TDA Market Recap, Aug. 25, 2014

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For the week ending Aug. 23, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were mostly steady to $6 lower per hundredweight (cwt), though a few locations had prices steady to $5 higher. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were steady to $5 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were $2.60 lower per cwt. Wholesale beef values were lower. Cattle prices have declined amid ongoing concerns about lower demand. However, prices remain at historically-high levels as smaller supplies continue to support the market. Fed cattle are still higher than they were at any time before late June Read more…

Get a sneak peek at the September issue of The Cattleman

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The September print edition of The Cattleman will be in your mailbox soon. But if you’d like to start reading it right now, 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…

Browning Blog: A Time for Tropical Storms?

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In the Aug. 25 edition of The Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss talks tropical storms, the tricky work of long-range hurricane predictions and what we might see develop in the next couple of months. Read more…

Ranchers gather for events in Oklahoma and Texas

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More than 150 association members, friends and guests joined us in Holdenville, Okla,. and Palestine, Texas, last week for ranch gatherings. Be sure to check our events calendar to see if we have a gathering planned in your area. Read more…

Endangered bird ignites debate over endangered species rules

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A potential move by federal regulators to list a small bird as endangered has ignited debate over changes to the Endangered Species Act. The greater sage grouse, whose habitat covers 165 million acres in 11 western states, is at the center of one of the most controversial species designations in years. The fight has drawn comparisons to the spotted owl, which critics turned into a symbol of the law’s excess in the 1990s. Read more at The Hill…

Cow/Calf Corner: Cattle markets move past summer highs; Reducing the risk of calf scours in fall-calving herds

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In the Aug. 26 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks waning summer cattle markets and Glenn Selk discusses reducing the risk of calf scours from fall-calving herds. Read more…

Texas anthrax, vesicular stomatitis updates

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Anthrax has been confirmed in a white-tailed deer in southeastern Edwards County. This is the second confirmed case of Anthrax in Texas this year, the first in a deer. TAHC has also received confirmation of 2 new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses located 8 miles northwest of Bastrop in Bastrop County. A previously infected premise in Guadalupe County, premises in Travis County, and all premises in Val Verde County have been released. Read more…

WTO rules against US in meat label fight

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A World Trade Organization panel has ruled against the United States in a trade dispute over meat labels with Canada and Mexico, according to a Wall Street Journal report. The newspaper, citing anonymous sources familiar with the findings, said on Thursday that the United States lost its case before a panel set up to determine whether its revised labeling rules complied with an earlier WTO ruling. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

FAO urges support for animal disease monitoring

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Calling animal disease a “weak link” in global efforts to combat disease, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations (FAO) called for sustained monitoring of animal diseases, particularly those that can cross species barriers to infect humans. The authors note that an earlier FAO report estimates 70 percent of new infectious human diseases detected in recent decades are of animal origin. They also cite the recent Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa, which is believed to have crossed over from wildlife to human populations. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Worms eat away at beef producers’ profits

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Beef cattle producers can gain $40/head when they control worms in cattle that are on pasture, according to a recent study by Iowa State University. The study showed that deworming stockers or preconditioned calves while they are grazing and before sending them to a feedlot provided a better payout for beef cattle producers. Read more at BEEFmagazine.com…

Texas waterfowl seasons set for 2014-15

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Duck populations are the highest since North American surveys began in 1955, and as a result Texas will enjoy for the 20th consecutive year the most liberal waterfowl hunting season framework allowable. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission approved waterfowl seasons for Texas at its Thursday, Aug. 21 public hearing in Houston. Good news of record-setting waterfowl populations, with nearly all species numbering above the long term goals identified in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, sets the table for the 2014-15 hunting season in Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 19, 2014

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Rain prompted some improvement in central Oklahoma, central and part of northeastern Texas, and some small areas farther north. Looking ahead, enhanced chances for below-normal precipitation are restricted to the Northwest and southern Texas. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Fall meeting hotel availability limited

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TSCRA’s 2014 Fall Meeting comes to the Sheraton at the Capitol in Austin Sept. 24-26 to prepare cattle raisers for the upcoming Texas legislative session. The Sheraton has sold out of rooms but the Hilton Austin, 500 East 4th Street, has rooms available for both nights at the same special $179 fall meeting rate. A shuttle will run between the Hilton and Sheraton on Thursday and to Serrano’s on Thursday evening for the Cattle Raisers Dinner. Click here for more information…

Ranching event scheduled Aug. 28 in Center

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Thursday, Aug. 28, at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in cattle raising or ranching is welcome to attend. Read more…

Greener pastures signaling rebound in US beef supplies

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Pasture conditions in the U.S., the world’s largest beef producer, are mostly recovered from a 2012 drought that forced ranchers to shrink the domestic herd to a 63-year low. While it takes years to reverse a decline in animal supply, record-high beef prices and the increasing availability of cheap feed are providing incentives for some producers to begin expanding. A production rebound would help slow beef-price gains that the U.S. government said will be the biggest of any food group this year except pork. Read more at Bloomberg…

FSA reminds producers: Farm bill allows early termination for certain CRP contracts

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USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef-stuffed peppers

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Bell peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice and baked to savory perfection. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Louisiana man arrested for a second time on theft charges

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A Louisiana man was arrested Monday, Aug. 18 for the second time this year in Salisaw, Okla., and charged with second degree theft of livestock. TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley led the investigation. Jacob Thompson, 30, was arrested by TSCRA Special Rangers Kent Dowell and Bart Perrier on a theft of livestock warrant out of Hopkins County in East Texas. Read more…

Fed cattle prices continue to decline

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Feedlot margins dropped significantly last week, from $284.85 per head down to $197.88 per head for the week ending August 16, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. The two-week skid came after margins topped out at $381.70 per head for the week ending August 2. The decline is well below the $280.55 per head price from a month ago, but significantly higher than this time last year when feedlot margins were losing $41.58 per head. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

LCRA proposes water plan changes that keep more water in lakes

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Despite pleas for a delay from rice farmers and some environmentalists at a hearing today, the Lower Colorado River Authority board appears poised to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would limit future releases of water from the Highland Lakes. Read more at the Austin American-Statesman…