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How to create a login for TSCRA’s Member Center

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If you’re interested in downloading one of our free apps, need information on member discounts or want to get free tickets to the Western Heritage Classic, all you’ll need to access exclusive association information is a TSCRA membership and a Member Center login. If you haven’t created a login yet, or it’s been a while, it’s easy to do and free!

Step 1: go to http://member.tscra.org

Step 2: Click on “Create New Login” from the blue menu

Step 3: Click on “New User Registration” to register

Step 4: Fill out information and click “Submit.” Note: It may take up to 48 hours for your login to become active.

Check Out Your Checkoff: Beef for Breakfast

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Viewers in Tyler and Beaumont recently learned beef isn’t just for dinner anymore. Through Texas Beef Council’s (TBC) monthly television cooking segments, consumers are given ideas for incorporating beef into a healthy, filling breakfast. The beefy sweet potato hash recipe was demonstrated using leftover pot roast to make a nutritious breakfast that can be enjoyed on the go. Lean beef is an excellent source of protein and is packed with other nutrients that will power you up for the day. The recipe speaks to the checkoff’s target audience of the older millennial parent — born between the early 1980s and the early 2000s — by providing a quick and easy option for the most important meal of the day. Viewers learned that research has shown that eating 25-30g of protein in the morning will help lower caloric intake throughout the day and will prevent snacking. Throughout the year cooking segments appear on leading television stations in 10 Texas markets. Content from the segments are also utilized online in efforts to extend the checkoff’s reach.

Japan may cut US beef tariffs in crucial trade talks

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Source: Reuters

Japan is considering slashing tariffs on U.S. beef imports to less than 10 percent from the current 38.5 percent in negotiations aimed at laying the ground for a broad Pacific trade pact, the Nikkei business daily said on Thursday. The proposed cut would be much deeper than one negotiated with Australia, which on Monday agreed to a trade deal with Tokyo including a halving of the levy on frozen beef to 19.5 percent. Read more…

Senators question EPA, president told of agency ‘land grab’ on water rule

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Source: DTN Progressive Farmer

A group of U.S. senators Wednesday told President Barack Obama that his administration has not followed the proper channel in developing the proposed Clean Water Act rule. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Pineapple-soy glazed beef steaks

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Source: beefitswhatsfordinner.com

This recipe is great for the grill or broiler. Read more…

Despite supply concerns, red meat exports remain strong in February

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Source: U.S. Meat Export Federation

Buoyed by double-digit export growth to Mexico – the largest volume market for all U.S. red meat exports – U.S. pork and beef exports performed well in February despite growing concerns about tight supplies and rising prices, according to statistics released by the USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).

Beef sales to Mexico in the first two months of 2014 are up 26 percent in volume to 37,638 metric tons (mt) and 40 percent in value ($183 million), while pork exports are 16 percent higher in volume (113,677 mt) and 21 percent in value ($222.3 million).

February beef export volume was down slightly from a year ago to 85,876 mt, reflecting smaller variety meat exports, but value was up 12 percent to $480.3 million. January-February exports were 6 percent higher in volume (183,700 mt) and 14 percent in value ($994.8 million).

“Mexico continues to be an invaluable trading partner for our industry,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO.

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February beef exports equated to 14 percent of total beef production and 11 percent of muscle cut production alone. Export value averaged $277.40 per head of fed slaughter, Read more…

US beef sales to Japan may decline on Australia deal

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Source: Bloomberg

U.S. beef shipments to Japan may drop after the largest Asian buyer agreed with Australia to begin reducing import tariffs as early as next year, Japan’s agriculture ministry said. The deal will give Australia an advantage over the U.S. in a market worth 267 billion yen ($2.6 billion) last year, according to Marubeni Research Institute in Tokyo. American beef exporters could lose as much as 80 percent of their sales in Japan unless the U.S. government reaches a similar agreement, according to the ministry. Read more…

Chinese market to lead global demand for beef

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Source: BEEF Magazine

While the U.S. cattle and beef markets should continue to offer profit opportunities, it’s the actors on the global stage that will set the larger tone for beef prices in 2014. That’s according to a Rabobank report that both looks at market dynamics in the first quarter of 2014 and peers into the future of the global beef trade. Read more…

Beef prices hit all-time high in US

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Source: Los Angeles Times

Extreme weather has thinned the nation’s cattle herds, roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant. Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for April 8, 2014

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Source: AgriLife Today

During the first week of April, parts of the North, East, Central and Rolling Plains regions received from 0.5 inch to 2 inches of rain, according the National Weather Service and reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel.

The rest of the state remained largely dry, receiving from a trace to 0.5 inch, which did little to stop the further encroachment of severe to extreme drought in some areas.

Texas High Plains farmers were using “sand fighters” to create dirt clods and slow wind-blown soil erosion, according to reports from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service.

According to the April 1 U.S. Drought Monitor summary, nearly 67 percent of the state remained in one stage of drought or another.

Though AgriLife Extension county agent reports from all of the Texas High Plains were dismal, those from the Panhandle continued to be the most dire, where the entire region was either under extreme or exceptional drought conditions.

Dale Dunlap, AgriLife Extension agent in Wheeler County, reported that dryland wheat farmers were already bringing in crop insurance adjusters. In some areas, irrigated wheat Read more…

TSCRA members are invited to enjoy the Western Heritage Classic

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TSCRA has teamed up with the Western Heritage Classic to provide TSCRA members with 2 complimentary grounds passes to the event in Abilene good for May 9-10.This is a $34 value!

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TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, equipment and utility vehicle missing in Burnet County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in Central Texas, reports a tractor, equipment and a Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle stolen from a property in Burnet County. Some time between March 8 and 12 a thief or thieves cut a lock on the property north of Bertram to steal a John Deere tractor, model 5303, serial no. PY5303U005947, a John Deere frontend loader and a 6-foot flail mower, unknown brand. Also stolen was a green 2001 Kawasaki Mule utility vehicle, VIN No. JK1AFCE1X2B512114, with 1″x6″ cedar boards for a bed and a cracked hood with bolted repairs.

If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337.

Fifth suspect in Northeast Texas cattle theft ring arrested

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A fifth suspect in Northeast Texas cattle theft ring was arrested Friday on charges of organized criminal activity. The men are accused of participating in a string of cattle thefts in Delta and Fannin counties in March 2014. Charles Damon Williams, 35, of Cooper, was arrested Friday. TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley and Troy McKinney led the investigation.

Previously arrested were Jonathan Jones, 20, of Cooper, on March 24; John Green, 43, of Klondike, on March 26; James Shaffer, 60, Terrell, on April 2; and Terry Wynne, 51, Terrell, on April 2.

On March 18, authorities in Delta County received a call from a neighbor who witnessed a suspicious vehicle and trailer leaving one of the victims’ property. The witness was able to obtain a license plate number, which led authorities to the suspects.

According to Hurley, as many as 26 head of cattle were stolen from five victims in Delta County and 10 head from two victims in Fannin county. Hurley and McKinney were able to recover 32 of 36 head and return them to their proper owners.

“This is a prime example of neighbors looking out for neighbors, which isn’t unusual in the ranching community,” said Hurley. “Because we were able Read more…

Attend ranch gathering in Brady April 17

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering on April 17 in Brady at the Heart of Texas Events Center, 804 San Angelo Highway. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. TSCRA Special Ranger H.D. Brittain will also update attendees on cattle thefts in the area and how they can better protect their livestock and equipment.

Please RSVP to 800-242-7820, ext. 192, or rsvp@tscra.org.

The gathering is sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, Novartis Animal Health and Winters Family Beef. Folks that sign up as a TSCRA member at the gathering will receive a free metal gate sign courtesy of Bayer Animal Health and New Holland.

Texas cattlewoman talks BQA programs

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Source: Drovers CattleNetwork

Sugie Sartwelle is a Cattlemen’s Beef Board (CBB) member, a life-long Texas cattlewoman and a long-time Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) advocate. She always knew there was a BQA program available to producers but her checkoff involvement nine years ago made her even more aware of its value to the cattle industry. Read more…

US cattlemen slam Japan-Australia trade deal

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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

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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 metric tons (MT), up four percent from the previous week, but down six percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments of 12,200 MT were up five percent from the previous week, but down four percent from the average.

Cotton prices were lower for the week, primarily because of lower prices for the cotton China is selling from its reserves and a weak export report. The price decline was limited by ongoing concerns about the dry conditions on the Texas High Plains. Additionally, late in the week, prices got a boost from a report that India’s cotton production will likely Read more…

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

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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 is needed as our industry looks to the future,” said Bonds. “It is an honor to serve as president of TSCRA and I look forward to working with our members to ensure the strength and stability of the Texas cattle industry.”

Bonds operates the Bonds Ranch headquartered in Saginaw. He became a TSCRA director in 1992 and was elected second vice president in 2011.

Thorpe is owner and operator of Mesa T Ranch, headquartered in Winters. Thorpe became a TSCRA director in March 2006.

The newest TSCRA officer is Robert McKnight. McKnight raises registered and commercial Herefords and crossbred cattle on Read more…

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

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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 to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Enrollment also begins on April 15 for producers with losses covered by the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and the Tree Assistance Program (TAP).

LIP provides compensation to eligible livestock producers that have suffered livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather. Eligible livestock includes beef cattle, dairy cattle, bison, poultry, sheep, swine, horses, and other livestock as determined by Read more…

Trich economics

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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…