FDA Vetted 7 Percent of Animal Antibiotics for Superbug Risk


Scientists fear the widespread use of antibiotics on the farm may be a factor in the rise of “superbugs” – bacteria that grow resistant to drugs, infect humans and defy conventional medicines. Amid these concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has come under pressure to curb antibiotic use in farm animals. In 2003, the agency announced plans to evaluate every new animal drug based on the drug’s potential to create superbugs. Read more at Drovers…

Recipe: Beef Picadillo-Stuffed Acorn Squash


Source:  Texas Beef Council    Thirty minutes and a few simple ingredients make a tasty and unusual beef meal for any weeknight or weekend. Find the Full Recipe at the Texas Beef Council…

Join the TSCRA Young Leadership Series in Lubbock October 3-4!


Are you between the ages of 19 and 40 and looking to get more involved in TSCRA and the cattle industry? Then, you won’t want to miss this exciting weekend of education, fellowship and networking in Lubbock, October 3 and 4. The highlight of the event will be a tour of Cargill Meat Solutions in Friona followed by a feedyard tour on Friday. Friday night, enjoy a social event with TSCRA leadership and a chuckwagon dinner at the National Ranching Heritage Center. Saturday morning will feature presentations and a panel discussion on animal health in feedyards. We’ll talk a little about the Waters of the U.S. issue and go through some advocacy training. We’ll wrap up the event with an exciting panel discussion on feedyard cattle procurement and what that means for you. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to meet other young people in the cattle industry and learn more about TSCRA. This event is free, but you must register here by September 26. Spots will go fast so register today! The Young Leadership Series is sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle stolen in southeast Texas


TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, Dist. 22 in southeast Texas, reports the theft of a two calves and a cow from a property in Waller County some time between Sept. 10 and 14. Stolen were red and black heifer calves, both weighing approximately 350 pounds, and a cream colored cow. None of the animals have any marks or brands. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Mast at 936-851-0122. Read more…

Oklahoma man arrested on horse theft charges


An Oklahoma man was arrested Wednesday, Sept. 10 and charged with theft of livestock after turning himself in to authorities in Wheeler County, Texas. TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston led the investigation. According to Eggleston, the suspect, Rusty Shane Munsell, 43, of Woodward, Okla., is accused of purchasing four horses with a check from a closed account. Three of the four horses were recovered by Eggleston and returned to the rightful owners. Munsell is being held in custody on a $50,000 bond in Wheeler County. Read more…

Cattle is ‘last bull’ as herds dwindle: Riskless Return


As bulging supplies of commodities such as corn and sugar drive most raw materials lower, cattle futures are providing a haven for commodity investors. Read more…

AMI seeks rehearing on COOL case


The American Meat Institute (AMI) and eight co-plaintiffs have filed a petition as part of its appeal for a preliminary injunction to block implementation of the final rule on country-of-origin labeling (COOL). Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Sept. 17, 2014


After prolonged drought, South Texas producers are now struggling with too much moisture. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cow missing in


TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports a cow missing from a property near Claremore in Rogers County. The yellow cow went missing some time between Aug. 24 and Sept. 4, is a 7-years-old, weighs approximately 1000 pounds and has an ear tag marked with “MTPRT765″ in the right ear. If you have any information regarding this cow, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918 342-0888. Read more…

Beef Quality Assurance: Pride, quality and security


Dr. Mike and Anne Wirtz, TSCRA members and winners of the 2014 Beef Quality Assurance Award, talk about the BQA program and how it can be a common-sense investment for producers. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Texas man arrested on charge of theft of livestock


A Texas man was arrested on Friday by members of the U.S. Marshals, Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Canton, Ohio Division, on warrants stemming from two separate investigations being conducted by TSCRA Special Rangers in Texas and Oklahoma. Read more…

Bastrop Ranch Rodeo cancelled


The Ranch Rodeo planned for Oct. 10 in Bastrop has been cancelled.

TDA Market Recap, Sept. 15, 2014

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Sept. 13, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were mostly $2 to $7 higher per hundredweight (cwt) early in the week and then mostly steady later in the week. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were $4 to $12 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were steady. Wholesale beef values were higher for Choice cuts, but lower for Select-grade offerings. Smaller supplies continue to support cattle markets; however, lower beef prices limited the gains, especially later in the week. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Bull missing in Mason County


TSCRA Special Ranger Max Hartmann, Dist. 26 in south Central Texas reports a bull missing from a property in east Mason County. The bull is black Angus with the brand 269 over –H on the left hip and a D brand on the left side. The bull also has an ear tag with the number 269. If you have any information regarding this bull, please call Special Ranger Hartmann at 830-997-7585.

Expo Exhibitors: Attend the Cattle Raisers Exhibitor Academy on Sept. 30


Whether 2015 will be your first Cattle Raisers Expo or you have been attending for years, the Cattle Raisers Exhibitor Academy will deliver the education you need to succeed at the Cattle Raisers Expo and beyond. It’s one day of learning how to improve your Cattle Raisers Expo experience, increase your ROI, and get the most out of your exhibit. The Exhibitor Academy is open to all previous Cattle Raisers Expo exhibitors and organizations who are interested in exhibiting. Click here for more information…

Aquifer is no quick fix for Central Texas thirst

USDA/NRCS photo by Jeff Vanuga.

As drought continues to grip Central Texas, those looking to provide water to the region’s fast-growing cities and suburbs see a solution in a relatively untapped aquifer. But those who live above the aquifer say pumping an estimated 50 billion gallons of water a year will accommodate urban growth at the rural counties’ expense. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Red meat and exercise increases muscle longevity


Eating lean red meat three to four times a week along with regular exercise could be the key to keeping both the body and mind at their peak as people age, a study from Deakin University in Australia found. The study found that, in combination, the two worked to reduce age-related muscle loss in elderly subjects. Now, the study is being extended to focus on the effects the diet plan has on mental capacity. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

OSHA announces new requirements for reporting severe injuries, updates list of industries exempt from record-keeping requirements


The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction. Read more…

Beef animal welfare views: US public vs. cattle producers

USDA/ARS Photo by Keith Weller

A main goal of research in any area is to address a knowledge or information gap. Although prior research has addressed the issue of animal welfare in certain areas–the swine and egg industries as examples–limited research currently exists comparing producer and consumer views of beef and dairy animal welfare, said Glynn Tonsor, livestock economist for Kansas State University. Tonsor, along with Melissa McKendree, a doctoral agricultural economics student at K-State and a team of veterinarians and animal scientists, have taken the lead in finding out more about the similarities and differences in U.S. beef producer and public views on animal welfare practices in the cattle industry. Read more at USAgNet…

Cow/Calf Corner: Feeder cattle prices push counter-seasonally higher; Why is 45-day weaning important to feeder calf health?

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Sept. 15 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, Derrell Peel talks feeder cattle prices and where the market may be headed into fall; and Glenn Selk discusses the benefits of waiting at least 45 days after weaning to sell calves. Read more…