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Despite supply concerns, red meat exports remain strong in February

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Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation

Buoyed by double-digit export growth to Mexico – the largest volume market for all U.S. red meat exports – U.S. pork and beef exports performed well in February despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Beef sales to Mexico in the first two months of 2014 are up 26 percent in volume to 37,638 metric tons (mt) and 40 percent in value ($183 million), while pork exports are 16 percent higher in volume (113,677 mt) Read more…

US beef sales to Japan may decline on Australia deal

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Source: Bloomberg

U.S. beef shipments to Japan may drop after the largest Asian buyer agreed with Australia to begin reducing import tariffs as early as next year, Japan’s agriculture ministry said. The deal will give Australia an advantage over the U.S. in a market worth 267 billion yen ($2.6 billion) last year, according to Marubeni Research Institute in Tokyo. American beef exporters could lose as much as 80 percent of their sales in Japan unless the U.S. government reaches a similar agreement, according to the ministry. Read more…

Chinese market to lead global demand for beef

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Source: BEEF Magazine

While the U.S. cattle and beef markets should continue to offer profit opportunities, it’s the actors on the global stage that will set the larger tone for beef prices in 2014. That’s according to a Rabobank report that both looks at market dynamics in the first quarter of 2014 and peers into the future of the global beef trade. Read more…

Beef prices hit all-time high in US

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Source: Los Angeles Times

Extreme weather has thinned the nation’s cattle herds, roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for April 8, 2014

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Source: AgriLife Today

During the first week of April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

The rest of the state remained largely dry, receiving from a trace to 0.5 inch, which did little to stop the further encroachment of severe to extreme drought in some areas.

Texas High Plains farmers were using “sand fighters” to create dirt clods and slow wind-blown soil erosion, according to reports from Texas A&M Read more…

TSCRA members are invited to enjoy the Western Heritage Classic

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TSCRA has teamed up with the Western Heritage Classic to provide TSCRA members with 2 complimentary grounds passes to the event in Abilene good for May 9-10.This is a $34 value!

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TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, equipment and utility vehicle missing in Burnet County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in Central Texas, reports a tractor, equipment and a Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle stolen from a property in Burnet County. Some time between March 8 and 12 a thief or thieves cut a lock on the property north of Bertram to steal a John Deere tractor, model 5303, serial no. PY5303U005947, a John Deere frontend loader and a 6-foot flail mower, unknown brand. Also stolen was a green 2001 Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle, VIN No. JK1AFCE1X2B512114, with 1″x6″ cedar boards for a bed and a cracked hood with bolted repairs.

If you have Read more…

Fifth suspect in Northeast Texas cattle theft ring arrested

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A fifth suspect in Northeast Texas cattle theft ring was arrested Friday on charges of organized criminal activity. The men are accused of participating in a string of cattle thefts in Delta and Fannin counties in March 2014. Charles Damon Williams, 35, of Cooper, was arrested Friday. TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley and Troy McKinney led the investigation.

Previously arrested were Jonathan Jones, 20, of Cooper, on March 24; John Green, 43, of Klondike, on March 26; James Shaffer, 60, Terrell, on April 2; and Terry Wynne, 51, Terrell, on April 2.

On March 18, authorities in Delta County received a call from Read more…

Attend ranch gathering in Brady April 17

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering on April 17 in Brady at the Heart of Texas Events Center, 804 San Angelo Highway. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger H.D. Brittain will also update attendees on cattle thefts in the area and how they can better protect their livestock and equipment.

Please RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192, or rsvp@tscra.org.

The gathering is sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, Novartis Animal Health and Winters Family Beef. Folks that sign up as a TSCRA member at the gathering will receive a free metal gate sign Read more…

Texas cattlewoman talks BQA programs

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Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

Sugie Sartwelle is a Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) member, a life-long Texas cattlewoman and a long-time Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) advocate. She always knew there was a BQA program available to producers but her checkoff involvement nine years ago made her even more aware of its value to the cattle industry. Read more…

US cattlemen slam Japan-Australia trade deal

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Source: AgriPulse

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized the bilateral trade agreement reached between Japan and Australia, saying the deal undermines the goals of the Trans-Pacific Partnership which the U.S. is negotiating with the two countries and other nations. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, April 7, 2014

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Source: Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending April 5, 2014, feeder cattle prices reported by Texas auctions were mostly steady to $5 higher per hundredweight (cwt) compared to their previous sale. Some locations were as much as $15 higher, but a few were $4 lower on a portion of their offerings. Texas direct feeder cattle prices were $1 to $4 higher. Tight supplies and strong demand continue to support the feeder cattle market. Fed cattle cash prices were $2 lower at $148 per cwt. Wholesale beef values were lower. Beef export sales for the week totaled 13,800 Read more…

Saginaw rancher re-elected TSCRA president; Group installs new directors

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The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) installed new officers Sunday during the closing session of the 137th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth.

TSCRA’s new officers elected during Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio. Back row: Second Vice President Robert E. McKnight, left, and Executive Vice President Eldon White. Front row, Pete Bonds, President, left, and First Vice President Richard Thorpe.

Pete Bonds, Saginaw, was elected president; Richard Thorpe, Winters, first vice president; Robert McKnight, Fort Davis, second vice president; and Eldon White, Fort Worth, executive vice president.

“The continued determination and commitment of cattle raisers Read more…

USDA announces sign up date for farmer and rancher disaster assistance programs

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Source: USDA-Farm Service Agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced April 7 that farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.

“These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments Read more…

Trich economics

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Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

When a third or more of a rancher’s cows turn up open, which can happen when trichomoniasis infects a herd, the rancher obviously takes a significant economic loss. But due to the sporadic nature of trichomoniasis, commonly known as trich, quantifying losses the disease causes across a region or across the country presents a challenge. During a recent trichomoniasis forum hosted by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA), Texas A&M University economist David Anderson, PhD, provided some estimates. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Beef herd expansion threatened in the coming weeks; Make a record of twins

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In the April 7 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses how a colder, later spring could have an affect on beef herd expansion and Glenn Selk explains the importance of making a record of twins. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention comes to a close in San Antonio

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TSCRA’s 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention drew to a close Sunday with special breakout sessions, a drought update from Evelyn Browning-Garriss and an inspirational keynote speech from LaDonna Gatlin.

Special breakout sessions hosted by TSCRA committees included talks about interstate cattle movement regulations and animal disease traceability; how the listing of endangered species can affect landowners; country of origin labeling (COOL) regulations and costs for all aspects of the industry; and rangeland sustainability research and range management techniques.

Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss also offered a weather update and provided insight into the lingering drought. The final meeting of the convention was the Read more…

Rocosa Ridge Ranch honored with Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award

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TSCRA awarded Rocosa Ridge Ranch the 2013 Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award at the 137th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention on Sunday. The award is the highest stewardship honor from TSCRA and the Texas Section, Society for Range Management (TSSRM). The Rocosa Ridge Ranch is owned by Bruce Berg from Meridian. Read more…

Hill County assistant DA honored as TSCRA prosecutor of the year

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TSCRA named Nicole Crain the TSCRA Prosecutor of the Year for her commitment to prosecuting livestock theft and related crimes. Crain was honored at the association’s 137th annual convention in San Antonio.

Crain currently serves as the assistant district attorney in Hill County. She was chosen for the award from a pool of finalists nominated by TSCRA’s Special Rangers. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills nominated Crain for the award for her work on the case against Terry Shawn Linville.

In May of 2010, Linville stole five head of cattle from a rancher in Johnson County, then turned around and sold Read more…

Beef producers gather in San Antonio for the Cattle Raisers Convention

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TSCRA’s second day of Cattle Raisers Convention welcomed beef producers and industry leaders for business and information sessions at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Saturday’s attendees participated in town hall and information sessions regarding eminent domain, surface water and private property rights, border security, the affects of the Affordable Care Act on ranchers and the future of rural affairs. Producers also received an outlook on markets by CattleFax.

The Cattle Raisers Expo finished its last day with an exciting conclusion to the TSCRA’s Law Enforcement Department’s silent auction.

In the evening, association members and guests gathered at Read more…