NCBA applauds tax code


Recently, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 636 America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015. This bill, sponsored by Rep. Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio, will make permanent the $500,000 expensing levels for small businesses under Section 179 of the tax code. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Philip Ellis said permanency to the tax code is critical for cattlemen in order to make necessary purchasing decisions and informed business decisions. The passage of this bill allows farmers and ranchers to write off capital expenditures in the year that purchases are made rather than depreciate them over time. Read more at High Plains Journal…

EU countries may gain approval on US beef


The U.K., the Netherlands and Lithuania may be the next European Union countries to win access to the U.S. beef market, EU Agriculture Commissioner Phil Hogan said as he prepared for four days of talks in Washington. The U.S. and the EU are trying to push ahead with the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership to cut tariffs, reduce regulatory barriers and expand the world’s biggest economic relationship. Two rounds of talks are planned between now and August in a bid to speed up negotiations that have been slowed by concerns related to financial services, investor- protection clauses and transparency. Read more at AgWeb…

Hay storage options

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There are several management considerations regarding hay storage and reducing feed loss, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialists. Read more…

Dealing with prolapses


Around calving time, prolapses in cows and heifers can be major health issues. Some cases may even be life threatening. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

AQHA welcomes new executive vice president


The American Quarter Horse Association is pleased to announce that Craig Huffhines, currently executive vice president of the American Hereford Association, has been selected to assume the executive vice president leadership role for AQHA. Read more…

Duncan Ranch Rodeo crowns champions


The 2015 Duncan Ranch Rodeo was held Feb. 13 and 14 in Duncan, Okla. Twenty-four teams from Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri competed for cash prizes and merchandise. Read more…

FAA releases draft rules for commercial use of UAVs

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The U.S. aviation regulator proposed rules for commercial drone flights that would lift some restrictions but would still bar activities such as the delivery of packages and inspection of pipelines that have been eyed by companies as a potentially breakthrough use of the technology. Reuters reports that the long-awaited draft rules from the Federal Aviation Administration would require unmanned aircraft pilots to obtain special pilot certificates, stay away from bystanders and fly only during the day. They limit flying speed to 100 miles per hour (160 kph) and the altitude to 500 feet above ground level. Read more at USAgNet…

West Coast ports dispute drags on; labor secretary to intervene


A partial shutdown of 29 U.S. West Coast ports stretched into a third day on Monday ahead of the U.S. labor secretary’s scheduled arrival in San Francisco to try to broker a settlement ending months of disruptions on the cargo-clogged docks. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma February update; Re-warming methods for severely cold-stressed newborn calves

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In the Feb. 17 edition of Cow /Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel gives an update on February weather and markets in Oklahoma and Glenn Selk discusses the best method of warming a severely cold-stressed newborn calf. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Far South Texas Ranch hunting camp looted, OK bull and cow missing


TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in South Texas, reports the looting of a hunting camp near Millett in LaSalle County. A thief or thieves broke into the lodge to steal a Windy Ryon Longhorn saddle with a 15 1/2-inch tree, tan padded seat, fully-stamped square skirts, full double rigging, leather-covered horn with a silver horn cap, tapaderos (toe fenders) on the stirrups and quick change buckles on the stirrup leathers; iHome B22 wireless speakers; a black GE brand freestanding stove model JB630DFBB SKU 1000-0177-966; Frigidaire stackable washer and dryer, model no. CLCE500FW4; 4 gun scabbards; a left-handed Ashley hunting bow, case of arrows, bow release and archery accessories; 6 cases of shotgun shells, gauges 12, 28, 20 and 410; 4 pair of binoculars, Read more…

TSCRA Ranch Rodeo this weekend in Oklahoma


The TSCRA Ranch Rodeo will once again return to Duncan, Okla. this weekend. Twenty-four teams will be competing for cash, custom buckles, spurs and bragging rights. Events will include ranch bronc riding, team branding, team doctoring and wild cow milking. The ranch rodeo and roping will be held in conjunction with the Oklahoma Horse Fair at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center in Duncan. Performances start at 7:00 p.m. and tickets are $8 at the door the night of the event. For full information, please visit

Denver City man pleads guilty to federal offense theft of livestock


A Denver City, Texas, man pleaded guilty Tuesday to a federal offense of theft of livestock after he lied to a federal agent claiming ownership of cattle that were not his. TSCRA  Special Ranger Michael Barr led the investigation. Read more…

Cow thieves beware: Oklahoma is out to punish you


As beef prices hover at record highs, lawmakers in Oklahoma are going to great lengths to combat cattle theft. Bills are in the works  to crack down on the theft of livestock, farm animals and the use of drones by thieves to monitor properties. The Washington Post talked to the head of TSCRA’s Law Enforcement Larry Gray about the often lucrative crime of cattle theft and what is being done to increase penalties for offenders and prevent repeat offenses.  Read more at The Washington Post…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Feb. 10, 2015


During the past week, generally dry conditions prevailed across most of the region with the exception of some light shower activity (less than one inch of accumulation) along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Temperatures across the region were well above normal in the western portions of Texas, while southeastern Texas experienced below-normal temperatures. Read more…

Attend 2015 Young Cattlemen's Conference


TSCRA partners with the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) to see that leadership development for both organizations is successful. That is why TSCRA is committed to sending delegates each year to NCBA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference (YCC). The YCC tour has proven to be an effective vehicle in identifying and developing potential leaders. Applications are due by March 1. Only 2 weeks remain to get yours in! Click here for more information.

TSCRA Cattlemen's Column: Nutritional Value Lacking from Proposed Dietary Guidelines


TSCRA Director and Association Promotion Committee Chair Claudia Scott discusses what taking meat off the shelf when it comes to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans could mean for people of all ages, worldwide.  Read more…

Hays water fight portends battles to come


Hundreds of people packed a community center Tuesday night to demand that state Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, stop a commercial groundwater-pumping project in Hays County. Not that there is much he can do to stop it. But their wrath underscored an issue likely to flare up repeatedly across the state as water supplies dwindle and the population keeps growing. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

American Heart Association certifies extra lean ground beef as part of a heart-healthy diet


The beef checkoff program announced this week that extra lean ground beef — ground beef that is at least 96 percent lean, 4 percent fat — is now certified by the American Heart Association® to display its recognized and respected Heart-Check mark. Retailers now have the opportunity to help identify eight different extra lean beef items as options for part of an overall healthy diet to their shoppers using one of the most trusted nutrition icons on food packaging today. Read more…

Late-gestation heifer nutrition does not affect dystocia


According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, 28 percent of all calf deaths before weaning are due to birth-related problems. Therefore, managing females to calve with minimal difficulty is extremely important. A topic that is often discussed in cattle production is whether or not the level of nutrition given to a pregnant female late in gestation affects birth weight and calving difficulty (dystocia). Many producers worry that providing good nutrition to a pregnant female — especially heifers — increases birth weight of the calf and, subsequently, dystocia. However, providing inadequate nutrition can have long-term effects on pregnancy rates and profitability. This is a topic that has been very well researched over the past several decades. Read more at…

It’s what’s for dinner: One-pot lasagna pasta


Use heart-healthy extra lean ground beef in this lasagna pasta that cooks up in one pot. Read more at…