End of an era? Cattle branding may be replaced by ear tags
A way of life for Texas ranchers, practiced for hundreds of years, could be changing in the near future. Traditional branding may soon be phased out in favor of ear tags for Texas' more than 13 million head of cattle. News 8's Jonathan Betz stopped by the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo to learn more.
4-9-11: Record high prices spur cattle thefts
Cattle theft might seem like a relic from the Old West, but in modern East Texas, rural crimes are an increasing problem. Hard economic times coupled with high cattle and scrap metal prices have spurred an increase in stolen cattle and farm equipment thefts, said Larry Hand, special ranger with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association. Longview-News Journal
1-27-11: Groundwater dispute a long-simmering issue
Landowners recognize that locally elected groundwater conservation districts play an important role in helping manage water to ensure it is available for future generations. But there is a big difference between managing how much water is pumped and denying owners the right to access the water beneath their land. - San Antonio Express News | Houston Chronicle
10-24-10: Texas farmers, ranchers worry about erosion of groundwater rights The rule of capture has been just as much a part of Texas lore as cowboys and cattle. Under that concept, landowners have had the right to pump an unlimited amount of water from beneath their land. But some landowners are worried that the courts, legislators or groundwater districts might take that water right away. Fort Worth Star-Telegram
9-20-10: Tax Hikes - Small Biz Death Sentence
In this Fox Business News report, the Dudley family discusses how the increase in taxes would gravely impact the way in which their ranch could make money. John Dudley is a TSCRA past president.
9-24-10: Cattle Rustling on the Rise
Hundreds of crooks are on the loose after rounding up and stealing livestock. Special rangers say cases of cattle rustling are on the rise in Oklahoma. They say the thieves are only making more work for the hard working. KOKH Fox 25
9-8-10: Authorities Catch Modern-Day Cattle Rustler
Oklahoma lawmen tell us they've nabbed a modern-day cattle rustler. After a months of searching for their thief, a lucky traffic stop provided their big break. A McClain County deputy pulled over a truck and trailer for a simple violation. That's when he realized it matched the description of suspects they were after. He asked to search the driver's truck and found receipts from livestock sale barns across the state. TSCRA Special Ranger Austin Green had been going to sale barns across the state to track down the thief; a man they believe has been sneaking on Oklahoma farms in the dark of night and stealing livestock.
8-2-10: Cattle Rustling on the Rise
Prices for livestock at auction are the best ranchers have seen since the drought ended. However, a bull market has caused a spike in the number of cattle thefts. TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutcheson and TSCRA Market Inspector Nina Nygard talk about the rise in theft.
7-21-10: Texas gets tough on cattle rustling
KDFW's Richard Ray reports that cattle thefts are on the rise, so the state is imposing longer prison sentences on repeat offenders. Investigators are betting the thieves will eventually get the message.
Texas Ranchers Leathers and Brown on Rural Route Radio Show
TSCRA Director Joe Leathers, Guthrie, and Agriculture Research committee member Donnell Brown, Throckmorton, discuss the importance of informing the general public how ranchers are on the forefront of land and natural resource stewardship.
1-14-11:Texas Tribune - Bill Renews Debate over Groundwater Rights
Upping the stakes in a long-running debate over groundwater and property rights, State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, filed a bill the week of 1-14-11 that would give Texas landowners ownership of the groundwater beneath their property. As Erika Aguilar of KUT News reports, the filing comes as the Texas Supreme Court considers a similar issue.
Special Ranger Roland Garcia talks about his Rio Grande livestock rescue mission
AllAgAllDay's Tony St. James speaks with TSCRA Special Ranger Roland Garcia about his rescue mission to save cattle stranded by floods in the Rio Grade valley. Click here to download (mp3 audio file 2.2 MB)
"Down on the Farm" radio show speaks with Roland Garcia about his Rio Grande rescue mission
In this segment from the "Down On The Farm" radio show, Larry Marble speaks with TSCRA Special Ranger Roland Garcia about his rescue mission to save cattle stranded by floods in the Rio Grade valley. Click here to download (mp3 audio file 1.7 MB).
Jason Skaggs talks water law with Larry Marble on "Down On The Farm" radio show
TSCRA's Jason Skaggs talks about surface and groundwater rights and legislation. Click here to download (mp3 audio file 1.23 MB)
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