TSCRA Special Rangers searching for suspected thief


A $500 reward has been offered through TSCRA’s Operation Cow Thief program for information leading to the arrest of Sharon Lynn Nehring, also known as Sharon Jacoby, of Freestone County. Nehring, 57, is alleged to have purchased thousands of dollars worth of lambs and goats with a worthless check from the Freestone County Fair in June of 2014. Read more…

TAHC releases all VS quarantines in Texas


Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials have released all premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis (VS) in Texas. The final premises was in Ward County, approximately 30 miles north of Fort Stockton. The affected premises in Reeves and Pecos County were previously released. Read more…

Texas A&M helping understand, monitor chagas disease


To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas. Chagas is the common name for a disease transmitted by insects and animals that can cause severe symptoms, even death, in humans. It is responsible for an estimated 50,000 deaths annually in Latin American countries, according to the World Health Organization. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate 8 to 11 million people throughout Latin America have the disease, the majority of whom do not even realize they are infected. Read more…

Help horses avoid heat stress


The historic hottest part of summer is fast approaching, underscoring the importance for horse managers to review basic strategies that will help their equines avoid heat stress. Horses, like humans, dissipate the majority of their excess body heat through sweating. Horses can sweat as much as 10 to 12 liters per hour. Depending on the environmental temperature and the animal’s workload, it is possible for a horse to become dehydrated in as little as 2 to 3 hours. Read more…

Cow-Calf Corner: More cattle mid-year; Stockpiled bermudagrass can reduce winter feed costs

Photo courtesy Oklahoma State University

In the July 27 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension, Derrell Peel discusses the latest cattle inventory report; and Glenn Selk outlines using stockpiled bermudagrass for winter feed. Read more…

Beef Cattle Short Course schedule and agenda


Texas A&M University’s Beef Cattle Short Course, Aug. 3-5, in College Station is right around the corner, so make sure to make your last minute plans today! Click below to download a 2-page printable schedule. Click here to download the schedule as a 2-page pdf. Click here for more information on the event.

Amendment filed to repeal mandatory COOL


U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, filed an amendment Thursday, July 23 to repeal mandatory country of origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef, pork and chicken – required by Canada and Mexico to prevent billions of dollars in retaliatory tariffs on the U.S. economy. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, was a cosponsor of the bill. Read more…

Survey to measure impact of feral swine on US farms


The USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)  in cooperation with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is surveying U.S. crop producers to measure the impact feral swine have on their crops and livestock. Feral swine are an invasive species that eat and destroy many field crops, such as corn, milo (sorghum), and rice. They also prey upon young livestock and other small animals. The animals are known to carry numerous diseases that are transferable to livestock, humans, pets and wildlife. Producers in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas will be contacted to participate in the survey. This is the first survey conducted by USDA to determine the extent of feral swine damage. Learn more

VFD brochures outline each sector’s responsibilities

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The FDA has released a series of Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) brochures, which list the specific responsibilities of veterinarians, clients and distributors such as feed mills for compliance with the new VFD rules. The brochures also include a list of commonly asked questions and answers and the specific information to include on a lawful VFD. The new VFD rule, which will end over-the-counter access to medically important feed-grade antibiotics and place their use under the control of veterinarians, will take effect in December 2016, and the FDA currently is working to help affected veterinarians, producers and suppliers prepare for the changes. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 21, 2015


During the past week, the South was generally hot and dry. The only areas receiving rainfall (1 to 2 inches) were northern portions of the Texas Panhandle and the Trans-Pecos region of west Texas. The NWS WPC Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) calls for the dryness to continue across most of Texas during the next 7 days. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: ATVs, trailer stolen in Texas Hill Country


TSCRA Special Ranger Doug Hutchison, Dist. 20 in the Texas Hill Country, reports the theft of two ATV vehicles and a trailer from a property in Fayette County. On July 18 a thief or thieves cut a lock to gain access and steal a bright green 2015 Yamaha Viking 4-seat ATV, VIN no. 5Y4AM76YXFA100857; a dark green 2011 Polaris Ranger 4-seat ATV, VIN no. 4XAWH50A0B4209217; and a black 2014 Texas Bragg brand single axle 12-foot flatbed trailer with full expanded metal rear ramp, VIN no. 17XFP1219E1042930, Texas license plate FJKL56. If you have any information regarding this case, please contact Special Ranger Hutchison at 512-863-2337.

Beef from South America? Not so fast!

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The House Appropriations Committee approved an amendment to the 2016 Agriculture Appropriations Bill July 8 that would block imports of fresh beef from Brazil and Argentina. The amendment requires the USDA to develop a comprehensive risk evaluation and conduct site inspections of processing plants in Brazil and Argentina before meat can be allowed into the U.S. This puts, at least for now, a stop to action taken in late June when the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced it was amending regulations to allow fresh beef into the U.S. from the South American countries. Read more…

Water Board set to OK $4 billion in projects


The Texas Water Development Board is poised to approve nearly $4 billion in financing for dozens of projects to increase water supplies across the state, and a handful to promote conservation. From pipelines to a seawater desalination plant feasibility study, the agency’s staff is asking the board to approve financing for 32 water-related projects Thursday, doling out $1 billion within the next year and another $2.9 billion over the next decade. Read more at The Texas Tribune…

It’s what’s for dinner: Pepperoncini beef


Roast beef cooked in a slow cooker with garlic and pepperoncini makes a delicious and simple filling for gyro sandwiches. Serve on hoagie rolls with provolone or mozzarella cheese, and your choice of condiments. Read more at allrecipes.com/Recipe/Pepperoncini-Beef…

The Browning Blog - A US Monsoon with Attitude

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

In this edition of The Browning Blog, Climatologist Evelyn Browning-Garriss talks the US monsoon season and where it will bring rain in North America this summer. Read more…

TSCRA welcomes new Oklahoma special ranger


Brett Wellden, a Guthrie, Okla. native, has joined TSCRA as a Special Ranger for District 3 in south-central Oklahoma. Wellden is a former Drug Enforcement Agency DEA) task force officer for the Oklahoma City district office with more than 20 years law enforcement experience. Read more…

TAHC passes rules at June meeting


The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) held a meeting June 9 in Austin and adopted rules governing equine health certificates, feral swine holding facilities and chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring. Rules were also proposed concerning  trichomoniasis (trich) testing of exposed or infected bulls, fever tick ID requirements, animal health certificates for animals entering from areas with trich or vesicular stomatitis (VS). Read more…

Texas crop, weather, for July 21, 2015


After a year of low activity, the Bermuda grass stem maggot has returned with a vengeance and spread quickly across Texas. Since 2013, the pest has rapidly expanded its range in Texas and is now found throughout much of East, Central and South Texas, and as far west as Abilene and San Antonio. There have also been reports farther west in the Brownwood and Anson areas. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Brazoria Co. ranch theft, cattle stolen in NE OK and NE TX


TSCRA Special Rangers report the theft of a Kawasaki Mule, 16-foot flatbed trailer and a 60-gallon weed sprayer from a ranch near Damon, Texas, in Brazoria County; 7 head of cattle stolen from a pasture near Broken Arrow in northeast Oklahoma; and 9 head of stocker cows taken from pens in Hopkins County, Texas, south of Sulphur Springs. Read more…

Full house at today’s Ranching 101


The Brand Room at TSCRA headquarters was full at today’s Ranching 101 session. Dr. Robert Wells, The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, Okla., taught an afternoon session on expected progeny differences (EPDs), cattle selection and beef cattle breeding decisions. Today’s session allowed attendees to ask plenty of questions in a relaxed setting.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 15 calves missing in Van Zandt County


TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, District 14, East Texas, reports 15 calves are missing from a ranch in Van Zandt County. The calves are mostly black, weight 350 to 500 pounds each. Most of the calves are Brahman-influenced crossbreds. All of the calves had ear tags at the time of the theft.

Save the Date for Policy Conference – All TSCRA members invited to attend


Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Sept. 23, to Friday, Sept. 25, for the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) Policy Conference at the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio. The TSCRA Policy Conference replaces the traditional fall meeting and offers a format in which TSCRA members will have ample time to focus on policy issues of interest to association members and any others involved in ranching and the stewardship of private property.

Summer meat demand


Meat prices are higher in the latest retail prices released for the month of June. The All Fresh retail beef price was $6.114/lb., up $0.059 cents from May and up $0.606/lb. from one year ago. The June retail pork price was $3.703/lb., up $0.007/lb. from last month but $0.413/lb. lower than June of 2014. The retail broiler composite price was $1.987/lb., $0.055/lb. higher than May and up $0.038/lb. year over year. Read more…

Blue-Green algae can threaten livestock


Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) are microscopic organisms that can be found in all types of water including farm ponds. Some cyanobacteria can produce toxins that can be harmful to livestock affecting the nervous system and liver. Read more…

Visit TSCRA’s Facebook page for Levelland Rodeo photos


See exciting images from the TSCRA Ranch Rodeo at Levelland over the weekend at TSCRA’s Facebook page. Stacy Fox, TSCRA director of member programs, captured these images.

TDA Market Recap July 20, 2015

Texas Department of Agriculture

For the week ending July 18, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, with instances of sales ranging from $1 to $8 lower per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly $1 to $4 lower with some steady sales early in the week. Wholesale beef values were lower, with Choice Grade losing $3.68 to close at $233.30 per cwt and Select Grade losing $4.60 to close at $229.39 per cwt.

Levelland Ranch Rodeo Recap


Wild-cow milking was the deciding factor in which team won the TSCRA Levelland Ranch Rodeo, July 18. The bronc riding, team doctoring and team branding competitions set up a showdown in the last segment. Spires Land and Cattle and Tongue River Ranch were first and second going into the wild-cow milking. Both teams were tied after their respective runs. The final team, Sandhill Cattle Company, needed to be faster than 36 seconds in the wild-cow milking to win the entire rodeo. Team captain Tripp Townsend made quick work of the roping and the rest of the team worked hard to put together a fabulous 30-second run and take home the championship. Spires Land and Cattle won the tiebreaker for second place and Tongue River Ranch came in third place. Read more…

New beef industry long-range plan establishes roadmap for 2016 to 2020

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Drive growth, protect the business and political climate for beef, grow trust and promote beef’s value are the key factors in the beef industry long-range plan, announced during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver last week. Sixteen beef industry leaders representing every link in the beef value chain have been developing a set of aggressive goals to strengthen the beef industry from 2016 to 2020 since December 2014. Read more…

Oil eases, choppy after early dollar strength pressures

An oil well is seen near Denver, Colorado February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Brent and U.S. crude slipped in choppy trading along with the seesawing dollar after the currency’s early strength pressured dollar-denominated commodities. Read More at Reuters…

Cuban flag flies over embassy in Washington for first time in 54 years


The red, white and blue Cuban flag was raised over the island’s embassy in Washington on Monday for the first time since 1961 — a fluttering symbol of the historic thaw taking place between the Cold War foes. As pro and anti-Cuban protestors gathered outside the gates of the embassy chanting “Fidel” and “Justice” — the flag was was raised at about 10:35 EST. The ceremony came after the United States and Cuba reestablished diplomatic ties early Monday after a 54-year gap. Read More at the Kansas City Star

Space is available on the August Copenhagen-to-Stockholm Cruise


If you’d like to cruise the Baltic Sea, Aug. 17 to 27, with TSCRA, hurry to reserve the last stateroom. Travel to 8 countries in the comfort of your Silversea’s all-inclusive suite. See everything from Soviet-era austerity to Romanov grandiosity. For more information contact Pam Small, Travel Experts, at 512-454-5235 or e-mail Pamela@PamSmallTravel.com.

TSCRA Recognized for Outstanding NCBA Member Recruitment


Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association earned the use of a piece of equipment from New Holland for outstanding efforts to recruit new members to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. TSCRA will get its choice of a 1-year lease on a New Holland Roll-Belt™ 560 Specialty Crop round baler or a 1-year lease on a New Holland T6 175 tractor. The award was announced yesterday at the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver.   “Since 2003 New Holland has been a great partner to NCBA, recognizing and rewarding our affiliates that help strengthen the membership base and give the cattle industry a stronger voice,” said Philip Ellis, NCBA President. “Like New Holland, these state affiliates recognize that the organization’s growth is a smart way Read more…

6666 Ranch Wins Environmental Stewardship Award for NCBA Region IV


Seven families were honored yesterday for their outstanding land management practices during the 2015 Cattle Industry Summer Conference. The Environmental Stewardship Award Program (ESAP) honors the efforts of farmers and ranchers who are dedicated to maintaining and improving their lands to ensure that they are productive for future generations. 6666 Ranch, Guthrie, won Region IV, and was nominated by TSCRA and Texas Section, Society for Range Management. Regional and national award recipients serve as role models among their peers in the farming and ranching community, ensuring that the innovative conservation practices are widely adopted by other land managers. The program is sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, USDA-NRCS, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tyson Foods, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation. The other Read more…

U.S. Drought Monitor, July 14, 2015

Evelyn Browning-Garriss

During the past week, generally dry conditions prevailed across most of the region with the exception of some isolated pockets of heavy shower activity (4 to 8 inches) in west central and some lesser accumulations (2 to 3 inches) in the northwest Panhandle of Texas. In these parts, one-category improvements were made in areas of Abnormally Dry (D0) as well as in the sole remaining area of Moderate Drought (D1) in the state. According to the NWS in San Angelo, Abilene already has broken the July rainfall record at 8.26 inches. Statewide, Texas experienced the wettest January through June period on record (1895–2015), according to NOAA NCEI. In Oklahoma, short-term improvements led to removal of the remaining areas of Abnormally Dry (DO) in the Panhandle Read more…

TSCRA member touts Levelland Ranch Rodeo


See TSCRA member Blake Birdwell on www.myfoxlubbock.com encouraging ranches to enter this weekend’s Ranch Rodeo and inviting the general public to come watch. Watch video here…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 16 crossbred cows missing from Chelsea, Okla.


TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, District 4, north central Oklahoma, reports 16 mature crossbred cows are missing from a property at Chelsea in Nowata County, Okla. Apparently, no force was used to gain entry to the property. A wire gate securing the property was found open. The cattle are mostly Angus or Charolais cross. They have a brand on the left shoulder of 3 stacked bars and a single number, which indicate their birth year. The left ear of each cow has 2 notches on the bottom. If you have information regarding this theft, please contact Special Rangers Perrier at 918-275-4257.

TSCRA Crime Watch: 25 or more cows, weaning age calves missing east of Mineola


TSCRA Special Ranger Larry Hand, District 13, northeast Texas, has received a report that 25 or more cattle are missing from land leased for pasture in Wood County. The lessee reports a good count of the cattle being grazed was done on May 6. On July 6, during the final round-up count, at least 11 cows and at least 14 calves were missing. The cows are mostly mixed colors of black, black baldy, red and tiger-stripe. They all carried a brand on the right hip in the design of a double J connected back to back forming what is sometimes called a fish hook. The large end of the brand faces the animal’s head. The  weaning-age calves, of similar colors to the cows, were not Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: 2 Limousin bulls missing from San Augustine area


Special Ranger Larry Hand reports 2 Limousin bulls, one black and one red, have gone missing from a property northeast of San Augustine in East Texas. The bulls were last seen June 1. The bulls are described as: Black bull, gentle, 20 months, 1,200 to 1,400 pounds, tattoo number DMAR61A, not branded, with a blue ear tag right ear and a 3-inch split in the left ear from injury Red bull, gentle, 12 to 14 months, 700 to 800 pounds, no brands or tattoo There was no forced entry to the property and the fences are in good shape. Hand reports an older model white 1-one truck with black steel bed and rusty white long stock trailer had been seen on property early one afternoon Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: John Deere tractor parts stolen from Strang, Okla., area


TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, District 5, eastern Oklahoma, says a thief or thieves cut a barbed wire fence off a Mayes County, Okla., road to gain entry to a ranch near Strange between July 2 and 9. The thief or thieves drove their vehicle onto the ranch and stole parts from a John Deere 430 tractor. Stolen were: 2 front tires and yellow steel wheels Alternator Breather 2 lights Battery 2 battery cables Approximately 20 gallons of diesel fuel from the fuel tank If you have information about this theft, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

TSCRA Crime Watch: Padlocks cut, gates left open in Rogers County, Okla.


TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings reports that on July 10, suspects cut 2 padlocks and removed the chains from gates on a ranch near Claremore, Rogers County, Okla. The gates were left open to a county roadway, the locks damaged and the chains are missing. If you have any information about this incident, please contact Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.