TSCRA Crime Watch: 10 head of calves missing in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma, reports 10 head of cattle missing from a property near Morris in Okmulgee County some time between Oct. 15 and 31. The cattle are red Angus-cross calves weighing between 500 to 550 pounds, each, and had a “WR” brand on the left hip. All had ear tags and electronic identification (EID) tags in each ear. If you have any information regarding these calves, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918 342-0888.

TSCRA submits comments opposing EPA water rule proposal

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TSCRA President Pete Bonds made a statement after TSCRA submitted comments on Friday opposing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule proposal. The rule would redefine the term navigable under the waters of the U.S. to give the federal government jurisdiction over all water in the country. Read more…

New ladies emblem V-neck T-shirts

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For our fashionable Cattle Raisers we have our stylish ladies emblem T-shirt available in light grey, charcoal grey or chocolate brown. The shirt is made with a soft fabric that is comfortable to wear and durable year round. Show your Cattle Raisers style this year and buy our ladies emblem T-shirt this holiday season. Member price: $18.

 To order and check for size availability, call 800-242-7820 or visit tscra.org and click on the Cattle Raisers Trading Co. button.

Texas Beef Council turns focus to younger eaters

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After a dinner of beef brisket on a warm fall evening in north San Antonio, members, friends and guests of TSCRA sat back and listened to Jason Bagley of the Texas Beef Council outline how the trade group is moving away from print, television and radio ads. To attract young families, Bagley said, the council is turning to food and recipe apps, its website and tailored cooking events. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

USDA projects total beef supply down 1 billion pounds in 2015

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Beginning beef stocks in 2015 are projected at 495 million pounds, down 89 million pounds from 2014. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Cow-Calf Corner: Federally-inspected slaughter summary; Results of adjusting feed levels for winter weather

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In the Nov. 17 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses federally-inspected slaughter numbers and what it means for beef production and herd rebuilding; and Glenn Selk talks adjusting feed levels for winter weather and how this can affect future calf crops and weaning weights. Read more…

Oklahoma woman sentenced in stolen cattle case

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Christen Leeann Allen, 31, of Haskell, Okla., was ordered Monday to pay $59,000 in restitution to the Langford Hereford Ranch and sentenced to two years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections after being found guilty of knowingly concealing stolen property. According to Perrier, the defendant sold ten head of registered cattle at the Durant Stockyards on Oct. 10, 2013. The cattle Allen sold matched the description of registered purebred cattle that were reported stolen in October 2013 by the ranch. Some of the cattle Allen sold were located and positively identified by brands and registered tattoo numbers. Read more…

USDA playing politics with the National beef checkoff

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Troy Marshall with BEEF magazine gives his View From The Country about USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s move to create a new beef checkoff. What might a separate government-run beef promotion program mean for the cattle industry, especially when the current cattlemen-run checkoff has an 80 percent approval rating? Read more at BEEF magazine…

Senators want FDA to collect more animal antibiotics data

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Senators Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are calling on the Food and Drug Administration to step up animal antibiotic tracking. Specifically, they want the agency to propose a rule to improve collection of data on antibiotic use and resistance. Read more at Food Safety News…

Merck launches ‘Creating Connections’ to improve cattle well being

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Merck Animal Health today announced the launch of Creating Connections, a new program designed to help producers better understand cattle behavior and use that knowledge to employ strategies that can reduce stress, improve reproduction and foster stronger immune responses. Since calmer cattle are easier to examine, diagnose, treat and move, the techniques shared through Creating Connections will help make it easier for producers to improve the health of their herds. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Nov. 11, 2014

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Heavy rains fell across the drought stricken regions of Texas, with rainfall totals exceeding 6 inches, prompting anywhere from a full 1-category improvement to minor reductions in drought. The restrained approach in the improvement was due to the drought being primarily long-term, defined by flows in large rivers and storage in major reservoirs, both of which showed little change with the recent rains. Dry conditions continue across southeast Texas, with D0 expanding slightly. Read more…

TxDOT seeks public feedback on high-speed/express rail

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The Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) will host three meetings to receive comments from the public on the proposed DFW Core Express Service, the proposed 32-mile, high-speed/express rail line between Dallas and Fort Worth. TxDOT and the FRA are gathering public comments to include in the rail line’s official Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Read more…

NDSU BeefTalk: Cull deep enough to find those freeloaders

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Today, with an aggressive bidding for weigh-up cows and market bulls, why take the risk of pushing a cow an extra year? As condition and body weight decline, so does value, but managerial inputs and labor increase. The bottom line: Cows need to survive, produce and repeat the cycle yearly, with no additional pampering. No exceptions. Read more from the North Dakota State University Extension Service…

Amid historic-high cattle prices, producers can capture extra dollars

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Though cattle prices have reached historic highs, there could be potential to make extra dollars and possibly add more young cows to a herd at current prices, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Chilly day beef chili

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Chilly weather’s here, so that means chili time! Try this chili flavored with picante sauce for a different twist on an old cold weather favorite. Read more at www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Browning Blog: Snow and ash and a record-breaking blizzard

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In her latest installation of The Browning Blog, climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses what a Russian volcano and a Pacific typhoon have to do with our early arctic weather.  Read more…

Beef prices hit fast-food chains

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Rising beef prices might not mean the cost of a Whopper is going to skyrocket, but it could mean you’ll be encouraged to order a chicken sandwich instead. The soaring prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature beef as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy’s and McDonald’s — the nation’s three biggest burger chains — all say they’re dealing with higher beef costs. Read more at The Washington Post…

Beware of potential for oak acorn poisoning in cattle

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During periods of decreased forage availability, cattle may seek out acorns as a food source. Acorns can be an important part of the diet in the fall; however, acorns have the potential to cause fatal poisoning, especially in fast-growing calves. Read more from the West Virginia University Extension Service (PDF download)…

Texas crop, weather, for Nov. 11, 2014

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It’s highly unlikely the sub-freezing weather will damage any of the state’s winter wheat crop, even newly emerged plants. Winter wheat can be damaged in certain instances, such as when a cold front comes through and there’s a sudden 50-degree temperature swing, but even then it is rare. Read more…

Deadline for submitting comments to stop EPA land grab is Friday

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The EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a rule proposal in March attempting to expand their authority over waters of the U.S. 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. TSCRA is urging you, your family, friends and neighbors to comment on this flawed rule proposal by visiting www.tscra.org and clicking on the “EPA Land Grab” button. The deadline for submitting comments is FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2014. Read more…