Unmet market needs offer new business opportunities, but they are not always easy to recognize nor to design a business plan that exploits the possibilities. Dr. Arn Anderson, owner and operator of Cross Timbers Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, correctly identified a market opportunity and put in place a market plan to … Read More

For the week ending Dec. 9, 2017, Texas feeder cattle auctions were uneven, reporting prices mostly lower, with instances of $2 to $7 lower and $2 to $10 higher. Texas Weekly Direct reported trade activity and demand as light-to-moderate, with prices from $4 to $7 lower. Wholesale Beef values were mixed … Read More

Richard Thorpe, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association issued a statement on Monday following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of Anne Idsal’s appointment as the EPA Regional Administrator for Region 6. The region covers Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.

For the first time on record, the Food and Drug Administration says antibiotic sales and distribution for food-producing animals declined. On Dec. 7, FDA released a summary report for 2016 on “Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals.” A key finding in the report was antibiotic sales and … Read More

The latter days of 2016 set up cattle producers for a decently profitable, yet somewhat surprising, year in 2017. Most notably, the industry saw more and more cattle pulled ahead and placed on show lists a bit quicker than normal. Additionally, carcass weights came down some and as a result, … Read More

October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record, and much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said conditions were excessively dry throughout the typically wet fall months, and … Read More

In this week’s Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Glenn Selk talks calculating hay needs for your herd; and Derrell Peel discusses the 2017 beef cow herd.

In November, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) accomplished two key tasks as part of its efforts to evaluate an oral toxic bait for use with invasive feral swine. First on Nov. 6, 2017, APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) received an Experimental Use Permit (EUP) from the U.S. Environmental … Read More

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) today led a bipartisan group of colleagues in calling for delayed implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for commercial motor vehicles transporting livestock or insects. The senators’ letter to Senate leadership supports a provision in the U.S. House-passed Transportation, Housing and … Read More

SPONSORED CONTENT: This week’s Livestock Wx exclusive content for TSCRA members discusses warmer and drier conditions across Oklahoma and Texas, and what to expect for January.