TDA Market Recap, Sept. 15, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle and calves missing in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in Oklahoma, reports a Charolais heifer missing in Washington County, 3 cow/calf pairs estray and missing in Kingfisher County and 2 red Angus bull calves missing in Carter County. Read more…

Oklahoma serial arsonist targeting hay in Craig, Mays counties

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A serial arsonist has set fire to 166 hay bales in Craig County.Authorities say six different ranches in Craig and Mayes County have been targeted over the past few weeks. The damage is climbing in dollar amounts and putting ranchers in a tough spot as hay season ends and winter waiting around the corner. Read more or watch the video at NewsOn6…

Big attendance at TSCRA Ranch Gatherings this week

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More than 350 members, ranchers and guests attended TSCRA Ranch Gatherings in Fowlerton, Placedo and Corpus Christi this week. Attendees enjoyed a beef dinner, catching up with old friends, making new ones, and hearing from speakers about issues important to cattle raisers and landowners. Read more…

USDA projects most ag exports to fall after record-setting 2014

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While the United States is on its way to setting a record for agricultural exports in fiscal year 2014 which ends Sept. 30, the latest data from USDA forecasts exports to drop in the coming year. But not all sectors are expected to decline; USDA says beef exports are forecast to increase $200 million and set a new record at $6.2 billion, with higher prices offsetting lower volumes. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

How to prevent foot rot in cattle

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The clinical sign of foot rot — lameness — is a performance-robbing condition that seemingly comes on overnight, but such infections can be minimized. Read more at BEEF Magazine…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 9, 2014

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Many improvements were made this week, especially in west Texas and the Texas panhandle, where a full category improvement was observed. Some tropical moisture made it into far south Texas and improvements were made to the Abnormally Dry (D0) and Moderate Drought (D1) areas this week. Read more…

Browning Blog: Surrounded by troublemakers!

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In the Sept. 11 edition of The Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses the conditions that go into making dry spells, tropical storms and eventually, hurricanes. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Angus cow missing in northeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Eastern Oklahoma reports a black Angus cow missing some time between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5 from a property in Wagoner County. The 6-year-old cow weighs approximately 1000 pounds, has a BAR G brand on the left hip or shoulder and a yellow ear tag in the left ear printed with “X4.” If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

USDA designates counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas with assistance to producers in New Mexico

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Crane and Winkler counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are Andrews, Crockett, Ector, Loving, Pecos, Upton and Ward. Read more…

Improving Range and Pasture Production: Consider a fall pasture weed inventory

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Fall is a good time to assess your range and pasture condition as we go into the winter season. This is especially important when it comes to your weed management strategies. Identifying the weeds of concern can take place in the fall and control plans for the next growing season can be determined. A good weed inventory in the fall will tell ranchers what the predominant weed species are in the pasture. Read more at iGrow.org…

It’s what’s for dinner: Easy beef and mushroom noodle bake

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Use pre-made or leftover fully-cooked beef tips with gravy for this quick, tasty weekday comfort bake. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Cattlemen's Column: Securing Texas Landowners' Private Property Rights

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Since TSCRA was established in 1877, one of the association’s top priorities has been to represent landowners by working to preserve and protect private property rights. This goal remains vital today as we monitor issues that could adversely affect the important rights held by ranchers and agricultural producers as stewards of our nation’s land. TSCRA has recently been monitoring a new rule proposed by the Railroad Commission of Texas, in the wake of the 2013 Denbury case. This new rule attempts to clarify how oil and gas pipeline companies can obtain “common carrier” status when applying for a permit to operate a new pipeline. Read more…