As beef prices climb, ranchers watch out for cattle theft

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Across the country, cattle prices continue to climb. That means profits for some ranchers — and huge potential payoffs for cattle thieves. Drought in states like Texas and Oklahoma caused the cost of feed to rise, forcing ranchers to sell off their cattle stock. Now that feed prices are back down this fall, ranchers are looking to replenish their dwindling herds — and since cattle supply is low, that demand is driving the cost way up. NPR talked to TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman about the cost of cattle theft to ranchers, and the ways to prevent becoming a victim. Read or listen to the story at National Public Radio…

TSCRA Kentucky Derby trip

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Join TSCRA President Pete Bonds and wife Jo for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 2, 2015, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. This “bucket list” trip will run from April 29 to May 3 and includes 4 nights’ accommodations at the Galt House Hotel. The tour package will feature seating for both the Kentucky Oaks and the Kentucky Derby races, admission to Ferdinand’s Ball, breakfast on Millionaires Row at Churchill Downs to watch the morning workout, open house at Three Chimneys Farm, tours of Old Friends Horse Farm and the Buffalo Trace Burbon Distillery, and much more. For more information CLICK HERE to view the brochure. To confirm your place on the trip or for more information contact Pam Read more…

NCBA statement on WTO COOL decision

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National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President and TSCRA Past President Bob McCan, Victoria, Texas, made a statement Monday regarding the public announcement by the WTO to side with Canada and Mexico on the U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. McCan voiced concern that continuing to enforce COOL measures will result in retaliatory tariffs by two of America’s largest trading partners, Canada and Mexico. Read more…

Texas Section Society for Range Management holds annual meeting in Marfa

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The Texas Section Society for Range Management (TSSRM) wrapped up their 65th state convention recently with one of the largest turnouts for this event in several years. The two-day event was held in Marfa and included topics focusing on the conservation of rangelands on both sides of the border. An awards luncheon was also held to recognize award winners such as TSCRA Director Joe Leathers, general manager of 6666 Ranch at Guthrie, who accepted the Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship award. The award is given jointly by the TSSRM and TSCRA in recognition of demonstrated skill and knowledge in practicing sound management and care of rangeland resources.  Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall cattle markets: Marketing considerations; Using ionophores in replacement heifer diets

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In the Oct. 20 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks marketing your cattle for those fall cattle markets and Glenn Selk discusses the benefit of using ionophores, which are feed additives such as monesin or lasalocid, in your replacement heifer program. Read more…

Video: A Revenue Stream or a Cause for Concern?

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Thousands of Texas landowners have already agreed to sell their groundwater for a number of projects to supply growing cities — like San Antonio and Austin — with water. But other landowners worry that selling such rights will hurt the local sustainability of a finite resource. Watch the video at The Texas Tribune…

TAHC releases all vesicular stomatitis quarantines in Texas 

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Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas after releasing one premises in Bastrop County and another in Travis County. Read more…

Beef demand exceeds expectations

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In the past year, anyone in the business of selling or marketing food has encountered higher food costs. Proteins in particular have challenged purveyors to consider how to continue offering the products their customers want. Various strategies are being used to mitigate the impact of higher prices, but at the same time consumers continue to want and expect to get their favorite protein, beef, where and when they want it. Its price has risen because of a variety of factors, including devastating drought conditions in the most productive cattle regions. Yet, at the same time, an unexpected phenomenon is occurring: Demand for beef is growing, despite its increased price. Read more at The National Provisioner

Experts offer hunters tips on avoiding disease in the field

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With archery season for deer already under way, and the rifle season in the North and South zones only three weeks away, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is cautioning hunters to be careful in handling the game they harvest. It is not common, but some diseases can spread from wildlife to humans. Follow these steps to avoid disease in the field.  Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 14, 2014

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Texas was a mixed bag this week, with rains improving things by 1 category in the eastern portion of the state (in general), but warm and dry conditions leading to degradation, with expansion of D1-D3 sneaking back in across south Texas. North-central Texas has also fared a bit better of late, and this is reflected in a slight trimming of D2-D4 in this part of the state and along the Red River border with Oklahoma. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Insurance staff available to answer open enrollment questions

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The Affordable Health Care Act allows U.S. citizens to change health care coverage from Nov. 15, 2014, until Feb. 15, 2015, even if you have not experienced a “qualifying event.” Cattle Raisers Insurance has developed a decision chart to help you navigate the common questions about open enrollment, available at tscrainsurance.com/openenrollment. For more information about your health insurance options, contact Michele Woodham at mwoodham@tscra.org, or Julissa Chubbs at jchubbs@tscra.org, or call 800-252-2849.

Refiners press Obama to lower renewable fuel mandate

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Refiners are urging President Obama to scale back the amount of biofuel that must be blended into the nation’s fuel supply for 2014. In a letter to Obama, refiners argue that increasing the amount of ethanol and other biofuels in the rule would increase gasoline prices, the Houston Chronicle reports. Read more at The Hill…

USDA announces measures to help farmers diversify weed control efforts

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Oct. 15 several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide-resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems. Read more…

Nilgai control plays a part in fever tick eradication program

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The population of Nilgai antelope in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife refuge property in Cameron County is being cut in an effort to control the spread of cattle fever ticks that they carry. In cooperation with refuge personnel, the Texas Animal Health Commission is conducting the effort to lower the Nilgai population. “Our primary concern is the safety and health of livestock in Texas, and Nilgai are a host for the cattle fever tick, which is something we have worked very hard to eradicate…” Read more at the Valley Central News…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef and spinach breakfast sandwich

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Make beef a tasty start to your day with this beef, spinach and egg breakfast sandwich. Read more at txbeef.org…

Ranch gatherings to be held in Buffalo and Fort Stockton on Oct. 21

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TSCRA will host ranch gatherings at the Pecos County Civic Center in Fort Stockton and Buffalo Livestock Marketing in Buffalo on Tuesday, Oct. 21. A free beef dinner will be served and attendees will hear from their local TSCRA Special Ranger about recent law enforcement activities and how they can keep their livestock and ranch equipment secure. Association staff will also give an update on important legislative issues. These events are free and anyone interested in cattle ranching is invited. Read more…

Five Nations Beef Alliance meeting concludes with statement on Trans-Pacific Partnership

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The Five Nations Beef Alliance concluded a successful meeting and tour in South Texas last week, capped by the unanimous endorsement of a public statement calling for all Trans-Pacific Partnership nations to support ‘gold standard outcomes’ for beef that do not sacrifice important reforms for political expediency.

The annual meeting, hosted by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, unites beef industry leaders from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. This year, members of the group toured several Texas beef value chain operations, including ranches, a feedyard facility and retail partners. TSCRA officers also participated in the meeting. Read more…

Calves less than 12 months of age no longer sampled for BSE

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Beginning Sept. 24, 2014, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) will stop collecting samples from calves less than 12 months of age as part of its ongoing BSE surveillance testing.  This is a change from the current process where cattle of any age showing central nervous system (CNS) signs are tested for BSE. Read more at Feedstuffs…

Ranchers reminded of key factors when considering restocking beef cattle

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Ranchers should be mindful of three important components of pasture health when considering restocking beef cattle, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Larry Redmon, AgriLife Extension state forage specialist in College Station, said water, fertilizer and protection are important factors to growing and maintaining forages in pastures.  Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Oct. 14, 2014

High corn yields in Texas and other states are drastically dropping prices and raising stocks. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Robert Burns)

Though this year’s predicted bumper feed grains yields are driving down prices farmers see, the long-term result could add stability to what has been a very volatile market. There has been a dramatic increase in prices over the last several years because of increased demand that has led to lower stocks, which has stimulated growers to plant more acres. Recent droughts cut stocks even further, but this year, because of a dramatic increase in production due to record yields in U.S. corn and soybeans, there has been a “rebound” in stock levels.  Read more…