Policy Conference wraps up in San Antonio


TSCRA’s 2015 Policy Conference concluded on Friday morning with a board of director’s meeting in San Antonio. Attendees of the meeting heard updates on TSCRA activities in the areas of member recruitment, law enforcement, young leadership programs and political affairs from association leaders and staff. Speakers included an overview of the Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC) trip from this year’s participants and a look at the 2016-2020 Beef Industry Long Range Plan and what’s going on at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association from NCBA interim CEO Kendal Frazier. The meeting wrapped up with a review of policies under consideration by TSCRA’s committees. The next TSCRA meeting will be the Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo in Fort Worth April 8-10, 2016.

New checkoff website helps Texas producers share beef industry news

Texas Beef Council

The producer-led Texas Beef Checkoff (TBC) is proud to announce the launching of a fully-responsive online resource. The new website, at texasbeefcheckoff.com allows producers, media and beef industry stakeholders full access to the most up-to-date checkoff information and tools. Read more…

Cargill to convert Nebraska meat plant, move ground beef operations


Cargill is investing $111 million to convert its ground beef plant at Columbus, Neb., to a cooked meats facility and relocate ground beef production currently taking place there. The converted plant will give the company capabilities it currently does not possess to produce specific types of cooked meat products for its customers. The conversion will begin in early December 2015, with cooked meat production scheduled to start in mid-2016. Ground beef production currently taking place at Columbus will be relocated to existing processing facilities at Butler, Wis., and Forth Worth. Read more at USAgNet…

Busting fall pasture bloat


If you’ve ever run cattle on legume pastures in the fall, you know how much of a problem bloat can be. Beyond just a problem, however, bloat can sometimes be a serious emergency. Read more at BEEF magazine…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 22, 2015


Despite areas of beneficial rain in the north and west, the overall trend toward intensifying “flash drought” continued. After record-setting rainfall over central and eastern Texas in May, sharply drier weather over much of the state during the summer resulted in rapidly deteriorating conditions despite longer-term precipitation surpluses. Read more…

Cattle Raisers talk policy in San Antonio


Cattle Raisers gathered in San Antonio Thursday for a full day of meetings and events at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel. Attendees of the TSCRA Policy Conference heard from speakers about wildfire response across Texas this summer, the latest on the EPA’s Waters of the US rules, property and surface water rights, food safety, risk management, beef market exports and more. Climatologist Evelyn Browning Garriss and James Garriss also gave an update on El Niño and a preview of winter weather trends. The day’s activities wrapped up with an evening reception at the Briscoe Western Art Museum, where Gov. Gregg Abbott gave a few comments on the state of Texas politics. The conference will conclude Friday morning with a board of director’s meeting and a look Read more…

19 cases of WNV found in Texas horses


A recent slew of sample submissions indicative of West Nile virus (WNV) have upped the total number of positive cases in Texas to 19. The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) confirmed the WNV cases via serological test. The affected horses range in age from a yearling to over 10 years old. As with earlier reported positive cases, the majority of the affected horses were not previously vaccinated against WNV. Read more…

Counties in Texas and Oklahoma named primary natural disaster areas

Farm Service Agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 44 counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. The USDA has also designated 23 Oklahoma and 31 Texas counties and as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by heavy rainfall, flooding, high winds and tornadoes that occurred from May 1, 2015, through June 30, 2015. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Tiny taco beef tarts


Tiny taco tarts with big beef flavor! Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA Policy Conference kicks off in San Antonio


TSCRA’s Policy Conference kicked off on Wednesday afternoon in San Antonio, where association members, leaders and guests gathered to discuss topics such as private property rights, water rights, animal health issues, the latest university research and much more. This first day of meetings included an opening session where attendees heard a cattle market outlook and update from Professor and Extension Economist Dr. David Anderson with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and enjoyed a lively talk from Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune about the current state of Texas politics and the 2016 elections. Thursday’s full day of events will include committee meetings, policy discussions and an evening social event at the Briscoe Western Art Museum.

Bring you weather questions to ask Evelyn Browning-Garriss at TSCRA's Policy Conference

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

Evelyn Browning-Garriss always looks forward to providing TSCRA with exclusive climate information and forecasts in the form of her “Browning Blog,” but this week she will be traveling to San Antonio to speak to Cattle Raisers in person during our Policy Conference. Bring all your climate and weather questions for her to answer on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. during the Closing Session. She will also be giving attendees a preview of what weather we might expect from El Niño this winter. When she returns home, she will write us a more focused blog that addresses the biggest questions she heard from the TSCRA community in San Antonio! Read more…

Senate reauthorizes mandatory livestock price reporting without critical provision

Picture courtesy Oklahoma State University

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) appreciates the efforts of the Senate in reauthorizing Mandatory Livestock Price Reporting through 2020. NCBA President, Philip Ellis, a Wyoming cattle producer, said this information provides producers greater transparency in market conditions. Read more…

Texas crop, weather for Sept. 22, 2015

A white-tailed buck contemplates which deer forage research plot to browse next at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Overton. The fenced enclosures prevented deer from having 100 percent access to each variety plot in the trial so season forage growth can be measured. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo

Caught between a rock and a hard place. That’s how Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist, Overton, describes landowners in the eastern third of the state who want to plant supplemental food plots for white-tailed deer this fall. “The ideal planting date for establishing supplemental food plots is about Labor Day,” said Higginbotham. “But it’s been too dry to get small grains like oats, rye and wheat up in time for the opening of hunting season.” Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cows and calves missing in north central OK


TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden, Dist. 3 in Central Oklahoma, reports the theft of 8 cow-calf pairs and two calves from a property near Dacoma in Woods County. The cattle, described as black cows weighing approximately 1200 pounds, each, have an MD brand on the right hip and unbranded 500-pound calves at side. Also missing are 2 additional unbranded and untagged 500 pound calves. These cattle were last seen in late August. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Wellden at 405-586-9145.

Beef Quality Assurance advice for hunters


Hunting season in Texas starts this month. Make sure your hunters know they are not to shoot any cattle with any weapon. Metal detectors in beef processing facilities cannot detect lead, such as that found in birdshot or buckshot. If lead is detected by the packer, the entire carcass may be condemned. If lead is detected during ground beef production, the entire batch of ground beef must be condemned, which could be several thousand pounds. Educate your hunters on the cost of a stray shot. Take extra precautions and remove cattle from pastures that will be hunted. For more information on the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program, click here. Read more…

Beef herd expansion on the way


A recent USDA report showed fewer cattle are being placed in feedlots and sent to market – a signal that beef cattle herd expansion is well underway. In this audio report, hear from beef cattle experts about the signs that America’s beef herd is growing. Listen to the story at Agri-Pulse…

Beef checkoff sets FY2016 plan of work


The Cattlemen’s Beef Board will invest about $42 million into programs of beef promotion, research, consumer information, industry information, foreign marketing and producer communications in fiscal year 2016, if a recent recommendation of the Beef Promotion Operating Committee is approved by USDA, following review by the full beef board. Read more…

Marketing Committee Meeting Agenda and Policies for Review


Marketing Committee Thursday | Sept. 24, 2015 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Navarro A – Sponsored by Capital Farm Credit Austin Brown, III – Chair Tim Pennell – Vice Chair AGENDA (As of 9/3/2015) Welcome and Call to Order Risk Management for Ranchers Speaker: Jack Cook, director of commodity research and product development for the CME Group Update on China and Cuba Exports Speaker: Greg Hanes, assistant vice president of international marketing & programs, U.S. Meat Export Federation Characteristics and Trends in Texas Cattle Auctions Speaker: Dr. Andy Herring, professor and section leader for beef cattle science, Texas A&M University Review of expiring committee policies (Click below to download or scroll down to read) 2015 Marketing Policies for Review New business Read more…

Natural Resources and Environment Committee Agenda and Policies for Review


Natural Resources and Environment Committee Agenda Thursday , Sept. 24, 2015 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Navarro B – Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences Jay Evans – Chair Clayton Henry – Vice Chair AGENDA (As of 9/18/2015) Welcome and Call to Order Texas Wildfire Update and Forecast Speaker: Tom Boggus, director, Texas A&M Forest Service EPA/Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Panel Speakers: Bernard McNamee, chief of staff, Texas Attorney General’s office and Jim Bradbury, attorney, James D. Bradbury, PLLC TSCRA Water Subcommittee report Update on policy priorities Review of expiring committee policies (click below to download or scroll down to read) 2015 Natural Resources and Environment Policies for Review New business Adjourn Policies for Review Natural Resources & Environment Committee September 2015 Conservation Read more…

Brand and Inspection Committee Agenda


Brand and Inspection Committe Thursday | Sept. 24, 2015 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Carranza Room – Sponsored by Capital Farm Credit Steve Sikes – Chair Dennis Braden – Vice Chair AGENDA (As of 9/1/2015) Welcome and Call to Order Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drones in Law Enforcement and Farm/Ranch Applications New business Adjourn

Wildlife Committee Agenda


Wildlife Committee Thursday | Sept. 24, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Madero Room – Sponsored by Dow AgroSciences Deborah Clark – Chair Stephen Diebel – Vice Chair AGENDA (As of 9/3/2015) Welcome and Call to Order Texas Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Update Speakers: Mitch Lockwood, Big Game Program Director with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Dee Ellis, State Veterinarian and Executive Director of the Texas Animal Health Commission New business Adjourn

Legislative and Tax Committee Agenda and Policies for Review


  Legislative and Tax Committee Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Navarro B – Sponsored by The Plexus Groupe Leslie Kinsel – Chair Gordon Sauer – Vice Chair AGENDA (As of 9/3/2015) Welcome and Call to Order Securing private property rights Speaker: Zach Brady, partner, Brady & Hamilton Attorneys and Counselors Texas surface water rights update (TCEQ vs. Farm Bureau Case) Speaker: Arthur Uhl, Partner, Uhl, Fitzsimons, Jewett & Burton, PLLC Federal and state issues update Speaker: Laramie Adams, director of public affairs, TSCRA Review of expiring committee policies (click link below to download or scroll down to view) 2015 Legislative and Tax Policies for Review New business Adjourn Policies for Review – Legislative and Tax Committee September 2015 Banking Read more…

Animal Health Committee Agenda


  Animal Health Committee Thursday | Sept. 24, 2015 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Carranza Room – Sponsored by Bayer Cropscience AGENDA (As of 9-3-2015) Welcome and Call to Order Cattle Fever Tick history and update on Texas Animal Health Commission’s response to recent tick expansion in Texas – Dr. Dee Ellis, state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission Report from TSCRA Fever Tick Subcommittee Review of expiring committee policies (click below to download or scroll down) CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD POLICIES (PDF) New business Adjourn Policies for Review Animal Health Committee September 2015 Screwworm Eradication in Foreign Countries (AH-3) Whereas, the screwworm eradication program is a monument to the success of science, the government and the private Read more…

Agricultural Research Committee Agenda


Agricultural Research Committee Thursday | Sept. 24, 2015 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Madero Room — Sponsored by Bayer CropSciences Rooter Brite – Chair Jim Link  – Vice Chair Agenda: As of 9-1-2015 Welcome and Call to Order Addressing Beef Industry Research Needs Speaker: Dr. Mandy Carr Johnson, senior executive director of science and product solutions at the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association New business Adjourn

Labor Committee Meeting Agenda


Labor Committee Thursday | Sept. 24, 2015 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Zapata Room – Sponsored by Bayer CropSciences J.R. Ramirez – Chair Jamie Donnell – Vice Chair AGENDA – (As of 9/10/2015) Welcome and Call to Order Federal and State Labor Issues Affecting Ranchers Speaker: Les Nunn, Owner, Bar Nunn Ranch New business Adjourn

Ranch Gatherings and BQA trainings held in Texas, Oklahoma


More than 450 members, neighbors, friends and guests attended ranch gatherings and Beef Quality Assurance events in Texas and Oklahoma last week. Oklahoma events were held in Kellyville, Guthrie and Okmulgee. Texas events were held in Cuero, Rio Grande City and San Manuel-Linn. A Beef Quality Assurance training was also held in Alice. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in NE Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Troy McKinney, Dist. 11 in Texas, reports cattle missing from properties in Fannin and Hunt counties northeast of the DFW area. The first report of missing cattle comes from a property near Quinlan in Hunt County, involving 6 head of first-time bred black heifers, weighing 800 to 900 pounds, each. These cattle are unbranded with no ear tags. The second report come from a property near Ravenna in Fannin County, where 50 head of crossbred mainly black calves weighing 200 to 300 pounds, each, are missing. These calves have no brands. If you have any information regarding either of these cases, please call Special Ranger McKinney 903-429-4011.

Fourth man arrested in Rusk County cattle theft case


A fourth suspect has been arrested on charges of theft of livestock in a case involving the 2014 theft of cattle from Rusk County Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Jackie Risinger of Mt. Enterprise in East Texas. Three additional suspects had already been indicted in the case, which was investigated by TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand with assistance by Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and TSCRA Market Inspector Mike Miller. Read more…

New body conditioning score fact sheet now available

To maximize successful pregnancies in replacement heifers early in their first breeding season, studies conducted at Texas A&M University and at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Station-Beeville are evaluating nutritional strategies to promote puberty consistently by 12-14 months of age in Bos taurus x Bos indicus crossbred heifers. Pictured are BrahmanXHereford-F1 heifers. Texas A&M AgriLife Research photo

Fall weaning time is a good time to body condition score (BCS) your cows to help determine which cows are culled, and possibly sort them in to groups to better manage their nutritional needs over the late fall and winter months. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Cow-Calf Corner: The growing fed cattle market predicament; Are the bulls ready for the fall breeding season?

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Sept. 21 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel discusses the predicament the fed cattle market is in regarding margins; and Glenn Selk talks getting bulls ready for the fall breeding season. Read more…

Last Chance to Save on Policy Conference Registration


The TSCRA Policy Conference will be a great opportunity for all TSCRA members to come together to discuss policies and issues that have a direct impact on the ranching industry. We hope that you can attend this special event. There is still time to register. If you plan to attend, please register by Sept. 22 to save money and guarantee your tickets to all events. On-site pricing is significantly higher than other registration options and tickets to meal and reception functions are not guaranteed. Read more…

Lamar County man arrested on livestock theft charges


Harold Duane Fleming, 59, of Powderly, Texas, was arrested Tuesday, Sept. 14, on felony theft of livestock charges. TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley led the investigation with assistance from Special Ranger Harold Dempsey. Fleming is a suspect in the theft of 10 head of cattle from a Lamar County rancher. Read more…

NCBA’s Red Book now available for order


A pocket-sized recordkeeping tool that has been used by cattle producers for more than 30 years to enhance profitability will be available for the 2016 year starting Oct. 5 – at a reduced rate for a limited time. The Integrated Resource Management (IRM) Redbook from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) helps cattle producers effectively and efficiently record their daily production efforts. Read more…

Feral hog workshop teaches attendees latest in management techniques


More than 100 attendees heard the latest on feral hog management at a workshop held recently at the Brazos Expo Complex in Bryan. The day-long program featured a number of experts from Texas A&M AgriLife discussing feral hog biology, associated agricultural regulations, their effect on water quality, plus trap design and laws and regulations. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 14, 2015


The week was mostly dry, though cool, in the South. Temperatures were 2-4 degrees below normal, with Texas being the lone exception. Read more…

Order custom gate signs now for Christmas delivery


TSCRA wants to make every Cattle Raiser in your family happy this Christmas with the gift of our personalized gate signs! The 20×12 signs start at $155 and can be ordered online by clicking here. Additional personalized signs in the same order are $80. If you would like to order multiple personalized signs, please visit our sign order page and select the appropriate quantity or contact 800-242-7820.

TSCRA members get discount on Bison Coolers


TSCRA is proud to welcome Bison Coolers as our newest participant in the member discount program. Members can receive 10 percent off Bison’s full line of hard and soft-sided coolers. With one-piece construction and freezer-grade insulation, Bison Coolers are manufactured and assembled in the U.S.A. Coolers are available from 25 to 150 quarts.  SoftPak soft-sided models are also available for smaller items. To receive the discount, call 830-370-4876 to place your orders by phone. To view all coolers available, please visit Bisoncoolers.com.

Lawmakers cut deal on grain inspections, livestock reports


The Senate Agriculture Committee has reached a bipartisan agreement with the House for extending grain inspection standards and livestock price reporting. The legislation, which was said to have the support of the House Agriculture Committee, would ensure that grain inspections could continue during a labor dispute. Both the grain inspection and price reporting laws are set to expire Sept. 30. The legislation extends both to 2020. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Vilsack, Burwell to testify before House Agriculture committee on 2015 dietary guideline development


Vilsack, Burwell to testify before House Agriculture committee on 2015 dietary guideline development House Agriculture Committee Chairman Michael Conaway has announced an Oct. 7 hearing with U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell. The hearing will focus on the process for developing the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Cheesesteak pizza


This homemade pizza combines ground beef, peppers and mozzarella cheese for a great cheesesteak flavor. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…