TSCRA Crime Watch: Cow shot in NE OK, cattle stolen in Far South Texas


SCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the shooting of a cow near Chelsea in Rogers County. TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, also reports 3 cases of stolen cows and calves totaling 25 head in the last couple of months. Read more…

Texas Policy Conference: Inside Texas politics with Evan Smith


Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO, The Texas Tribune, will kick off the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Policy Conference with an in-depth look at key policy issues. In addition to recapping the 2015 Texas Legislative Session, Smith will look ahead to the 2016 elections and developments that may affect ranchers. With a non-partisan perspective and significant experience in public policy reporting, Smith will engage and inform attendees in his humorous, witty style. Read more…

High beef prices fueling rustling revival


Cattle prices have been at record levels, and reports of missing or stolen cattle have followed. The nearly 5,800 livestock reported as such in Texas in 2014 was the most in five years, and the value of the animals — in excess of $5.7 million — the most in a decade. Read more at The Associated Press

Don Jobes Jr., long time Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo assistant GM, passes away


Don T. Jobes, Jr., 86, passed away on Aug, 15 in Houston. Jobes served as livestock superintendent and assistant general manager for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 31 years. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug 18, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Allison Funeral Home in Liberty. Funeral services will be on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 10:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Liberty, with burial at Cook Cemetery. Read more…  

JBS doesn’t see Brazil beef exports to US before 2016


Brazilian meatpacker JBS SA expects fresh beef exports to the United States to begin no earlier than 2016, later than the Brazilian government predicted, Chief Executive Officer Wesley Batista said on Friday. An agreement between the two countries was signed in June, when Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff visited Washington, but Batista said it would take time to work through bureaucratic approvals and overcome resistance from U.S. cattle producers. Read more at Reuters…

Cow-Calf Corner: Fall 2015 cow-calf marketing considerations; Fall-calving season begins ahead of schedule

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Aug. 17 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel takes a look at fall cow-calf marketing considerations and Glenn Selk reminds folks of the impending fall calving season, and how it can sometimes begin earlier than expected. Read more…

Tyson foods reduces beef production capacity


Tyson Fresh Meats, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc. is reducing its beef production capacity due to a continued lack of available cattle. Effective Aug. 14, the company will permanently cease beef operations at its plant in Denison, Iowa, to better align its overall production capacity with current cattle supplies. Read more at Feedstuffs

Last chance! Submit your convention proposals today!


Want to make the 2016 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo the best event of the year? There are two ways you can make this happen. Read more…

Developing El Niño could be strongest on record


The El Niño weather pattern developing in the Pacific Ocean could eventually rank among the strongest on record, forecasters with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said on Aug. 13. A strong El Niño — signalled by the periodic warming of ocean-surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific — can lead to heavy rain in parts of North America and drier-than-normal conditions in Australia, Indonesia and parts of India. NOAA says that there is an 85 percent chance that the current El Niño will last through the first few months of next year, with its strength peaking in November or December. Read more at Nature.

Bountiful rains bring abundant weeds; wildfires sure to follow

Record rainfall will almost certainly lead to a dangerous wildfire year if proper management actions are not taken before everything dries down, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Phenomenal rain helps rangeland drought recovery, but it also builds up fuel loads that could fuel damaging wildfires. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 14, 2015


With the hot and dry conditions, rapidly developing flash-drought impacts were being reported over much of the region. Most areas of east Texas, Louisiana, southeast Oklahoma, and southern Arkansas showed a full category degradation for this week. Read more…

USDA predicts falling cattle prices for 2015-2016


While the major focus of the monthly WASDE report is usually on the grain and oilseed numbers- the livestock portion of the August 2015 report showed falling livestock prices for cattle. Beef  production is expected to be smaller- even in the face of falling prices. Beef production for 2015 and 2016 is lowered due to a combination of slower marketings of fed cattle and reduced cow slaughter. Read more at Oklahoma Farm Report…

Japan anxious at lull, US ‘giving up,’ in TPP talks


Japan has expressed concern about a loss of momentum in talks on a pan-Pacific trade pact after participants failed to agree to meet again this month to try to clinch a deal that would cover 40 percent of the global economy. Ministers from the 12 nations negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would stretch from Japan to Chile, fell short of a deal at talks last month on the Hawaiian island of Maui, despite early optimism. Read more at Reuters…

2015-16 Texas hunting, fishing licenses go on sale Saturday


Sportsmen gearing up for the upcoming fall hunting seasons are reminded to renew their licenses for 2015-16, available starting Saturday, Aug. 15. The current year Texas hunting and fishing licenses (except year-to-date fishing licenses) will expire Aug. 31. In addition to a hunting license, anyone born after Sept. 1, 1971, must successfully complete a hunter education training course or purchase a one-time deferral good for one license year in order to hunt legallyi n Texas. The certification is valid for life and is honored in all other states and provinces. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Indian steak and rice bowl


With a few common ingredients and some flank steak, this recipe cooks up quick and flavorful.  Read more at www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Freestone County theft suspect surrenders


Sharon Nehring, also known as Sharon Jacoby, 57, of Freestone County, surrendered to authorities Tuesday and was charged with felony theft of livestock. TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson and other law enforcement authorities searched for Nehring for several months after an investigation alleged Nehring had purchased thousands of dollars worth of lambs and goats with a worthless check from the Freestone County Fair in June 2014. Read more…

Seymour ranch gathering to feature CattleFax CEO Randy Blach


Join TSCRA for a ranch gathering Sept. 10 in Seymour for an evening of fun, food and fellowship, as well as the latest on cattle markets from CattleFax CEO Randy Blach. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend. Read more…

Summer Sale on Hook & Tackle Sage Fishing Shirts

Cattle Raisers Trading Co.

Cattle Raisers Trading Co. is offering 10 percent off our Hook & Tackle sage fishing shirts! Summer is ending but that doesn’t mean your fishing trips have to. These 100 percent cotton poplin shirts sport a vented back, CoolMax mesh lining, utility loops, cargo pockets and the TSCRA seal embroidered on the front right chest. Use promo code FISH at checkout to take advantage of this special sale price. Click here to go to the Cattle Raisers Trading Co. online store.

FDA finds some improvement in antibiotic resistance trends


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released its latest National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) Integrated Report. This report highlights antimicrobial resistance patterns in bacteria isolated from humans, retail meats, and animals at slaughter. Specifically, the report focuses on major foodborne pathogens that are resistant to antibiotics that are considered important to human medicine, and on multidrug resistant pathogens described as resistant to three or more classes of antibiotics. Read more at the Food and Drug Administration website…

Deer breeder movement standards plan finalized


Texas deer breeders will be able to resume animal movements under a plan finalized Aug. 12 by Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). The Breeder Deer Movement Qualification Standards Plan will take effect upon the filing of Emergency Rules by TPWD and will be in place through the 2015-16 Texas hunting season. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for Aug. 11, 2015


As temperatures reached 100 degrees and above, the stress on beef cattle increased. Though there are no reports of large death losses yet, the stress does affect beef cattle health and certainly reduces their feed efficiency and daily gains, both on pastures and in the feedlots. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in SW OK, SE TX


TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden, Dist. 3 in Oklahoma, reports the recent theft of 19 head of cattle from Kiowa County properties in the southwest area of the state. Missing are 10 head of mostly black steers weighing approximately 350 to 400 pounds, each, with a KM brand on the right hip and green ear tags in the right ear. Also missing from a neighboring property are 9 black yearling steers weighing approximately 700 pounds, each, with an MC brand and numbered eartags. If you have any information regarding these cases, please call Special Ranger Wellden at 405-586-9145. TSCRA Special Ranger Brent Mast, Dist. 22 in southeast Texas, reports 9 head of cattle missing from a property in Madison County. Missing are a red Beefmaster Read more…

RSVP to attend a ranch gathering in Carthage Aug. 20


TSCRA will host a ranch gathering on Thursday, Aug. 20, at the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage. Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by a free beef dinner and presentations from TSCRA Special Rangers and cattle industry specialists. Read more…

APHIS to lead ‘nationally coordinated program’ to manage feral swine


The USDA is moving ahead with a plan to attack the feral swine problem with a strategy that will vary by state and require help from state and local governments. In a 500-plus page environmental impact statement being published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and eight other government agencies announce a “nationally coordinated program” to control “damage and risks to agriculture, animal health, human health, property, and cultural and natural resources” brought about by a growing herd of feral swine. The plan calls for eliminating the feral swine from some states while managing the populations in others and eliminating them from specific locations. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Anthrax confirmed in Uvalde County


The Texas Animal Health Commission has confirmed the first anthrax case for 2015 in a South Texas equine. The affected premises is approximately 25 miles northwest of Uvalde and has been quarantined. Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a naturally occurring organism with worldwide distribution, including certain parts of Texas. It is not uncommon for anthrax to be diagnosed in the southwestern part of the state, especially in hotter months. A vaccine is available for use in susceptible livestock in high risk areas. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Aug. 10, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Aug. 8, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $2 lower to $8 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were $1.00 to $4.00 higher regaining part of what was lost last week. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $3.09 to close at $264.34 per cwt and Select Grade gaining $0.85 to close at $230.14 per cwt. Net export sales totaling 5,900 metric tons (MT) for July 24 – July 30 were down six percent from the previous week. Export shipments of 10,500 MT were down 11 percent from the previous week. Shipments primarily went to Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. Read more…

The Browning Blog: Good News, Bad News - You Decide

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

In the Aug. 10 edition of the Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses NOAA’s tropical storm and hurricane forecast and what this means for fall rain in Texas. Read more…

Kerry confident of concluding TPP pact this year


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence on Friday that an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be completed this year and said a recent nuclear deal with Iran proved hurdles in international agreements could be overcome. Kerry said many challenges remained in thrashing out a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), particularly on issues of autos and dairy, but the United States would do everything in its power to make it happen. Read more at Reuters

7 ways to win the war against cattle flies


Face flies and horn flies are a constant irritation to your cattle. Here are 7 of the weapons available in your battery of tools to keep the flies at bay. Read more at BEEF magazine…

Cow-Calf Corner: Preg check and cull open replacement heifers; Feeder prices and fall grazing prospects

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Aug. 10 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Glenn Selk talks about identifying those sub-fertile females your herd and Derrell Peel discusses feeder prices and the fall grazing outlook. Read more…

WTO hearings on US-COOL arbitrations opened to the public

meat case

The WTO dispute settlement body has scheduled arbitration meetings Sept. 15-16 to establish damages in the dispute regarding the United States’ country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regulations for meat. Canada is seeking authorization for about $2.3 billion in retaliatory tariffs, while Mexico is seeking $653 million. USTR responded to those claims in this recent filing. Read more…

First half results reflect tough business climate for US meat exports


June export data, released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), contractor to the beef checkoff program, reflected a challenging first half of 2015 for U.S. beef exports. Beef export volume in June was down 8 percent from a year ago to 213.2 million pounds, while export value fell 9 percent to $578.9 million. This was the second consecutive month that export value fell below last year’s level, resulting in first-half value being steady with 2014’s pace at $3.26 billion. First-half volume was down 10 percent to 1.16 billion pounds. Read more…

Weather damage raises tax implications


Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris. Rock and gravel on internal roads have disappeared while ruts remained due to travel during wet conditions. Landowners making repairs and rebuilding will incur cost. How will these be reported on the 2015 tax return? Read more at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Ag News and Views

State rolls out strict CWD regs for Texas deer breeders

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns

Texas deer breeders could soon face a series of strict regulations to control chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD, a neurological illness that prompts deer to stop eating, was found in a herd at a Medina County ranch. And deer ranchers are actually welcoming the rules, hoping they will then be able to see their prize bucks to deer leases before the hunting season begins. Read more and listen to the story at TPR.org…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 4, 2015


Many areas have seen less than half their normal rainfall over the past 2 months and less than 10 percent of their normal rains over the past 30 days. The quick-hitting, flashy nature of this developing drought across the region bears watching, given the time of year and the fact that the shorter-term forecasts don’t appear overly promising. Things can go downhill in a hurry this time of year and El Niño’s chokehold on tropical storm activity to date is only enhancing the dry signal. Of course, that same pesky culprit, El Niño, may well be the one that comes to the rescue this fall and winter given the stronger likelihood of a cooler and wetter winter across the Gulf Coast region. Read more…

Arkansas cattle thief sentenced to 10 years in prison


Levi Boyd, 36, of Camden, Ark., was sentenced to 10 years in prison Aug. 5 after he was found guilty on charges of stealing approximately 70 head of cattle and ranching equipment across Texas and Arkansas. Boyd was also ordered to pay restitution of $11,158.35 to the victim and $17,546.65 to a cattle auction’s insurance company. TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley, Brent Mast, Hal Dumas, Marvin Wills and Larry Hand were involved in the investigation. Read more…

TDA announces $306,440 in grants to help young farmers and ranchers

Texas Department of Agriculture

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has announced grant awards for 33 young farmers and ranchers totaling $306,440 through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Young Farmer Grant Program. The announcement comes as part of a larger effort to promote and sustain Texas’ position as an agricultural powerhouse, as well as support younger agricultural producers. Read more…

How the Washington Post got it wrong on cow burps and greenhouse gases


A recent article featured in the Washington Post suggests that cattle burps are the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. However, the figures don’t add up. Read more at BEEF magazine

Manage for minerals

AgriLife Extension photo

No matter the size, scenario or production system of your operation, the boost to herd health and  performance that minerals can provide is universal. Don’t overlook the benefits of an effective mineral supplementation strategy. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

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


A creamy, beefy comfort food recipe that is sure to please everyone at the table. Read more at txbeef.org…