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US cattlemen slam Japan-Australia trade deal


Source: AgriPulse

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) criticized the bilateral trade agreement reached between Japan and Australia, saying the deal undermines the goals of the Trans-Pacific Partnership which the U.S. is negotiating with the two countries and other nations. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, April 7, 2014

Texas Department of Agriculture

Source: Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending April 5, 2014, feeder cattle prices reported by Texas auctions were mostly steady to $5 higher per hundredweight (cwt) compared to their previous sale. Some locations were as much as $15 higher, but a few were $4 lower on a portion of their offerings. Texas direct feeder cattle prices were $1 to $4 higher. Tight supplies and strong demand continue to support the feeder cattle market. Fed cattle cash prices were $2 lower at $148 per cwt. Wholesale beef values were lower. Beef export sales for the week totaled 13,800 Read more…

Saginaw rancher re-elected TSCRA president; Group installs new directors


The Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) installed new officers Sunday during the closing session of the 137th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth.

TSCRA’s new officers elected during Cattle Raisers Convention in San Antonio. Back row: Second Vice President Robert E. McKnight, left, and Executive Vice President Eldon White. Front row, Pete Bonds, President, left, and First Vice President Richard Thorpe.

Pete Bonds, Saginaw, was elected president; Richard Thorpe, Winters, first vice president; Robert McKnight, Fort Davis, second vice president; and Eldon White, Fort Worth, executive vice president.

“The continued determination and commitment of cattle raisers Read more…

USDA announces sign up date for farmer and rancher disaster assistance programs


Source: USDA-Farm Service Agency

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced April 7 that farmers and ranchers can sign up for disaster assistance programs reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implementation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA.

“These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) and the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) will provide payments Read more…

Trich economics

Picture courtesy Noble Foundation

Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

When a third or more of a rancher’s cows turn up open, which can happen when trichomoniasis infects a herd, the rancher obviously takes a significant economic loss. But due to the sporadic nature of trichomoniasis, commonly known as trich, quantifying losses the disease causes across a region or across the country presents a challenge. During a recent trichomoniasis forum hosted by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA), Texas A&M University economist David Anderson, PhD, provided some estimates. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Beef herd expansion threatened in the coming weeks; Make a record of twins


In the April 7 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses how a colder, later spring could have an affect on beef herd expansion and Glenn Selk explains the importance of making a record of twins. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention comes to a close in San Antonio


TSCRA’s 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention drew to a close Sunday with special breakout sessions, a drought update from Evelyn Browning-Garriss and an inspirational keynote speech from LaDonna Gatlin.

Special breakout sessions hosted by TSCRA committees included talks about interstate cattle movement regulations and animal disease traceability; how the listing of endangered species can affect landowners; country of origin labeling (COOL) regulations and costs for all aspects of the industry; and rangeland sustainability research and range management techniques.

Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss also offered a weather update and provided insight into the lingering drought. The final meeting of the convention was the Read more…

Rocosa Ridge Ranch honored with Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award


TSCRA awarded Rocosa Ridge Ranch the 2013 Outstanding Rangeland Stewardship Award at the 137th Annual Cattle Raisers Convention on Sunday. The award is the highest stewardship honor from TSCRA and the Texas Section, Society for Range Management (TSSRM). The Rocosa Ridge Ranch is owned by Bruce Berg from Meridian. Read more…

Hill County assistant DA honored as TSCRA prosecutor of the year


TSCRA named Nicole Crain the TSCRA Prosecutor of the Year for her commitment to prosecuting livestock theft and related crimes. Crain was honored at the association’s 137th annual convention in San Antonio.

Crain currently serves as the assistant district attorney in Hill County. She was chosen for the award from a pool of finalists nominated by TSCRA’s Special Rangers. TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills nominated Crain for the award for her work on the case against Terry Shawn Linville.

In May of 2010, Linville stole five head of cattle from a rancher in Johnson County, then turned around and sold Read more…

Beef producers gather in San Antonio for the Cattle Raisers Convention


TSCRA’s second day of Cattle Raisers Convention welcomed beef producers and industry leaders for business and information sessions at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. Saturday’s attendees participated in town hall and information sessions regarding eminent domain, surface water and private property rights, border security, the affects of the Affordable Care Act on ranchers and the future of rural affairs. Producers also received an outlook on markets by CattleFax.

The Cattle Raisers Expo finished its last day with an exciting conclusion to the TSCRA’s Law Enforcement Department’s silent auction.

In the evening, association members and guests gathered at Read more…

NRCS updated website helps meet conservation needs of modern farmers and ranchers


Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

For generations, children have been singing about the farmer, his wife and kids, and even the mouse and the cheese. But today, a modern farmer is more likely to be using the mouse on his computer (or more realistically, a smartphone or tablet) than dancing around a small wooded valley with his family and farm animals. The website of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service,, has been evolving to keep pace with the needs of today’s farmer. Read more…

Weber selected to lead TxDOT


Source: Texas Department of Transportation

During a special meeting April 4, the Texas Transportation Commission selected General Joe Weber as the Texas Department of Transportation’s 20th executive director, effective on or about April 23. Weber currently serves as vice president of student affairs at Texas A&M University in College Station. In that role he is responsible for the strategic planning, direction and development of fiscal and human resources, and how they impact the overall experience of nearly 57,000 students at the university. He is responsible for crisis management and the oversight of more than 900 student organizations and dozens Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention opens with the School for Successful Ranching and Expo


TSCRA’s 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention kicked off Friday with a full day of the School for Successful Ranching, business meetings and the biggest cattle industry Expo in Texas and the Southwest. The more than 300 attendees of the school heard from informative speakers on topics important to the cattle industry, including animal health and nutrition, learning from drought, strategic planning on the ranch and risk management.

The Cattle Raisers Expo opened at noon for vendors to show off their products and services to association members, convention attendees and guests. The evening events included a welcome reception in the Expo and a Read more…

Texas trich model

Picture courtesy Noble Foundation

Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

Collaboration and flexibility have helped build a trichomoniasis control program that seems to work for producers, markets and veterinarians in Texas. Dee Ellis, DVM MPA and Texas state veterinarian, outlined the evolution of the program during a Trichomoniasis Forum hosted this week by the National Institute for Animal Agriculture (NIAA) and the U.S. Animal Health Association (USAHA). Read more…

Japan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership: All in or out?


Source: RollCall

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman will give congressional lawmakers an update on the Obama administration’s trade agenda Thursday, including its efforts to close out Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations. While that agreement should be concluded in the coming months, U.S. agricultural groups are concerned that it may fall short of the comprehensive deal they had hoped for. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, April 1, 2014



Moving westward in Texas, conditions continued to deteriorate as short- and long-term precipitation deficits and declining reservoir levels raised concern. According to Water Data for Texas, San Angelo Area reservoirs are currently 7.9 percent full while the Panhandle Planning Region reservoirs are currently 1.7 percent full. Read more…

Cattle Raisers Convention, Expo and School for Successful Ranching begins Friday

TSCRA is in San Antonio getting ready for the 2014 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center! Vendors are hard at work setting up for the Expo and association leaders are in attendance to prepare for tomorrow morning’s kickoff of meetings and activities. The School for Successful Ranching begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Expo opens at noon.

USDA announces $20 million effort to reduce damage caused by feral swine

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Undersecretary for USDA’s Marketing and Regulatory Programs Edward Avalos announced today that USDA is kicking off a national effort to reduce the devastating damage caused by feral, or free ranging, swine.  The $20 million program aims to help states deal with a rapidly expanding population of invasive wild swine that causes $1.5 billion in annual damage and control costs.

“Feral swine are one of the most destructive invaders a state can have,” said Avalos. “They have expanded their range from 17 to 39 states in the last 30 years and cause damage to crops, kill young Read more…

TWDB launches interactive 2012 State Water Plan website


As part of The Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) ongoing efforts to promote awareness about water shortages and create transparency, a new interactive website based on the 2012 State Water Plan has been unveiled. This first-of-its-kind online application makes it easy to get details about water shortages. Read more…

Two more countries lift BSE-related ban on US beef


Source: BEEF Magazine

U.S. beef exports gain access to the promising protein markets of Ecuador and Sri Lanka, but China, Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Morocco, Israel, South Africa and Saudi Arabia still retain BSE-related closures. Read more…