TSCRA Crime Watch: Charolais and red Brangus bulls stolen in Coryell County

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in south Central Texas, reports the theft of 2 bulls from a property south of Gatesville in Coryell County. The bulls were placed in a pen on April 30 and when the owner returned on May 1, the bulls were gone. Missing is a Charolais bull weighing approximately 1100 pounds and a red Brangus bull weighing approximately 1200 pounds. Both bulls have horns but no brands or marks. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Wills at  254-865-2571.

Rural critics organize to stop bullet train

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Just over a year ago, the mayors of Dallas and Houston announced their support for a proposed privately funded bullet train that would travel between the two cities in less than 90 minutes. At the time, many elected officials and residents in rural communities near the train’s potential routes were just beginning to learn about Texas Central Railway’s $12 billion project. As they heard more, they grew more worried. Now, those rural critics have banded together, pooling resources, hiring lobbyists and trying to build alliances with enough urban lawmakers to kill the project. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

While beef supplies stay low, other protein supplies expand

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The beef industry appears to be moving to its own beat when compared to other proteins, according to Purdue economist Chris Hurt. Only beef supplies are lower in 2015 as compared to the fast expansion of poultry, pork and milk production, causing lower prices for those commodities. Read more at FarmFutures.com…

TDA Market Recap, May 4, 2015

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For the week ending May 2, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $2 lower to $3 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were $4 to $7 higher. Wholesale beef values were lower with Choice Grade losing $2.35 to $254.64 per cwt and Select Grade falling $4.40 to $243.22. Net export sales for April 17-23 were down 38 percent from the previous week. Export shipments were down seven percent from the previous week. Read more…

Last chance to submit comments opposing flawed 2015 dietary guidelines

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The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) recently submitted their dietary recommendations to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Health and Human Services (HHS). Their suggestions are very negative toward the meat industry. In fact, they are recommending a reduction in the consumption of red meat. The DGAC’s report will guide the USDA and HHS Secretaries as they finalize the 2015 Dietary Guidelines by the end of the year. The report is open for public comment until May 8, and it is extremely important for cattle raisers to voice opposition to these severely flawed recommendations. Take a stand against the federal government’s bureaucratic anti-meat agenda and submit comments telling them beef should always be on Americans’ plates. Read more…

State Supreme Court punts on major water case

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The Texas Supreme Court made news Friday for what it didn’t do. To the surprise of a bevy of water rights experts, the court turned away a high-profile case seeking clarity on murky groundwater laws. As the state’s lakes and rivers dwindle under drought and the demands of swelling population, competition for groundwater sources continues to intensify. How much water landowners can pump, and who has the authority to limit them, are proving crucial questions. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

Ag committee chairman rejects generic label option

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, has rejected the latest recommendation to establish a generic mandatory label option, an option typically referred to as a “Product of North America” label, should the U.S. lose its World Trade Organization (WTO) appeal regarding country of origin labeling (COOL) in the coming weeks. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: Proper injection sites to remember at calf-working time; Unusual cattle markets

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In the May 4 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Glenn Selk discusses the proper injection sites to remember when working calves; and Derrell Peel talks the extremes resulting in an unusual cattle markets into summer. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Newborn calf stolen in NE Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in northeast Okla., reports the theft of a newborn calf from a pasture near Broken Arrow in Tulsa County. Sometime between April 10 and 13, a thief or thieves took down a fence to steal the black calf. If you have any information regarding this case, please call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Texas House tentatively okays $3 billion annual boost for roads

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The state Legislature is poised to give a multibillion-dollar annual boost to the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation, potentially allowing the state to at least draw even in the battle to maintain its highways. The House on Thursday voted 138-3 in favor of shifting more than $3 billion in existing revenue to nontoll roads. In March, the Senate approved a similar transportation enhancement of $2.5 billion or more each year. The House is expected to give final approval to its funding measure enabling legislation as soon as Friday. The House and Senate bills would then need reconciling. Read more at Dallas Morning News…

Cattle aren’t the water guzzlers they’re made out to be

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Water is one of beef production’s many inputs being measured to assess the industry’s improvement in overall sustainability. Read more at BEEF magazine…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, April 30, 2015

Improvements in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are based on reservoir recovery, while in the San Antonio area, they are based on aquifer recovery and various objective indicators. Reservoirs are lagging behind in central Texas. Short-term improvements were also rendered to the drought depiction in the Panhandle region. Read more…

Senators call for repeal of WOTUS

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Senators John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., announced Thursday they are introducing bipartisan legislation to repeal the EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) proposal, a proposal that will jeopardize the rights of private property owners across the country. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council applaud the Senators for actively working to stop the EPA’s aggressive attempt to expand federal jurisdiction over nearly all waters. Read more…

Committee advances two bills to reauthorize programs vital to agriculture

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The House Agriculture Committee has approved H.R. 2088, the United States Grain Standards Act Reauthorization Act of 2015, and H.R. 2051, the Mandatory Price Reporting Act of 2015. Each bill reauthorizes a law set to expire on Sept. 30, 2015, and ensures that the laws continue to operate in a manner that serves the public interest. House Committee on Agriculture. Read more…

Oklahoma enacts ban on importation of feral swine, felony for violators

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The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) has enacted a ban on the movement of out of state feral swine into the State of Oklahoma. After recent violations of the Feral Swine Control Act where feral swine that were positive for pseudorabies and brucellosis were transported into Oklahoma from Texas, the agency feels it is necessary to ban importation of the swine without the express written consent of the state veterinarian. Read more at the Oklahoma Farm Report…

It’s what’s for dinner: Tex-Mex steak torta

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This hearty steak sandwich would work well for any Cinco de Mayo celebration. Read more…

Two North Texas men arrested and charged with horse theft

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Johnny Jackson, 35, and Justin Craig, 27, both of Bowie, were arrested on charges of third degree theft of livestock on April 17 and April 20 in the case of 3 horses stolen from the Bowie Livestock Auction in Bowie. The investigation was led by TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw. Read more…

What the Veterinary Feed Directive will mean for the cattle industry

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For producers in all segments of the cattle industry, changes are coming in the way certain antibiotics are accessed and used, and now is the time to begin taking steps to prepare for those changes. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

US, Honduras sign agreement to promote agricultural development and trade

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Deputy Agriculture Secretary Krysta Harden and Honduras Secretary of Agriculture and Livestock Jacobo Paz today signed an agreement to support agricultural development and trade in Honduras. Through the Food for Progress Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Foreign Agricultural Service will provide the government of Honduras with 30,000 metric tons of U.S. yellow corn and 18,000 tons of U.S. soybean meal, valued at approximately $17 million. The Honduran government will use proceeds from the sale of the commodities to implement projects aimed at improving agricultural productivity, enhancing farmers’ access to information and market skills, building government capacity, and strengthening local, regional and international trade in agricultural products. Read more…

Boaters: You may be carrying zebra mussels

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If you’ve boated on one of these seven lakes – Texoma, Ray Roberts, Lewisville, Bridgeport, Lavon, Waco and Belton – you are at high risk for carrying zebra mussels on your boat and transporting them to another lake! Zebra mussels damage boats (clinging to boat hulls and clogging engine cooling systems), destroy fishing habitat and ruin shorelines with their sharp shells. By transporting even one zebra mussel, you risk creating a thriving and dangerous population on another lake. Do your part – always, clean, drain and dry your boat, trailer and gear. Read more…