Browning Blog: Peek-a-boo El Niños

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In the April 13 edition of The Browning Blog, Historical Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garris discusses the fickle El Niño and what happened to the spring rain it promised. Read more…

Texas Beef Checkoff shows bullish numbers

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Just six months in, the Texas Beef Checkoff posted a revenue of $3.4 million. That money will be used to revamp marketing strategies to share beefy messages with consumer audiences, enhance producer communications and provide beef content to retail partners. In addition to promoting and marketing beef, checkoff dollars will be invested in research efforts. Funds also are used to build on current programs, which wasn’t possible before the state-funded checkoff began. Read more…

USDA designates 5 counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Atascosa, Burnet, Lampasas, San Saba and Van Zandt counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in 25 additional counties Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous.  Read more…

Sorghum silage a suitable alternative to corn silage, with proper management

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Sorghum silage can provide an alternative to corn silage, but not all sorghum silages are equal, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: North American cattle situation – Mexico; Evaluate udder soundness soon after calving to use as culling criteria

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In the April 13 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, A weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel takes a look at the North American cattle situation from Mexico’s perspective; and Glenn Selk talks  when to evaluate a cow’s udder soundness to use as a cull criteria. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 40 head of cattle missing in southeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports 40 cows missing from a property near Colgate in Coal County. The cattle, which went missing some time between Jan. 25 and March 25, are 29 Brangus-type older cows, mostly black, with a Z brand an corresponding 2, 3 or 4 year number on the left hip. Also missing is a red and white Corriente cow with a 4F brand on the left hip and 10 calves, mostly red, weighing approximately 500 to 700 pounds, each, with no brands or markings. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Cattle Raisers praise passage of Senate Bill 474

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TSCRA praised passage of Senate Bill 474 on Thursday, which helps landowners receive a fair offer in eminent domain proceedings. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst,, R-Brenham, authored the legislation that was passed in the Texas State Senate by a 25-6 vote. Read more…

USDA expands beef and pork trade with Mexico and Peru

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 10 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The agreements announced Friday will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chilled pork. Read more…

7 common fencing mistakes

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Some of the most common fencing errors in livestock fencing, and how to avoid them. Read more at BEEF magazine…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for April 7, 2015

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Severe (D2), Extreme (D3), and Exceptional Drought (D4) expanded around the Texas panhandle and adjacent areas, extending into central Oklahoma. Read more…

The Cattleman Now smartphone app gets a full makeover

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TSCRA’s newest version of The Cattleman Now smartphone app is available for download. We’ve completely redesigned the app to improve performance, provide new content and enhance the features our users enjoyed most. If you’ve already downloaded the app, visit the updates option in iTunes App store for iPhone or the Google Play store for Android to get the all-new version. If you’d like to download the newest version of the app, click here for more information.

USDA seeks nominations for Cattlemen’s Beef Board

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Vacancies for producer and importer member positions will occur many states including Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and the Importer Unit. Any beef producer in the United States that owns cattle or any importer who imports cattle or beef can be considered for nomination. Read more at AgWeb…

Grass tetany prevention

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As pastures and small grain fields begin to green up, and livestock owners make plans to begin early spring grazing passes, keep in mind the risk of grass tetany. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

It’s what’s for dinner: Santa Fe grilled beef steaks and corn

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Try this tasty grilled steak with a Southwest flavor. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle theft north of Abilene

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TSCRA Special Ranger Joe Roberts, Dist. 16, reports the theft of 12 head of cattle from a property 5 miles east of Anson in Jones County. Some time between April 5 and 6, a thief or thieves cut a chain to steal 1 black bull weighing approximately 700 pounds branded with a  CF connected over a half circle;  5 black baldy unbranded bulls weighing approximately 600 pounds, each; and 6 red or black unbranded steers weighing approximately 500 pounds, each. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Roberts at 325-701-4667.

Attend a Ranch Gathering April 18 in Guthrie

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Join us for a Ranch Gathering April 18 in Guthrie featuring entertainment by Seth James, a free beef dinner, an update on TSCRA activities and issues facing ranchers. Come early for a tour of 6666 headquarters at 3:00 p.m. and a tour of the 6666 Horse Facility at 4:00 p.m. A roping to benefit the Guthrie High School Junior Class will be held at 10:00 a.m. For questions on the roping, call 806-470-4622. Become a TSCRA member during the event and receive a TSCRA gate sign — $40 value– courtesy of Bayer Animal Health and New Holland Agriculture. Read more and RSVP…

Water ruling cuts state’s power in droughts

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A state appeals court has sided with farmers, ranchers and other longstanding water rights holders in a Brazos River case with widespread implications for future water battles in drought-prone Texas. Read more at The Texas Tribune’s Trib+Water newsletter…

Texas crop, weather, for April 7, 2015

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This year, the sugarcane aphid has been found overwintering much farther north than previously expected, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. This means the potential for sugarcane aphids on sorghum crops could be higher, not just for South Texas but for the rest of the state as well. Read more…

TAHC releases all EHV quarantine premises in Galveston County

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Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) in Galveston County in the upper Gulf Coast. The first case of EHV-1 in Galveston County was confirmed on Jan. 24 in a horse. Following the first diagnosis, 2 additional horses were confirmed positive for EHV-1. Read more…

Scientists dispute study on antibiotic residues in feedyard dust

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A recent report from Texas Tech University’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health outlined a study in which researchers detected antibiotic residues, bacteria and genetic material related to antibiotic resistance in particulate matter downwind of Texas feedyards. This week 3 research veterinarians released a white paper citing concerns over the conclusions listed in the Texas Tech report. Their research focused on issues of bacterial viability, likelihood of bacterial repopulation and the concentration of antimicrobials found in the feedyard particulates. Mainly, that the data do not indicate that there are any viable bacteria present in their samples. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…