TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle and calves missing in Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in Oklahoma, reports a Charolais heifer missing in Washington County, 3 cow/calf pairs estray and missing in Kingfisher County and 2 red Angus bull calves missing in Carter County. Read more…

Oklahoma serial arsonist targeting hay in Craig, Mays counties

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A serial arsonist has set fire to 166 hay bales in Craig County.Authorities say six different ranches in Craig and Mayes County have been targeted over the past few weeks. The damage is climbing in dollar amounts and putting ranchers in a tough spot as hay season ends and winter waiting around the corner. Read more or watch the video at NewsOn6…

Big attendance at TSCRA Ranch Gatherings this week

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More than 350 members, ranchers and guests attended TSCRA Ranch Gatherings in Fowlerton, Placedo and Corpus Christi this week. Attendees enjoyed a beef dinner, catching up with old friends, making new ones, and hearing from speakers about issues important to cattle raisers and landowners. Read more…

USDA projects most ag exports to fall after record-setting 2014

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While the United States is on its way to setting a record for agricultural exports in fiscal year 2014 which ends Sept. 30, the latest data from USDA forecasts exports to drop in the coming year. But not all sectors are expected to decline; USDA says beef exports are forecast to increase $200 million and set a new record at $6.2 billion, with higher prices offsetting lower volumes. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

How to prevent foot rot in cattle

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The clinical sign of foot rot — lameness — is a performance-robbing condition that seemingly comes on overnight, but such infections can be minimized. Read more at BEEF Magazine…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 9, 2014

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Many improvements were made this week, especially in west Texas and the Texas panhandle, where a full category improvement was observed. Some tropical moisture made it into far south Texas and improvements were made to the Abnormally Dry (D0) and Moderate Drought (D1) areas this week. Read more…

Browning Blog: Surrounded by troublemakers!

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In the Sept. 11 edition of The Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss discusses the conditions that go into making dry spells, tropical storms and eventually, hurricanes. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Angus cow missing in northeast Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Eastern Oklahoma reports a black Angus cow missing some time between Aug. 31 and Sept. 5 from a property in Wagoner County. The 6-year-old cow weighs approximately 1000 pounds, has a BAR G brand on the left hip or shoulder and a yellow ear tag in the left ear printed with “X4.” If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

USDA designates counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas with assistance to producers in New Mexico

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he U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Crane and Winkler counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are Andrews, Crockett, Ector, Loving, Pecos, Upton and Ward. Read more…

Improving Range and Pasture Production: Consider a fall pasture weed inventory

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Fall is a good time to assess your range and pasture condition as we go into the winter season. This is especially important when it comes to your weed management strategies. Identifying the weeds of concern can take place in the fall and control plans for the next growing season can be determined. A good weed inventory in the fall will tell ranchers what the predominant weed species are in the pasture. Read more at iGrow.org…

It’s what’s for dinner: Easy beef and mushroom noodle bake

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Use pre-made or leftover fully-cooked beef tips with gravy for this quick, tasty weekday comfort bake. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Cattlemen's Column: Securing Texas Landowners' Private Property Rights

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Since TSCRA was established in 1877, one of the association’s top priorities has been to represent landowners by working to preserve and protect private property rights. This goal remains vital today as we monitor issues that could adversely affect the important rights held by ranchers and agricultural producers as stewards of our nation’s land. TSCRA has recently been monitoring a new rule proposed by the Railroad Commission of Texas, in the wake of the 2013 Denbury case. This new rule attempts to clarify how oil and gas pipeline companies can obtain “common carrier” status when applying for a permit to operate a new pipeline. Read more…

House votes to protect private property rights, halting EPA and Army Corps’ land grab

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The House of Representatives passed H.R. 5078 Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014, Wednesday, Sept. 10, in an attempt to halt the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “Waters of the United States” rule. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the efforts of Rep. Southerland, R-Fla., to block what is described as the largest federal land grab to date. Read more…

Staples testifies before US House Committee on Natural Resources, encourages Endangered Species Act reform

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples testified Sept. 9 before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources. Committee members considered six bills to amend the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Staples spoke in support of H.R. 4284, the ESA Improvement Act of 2014, sponsored by Congressman Randy Neugebauer, R, Texas – Dist. 19. Read more…

USDA Crop Reports Preview: Big, bigger, biggest

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While attention following the release of the September round of supply and demand numbers is expected to focus on new-crop production estimates, global ending stocks projections could tell the real story. USDA will release its latest Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) reports at 11 a.m. CDT Thursday. DTN/Progressive Farmer Senior Analyst Darin Newsom takes a look at what we may expect from the report. Read more at DTN/The Progressive Farmer

Texas crop, weather, for Sept. 9, 2014

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Rains came to the Panhandle and South Plains a couple weeks too late to ensure a really good dryland cotton crop across the board. In early August, dryland cotton in the Texas High Plains teetered on being moisture stressed, but still had the potential to make a very good crop – if rain was received in time. Unfortunately, the rains came the first week of September, not mid-August as hoped. Read more…

EPA again tries to explain water jurisdiction rule

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released seven pages of questions and answers Monday on its proposal to redefine which lakes and streams it can regulate. The explainer is the latest attempt by the EPA to respond to backlash from Republicans and business groups who say the “waters of the United States” proposal from March would significantly expand the EPA’s jurisdiction. Read more at The Hill…

Staples condemns school policies calling for

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Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples wrote an editorial for the Austin American-Statesman about keeping “Meatless Monday” campaigns out of Texas schools and restricting children’s lunches. “Restricting children’s meal choice to not include meat is irresponsible and has no place in our schools. This activist movement called ‘Meatless Mondays’ is a carefully-orchestrated campaign that seeks to eliminate meat from Americans’ diets seven days a week — starting with Mondays…” Read more…

Extension agency warns livestock producers about prussic acid poisoning

AgriLife Extension Aget Mark Arnold, Waxahachie, warns livestock producers to use caution when grazing sorghum/sudan grass during periods when these forages may be experiencing stress. Whether drought or frost stress, as prussic acid poisoning is one of the most toxic and rapidly acting of any common poison. It is also called hydrocyanic acid or cyanide poisoning. Cyogenic compounds can develop in plants that are stressed. In the rumen the compounds are converted to cyanide, which can kill livestock. Read more at waxahachietx.com…

TDA Market Recap for Sept. 8, 2014

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For the week ending Sept. 6, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were steady to $10 higher per hundredweight (cwt) early in the week, and then $1 to $8 higher later in the week. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were $3 to $10 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were more than $6 higher. Wholesale beef values were higher. Prices strengthened across the cattle complex last week, starting with beef values and then carrying through to the feeder cattle. Limited supplies and strong demand continue to support the market. Beef exports were down four percent from the previous week, but up four percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments were down nine percent from a week earlier and 10 percent below the average. Read more…