Texas crop, weather, for Sept. 24, 2014

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The corn harvest finished in the southern and eastern parts of the state with generally pretty good yields and some outstanding ones. Thanks to cooler conditions, timely rains and good management, yields were considerably better in the Blacklands region along the U.S. Interstate-35 corridor. Read more…

TSCRA Fall Meeting begins tomorrow in Austin, see you there!

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The 2014 Fall Meeting comes to Austin Sept. 24-26 to prepare cattle raisers for the upcoming Texas legislative session. This meeting is designed to allow attendees to focus on issues and policies, which will guide TSCRA leaders as they work on behalf of members in Austin and Washington. Topics will include the EPA and the Waters of the US rule, Country of Origin Labeling, border security, updates on weather and climate, and more. Read more…

TSCRA testifies in support of state brush control program

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TSCRA Director Stephen Diebel, Victoria, testified Tuesday at the State Capitol in Austin. Diebel testified before the Texas House Agriculture and Livestock Committee in support of the state brush control program administered by the Texas Soil Water and Conversation Board.

Texas man indicted on charge of third degree theft of livestock

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A Texas man was arrested Saturday and charged with third degree felony theft of livestock in Hood County, Texas. TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts led the investigation. According to Roberts, William Lloyd Dulaney, 48, of Tolar, is accused of leasing 13 roping steers in April 2010. Dulaney continuously promised to pay the victim for the steers. The victim contacted Roberts in June 2014 after failing to receive payment or the return of the steers from Dulaney. Read more…

USDA completes three contingency livestock inspection facilities

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The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced the completion of three contingency livestock inspections facilities at border ports in New Mexico and Arizona.  Several hundred thousand cattle cross through these border locations every year and USDA recognizes the critical role this trade plays in supporting the livelihood of local economies.  These alternative sites will help keep trade flowing across the U.S./Mexico border and support the local communities and livestock industry if APHIS officials are unable to cross into Mexico to conduct inspections. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Obama administration takes aim at antibiotic resistance

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In a series of moves designed to tackle the thorny and complicated issue of antibiotic resistance, the Obama administration took a series of actions that direct federal agencies to slow the increased prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The actions announced by the White House include an Executive Order, a national plan of action and an antibiotic resistance report. Read more at BEEF Magazine

FDA proposes revision to draft food safety rules

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The Food and Drug Administration is suggesting revisions to four rules that it proposed early last year for implementing the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) after receiving thousands of comments from agricultural stakeholders, processors and consumers. The updated proposed rules – involving produce safety, preventive controls for human and animal food and the foreign verification program – are being published in the Federal Register and interested parties have until Dec. 14 to submit comments before final rules are issued in 2015, FDA said Monday in a news release. Read more at Agri-Pulse

TDA Market Recap, Sept. 22, 2014

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For the week ending Sept. 20, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were $5 lower to $7 higher per hundredweight (cwt), with fleshy, unweaned calves posting the largest declines and preconditioned yearlings showing the most strength. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were steady to $4 higher, though some weakness was noted late in the week. Fed cattle prices were $2 lower. Wholesale beef values were lower. Cattle and beef markets softened somewhat last week, but remain at historically-high levels as limited supplies continue to support the market. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle, calves missing in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports 10 cows and 5 calves missing from a property in Wood County near Mineola. The cattle went missing sometime around Aug. 18 and are likely estray. They are described as Angus or black motley face or Angus/Charolais crosses and are branded “S/T” on left hip. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Hand at 903-592-5252.

Ranching event scheduled Sept. 30 in Dekalb

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Tuesday, Sept. 30 at the De Kalb Animal Hospital in De Kalb, Texas. Attendees will enjoy a free beef dinner and presentations from TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley, who will discuss how to keep their livestock and equipment safe from theft and Texas Beef Council Executive Vice President Richard Wortham will provide an update on the Texas beef checkoff. TSCRA staff also will update cattle raisers on important legislative issues. Read more…

Calf And feeder prices widen gap with fed cattle

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Despite continued volatility, cattle futures gained some ground as cash calf and feeder cattle values continued to strengthen. Yearling feeders sold fully steady to $5/cwt. higher, while calves traded mainly steady to $5 higher. Read more at BEEF Magazine

It will take a lot more rain before the Highland Lakes recover

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Central Texas is having a pretty decent year, rain-wise. We’re sitting just below normal. And it’s been a good week, too: early Thursday, one part of Austin got over seven inches of rain. But two factors are preventing the lakes from benefiting: where the rain is falling and the parched state of the soil it falls on. Read more at The Texas Tribune

Cow-Calf Corner: Winter wheat grazing prospects this fall; Are the bulls ready for the fall breeding season?

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In the Sept. 22 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks winter wheat grazing this fall and Glenn Selk discusses getting bulls ready for fall breeding. Read more…

Ranch Gatherings held in Livingston and Gonzales

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association had almost 200 people attend Ranch Gatherings in Livingston and Gonzales this week. Attendees heard information on protecting themselves from theft, legislative and regulatory issues facing ranchers, and an update on the Texas Beef Checkoff. Read more…

White House Releases Antibiotic Resistance Report

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The Obama Administration announced Sept. 18 a comprehensive set of new federal actions to combat the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and protect public health, and the President’s Council of Advisors on Science & Technology (PCAST) released a related report on “Combating Antibiotic Resistance.” Read more…

House Passes Jobs Bill

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed The Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4) Thursday by a vote of 253 to 163. Bob McCan, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president and Victoria, Texas, cattleman said this was a positive move for cattle producers and a solid step toward stabilizing the economy. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept 16, 2014

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Locally heavy rain came to the Southern Plains during this Drought Monitor week. Areas from southeastern New Mexico and into western and northern Texas benefited. Texas also experienced improvements along the southern Gulf Coast. Central Texas saw some degradation in drought conditions as did the coastal area around Houston. Read more…

Cattle Raisers participate in Food Dialogues conference

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TSCRA member Donnell Brown, rancher from Throckmorton, and TSCRA Director Jason Peeler, feedlot owner, San Antonio, participated in a panel discussion Thursday in Austin covering topics concerning animal welfare, consumer choice and their perception of beef production. Read more…

Mississippi Man Charged with Felony Obtaining Property with Bogus Check

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A Mississippi man was charged on Wednesday, Sept. 10, in the District Court of Rogers County, Okla., on felony obtaining property with a bogus check. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation. Read more…

Staples Steps Down

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples announced today that he will be stepping aside after a lengthy tenure serving the State of Texas as an elected official. Commissioner Staples released this statement: Read more…