The Browning Blog: A Weather Appetizer

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In the March 23 installment of The Browning Blog, climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss gives us a preview of what she will discuss during her Drought Update and Weather Outlook on Sunday, March 29 during the Cattle Raisers Convention. Join us at 10:30 a.m. in Ballroom C at the Fort Worth Convention Center to hear about the 2015 spring flood risk, how long El Niño will stick around, and more. Read more…

Get a sneak peek of your April issue of The Cattleman magazine

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The April print edition of The Cattleman magazine will be in your mailbox soon, but if you’d like to get a head start on it, 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…

Global meat consumption reaches 225 million tons in 2014

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Euromonitor International released new market research on the global fresh food industry. The global meat market saw 3 percent volume sales growth in 2014 to reach 225 million tonnes, driven by growing demand in emerging markets. Read more at USAgNet…

Livestock slaughter report data errors found

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The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has discovered a data processing issue that caused multiple data errors in the March 19, 2015, Livestock Slaughter report. The March report, which contained February slaughter data, has been removed from the Internet and the parallel data removed from the Quick Stats database. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Spring in Oklahoma means severe weather; Spring time storms and the cow herd

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In the March 23 edition of Cow/Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension service, Derrell Peel discusses the good and the bad of spring weather and Glenn Selk talks about what to do after a severe spring storm. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cows and calves missing in northeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of 8 head of cattle from a property in the Okesa area near Bartlesville in Osage County. Missing  since March 15 are 6 head of Charolais cross-bred calves weighing approximately 400 pounds, each, and 2 black or black white-faced cows. All the cows and calves have a Cross J brand on the left hip. If you have any information about this case, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

House passes bill to overhaul EPA Scientific Advisory Board

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The House passed legislation on Tuesday to modify the selection process for members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. Read more at The Hill…

One new positive found in 2014-15 Trans Pecos CWD surveillance

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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in only one of 222 tissue samples that were collected from hunter harvested deer and elk from the Trans Pecos ecoregion during the 2014–15 season as part of a CWD surveillance effort. This sample was collected from a mule deer buck harvested in the Hueco Mountain area of far West Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, March 20, 2015

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Drought conditions in Texas were reduced in some areas, while other areas saw intensification this week. D0 and D1 conditions were trimmed back in the Coastal Bend and east Texas. Meanwhile, D2 and D3 conditions were expanded towards the south in central Texas due to the below normal reservoir levels which are less than 70 percent full in those areas. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Angus bull missing in Burleson County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in southeast Central Texas reports a bull missing from a pasture in Burleson County. The black bull has a G6 brand on the left side and is very gentle, so it can be pasture loaded. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

One last chance to get pre-registration discounts for Cattle Raisers Convention

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If you missed the pre-registration deadline for the Cattle Raisers Convention taking place in Fort Worth March 27-29, now’s your chance to guarantee your seat at the largest ranching event of the year. If you’re only planning on visiting the Cattle Raisers Expo and don’t want to register for the entire roster of meetings, day passes are available and free to TSCRA members. Save time by signing up for your day pass today and skip the line! Read more…

House Ag Committee advances bill to protect farmers and ranchers from duplicative regs and permits

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The House Committee on Agriculture has approved H.R. 897, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2015. This legislation (H.R. 872 in the 112th Congress and H.R. 935 in the 113th) would clarify Congressional intent regarding pesticide regulation in or near waters of the United States. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Saucy skillet meatballs and potatoes

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This meat and potatoes meal isn’t your usual, but it could become your favorite. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

House renews efforts to repeal the death tax

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TSCRA Second Vice President Robert McKnight testified Wednesday before the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures on the federal estate tax, also known as the death tax. He shared his personal family story of dealing with the unrealistic death tax and how it negatively affects ranching families across the country. TSCRA believes the death tax should be permanently repealed to protect future generations from being saddled with unreasonable estate tax burdens. Read more… 

Subcommittee reviews WOTUS definition and its impact on rural America

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The House Agriculture Committee’s Conservation and Forestry subcommittee held a public hearing March 17 in Washington D.C. to review the definition of “waters of the U.S.” proposed rule and its impact on rural America. Read more at Agri-Pulse | Click here to read participants’ testimony or watch a webcast of the hearing

New FDA rules change access to antibiotics for beef producers

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons says new rules for antibiotic use by cattle producer are in the process of being finalized. Simmons said these changes should increase flexibility and ease of use, with the final rule being released spring 2015. She said NCBA will continue to work to educate producers on this new method of accessibility. Final implementation date has been set for December 2016. Listen or read more at Oklahoma Farm Report’s Beef Buzz

Assessing the value of ground beef

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Ground beef is a critical component of the overall beef market and the value of cattle, according to a white paper sponsored by the Angus Foundation. However, our current beef-production system best allows flexibility for the industry to market ground beef while also addressing demand for high-quality, high-value muscle cuts. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Texas crop, weather, for March 17, 2015

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Frequent rains and the resultant soggy field conditions continued to keep producers from planting corn and other crops in some parts of the state. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Black calves, stock trailer missing in northeastern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northeastern Oklahoma, report the theft of two calves and a stock trailer from a property near Slick in Creek County sometime between March 14 and 15. Stolen were two black calves, a heifer and a steer, weighing approximately 450 pounds, each., with no brands, tags or ear notches. Also stolen from the property was a tan 16-foot bumper-pull stock trailer with a damaged roof and mismatched tires. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257

TSCRA leaders meet with Commodity Futures Trading Commission chairman

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TSCRA’s President Pete Bonds and Director Jason Peeler met with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chairman Timothy Massad on Tuesday. Read more…