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US beef sales to Japan may decline on Australia deal


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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 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


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


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

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 closing general session, which featured a keynote speech by the inspiring LaDonna Gatlin.

TSCRA’s 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention will be in Fort Worth, March 27-29.

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LaDonna Gatlin gave an inspiring speech and sang for attendees of the Cattle Raisers Convention’s closing general session on Sunday.


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 them at the Hubbard Livestock Auction in Hill County. Crain was appointed to the case. Wills says she did an excellent job prosecuting the week-long trial which resulted in a guilty verdict and a 15-year sentence to Linville.

“Due to the persistence and timeless hours she spent on this case, Texans saw justice served,” said Wills. “She helped us send a message that cattle theft will not be tolerated in Texas.”

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 Sunset Station for Cattle Raisers Dance, where a dinner was served and entertainment was provided by Jake Hooker and The Outsiders and special guest Adrian Buckaroogirl.

Sunday will be the last day of meetings for the 2013 Cattle Raisers Convention, beginning at 8:00 a.m. With more information sessions, followed by a drought update from Evelyn Browning-Garriss and the Closing General Session featuring keynote speaker LaDonna Gatlin.

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Cattle Raisers Convention attendees heard about eminent domain from a panel of industry leaders.

The Cattleman magazine celebrated its 100th birthday with a reception and cake on Saturday.

The law enforcement department’s silent auction closed at 5:30 p.m. with a crowd of bidders.

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…