TDA Market Recap, Nov. 2, 2015

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For the week ending Oct. 31, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices $2 to $15 higher. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $2.98 to close at $220.04 per hundredweight (cwt) and Select Grade gaining $2.43 to close at $212.07 per cwt. Net sales of 400 metric tons (MT) for 2015, which is a marketing-year low, resulted in increases for South Korea, Canada and Egypt. Exports of 12,300 MT were unchanged from the previous week but up six percent from the prior four-week average. The primary destinations were Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Kubota 4x4 RTV missing in NE OK


TSCRA John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the recent theft of a Kubota 4×4 RTV from a property near Adair in Craig County. Missing is a camouflage 2008 Kubota 1100 RTV 4×4 with a diesel engine, full cab with heat and air, dump bed and a #4000 Warren winch on the front end. Both front doors had been removed prior to the theft. The RTV’s serial number is 15336. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA members get Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo grounds passes


TSCRA has teamed up with the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo to offer TSCRA members free grounds admission for the full 23-day run of the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Each membership is eligible to receive two grounds passes.  Members can also purchase tickets to the Ranch Rodeo performances Jan. 15-16 and the Ranch Gathering Party  Jan. 16. Read more…

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3


TSCRA members are encouraged to take to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3 to vote on several constitutional amendments on the November ballot. Read more…

Check Out Your Checkoff: Beef production boot camp, ASEAN export efforts and Boosting US beef sales in Korea


The Texas Beef Council and Texas Beef Checkoff have been hard at work increasing beef demand at home and abroad, sharing the benefits of beef in a healthy diet and educating everyone throughout the beef chain, from producers to consumers. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma conditions improving; Mineral program for cows on wheat pasture

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Nov. 2 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the latest in weather, crops, grazing conditions and cattle markets across Oklahoma; and Glenn Selk talks using mineral supplements to prevent grass tetany in beef cows on wheat pasture. Read more…

Editorial: Meat warning is overdone


The Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial board takes the recent IARC red meat-cancer report to task for muddying an already shaky message and overreaching common sense. Read more…

Senate sets debate on WOTUS rule


The Senate is set to debate a pair of measures to strike down the Obama administration’s new Clean Water Act rule re-defining the “waters of the United States” that the law regulates. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell early Friday filed cloture on a bill that would require the administration to write a new WOTUS rule in consultation with state and local governments. A cloture vote was set for Tuesday. It would take 60 votes to pass the bill. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

Proper management promotes fall, winter grazing

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Beef cattle on pasture are selective grazers always in search for the highest quality forages. This explains why you see areas of lush pasture go ungrazed in pastures with light stocking rates and high forage availability. A common problem is forage quality availability; cows just can not consume enough of what they want to meet intake demands, and consequently protein and energy requirements, for a high daily gain. This helps illustrate the problem we encounter with fall and winter grazing of perennial forages: forage quality availability vs. forage availability. Read more…

Hungry cattle help OSU researchers discover drought resistant wheat

In this picture taken in Runnels County on April 22, the white wheat heads show clear evidence of damage from a hard freeze a week earlier. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Dr. David Drake

Thanks to drought, many in the Oklahoma Panhandle and elsewhere in the Midwest struggle to squeeze production out of the dry, hard dirt. A group of researchers, with the help of hungry cattle, has found a solution: a wheat variety that stands up to drought. Read more at AgWeb…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 27, 2015


Even before tapping into Hurricane Patricia’s moisture, the parent storm unleashed heavy rain on northwestern Texas. Storm-total rainfall exceeded 20 inches at a few locations in northeastern Texas, including Corsicana. Antecedent dryness prevented large-scale flooding, but downpours resulted in flash flooding and river rises. According to the Texas Water Development Board, statewide reservoirs collectively gained 1.6 million acre-feet (just over one-half trillion gallons) of storage—ending up 81 percent full for this time of year—during the week ending Oct. 28, after having lost 6.1 million acre-feet (and falling from 85 to 77 percent full) during the 3 months ending Oct. 21. Read more…

Bristow man arrested and charged with cattle theft


A Bristow, Okla., man was arrested Tuesday in Sand Springs and charged by the Tulsa County Court with larceny of cattle and burglary in the second degree in a case involving 12 head of cattle stolen from 2 Tulsa County ranchers. TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier led the investigation with assistance from Special Ranger John Cummings. Read more…

Deadline extended for 2016 ISEF student travel fellowships


The application deadline has been extended for the 2016 International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation Travel Fellowships. In an effort to enhance the educational experiences of college students and strengthen the leaders of tomorrow’s livestock and meat industries, the International Stockmen’s Educational Foundation (ISEF) awards International Livestock Congress travel fellowships each year  to senior-level undergraduates and graduate students currently enrolled in accredited colleges or universities. The new deadline to get our  application in is Nov. 31.  Read more…

USDA announces new commitments to help beginning farmers and ranchers


Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden announced Thursday a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next 2 years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. Read more…

Bull selection depends on production goals

Doug Pierce, division chairman for agriculture with Blinn College in Brenham, discusses bull selection at the South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic recently in Brenham. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin

A herd bull is the foundation of a cattle operation and determines profitability in a cow herd, according to experts at the recent 44th annual South Central Texas Cow-Calf Clinic in Brenham. Many producers face the dilemma of how much to spend on a bull, and how to know which bull will work for them. AgriLife Extension specialists say that mostly depends on what the bull will be doing – and how he’ll be doing it. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Wild west beef and smoked gouda grits


Use pre-cooked beef tips and gravy and quick-cooking grits to make this comfort food favorite. Read more at…

2016 Expo Academy held in Fort Worth

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Past and future exhibitors at TSCRA’s annual Cattle Raisers Expo attended the 2016 Expo Academy at association headquarters in Fort Worth on Wednesday. The 1-day workshop featured an overview of plans for what’s in store for the 2016 Expo, as well as informational presentations and discussions. The 2016 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo will take place April 8-10 in Fort Worth at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Expo Academy speaker Furrie Steelman talks to attendees on Monday. Dana Freer Doody, at right, was also a speaker.

Cattle theft still a modern-day problem


Last week’s alert that more than 100 steer vanished from a farm in Waco didn’t surprise farmers and ranchers. In 2014, the total market value of stolen livestock and ranching equipment in Texas reached an nine-year high. The Texas Tribune talked to TSCRA’s Larry Gray about the rise in cattle theft. Read more…

TSCRA uses technology, experience to protect ranching way of life


The Progressive Cattleman talked to TSCRA Special Ranger Toney Hurley about the different tools the association’s law enforcement department has at their disposal to track down and prosecute agricultural crimes. Read more at The Progressive Cattleman…

International beef alliance grows

Five Nations Beef Alliance

A group of 5 nations that formed an alliance to collaborate on beef trade has now become 7, after Paraguay and Mato Grosso in Brazil became the latest members. Read more at…

Texas crop, weather, for Oct. 28, 2015


Heavy rains in many parts of the state may have damaged some crops, but for this year’s pecan crop, it was just what the doctor ordered. Comprehensive reports of damages to row crops and structures such as fences and roads are not in yet, but in most cases the rains and cooler weather couldn’t have come at a better time for pecans. Read more…

Ranch gathering planned for Nov. 10 in Houston cancelled


The ranch gathering that had been scheduled for Nov. 10 in Houston has been cancelled. Check out our calendar at to attend other upcoming events in your area.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 9 head of Santa Gertrudis cattle missing in Bee County


TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, reports 9 head of Santa Gertrudis cattle missing from a property in Bee County. Missing since August are 8 heavy-bred red Santa Gertrudis cows, aged 2 1/2 years old, with a J branded on the left ribs and a 4 branded on their left hip. Also missing is a red Santa Gertrudis bull, 4 1/2 years old, with an unknown brand. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851.

The Browning Blog: Torrential tropical Texas rain – why storms and floods have returned

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In the latest The Browning Blog, exclusive content for TSCRA members from Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, we hear about recent fall rains and how much more we can expect. Read more…

Watershed partnerships offering free area soil testing

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is offering free soil testing in the Geronimo and Alligator creeks Watershed and the Arroyo Colorado Watershed until Nov. 17 to area farmers, ranchers and homeowners. In the Lower Rio Grande Valley, the Arroyo Colorado Watershed Partnership is offering free soil testing until Jan. 31, 2016, for agricultural producers in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties.  Read more at Texas Water Resources Institute…

Quail season opens Oct. 31; Forecast much improved since 2014

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Quail season opens statewide on Oct. 31 and ends Feb. 28, 2016. The daily bag limit for scaled, or blue, bobwhite and Gambel’s quail is 15, and the possession limit is 45. The bag limit is the maximum number that may be killed during the legal shooting hours in one day. Legal shooting hours for all non-migratory game birds are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The forecast for quail hunting in many areas of Texas is good to excellent. Across the state, Texas Parks and Wildlife staff report that they’ve not seen this many quail in several years, if not decades. Read more about the upcoming quail season, get hunting  tips and more from this Texas Parks and Wildlife Department quail season bulletin…

TDA Market Recap, Oct. 26, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Oct. 24, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices $1 to $15 higher. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $3.53 to close at $217.17 per cwt and Select Grade gaining $3.17 to close at $210.90 per cwt. Net sales of 9,300 metric tons (MT) for 2015 were down 33 percent from the previous week and 22 percent from the prior four-week average. Increases were reported for Japan, Mexico and South Korea. Exports of 12,300 MT were up five percent from the previous week and six percent from the prior four-week average. The primary destinations were Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea. Read more…

Evidence inadequate to reach consensus on red meat-cancer risk


An international committee assigned to review all of the available evidence on red meat and cancer risk were divided on their opinion whether to label red meat a “probable” cause of cancer, according to the beef checkoff nutrition scientist and registered dietitian who observed the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) process. After seven days of deliberation in Lyon, France, IARC was unable to reach a consensus agreement from a group of 22 experts in the field of cancer research, something that IARC has proudly highlighted they strive for and typically achieve. In this case, they had to settle for “majority” agreement. Read more at…

Ellis: The Science Doesn't Support IARC Decision


Philip Ellis, Wyoming rancher and president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, discusses the IARC report on processed and red meat and the science that refutes their claims. “That evidence had already been reviewed and weighed by the medical and scientific community. The science reviewed by IARC simply does not support their decision.” Read more…

Bill shortens depreciation schedule on some ag equipment

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Mark Kelley.

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Amy Klobuchar introduced bipartisan legislation to help farmers purchase new equipment and replace worn-out machinery by amending the U.S. tax code to permanently set a 5-year depreciation schedule for certain agricultural equipment. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Last chance to place your early vote


TSCRA members are encouraged to take to the polls early to vote on 7 constitutional amendments to the November ballot. Early voting ends Oct. 30 with election day on Nov. 3. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: More steers in feedlots; Maintain body condition between calving and the breeding season

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Oct. 26 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel dissects the USDA’s October Cattte on Feed report and Glenn Selk talks helping cows maintain a good body condition between calving and breeding season. Read more…

Attend a ranch gathering in Crosbyton Oct. 27


TSCRA will host a ranch gathering in Crosbyton the evening of Oct. 27 at the Pioneer Memorial Museum. A local radio station has been advertising the event, but are reporting the wrong date. Please note that the correct date for the event is Oct. 27. The gathering is free and dinner will be served. Everyone is welcome, so invite your neighbors and friends! Click here for more information and to RSVP…  

Fall management to-do list for cow-calf producers

TAMU AgriLife Extension Service photo by Blair Fannin

Once again the brisk fall air is here, which means most cow/calf producers are busy processing and tending to new weaned calves. While weaning time usually requires all hands on deck, we can also take advantage of this time to manage the cows before they are sent back out to pasture. Practices that can be added to the to-do list this fall while cows are in the corral include pregnancy detection and body condition score. Read more at Drovers Cattle-Network...

USDA: Beef production and live weights up, slaughter down


According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) latest livestock slaughter numbers, commercial red meat production for the U.S. totaled 4.14 billion pounds in September, up 5 percent from the 3.96 billion pounds produced in September 2014. Beef production, at 2.09 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.47 million head, down 2 percent from September 2014, with average live weights up 39 pounds from the previous year, at 1,383 pounds. Click here to read the entire report from USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 20, 2015


A sharp, 3- to 4-month drought has brought significant impacts to a broad area stretching from southern Oklahoma and central and eastern Texas to the Mississippi Delta. In mid-October, a spell of extreme heat—accompanied by gusty winds and low humidity—caused further drought intensification and brought a rash of fires. During the next 5 days, a slow-moving storm system will provide significant drought relief but possibly cause flash flooding in the south-central U.S. Read more…

The Browning Blog: Too Big To Fail

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

In the Oct. 22 edition of The Browning Blog, exclusive content for TSCRA members from climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss, hear about the inevitability of a developing El Niño and the wet winter it will bring Read more…

TAHC passes rules on trich, fever ticks, VS and more at October meeting


The Texas Animal Health Commission held a regular meeting Oct. 6 in Austin and adopted several new rules that will become effective Oct. 28. Topics covered include the age of ‘virgin’ bulls, testing bulls in pastures adjacent to trich-positive bulls, animal ID in fever tick zones, plus VS and trich entry requirements. Rules offered for proposal included a repeal on the collection of certain fees and regulation of labs testing for equine EIA. Read more…

Protein makes a comeback


Research points to increasing importance of protein among younger and older individuals. Research has also has shown that not all proteins are the same -essential amino acids (EAA), which are the building blocks of protein, cannot be synthesized in the body and must be supplied by the diet. In general, plant proteins do not contain all of the EAA in sufficient quantities when eaten alone. While protein is found in both plant and animal foods, animal-based proteins have been shown to be more bioavailable and more readily useable by the body. Read more at

It’s what’s for dinner:  Beef and butternut squash stew


Sweet butternut squash replaces potatoes in Giada De Laurentiis’ version of beef stew. Read more at…