TAHC responds to statewide animal issues due to severe weather

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TAHC response to statewide animal issues due to severe weather In response to record breaking weather events across Texas, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has been actively engaged with local communities impacted by recent floods and tornadoes. Read more…

This Texas drought is over, but what about the next?

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State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon discusses recent rain, the remission of drought across most of Texas, and what this could mean for future  water planning. Read more at TribTalk…

TDA Market Recap, June 8, 2015

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For the week ending June 6, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $2 lower to $10 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly steady to $2 higher, with instances of $4 to $7 higher. Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $10.34 to close at $244.65 per cwt and Select Grade losing $6.26 to close at $237.57 per cwt. Net export sales for May 22-28 were down 44 percent from the previous week. Export shipments were up seven percent from the previous week, and shipments primarily went to Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea. Read more…

Summer Meeting registration extended to June 19

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TSCRA will host this year’s summer meeting at the Moody Gardens in Galveston June 25-27. Bring the family and enjoy all the island has to offer. The schedule has been modified to allow attendees to enjoy their time on the island and fish, play golf, or enjoy the beach. The deadline to take advantage of pre-registration prices has been extended until June 19, so save your spot today!  Read more…

Canada, Mexico announce COOL retaliation figures

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In a joint statement, the governments of Canada and Mexico announced they will seek a combined $3.6 billion in retaliatory tariffs against U.S. goods. And they plan to move quickly, saying they will ask the WTO for a special Dispute Settlement Body meeting on June 17 to consider the request. Read more at BEEF Magazine…

Farm Service Agency county committee nomination period begins June 15

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on June 15, 2015. To be eligible to serve on a FSA county committee, a person must participate or cooperate in an agency administered program, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and reside in the local administrative area where they are nominated. Farmers and ranchers may nominate themselves or others. Read more…

The water that goes into raising beef isn’t just “used up” – find out where it goes

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Lately there has been a lot of talk about water and agriculture, specifically related to the California drought. Often missing from these conversations is the reality that farmers and ranchers have been working for generations to conserve water resources every day, not just in recent years, with the understanding that water is a precious resource. Read more at FactsAboutBeef.com…

Cow-Calf Corner: Latest meat trade data encouraging; What to do with the bull after breeding season?

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In the June 18 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel talks mostly positive meat trade data and Glenn Selk discusses what to do with the bull after he’s done his job. Read more…

Plan ahead if transporting livestock to other states this summer

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Due to horses in a couple of South Texas counties testing positive for vesicular stomatitis (VS), anyone wishing to transport susceptible species into other states is urged to check ahead to see what they require to get Texas livestock, horses and some wildlife into their state. Regulations vary widely, so you are encouraged to visit other state permit sections before contacting a vet to get a CVI on VS-affected species. Read more…

North Richland Hills man arrested on charges of cattle theft

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A North Richland Hills man turned himself into authorities May 4 and was charged with third degree felony theft of livestock and second degree felony theft of livestock from the elderly in a case involving 144 head of cattle stolen from 2 North Texas ranchers. TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw led the investigation with assistance from Special Ranger Wayne Goodman and Texas Game Warden Chris Dowdy. Read more…

Horse owners encouraged to consult a veterinarian about vaccinations

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With the recent rain and flooding across the state, mosquito activity is expected to increase. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials encourage equine owners to consult with their private veterinary practitioner regarding vaccinating their horses against mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Western Equine Encephalitis, Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis, and West Nile Virus. Read more…

USDA announces final environmental impact statement on feral swine damage management program

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is announcing the availability of a final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the APHIS Feral Swine Damage Management Program. As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), APHIS published a draft EIS in December 2014 that examined five alternatives before the agency. Of the alternatives examined, APHIS is required by NEPA to identify the alternative—known as the “preferred alternative”—that best meets the purpose and need for the EIS. Following the close of a 45-day comment period on the draft EIS, APHIS thoroughly reviewed and analyzed the comments received. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, June 5, 2015

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May 2015 was the wettest month ever in Texas, with 8.81 inches, and Oklahoma with 14.27 inches, incredibly ending the region’s long-term drought within 4-6 weeks and causing widespread flooding. Read more…

Texas songwriter Max Stalling to perform at TSCRA Summer Meeting

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Texas-based songwriter Max Stalling will be performing at the Cattle Raisers Dinner, held on the evening of Friday, June 26 at the Galveston Yacht Basin during the TSCRA Summer Meeting. Originally from Crystal City, Texas, Stalling is well-known on the Texas music scene for his prolific songwriting and performing all across Texas. Stalling creates a dynamic live show that is smart, charming and as listenable as it is danceable. Tickets to the Cattle Raisers Dance may be purchased separately or part of a registration package at www.tscra.org/summermeeting.

More counties added to disaster declaration

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As of June 3,  the following 24 counties were added to Texas’ disaster declaration: Atascosa, Austin, Baylor, Brazoria, Brazos, Calhoun, Chambers, Comanche, Dallas-Garland, Erath, Fort Bend, Jack, Lee, Lubbock – Shallowater, Nacogdoches, Palo Pinto, Polk, Robertson, San Augustine, Shelby, Somervell, Starr – Rio Grande City, Tarrant-Mansfield and Trinity. Read more at gov.Texas.gov…

Recent rains bring more than floods: Watch for snakes

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Our recent abundance of rain has all sorts of critters looking for higher ground, including snakes. Health officials are reminding people to be extra vigilant this summer to avoid being bitten. Read more at The Fort Worth Star-Telegram via San Antonio Express-News

Think weed control now

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Remove a pound of weeds from your pasture and in most cases you’ve just added a pound of forage. That’s the best argument for doing away with pasture weeds you’ll ever hear. Read more at DTN | Progressive Farmer

It’s what’s for dinner:  Beef and spinach breakfast sandwich

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A great way to use leftover steak or roast. This recipe combines beef, egg and spinach on a thin sandwich roll. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Flood zone lost and found livestock information

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TSCRA’s Law Enforcement Department has developed an easy system to assist ranchers and landowners locate lost livestock or to help find the owners of found livestock displaced or killed by flooding. This resource is only available for the areas recently affected by flood and will not cover cases of theft or criminal activity. If you were affected by flood and are missing or have found live or deceased livestock, click here to fill out the online form with as much detail as possible. The compiled information will remain private and will only be used by TSCRA Special Rangers and law enforcement officials to assist in the location of missing and identification of found cattle and horses.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Tractor, travel trailer and ranch equipment stolen in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Oklahoma, reports the theft of a tractor, a motor home, metal hay ring and rotary mower in Delaware County. Some time between April 18 and May 10 a thief or thieves entered the property near Ketchum to steal a 2008 Kioti CK30 4-wheel drive orange tractor with a front loader, Serial no. 70117060; a white with brown stripes 1975 Ford F350 Roll-A-Long motor home with a brown cab, Vin no. E37AHW42160; one red Atwoods brand 3-piece metal hay ring; and a red 4-foot BrushHog-type rotary mower. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Limited space available! Today is the last day to get special hotel rates for Summer Meeting

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If you plan to attend TSCRA’s Summer Meeting in Galveston June 25-27, a block of rooms has been reserved at Moody Gardens Hotel. The rate is $189 per night and includes complimentary wireless internet access in all guest and meeting rooms. Reservation cutoff is June 3, 2015. The Moody Gardens Hotel is sold out for Friday night, but rooms should open up on a space-available basis. If you need a room for Friday evening, contact registration@tscra.org for more information. Read more…

Does your ranch business use social media?

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Please take a few minutes to help 2 Texas A&M University masters students by taking this survey on how you use social media in your ranching operation. Even if you don’t use social media, your input is valuable. All answers will be kept confidential. Thank you for your help. Take survey…

Texas crop, weather, for June 3, 2015

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Despite some yellowing from overly wet conditions, most of the corn in the Coastal Bend area will probably recover. But it’s difficult to make broad generalizations about the crop because earlier wet weather delayed planting and fields are in various stages of maturity, said Dr. Ronnie Schnell, AgriLife Extension state cropping systems specialist, College Station. Younger plants can be more severely affected by standing water, particularly if the plant’s growing point is submerged, he said. In these cases, there will likely be stand loss. More mature corn can tolerate saturated soils better. Read more…

USDA offers  farmers and ranchers immediate disaster assistance

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U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales and Oklahoma FSA Executive Director Francie Tolle reminds farmers and ranchers of federal farm program benefits that may be available to help eligible producers recover from recent heavy rains and flooding. Read more…

Texas attorney general warns flood victims about scammers

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton held a press conference on Wednesday, June 2 with officials from Hays County to raise awareness on the issue of scams and possible price gouging following disasters. He also visited several emergency and volunteer centers in San Marcos and Wimberley to survey the damage in wake of the floods that devastated the area. Read more…

EPA proposes RFS targets

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The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday, May 29, proposed what the agency called an “ambitious yet responsible” plan for volume requirements under the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) for years 2014, 2015 and 2016, and for biomass-based diesel for 2017. The proposed targets are higher than a 2014 proposal for volume targets but remain lower the levels Congress originally intended in 2007. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

FDA issues Veterinary Feed Directive final rule

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced on 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.gov…

TDA Market Recap, June 1, 2015

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For the week ending May 30, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $3 lower to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were steady to $4 higher. Wholesale beef values were higher, with Choice Grade losing $6.08 to close at $254.99 per cwt and Select Grade losing $5.37 to close at $243.83 per cwt. Net export sales for May 15-24 were up 11 percent from the previous week. Export shipments were down three percent from the previous week, and shipments primarily went to Japan, Mexico and South Korea. Read more…

Housing cutoff for Galveston Summer Meeting is Wednesday

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If you plan to attend TSCRA’s Summer Meeting in Galveston June 25-27, a block of rooms has been reserved at Moody Gardens Hotel. The rate is $189 per night and includes complimentary wireless internet access in all guest rooms and meeting rooms. Reservation cutoff is June 3, 2015. To reserve a room, please call 888-388-8484 and ask for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association room block. You may also go online to www.moodygardenshotel.com and use group code “cattle” to receive the discounted rate. The cutoff to get this rate is Wednesday, June 3. Read more…  

TSCRA Ranch Gathering held in Brownwood

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Around 150 cattle raisers and landowners attended a ranch gathering in Brownwood on Tuesday, May 26. Attendees heard from speakers and enjoyed a delicious beef dinner. Read more…

Presidential disaster declaration granted for Texas counties

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On Friday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott requested a Presidential Disaster Declaration for Texas counties due to damage sustained from the severe weather, tornadoes and flooding. On Saturday the president granted the request for funds that will aid Texas counties as they continue to recover and rebuild. Read more at gov.texas.gov…

USDA sneaks beef import approvals from Brazil and Argentina

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The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) transmitted to the White House Office of Management and Budget over a federal holiday weekend 2 major final rules that would open up imports of fresh beef products from Brazil and Argentina. These final rules were sent to OMB on Friday, May 22 but not posted on its website until Saturday, May 23. Farm and Ranch Guide

OIE cuts six European countries’ BSE risk level

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The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) said on Wednesday it had lowered to the safest level the official risk of 6 countries for mad cow disease, a move expected to open international market access for their beef exports. These countries are France, Ireland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Cyprus and the Lichtenstein. Read more at Reuters…

Cow-Calf Corner: Drought reset in the Southern Plains; Wet pastures and foot rot

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In the June 1 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel discusses how spring rain is affecting herd rebuilding and expansion and Glenn Selk talks wet pastures and foot rot. Read more…

Residents in flood-affected areas asked not to burn brush piles

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Landowners along the Blanco, San Marcos and Guadalupe rivers below Wimberley are asked to search their property for debris piles. Debris from the flooding is being found more than 50 miles downstream of Wimberley. They are asked to not tear apart, remove or burn the piles until all of the remains are accounted for and the recovery efforts are concluded.  If something of interest is found, please contact law enforcement officials. Read more and watch the video at KXAN…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in far South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Steve Martin, Dist. 30 in far South Texas, reports 3 cattle missing from a property in Brooks County. Missing are 3 black Brangus heifers, one with a motley face. All the cows are possibly early-bred, have a brand of a connected AW high on the right hip, a double bit in the right ear and white ear tags. If you have any information regarding these cattle, please call Special Ranger Martin at 361-358-8851.

Gov. Abbott adds 24 counties to disaster declaration

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Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 24 additional counties Friday, May 29, bringing the total number of counties under Texas’ state disaster declaration to 70. The counties added to the declaration are: Angelina, Burleson, Cherokee, Edwards, Ellis, Fayette, Gillespie, Kaufman, Lamar, Liberty, Leon, Lynn, Madison, Milam, Real, Refugio, Rusk, Sabine, Travis, Tyler, Uvalde, Victoria, Waller and Wharton. Additional counties may be added as the situation develops. Read more…

Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans of resources available for disaster relief

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With the governor’s office adding dozens of counties to its disaster declaration due to recent severe weather events, Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans about resources available to help those affected recover from the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding. Read more…

AgriLife Extension experts: Texans should expect mosquito population explosion

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Anticipating a significant increase in the state’s mosquito population, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologists are offering tips on how Texans can help slow mosquito breeding in backyards and protect from being bitten Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, May 26, 2015

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An extraordinarily active weather pattern led to flood intensification across the central and southern Plains, culminating in a Memorial Day weekend deluge. The latest round of heavy rain pushed Oklahoma to its wettest month on record, based on preliminary data, supplanting October 1941. Read more…