Anthrax confirmed in Uvalde County

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The Texas Animal Health Commission has confirmed the first anthrax case for 2015 in a South Texas equine. The affected premises is approximately 25 miles northwest of Uvalde and has been quarantined. Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, a naturally occurring organism with worldwide distribution, including certain parts of Texas. It is not uncommon for anthrax to be diagnosed in the southwestern part of the state, especially in hotter months. A vaccine is available for use in susceptible livestock in high risk areas. Read more…

TDA Market Recap, Aug. 10, 2015

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For the week ending Aug. 8, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $2 lower to $8 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were $1.00 to $4.00 higher regaining part of what was lost last week. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $3.09 to close at $264.34 per cwt and Select Grade gaining $0.85 to close at $230.14 per cwt. Net export sales totaling 5,900 metric tons (MT) for July 24 – July 30 were down six percent from the previous week. Export shipments of 10,500 MT were down 11 percent from the previous week. Shipments primarily went to Japan, South Korea, and Mexico. Read more…

The Browning Blog: Good News, Bad News - You Decide

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In the Aug. 10 edition of the Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses NOAA’s tropical storm and hurricane forecast and what this means for fall rain in Texas. Read more…

Kerry confident of concluding TPP pact this year

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed confidence on Friday that an ambitious Pacific trade pact could be completed this year and said a recent nuclear deal with Iran proved hurdles in international agreements could be overcome. Kerry said many challenges remained in thrashing out a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), particularly on issues of autos and dairy, but the United States would do everything in its power to make it happen. Read more at Reuters

7 ways to win the war against cattle flies

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Face flies and horn flies are a constant irritation to your cattle. Here are 7 of the weapons available in your battery of tools to keep the flies at bay. Read more at BEEF magazine…

Cow-Calf Corner: Preg check and cull open replacement heifers; Feeder prices and fall grazing prospects

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In the Aug. 10 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Glenn Selk talks about identifying those sub-fertile females your herd and Derrell Peel discusses feeder prices and the fall grazing outlook. Read more…

WTO hearings on US-COOL arbitrations opened to the public

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The WTO dispute settlement body has scheduled arbitration meetings Sept. 15-16 to establish damages in the dispute regarding the United States’ country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regulations for meat. Canada is seeking authorization for about $2.3 billion in retaliatory tariffs, while Mexico is seeking $653 million. USTR responded to those claims in this recent filing. Read more…

First half results reflect tough business climate for US meat exports

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June export data, released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF), contractor to the beef checkoff program, reflected a challenging first half of 2015 for U.S. beef exports. Beef export volume in June was down 8 percent from a year ago to 213.2 million pounds, while export value fell 9 percent to $578.9 million. This was the second consecutive month that export value fell below last year’s level, resulting in first-half value being steady with 2014’s pace at $3.26 billion. First-half volume was down 10 percent to 1.16 billion pounds. Read more…

Weather damage raises tax implications

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Many landowners in Oklahoma and Texas have experienced varying degrees of damage from weather events this spring and summer. Destruction has come in many ways. Winds have damaged or demolished buildings. Flooding has flattened fences by piling up debris. Rock and gravel on internal roads have disappeared while ruts remained due to travel during wet conditions. Landowners making repairs and rebuilding will incur cost. How will these be reported on the 2015 tax return? Read more at The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Ag News and Views

State rolls out strict CWD regs for Texas deer breeders

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Texas deer breeders could soon face a series of strict regulations to control chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD, a neurological illness that prompts deer to stop eating, was found in a herd at a Medina County ranch. And deer ranchers are actually welcoming the rules, hoping they will then be able to see their prize bucks to deer leases before the hunting season begins. Read more and listen to the story at TPR.org…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 4, 2015

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Many areas have seen less than half their normal rainfall over the past 2 months and less than 10 percent of their normal rains over the past 30 days. The quick-hitting, flashy nature of this developing drought across the region bears watching, given the time of year and the fact that the shorter-term forecasts don’t appear overly promising. Things can go downhill in a hurry this time of year and El Niño’s chokehold on tropical storm activity to date is only enhancing the dry signal. Of course, that same pesky culprit, El Niño, may well be the one that comes to the rescue this fall and winter given the stronger likelihood of a cooler and wetter winter across the Gulf Coast region. Read more…

Arkansas cattle thief sentenced to 10 years in prison

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Levi Boyd, 36, of Camden, Ark., was sentenced to 10 years in prison Aug. 5 after he was found guilty on charges of stealing approximately 70 head of cattle and ranching equipment across Texas and Arkansas. Boyd was also ordered to pay restitution of $11,158.35 to the victim and $17,546.65 to a cattle auction’s insurance company. TSCRA Special Rangers Toney Hurley, Brent Mast, Hal Dumas, Marvin Wills and Larry Hand were involved in the investigation. Read more…

TDA announces $306,440 in grants to help young farmers and ranchers

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Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has announced grant awards for 33 young farmers and ranchers totaling $306,440 through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s (TDA) Young Farmer Grant Program. The announcement comes as part of a larger effort to promote and sustain Texas’ position as an agricultural powerhouse, as well as support younger agricultural producers. Read more…

How the Washington Post got it wrong on cow burps and greenhouse gases

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A recent article featured in the Washington Post suggests that cattle burps are the main contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. However, the figures don’t add up. Read more at BEEF magazine

Manage for minerals

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No matter the size, scenario or production system of your operation, the boost to herd health and  performance that minerals can provide is universal. Don’t overlook the benefits of an effective mineral supplementation strategy. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

It’s what’s for dinner: Easy beef & mushroom noodle bake

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A creamy, beefy comfort food recipe that is sure to please everyone at the table. Read more at txbeef.org…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Theft at Robertson County property

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TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas, Dist. 21 in Texas, reports the theft of a utility vehicle and other equipment from a property in Robertson County. Taken on July 31 was a 2010 Kawasaki Mule 4×4, a Kobalt brand air compressor, a Poulan 16-inch chain saw and 18-inch bolt cutters. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.  

Shade options for open lots

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Heat stress in cattle due to elevated temperature and humidity in the summer months is documented to reduce productivity in dairy cattle. In beef production the losses of production have been slight or imperceptible to most studies. However as stewards of our animals this article will provide you with some points to consider if you would like to develop shaded areas in pens to improve comfort and promote the highest production possible in your animals. Read more at iGrow.org…

Watch for cyanobacterial poisoning in livestock

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Livestock producers need to watch for blue-green algae because it is toxic to animals, livestock experts warn. Hot, dry, calm days common late in summer are the perfect breeding ground for the production of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae. The algae often occurs in stagnant ponds or dugouts, forming large colonies that appear as scum on or just below the water’s surface. Some species of cyanobacteria can be toxic to livestock and wildlife. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

Texas crop, weather, for Aug. 4, 2015

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Cotton in the Texas South Plains and Rolling Plains typically remained two to four weeks behind in development, but current weather patterns are helping. Temperatures in the South Plains and Lubbock area have typically been reaching the high 90s, with nighttime lows in the 70s, which was perfect cotton growing weather. And the same wet conditions earlier in the year that delayed planting, along with some July rains, made for some favorable moisture conditions. Read more…

Make Your Reservations Now for TSCRA's Policy Conference

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TSCRA’s Policy Conference is slated for Wednesday, Sept. 23, to Friday, Sept. 25, at the Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio. This informative event offers a broad range of sessions highlighting the intersection between ranching and public policy. Topics will include private property rights, water rights, animal health issues, the latest university research, and much more. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 13 calves missing from Cheyenne, Roger Mills County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston, District 2, western Oklahoma and Texas Panhandle, reports that 13 crossbred and Hereford calves have gone missing, as of July 23, from a property at Cheyenne, Okla., in Roger Mills County. There was no sign of forced entry to the property. The calves were being weaned in pens next to a county road. If you have information regarding these calves, please call Special Ranger Eggleston at 806-852-4741.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 12 cows taken from northern Brazoria County property

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TSCRA Special Ranger Tommy Charbula, District 24, Gulf Coast area, reports 12 Brangus and mixed color cows went missing from a property at Rosharon in northern Brazoria County after July 18. The thief or thieves cut the lock on the entry gate and removed the chain to enter the property. The cattle are branded with a KS on the left hip or a Circle K on the right shoulder. If you have information regarding these missing cows, please contact Special Ranger Charbula at 361-782-5209.

Report: U.S. cow herd to grow by more than 3 million head

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The U.S. cow-calf industry will grow by over 3 million head in the next four to six years, according to a report released Monday by Rabobank, an agribusiness research firm that monitors and evaluates global agricultural markets. By Whitney Forman-Cook, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.  Read More at Agri-Pulse.com…

TDA Market Recap August 3, 2015

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For the week ending Aug. 1, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $10 lower to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were $2 to $10 lower following the weakness that began at the end of last week. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $2.55 to close at $233.25 per cwt and Select Grade gaining $1.06 to close at $229.29 per cwt. Net export sales totaling 6,200 metric tons (MT) for July 17 – July 23 were down 39 percent from the previous week. Export shipments of 11,700 MT were down eight percent from the previous week. Shipments primarily went to Japan, South Korea and Mexico. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddle and breast collar stolen in SE OK, Cow stolen in NE OK

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in southeastern Oklahoma, reports the theft of a saddle and breast collar during a rodeo Saturday, July 31, in Idabel in McCurtain County, and TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in northwestern Oklahoma, reports the Aug. 1 theft of a red roan shorhorn cow from a property near Talala in Washington County. Read more…

Come see us at the Beef Cattle Short Course

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If you’re in College Station to attend Texas A&M University’s Beef Cattle Short Course, stop by the TSCRA booth in the trade show and say hello and take a look at our association merchandise for sale. We’ve also provided this schedule of events to help you keep track of activities and sessions. Read more…

USMEF: Access to China key to key factor in maintaining meat export growth

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The U.S. red meat industry has achieved outstanding export growth in recent years, enhancing profitability for all members of the supply chain. In 2014, both beef exports ($7.13 billion) and pork exports ($6.67 billion) shattered previous records for export value. Beef exports have steadily increased in value in each of the 11 years since global markets began to reopen after the first U.S. case of BSE. For pork, export value has increased in 15 of the past 20 years. Phil Seng, president of the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) discusses the future red meat exports and how China will play a big part in market growth. Read more…

Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD)  final rule released

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on Monday, June 2, the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) final rule, an important piece of the agency’s overall strategy to promote the judicious use of antimicrobials in food-producing animals. This strategy will bring the use of these drugs under veterinary supervision so that they are used only when necessary for assuring animal health. The VFD final rule outlines the process for authorizing use of VFD drugs (animal drugs intended for use in or on animal feed that require the supervision of a licensed veterinarian) and provides veterinarians in all states with a framework for authorizing the use of medically important antimicrobials in feed when needed for specific animal health purposes. Read more at FDA..

Cow-Calf Corner: Beef herd expansion: how fast and how much; Time of day of harvest and impact on nitrate concentration

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In the Aug. 3 edition of Cpw=Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrel Peel talks herd expansion, and Glenn Selk discusses how the time of harvest can affect nitrate concentrations in forage. Read more…

Friday is last chance to get Texas Ranch Roundup passes!

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TSCRA has teamed up with the Texas Ranch Roundup to offer TSCRA members 2 free trade show passes during the event in Wichita Falls Aug. 14-15. This is a $20 value – Friday is the last day to reserve your passes! Don’t miss the TSCRA booth along with a great trade show, entertainment, a ranch rodeo and more. Click here for more information.

Lawmakers could delay beef imports for ‘years,’ White House says

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Imports of beef from Brazil and Argentina could be blocked for years by requirements that lawmakers are trying to impose on the Agriculture Department, the White House says. Read more at Agri-Pulse…

More states request delay of WOTUS rule

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South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley joined with 30 other states in requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delay the effective date of the new rule defining “Waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act. The rule is currently set to go into effect on Aug. 28. The states request the rule not be implemented for a period of at least nine months in order to give the courts time to review the legal challenges to the rule. Across the country, this new rule is being challenged in at least 10 separate complaints filed by 72 plaintiffs in 8 federal district courts. Read more at USAgNet

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 28, 2015

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Hot and dry weather continued across parts of eastern and southern Texas, increasing evaporation and the risk of wildfires. July 27 USDA NASS reports indicated rapid drying of topsoil and subsoil moisture in eastern and southern Texas and the Trans-Pecos. D0 was expanded across parts of eastern Texas, spots of D0 were added in southern Texas, and an oval of D1 introduced in northeast Texas. Read more…

Time running out to enter The Cattleman Now contest

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Time is running out to enter for your chance to win a pair of boots made by the Anderson Bean Boot Company. All you need to do is get a friend to take a picture of you with The Cattleman Now smartphone app on your phone. Post the picture with the #CattlemanNow hashtag on TSCRA’s Facebook , Instagram or Twitter or email to thecattleman@tscra.org. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win. This contest ends  Friday, July 31 and the winners will be announced Aug. 3, so be sure to post your picture to TSCRA’s social media outlets or email us before the deadline ends!

Arrest in Osage County cattle thefts

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Cody J. Porter, 29, of Sperry, Okla., was arrested on charges of possession of stolen cattle after an investigation led to the discovery of animals on his property matching the description of calves missing from multiple area ranches. He was arraigned in the Osage County District Court on charges of four counts of knowingly concealing stolen property and his bond was set at $50,000. Read more…

New special ranger for West Texas area

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TSCRA has named David Duncan, Fort Davis, as special ranger for District 18 in West Texas. Duncan has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. Most recently, he worked as a TxDPS Texas Ranger as a staff lieutenant where he supervised Joint Operations and Intelligence Centers in Marfa, Del Rio and El Paso. As a Texas Ranger, he also worked with state and local law enforcement agencies on border enforcement efforts. Additionally, Duncan has experience as a city police officer, sheriff’s deputy, highway patrolman and an auto theft investigator. Duncan replaces TSCRA Special Ranger Mike Barr, who moved to District 26. Read more…

TAHC reports a rise in cases of EEE

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) recently received confirmation of Texas horses testing positive for eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). To date, there are a total of 5 confirmed cases in Newton, Orange, Liberty, Jasper and Jefferson counties. Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) is a mosquito-borne viral disease that can affect all equine species. Infected horses may suddenly die or show progressive central nervous system disorders. Symptoms may include unsteadiness, erratic behavior and a marked loss of coordination. The death rate for animals infected with EEE is 75-100 percent. Owners are reminded to vaccinate against mosquito-borne illnesses such as EEE. Read more…

Meat labeling legislation sparks fear of retaliation against US

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Industry groups and top U.S. trading partners are pushing back against legislation to redesign an Agriculture Department meat-labeling rule found to violate international standards, arguing the regulations should be scrapped altogether. Read more at The Hill…

It's what's for dinner: Reuben bites

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Short on time? No worries! Check out this quick recipe using corned beef from the deli. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…