, Okla. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation and TSCRA Special Ranger Troy McKinney assisted.  Perrier says the suspect, Robert Don Covington, 34, was an employee of the Watkins Ranch at the time of the theft.  Covington is alleged to have stolen three calves from the Watkins ranch on Sunday, March 22, and transported them to Atoka, Okla., where they were sold the following day for $2,648.81. Covington is alleged to have then stolen two more calves from the Watkins ranch on Saturday, March 28, and again transported them to Atoka Read more…

Cattle rustling returns

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Drought across the U.S. has driven up the price of beef and made livestock a tempting target for theft. So as beef prices continue to climb because of drought and unemployment rates remain high, law enforcement officials are seeing cattle thefts increase from Florida to Wyoming. In 2014, nearly $6 million worth of cattle was stolen in Texas and Oklahoma. Hear what ranchers, TSCRA and other law enforcement agencies have to say about the rise in cattle theft. Read more at AlJazeera America

Texas crop, weather, for April 14, 2015

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Only about 5 percent of Texas cotton is planted, down from the 5-year average of 12 percent for this time of year, according to the latest weekly reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel across the state. But numbers can be misleading. Wet conditions and uncertainty about cotton prices have held back plantings in many areas, but the usual planting date for the Rolling Plains, South Plains and Panhandle, where the bulk of Texas cotton is grown, is still about a month away. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Trading Co. gets a new look

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Check out our new Cattle Raisers Trading Co. website and get your Cattle Raisers gear today! Visit us at cattle-raisers-trading-co.myshopify.com and use the MEMBER10 code for 10 percent off your order purchase.

ttend a Ranch Gathering in Cotulla April 21

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Tuesday, April 21 at the Larry Griffin Emergency Operations Center in Cotulla. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark will provide a law enforcement update and offer ranchers information on how they can keep their livestock and equipment safe and secure. Read more…