TDA Market Recap, Aug. 18, 2014

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending Aug. 18, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were mostly steady to $12 lower per hundredweight (cwt), with a few steady to $5 higher on a portion of their offerings. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were $3 to $10 lower. Fed cattle cash prices were nearly $5 lower per cwt on a very light trade volume. Wholesale beef values were $4 to $5 lower. Cattle prices declined amid ongoing concerns about lower demand in the short term. However, they remain at historically high levels, with supportive supply-demand fundamentals over the long term. Beef export sales for the week were down 21 percent from the previous week and down 23 percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments were down six percent from a week earlier, but up two percent from a year ago. Read more…

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Reps. Costa and Crawford prepare for WTO ruling on COOL rule


Reps. Jim Costa, D-Calif., and Rick Crawford, R-Ark., ranking member and chairman of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, respectively, were joined recently by 110 members of Congress in sending a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Michael Froman regarding the impending compliance ruling by the World Trade Organization (WTO) on the U.S. Mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule. Should the WTO rule against the U.S., the members of Congress are requesting the secretary of agriculture rescind the final rule while Congress works to permanently resolve the issue. Read more at High Plains Journal…

Veterans look to farming to grow and heal

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

On the surface, dodging gunfire in the battlefield and tending to animals and crops on a farm may seem like jobs that have little in common, but the reality is the pair are linked by a number of similarities.  Both require leaders who are problem solvers and willing to serve. This transition from the battlefield to the farm field underscores a growing trend in America: as thousands of young military personnel leave the service many are finding themselves drawn to the prospect of jobs on farms and ranches scattered throughout the countryside. USDA data shows that even though rural America makes up 17 percent of the country’s population, it accounts for 44 percent of the men and women who served in the military. Read Read more…

Texas hunting and fishing regulations free mobile app available


Texas Hunting and Fishing Regulations app is now available for free download on iOS and Android platforms, providing sportsmen with mobile access to information they can use in the field and on the water. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Current feeder prices and the economics of stocker production; Fall-calving season begins ahead of schedule

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the Aug. 18 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks feeder prices and stocker production; and Glenn Selk discusses the quick approach of fall calving season. Read more…

El Niño - A Pack of Predictions


El Niño is coming! It’s going to be HUGE! No, it’s dying! No, it’s coming but it will be weak! Evelyn Browning-Garriss, climatologist and author of The Browning Newsletter, discusses the ins and outs of predicting the El Niño weather pattern in this exclusive content for TSCRA members. Read more…

Update on vesicular stomatitis in Texas


The Texas Animal Health Commission has received confirmation of 12 new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Central Texas; One case is in cattle and the remainder in horses. Ten of the new infected premises are in Bastrop County and two in Williamson County. Read more…

Comment period open for revised beef carcass grading system

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is seeking public input on possible revisions to the U.S. Standards for Grades of Carcass Beef to adjust for recent improvements and trends in animal raising and feeding. AMS is also seeking input on a review of beef instrument grading. Read more…

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock


When it comes to handling livestock, observing the little things can make for a more pleasant experience – both for the animal and the livestock, according to Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor and animal scientist. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 12, 2014


Moderate rain was scattered with 0.5 inch or less falling on most of the upper Midwest, the central High Plains, southwestern Oklahoma, and central through northeastern Texas. Read more at…

Local ranching event scheduled Aug. 21 in Palestine


TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Palestine Civic Center in Palestine, Texas. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a beef dinner. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in cattle raising and ranching is welcome to attend. Read more…

EPA, Corps of Engineers hijack Clean Water Act to expand regulatory authority


States could be facing upwards of 100,000 added regulated stream miles as a result of the “Waters of the United States” rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers. While the agencies continue to claim their proposal does not expand the scope of the Clean Water Act, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), Missouri Cattlemen’s Association and Missouri Farm Bureau showcased new interactive maps on Aug. 14, 2014, at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. These maps highlight just how far the proposed rule would expand federal jurisdiction over waters across the country Read more…

Dee Likes steps down after 31 years as CEO of Kansas Livestock Association


The chief executive officer (CEO) and executive vice president of the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) is stepping aside after 31 years in the position. Dee Likes will assume the title of KLA chief executive emeritus on Dec. 31 and will remain employed by KLA in an advisory role to work on future initiatives. Read more at Midwest Producer…

US sets new ground beef procedures to stop E. Coli outbreaks

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday announced new procedures for detecting and removing unsafe ground beef from grocery stores and suppliers as part of efforts to prevent potentially deadly illnesses caused by contaminated meat. The move “will allow the agency to trace contaminated ground beef back to its source more quickly, remove it from commerce, and find the root cause of the incident to prevent it from recurring,” said USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Read more at Reuters…

It's what's for dinner: Mediterranean beef and salad pita


Traditionally Mediterranean ingredients like feta and olives are mixed into a salad in a unique presentation. Read more at…

State Sen. Ken Paxton meets with Cattle Raisers


TSCRA welcomed Texas State Sen. Ken Paxton, Dist. 8, to their headquarters in Fort Worth, Wednesday, for a meeting to discuss issues important to cattle raisers. Topics included the EPA’s proposed rule on “waters of the U.S.,” private property rights, eminent domain and the upcoming state elections. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Disc mower and caddy stolen in Oklahoma


TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of a disc mower and caddy on Aug. 10 or 11 from a property in Mayes County. The 2011 Vermeer is a yellow model 8040 10-foot rotary disc mower, Serial no. 1VR3070Z0A3002044. The caddy is a red single-axle Stoney Point brand with white markings and the owner’s name written on the tongue. If you have any information on this theft, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

New rules proposed on eminent domain process for new pipelines

photo: Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram recently talked to TSCRA President Pete Bonds about pipelines, due process, eminent domain and private property rights The Texas Railroad Commission has proposed a set of rules designed to provide more transparency when a pipeline operator seeks what is known as “common carrier” status: a designation that automatically gives the operator the power of eminent domain to seize land. According to the commission’s general counsel, the proposed rules would create a more developed process that would bring “greater confidence” in the common carrier classification and provide more “certainty for both pipelines and landowners.” The agency is accepting comments on the proposed rules until Aug. 25. Read more at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram…

Abbott reiterates opposition to Red River land grab; Demands real answers


Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has again urged the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to drop its claims to private property along the Red River. A letter dated Aug. 13 seeks specific answers about the exact property the BLM now claims belongs to the federal government, asks the BLM to further explain the legal basis for its claim to private property and highlights the economic harm that the BLM’s actions are imposing on Texas landowners. This is the second letter Abbott has written to the BLM seeking this information. The BLM’s response to the first letter failed to answer substantive legal questions about its claims to private property along the Red River. Read more…