Study – no health problems for GE-fed livestock

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A new scientific review from the University of California, Davis, reports that the performance and health of food-producing animals consuming genetically engineered feed, first introduced 18 years ago, has been comparable to that of animals consuming non-GE feed. The review study also found that scientific studies have detected no differences in the nutritional makeup of the meat, milk or other food products derived from animals that ate genetically engineered feed. Read more at AgWeb…

Winter care of broodmares

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Keeping mares healthy throughout pregnancy is important for the delivery of healthy, happy foals. For owners of American Quarter Horse mares waiting for the spring foaling season, it’s crucial to remember to take extra care of them during the cold winter months. Read more at America’s Horse Daily by the American Quarter Horse Association…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 7, 2014

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All but eastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas missed out on any substantial precipitation last week while above-normal temperatures returned for most locales across the region, including most of Arkansas. Rains in eastern Texas led to some slight trimming of the southern Abnormally Dry (D0) flank, but all other changes in Texas and Oklahoma were for the worse across south-central Oklahoma along the Red River and in north-central Texas along with the Panhandle, where the past 60 days have brought less than 50 percent of normal rains coupled with temperatures running 2-4 degrees above normal. Read more…

Oklahoma woman convicted for knowingly concealing stolen property

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An Oklahoma woman was convicted Oct. 8 by a Bryan County jury for knowingly concealing stolen property (cattle). According to lead investigator TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Christen Leeann Allen, 31, of Haskell, Okla., sold ten head of cattle at the Durant Stockyards on Oct. 10, 2013, that matched the description of registered purebred cattle reported stolen by the Langford Hereford Ranch. During the investigation some of the livestock sold by Allen were located and positively identified through brands and registered tattoo numbers. Read more…

Texas cattle industry hurt by drought

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Texas has been the long time leader in the cattle industry with the highest number of head and the most producers. But even though much of the state has received more rainfall this year than the past few, total cattle inventory is still down. Total numbers fell by 600,000 cattle from 2012 to 2013. And it’s down another 3.5-percent this year from last to less than 11 million head. That shortage is pushing the commodity to a premium. TSCRA President Pete Bonds talks drought, cattle prices and what this means for Texas ranchers. Read more at myhighplains.com…

Texas agriculture, bigger in more ways than you might know

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The Census of Agriculture is the most complete account of U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. Every Thursday USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) highlights new census data and the power of the information to shape the future of American agriculture. Texas cattle production alone is worth more than the total agricultural production of all but 6 states. Read more at blogs.usda.gov…

Beef checkoff teams up with Ibotta app

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In cooperation with Ibotta, a popular consumer app, the beef checkoff recently encouraged customers at two national retailers to choose beef at the meat case. Ibotta shared educational information about freezing beef and about beef nutrition, in addition to sharing the checkof”s Easy Lean Beef burger and DIY taco videos. By engaging with the content, Ibotta users earned a cash rebate for their purchase of top sirloin steak or ground beef. Read more…

It's what's for dinner: Baked Italian meat balls

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This easy meatball recipe is sure to become a family favorite. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Beef export volumes lower in August, but value remains strong

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For the second consecutive month, August export value for U.S. beef and pork increased year-over-year despite declines in volume. Export value for both products remains on a record pace, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). August beef exports overcame a 3 percent decline in volume to 102,456 metric tons (mt) to set a new monthly value record of $655.2 million – up 16 percent from a year ago. For January through August, beef exports were up 3 percent in volume (790,208 mt) and 13 percent in value ($4.55 billion) compared to the same period last year. Read more…

USDA expands access to credit to help more beginning and family farms and ranches

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced Oct. 7 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will improve farm loans by expanding eligibility and increasing lending limits to help more beginning and family farmers and ranchers. As part of this effort, USDA is raising the borrowing limit for the microloan program from $35,000 to $50,000; simplify the lending processes; updating required “farming experience” to include other valuable experiences; and expanding eligible business entities to reflect changes in the way family farms are owned and operated. The changes become effective Nov. 7 Read more…

Not your grandma’s beef

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Flip through Betty Crocker’s 1950-edition cookbook and you’ll find ground beef and slow-cooker comfort food galore. Pot pie, cheeseburger bake, meatballs, casserole after casserole, and loaded baked potatoes topped with enough butter and love to take your senses back to grandma’s kitchen table — simple times when all you needed was a little fat, salt and a side of potatoes to reach culinary perfection. Then the Beef Board, funded by the Beef Checkoff, changed beef as we knew it, propelling the industry into a new age. Read more at Drovers/CattleNetwork…

Texas crop, weather, for Oct. 7, 2014

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While nearly all Gulf Coast and Central Texas cotton has been harvested, much of the Texas High Plains cotton is still two weeks away. Rain delayed the cotton harvest in the upper Gulf Coast and parts of the Blackland region for a while, but producers have pretty much caught up now. In the Texas High Plains, the region has had some good moisture recently, which overall was good news Read more…

RSVP for Oklahoma ranch gatherings next week in Stillwater and Wagoner

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TSCRA will be hosting ranch gatherings on Oct. 15 at the Wagoner Civic Center in Wagoner, Okla., and on Oct. 16 in Stillwater at the Payne County Expo Center. Attendees to both events will enjoy a beef dinner and hear from their local TSCRA Special Ranger about law enforcement activities and how they can keep their livestock and equipment safe and secure. Read more…

Global beef supplies getting tighter

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We all know U.S. cattle and beef supplies are tight, leading to record-high prices for all classes of cattle this year. We aren’t alone according to a new report from Rabobank, which shows beef supplied tightening globally, and particularly in some key beef-exporting nations. And while global beef demand remains strong, that tightening of supplies is likely to continue through next year according to the report, meaning producers here and internationally should continue to enjoy unusually high cattle prices. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

What producers should know about hauling cattle

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Successful cow-calf producers usually have excellent animal nutrition, health, breeding and stockmanship programs but often became complacent when the trucks arrive to haul calves to market.Read more at Progressive Cattleman…

Stewardship of new technologies embraced by US meat industry

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For the past several months, a diverse group of representatives from technology companies and the US beef, pork and lamb industries has tackled a critical question related to global access for US meat: What steps can the meat industry take to ensure that the introduction of new production and processing technologies does not interrupt trade? Read more at The Cattle Site

TDA Market Recap, Oct. 6, 2014

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For the week ending Oct. 4, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were as much as $14 higher per hundredweight (cwt) compared to their previous sale. Lighter weight offerings posted the largest increases, though unweaned calves continue to carry a significant discount to their weaned counterparts. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were mostly $2 to $6 higher. Fed cattle cash sales were $3 higher in very light trade. Wholesale beef values were higher. Limited supplies continue to support prices throughout the cattle-beef complex. Beef export sales were down two percent from the previous week and eight percent lower than the prior four-week average. Export shipments were up three percent from a week earlier and five percent higher than the average. Read more…

Submit comments NOW to stop EPA land grab

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) released a rule proposal in March attempting to expand their authority over Waters of the United States (WOTUS). The EPA currently has jurisdiction over “navigable” waterways, meaning a body of water you could sail a large ship through. If adopted, the rule would redefine navigable to include jurisdictional tributaries, ponds, streams, creeks, ditches, puddles, man-made conveyances, wet areas on pastures, etc. Basically, the federal government would control every drop of water in the country. The rule proposal amounts to the largest land grab in history and would result in additional onerous regulations for you as ranchers and landowners. Take a stand and let the EPA know we will not allow this rule proposal to be implemented. The future of the cattle industry depends on it. Click here to leave your comments by Nov. 14 and tell the EPA to #ditchtherule. Read more…

TSCRA Marketing Committee survey indicates ranchers anticipating major herd rebuilding

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TSCRA’s Marketing Committee recently conducted a survey where TSCRA members provided information on herd reductions, rebuilding intentions and primary rebuilding challenges. Most survey participants indicated their herds are at 71 percent of their 10-year average herd size. This is in-line with previous drought surveys in 2011. Read more…

NCBA vows to fight USDA plan to create second beef checkoff program The largest contractor of the Beef Checkoff Program, the National Cattlemen’s Beef A

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The largest contractor of the beef checkoff program, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), said Friday that U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s idea to reform the checkoff by creating another beef checkoff fund is dead on arrival with the grassroots organization. During an exclusive interview with Drovers/CattleNetwork, NCBA President and Texas cattleman Bob McCan said a big majority of producers support the current checkoff structure and that creating a second checkoff is not only duplicative but also potentially risks the future of the program. Read more at Drovers/CattleNetwork…