The Browning Blog: Where’s the rain?


In the latest issue of the Browning Blog, an exclusive benefit to TSCRA members, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses where the rain went and when we should expects its return. Read more…

Sentence handed down in Wilbarger County cattle theft case


A Chillicothe, Texas, man was sentenced with restitution Tues., Feb. 17 after pleading guilty to third degree theft of livestock and 2 counts of hindering a secured creditor. TSCRA Special Ranger Scott Williamson led the investigation. The Wilbarger County District Attorney Staley Heatly prosecuted the case.  Read more…

West Coast ports to begin tackling backlog after labor deal


U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

EPA expected to announce  RFS this spring


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency plans to offer a proposal for Renewable Fuels Standards (RFS) for 2014, 2015 and 2016 this spring, and will use actual production levels to determine last year’s mandated volumes. Reuters reports that the agency will address all three years at once and plans to look at broader changes to address long-term issues of demand as well as arguments from refiners that ethanol blending capacity has hit its peak. Read more at USAgNet…

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


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 Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in Central Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in Central Texas, reports the theft of 8 head of cattle from a property in Hill County. Some time between Jan. 25 and Feb. 4, a thief or thieves cut a lock on a gate to steal 3 black Angus-type and 5 white Charolais-type cows weighing approximately 1200 pounds, each. The cows were branded with a running W on the left hip. Please contact Special Ranger Wills at 254-223-2330 or the Hill County Sheriff’s Department at 254-582-5313 if you have any information in this case.

TSCRA statement on 2015 Dietary Guideline recommendations


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

exas A&M AgriLife Research photo by Blair Fannin

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


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


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


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

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns

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

Picture courtesy Oklahoma State University

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…

TDA Market Recap, Feb. 17, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Feb. 14, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices steady to strong, ranging from $3 to $20 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales continued to be steady to $2 lower. Fed cattle weekly cash sales were steady at $162 per cwt, but wholesale beef values were slightly lower. Net export sales for Jan. 30-Feb. 5 were down one percent from last week, but up 23 percent from the weekly average. Export shipments were up 22 percent from last week. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Feb. 19, 2015

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns

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


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

NCBA applauds tax code


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


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

Picture courtesy Oklahoma State University

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


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