TSCRA Cattlemen's Column: 2015 Dietary Guidelines Reaffirm Beef’s Role in a Healthy Diet

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TSCRA First Vice President Dr. Richard Thorpe discusses the integral role of lean beef in the final 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released by the USDA and U.S. Health and Human Services. The new guidelines are based on sound science and confirm that Americans are, on average, consuming fresh lean meat (including lean beef) at levels consistent with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. When compared calorie-per-calorie to other food sources, many studies and scientific evidence shows beef is one of the most naturally nutrient rich foods. Read more…

TSCRA meets with U.S. Rep. Will Hurd in Austin

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TSCRA leaders and representatives visited with U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, Dist. 23, Monday in Austin. TSCRA appreciates Rep. Hurd for the hard work he does on behalf of ranchers. District 23 covers the counties from San Antonio south to the Mexico border and west to El Paso. Read more…

An Invitation from President Pete Bonds

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SPONSORED CONTENT – If you own land or livestock in Texas and the Southwest, I invite you to the 2016 Cattle Raisers Convention, April 8 to 10, at the Fort Worth Convention Center. This event is hosted by Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) as a service to the ranching community in Texas and the Southwestern region of the U.S. We will provide educational sessions and discussions of issues important to landowners. We will take a look at what the new buzzword “sustainability” means in the beef industry. We will provide education on practical ranching techniques for range and pasture management, brush control and maintaining healthy herds. We will learn how private property rights are being defended in cases involving Read more…

Gov. Abbott requests presidential disaster declaration

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Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster on Tuesday, Jan. 26 and requested individual assistance for Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Franklin, Rockwall and Van Zandt Counties. Governor Abbott also requested Public Assistance for 25 counties. Read more…

Report: US the ‘largest beneficiary’ of TPP

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A new report says that while all member countries of the Trans-Pacific Partnership stand to benefit from the trade agreement, the U.S. has the most to gain. The report from the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) says the agreement will increase “annual real incomes”” in the U.S. by $131 billion by 2030. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

TDA Market Recap, Jan. 25 2016

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For the week ending Jan. 22, 2016, Texas feeder cattle auction reported prices $2 to $15 lower with one instance of $2 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Wholesale Beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $5.10 to close at $224.83 per cwt and Select Grade losing $3.02 to close at $220.68 per cwt. For the time period of January 8-14, 2016, exporters reported net sales of 8,300 metric tons (MT). Increases were reported for South Korea, Canada and Taiwan. Exports totaled 9,800 MT and were primarily sent to Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Read more…

Cattle on Feed down slightly

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The USDA released the latest numbers on Jan. 22, confirming cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the U.S. for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.6 million head on Jan. 1, 2016, slightly below Jan. 1, 2015. The inventory included 7.16 million steers and steer calves, up 3 percent from the previous year. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.41 million head, down 7 percent from 2015. Texas numbers followed national numbers, reporting 4 percent below January 2015 numbers and 4 percent below December 2015. Read more…

Sky-high power rates spark outrage in rural Texas

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Some utilities customers in homes, businesses and churches in rural West and North Texas are contemplating tough budget choices after nearly two years of paying the highest electric transmission and distribution rates in Texas. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Lower input costs expected for livestock, poultry

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Lower costs and higher production are on the horizon for the livestock and poultry sectors, according to Dr. Steve Meyer, vice president of Pork Analysis for EMI Analytics. Read more at USAgNet…  

Cow-Calf Corner: Winter storms, cattle on feed and more data to come; Repeatability of calving difficulty

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In the Jan. 25 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Derrell Peel discusses how Winter Storm Jonas, the January Cattle of Feed numbers and other data-rich reports could affect cattle markets; and Glenn Selk talks calving difficulty in young cows and if it’s a problem that can affect future productivity. Read more…

The Browning Blog: When will El Niño end?

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In the Jan. 22 edition of The Browning Blog, exclusive content for TSCRA members from Historical Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss and Climatological Analyst James J. Garriss, hear about the current state of El Niño and how long we can expect it to stick around. Read more…

TSCRA’s Thorpe meets with House Ag Chairman Mike Conaway

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TSCRA First Vice President Richard Thorpe enjoyed visiting with Mike Conaway, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, Wednesday in Austin about issues important to cattle raisers.

Cattle thieves beware: TSCRA Special Rangers gonna getcha

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TSCRA’s Larry Gray, executive director of law enforcement, talks about what it takes to be a TSCRA Special Ranger and what they do on the KGNC radio News Now radio show. Click here to listen…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 19, 2016

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Outside of the coastal ranges from northern California up to the Olympic Peninsula (along with the Sierra-Nevada), much of the rest of the Lower 48 states had a dry week. Read more…

6 reasons to trust your grocer's meat case

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Many attempts have been made in the media to paint an ugly picture of safe, wholesome meat that is available at affordable price points. In this article, BEEF magazine‘s Amanda Radke lists 6 reasons consumers can trust their local supermarket’s meat options. Read more at BEEF magazine…

Rattlesnake ‘gassing’ issue stumps state working group

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More than a year after Texas Parks and Wildlife commissioners punted on a controversial proposal to ban the use of gasoline fumes to lure rattlesnakes out of hibernation, a working group they appointed to examine the matter has failed to come to any real consensus. At issue is the practice of “gassing,” in which gasoline is pumped or sprayed into caves and crevices to drive snakes from their winter dens for capture. Read more at The Austin American-Statesman…

Navy deploys fleet to Asia-Pacific powered by beef-fat blend biofuel

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The dream of the Great Green Fleet came to life Wednesday as the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis left on its latest deployment, with five biofuel-powered ships alongside for the first time. The destroyers Stockdale, Chung Hoon and William P. Lawrence, along with the cruiser Mobile Bay and the fast combat support ship Rainier, are all running off a biofuel blend made from tallow, or rendered beef fat. Read more at Navy Times…

Texas crop, weather, for Jan. 20, 2016

Snow cover from the winter storm Goliath persisted for weeks in the Texas Panhandle, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service county agent reports. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. Ted McCollum

A further strengthening of the current El Niño will likely mean wetter-than-normal conditions continue into spring, according to Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, state climatologist and Regents Professor at Texas A&M University, College Station. As for summer conditions, long-range predictions are always a gamble, he said. But there is some evidence that the current super-strong El Niño will be followed by its counterpoint, a strong La Niña that could mean next winter will be dry. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Breakfast skillet beef tacos

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Leftover roast or steak makes these delicious breakfast tacos a snap. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

President vetoes WOTUS resolution of disapproval

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After bi-partisan passage in both chambers of Congress, President Obama vetoed Senate Joint Resolution 22, disapproval of the EPA’s “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Philip Ellis said this is a clear indication the President does not understand the role America’s cattle producers, land owners and state governments play in preserving our natural resources. Read more…

January World Ag Supply and Demand and how it relates to 2016 cattle markets

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The United States Department of Agriculture released its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates on Tuesday that give a closer look into beef supplies and price projections for 2016. While the numbers are an update from a month ago, they are still very helpful in formulating expectations for the year ahead. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

USDA revises regulations for exporting live animals to provide additional flexibility

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) published a final rule Jan. 19 updating its regulations for the export of live animals. The updated regulations provide additional flexibility and better facilitate exports in today’s business environment, while continuing to ensure the health and welfare of the livestock. The new regulations update most of the requirements for export certifications, tests, and treatments. Read more…

What's ahead for the beef industry in 2016? 10 megatrends to watch

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We will remember 2015 as the second-best year ever for cow-calf profitability, with 2014 notching the record. What’s ahead for 2016? BEEF Magazine lists 10 megatrends to watch in the coming year. Read more at BEEF magazine…

Calving tips: Increased energy management is crucial

Since extremely low temperatures disrupt the grazing patterns of cattle, it is important to provide spring calving herds with supplementary, high-energy forages.

Most spring-calving beef cows are now in their third trimester, or they will be calving soon in late January or February. Since these months also tend to bring on the most volatile and extreme cold periods, cold stress can add another level of needs to their energy requirements. According to K-State Research and Extension beef systems specialist Justin Waggoner, cattle producers need to provide their spring-calving herds with proper nutrients and energy during extreme cold temperatures; the focus should be the use of high-energy forages when available. Read more…

Arrest in case of horse stolen from Mason County rancher

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Bradley Williams, 49, was arrested Jan. 12 in Cisco on a charge of felony theft of livestock in the case of a horse stolen from a rancher in Mason County. TSCRA Special Rangers Mike Barr and Wayne Goodman led the investigation, with assistance from TSCRA Special Ranger Gary Baros. Read more…

Farm Service Agency expands microloans to purchase land and improve property

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations. Read more…

Weather Channel, RFD-TV announce partnership

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The RFD-TV / The Weather Channel Farm & Ranch Forecast is a new tool to assist those involved with production agriculture as they make the decisions so vital for the success of their operation. The daily feature will begin by delivering North America’s most accurate seven-day forecast. It combines RFD-TV’s vast knowledge of the variety and needs of worldwide agriculture with The Weather Channel’s unmatched technology and production abilities. Read more at USAgNet…

FAA releases B4UFLY smartphone app for safe drone use

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Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)has release B4UFLY, a mobile application to ensure safe drone operation, following an initial beta testing period. B4UFLY tells users about current or upcoming requirements and restrictions in areas of the National Airspace System (NAS) where they may want to operate their unmanned aircraft system (UAS). The app is now available on Apple and Android devices. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Trading Company after holiday clearance

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Cattle Raisers Trading Co. is making room for new products in 2016, so that means deep discounts on a variety of products for our members and friends! All items have already been marked down and moved to our clearance section. Take advantage of this sale now before everything is gone. Discounts will not be applied to gate sign sales. Visit Cattle Raisers Trading Co. website for more info…  

Cow-Calf Corner: What cow-calf producers should maximize; The 3 stages of parturition (calving)

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On the Jan. 18 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks where to look to optimize your cow-calf operation; and Glenn Selk discusses the stages of parturition, or calving. Read more…

The Browning Blog: A Volcano Stirs the Mighty Mississippi

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In the Jan. 18 edition of The Browning Blog, exclusive content for TSCRA members from Historical Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss and Climatological Analyst James J. Garriss, hear how the distant eruption of volcanoes has had an affect on precipitation and flooding along the Mississippi. Read more…

AMS rescinds grass-feed, naturally raised beef label

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The U.S. Department of Agricultures Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) rescinded the labeling standard for grass-fed meat, which was developed over the course of four years and finalized in 2006 with the support of national farm and consumer organizations. Administrators said the decision was an internal USDA legal decision stating that AMS never had the legal authority to establish the standard in the first place. Read more at Feedstuffs…

Disaster assistance programs available to ranchers affected by Winter Storm Goliath

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USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) offers disaster assistance and low-interest loan programs to assist agricultural producers in their recovery efforts following winter storms or similar qualifying natural disasters such as Winter Storm Goliath. Read more…

Investigation underway in burglary of Raywood Livestock Market

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TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Belt and Liberty County Sheriff’s Office authorities are investigating the theft of approximately $85,000 of equipment from the Raywood Livestock Market southeast of Houston. According to Belt, stolen was a GMC diesel truck, a 20-foot lowboy trailer, a Bobcat skid-steer and a Kabota Excavator. The property was eventually recovered from multiple properties in South Liberty County. Read more…

Liberty County man arrested in case of cattle purchased on closed account

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Daniel O’Quinn, 51, of Dayton, Texas, was arrested Jan. 8 and charged with theft of livestock in the case of 8 head of cattle purchased on a closed account at the Hills Prairie Livestock Auction in Bastrop. This case was handled jointly by TSCRA Special Rangers Jimmy Belt, Hal Dumas, Brent Mast and Bastrop County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Garvel. Read more…

Tim Pennell, Cattlemen’s Beef Board member and TSCRA leader, learned business the hard way

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Drovers CattleNetwork’s Chuck Jolley talks to Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) member and TSCRA Director Tim Pennell about his beginnings in the cattle business and what he’s learned over the years. Pennell also talks his service with the CBB and where it’s headed. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Low market prices already affecting 2016 crop outlook

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As Rio Grande Valley farmers prepare to plant seeds in the coming weeks for this year’s row crops, many are scratching their heads over what to plant, according to Brad Cowan, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for Hidalgo County. “Commodity prices are not good,” he said. “That poses a huge challenge; growers don’t know what to plant. Right now they’re hoping something will happen to bump up the price on a crop before planting.” Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 12, 2016

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Portions of east Texas, east Kansas, southeast Nebraska, and the Texas Panhandle that were in the wettest part of the storm track got more than 200 percent of normal precipitation for the week. Temperatures were generally 3-6 degrees cooler than normal, as a good push of arctic air made it into the region. No changes were made in the High Plains or South on this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor. Read more…

House passes resolution to disapprove WOTUS rule

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The full House passed a joint resolution to disapprove of the Environmental Protection Agency’s “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) rule under the Congressional Review Act. With approval from Congress, the legislation now heads to the President, who is expected to veto the resolution. This resolution would nullify the rule submitted by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to redefine “waters of the U.S.” under the Clean Water Act. Read more at Feedstuffs…

TSCRA statement on House passage of WOTUS disapproval resolution

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TSCRA President Pete Bonds made the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed S.J. Res. 22, a Waters of the U.S. disapproval resolution: “TSCRA appreciates the continued efforts of House leaders to scrap the flawed WOTUS rule, which threatens the private property rights of landowners,” said Bonds. “Delivering this resolution to the president’s desk sends a clear message that we are fed up with government regulations like WOTUS. TSCRA encourages the president to sign this resolution and will continue fighting against government regulations that take away the private property rights our country was built on.”