Studying how and why parasites affect performance

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It is well documented that infections with internal parasites can reduce weight gains, feed efficiency and reproductive performance in cattle, but just why different parasites have evolved to affect or manipulate their hosts in different ways is unclear. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

TDA Market Recap, Sept. 2, 2014

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For the week ending Aug. 30, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were mixed, from $8 lower to $5 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas direct feeder cattle sales were steady to $4 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were $3 higher. Wholesale beef values were lower. Cattle prices recovered somewhat last week, but remained under pressure from the lower beef values. The limited cattle supplies and continued strong demand should continue to support markets over the longer term. Beef export sales for the week were up 47 percent from the previous week, but down seven percent from the prior four-week average. Exports were up four percent from the previous week, but down two percent from the average. Read more…

Wednesday is last day to get special fall meeting hotel rates

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TSCRA’s 2014 Fall Meeting comes to the Sheraton at the Capitol in Austin Sept. 24-26 to prepare cattle raisers for the upcoming Texas legislative session. The Sheraton has sold out of rooms but the Hilton Austin, 500 East 4th Street, has rooms available for both nights at the same special $179 fall meeting rate. The deadline to receive this special rate is Wednesday, Sept. 3. Read more…

Crime Watch: ATV stolen in South Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Robin Clark, Dist. 28 in far South Texas, reports the theft of an all-terrain vehicle from property in Frio County. Some time between Aug. 24 and 27, a thief or thieves cut locks on both a gate and barn at the property south of Big Foot to steal the green 2011 Polaris Ranger, VIN no. 4XARH45A8BB072071. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Clark at 830-278-5778.

You're invited to a ranch gathering and tour in Ardmore

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TSCRA will host a ranch gathering in Ardmore, Okla., and a tour of the Oswalt Ranch in Marietta, Okla., on Thursday, Sept. 4. The tour will begin at 1:30 p.m. followed by the ranch gathering and dinner at 5:30 p.m. at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation. The tour of the Oswalt Ranch in Marietta will include educational sessions and a tour of the cattle handling facility. Read more…

Gov. Perry renews proclamation extending drought emergency

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Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a proclamation extending drought emergency for specified counties due to the ongoing exceptional drought conditions across the state. The proclamation directs necessary resources be made available to aid response efforts and notes the ongoing strain on water resources. Click here to read the proclamation…

Livestock producers urged to enroll in disaster assistance program by Oct. 1

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging producers who have suffered eligible disaster-related losses to act to secure assistance by Sept. 30, 2014, as congressionally mandated payment reductions will take place for producers who have not acted before that date. Livestock producers that have experienced grazing losses since October 2011 and may be eligible for benefits but have not yet contacted their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office should do so as soon as possible. Read more…

Cow/Calf Corner: Fall forage conditions and cattle production; Reducing the risk of calf scours (Part 2)

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In the Sept. 1 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the fall forage situation and how it will affect cattle production; and Glenn Selk talks calf scours in this follow-up to last week. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Bulls, yearlings missing in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, Dist. 9 in southern Oklahoma, reports 10 head of mix-bred muley yearlings missing from a property in Waurika on July 25. The cattle are different colors, weigh approximately 650 to 750 pounds, each, and have a “C over lazy K” brand on the left hip. If you have any information on these cattle, please call Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-389-6123. TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in eastern Oklahoma also reports a bull missing from a property near Blanco in Pittsburg County some time between Aug. 4 and Aug. 8. The bull is a 5 or 6 year old Angus bull weighing approximately 1800 pounds with a W over a bar brand on the left hip. If you have any information on this bull, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888. Read more…

Big crowds enjoy ranching events Kaufman and Center

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More than 300 attended ranch gatherings in Kaufman and Center this week. During each event, attendees enjoyed a great beef meal and updates on legislative issues and local law enforcement activities. Read more…

Request for educational program ideas and content

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The Cattle Raisers Convention is the largest gathering of ranchers and landowners in the Southwest. TSCRA is accepting proposals for educational programs for the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention. We are looking for fresh content for presentations, but also incorporating different delivery methods for variety and maximum retention of the presented information. Do you have a new idea or presentation format for the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention? Let us know about it! Read more…

Statement from NCBA regarding proposed rule to allow importation of beef from Argentinian region

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The USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register Aug. 28 to allow the importation of beef from a region in Argentina. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President and TSCRA Past President Bob McCan, cattleman from Victoria, Texas, issued a statement reinforcing concern for the safety of U.S. cattle herd. Read more…

Livestock producers invited to important Farm Service Agency meeting in Bryan

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USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) invites livestock producers to attend a meeting to discuss the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) which compensates eligible producers for grazing losses due to qualifying drought retroactive to 2011. The meeting is on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Producers Cooperative in Bryan. The workshop will focus specifically on programs of interest to livestock producers, as well as touch on other farm bill programs. The workshop is free and open to the general public. Read more…

Prospects good for dove season in Texas

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Most folks don’t usually look forward to Mondays, but Texas dove hunters will be making an exception this year. The traditional September 1 dove season opening day in the North and Central Zones falls on Labor Day Monday. Dove hunting this season should be good, according to wildlife biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as both mourning and white-winged dove populations are seeing an increase over last year. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Aug. 26, 2014

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On the map, conditions across parts of Texas continued to deteriorate as below-normal precipitation, high maximum temperatures, reduced soil moisture, and low reservoirs led to expansion of areas of Moderate Drought (D1), Severe Drought (D2), and Extreme Drought (D3) in the North Central and Gulf Coast Plains regions. According to Water Data for Texas, Coastal Bend Area reservoirs are currently 35.3 percent full while the Rio Grande Region Planning Region reservoirs are currently 22.1 percent full. In contrast, the East Texas reservoirs are currently 96.4 percent full. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Livestock helps minimize drop in farm income in 2014

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U.S. farm income is expected to fall 14 percent in 2014, to its lowest level in four years, as expectations for record corn and soybean crops have pushed commodity prices to their lowest in several years, the Agriculture Department said this week.The USDA said net farm income is forecast to be $113 billion in 2014, down from $131 billion in 2013. Read more at The Des Moines Register…

Counties in Texas, New Mexico, designated as primary natural disaster areas

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated El Paso and Kleberg counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to the recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in Brooks, Hudspeth, Jim Wells, Kenedy and Nueces counties in Texas, as well as I Dona Ana and Otero Counties in New Mexico, also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Read more…

“Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches” now available

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has published a new resource for landowners and managers, “Riparian Restoration on Farms and Ranches in Texas.” The new publication can be downloaded for free or purchased at $3 per hard copy through the AgriLife Bookstore. Read more at the Texas Water Resources Institute newsletter Conservation Matters

Cattle producers can add revenue through cost-effective calf management

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A new Farm Assistance study conducted by specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service reveals cattle producers can add significant net cash farm income to their operations on top of already high cattle prices by implementing cost-effective calf management practices. As prices for calves continue to reach historic levels, beef cattle producers could see increased revenue by implementing blackleg vaccinations, castrations and implants, as well as deworming. However, many ranchers do not elect to do so and could be missing significant additions to revenue Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Lean meatball subs

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An easy meatball sub sandwich would make a great lunch or dinner. Read more at txbeef.org…