TSCRA Crime Watch: Ranch truck stolen in southern Oklahoma

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TSCRA Special Ranger Bart Perrier, Dist. 4 in South Oklahoma reports the theft of a truck from a property in Bryan County. On July 25, a suspect or suspects drove the 1997 Dodge 2-door 1-ton flatbed pickup through a barbed-wire fence and off the property near Bokchito. The truck has the Oklahoma license plate 791-ICF, truck’s VIN is 1B6MF36D7VJ548319 and had a white 3C cube feeder and a black metal push bumper. If you have any information regarding this theft, please call Special Ranger Perrier at 918-275-4257.

Free passes to Texas Ranch Roundup Trade Show for TSCRA members

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Members of TSCRA are eligible for two free passes for each day of the Texas Ranch Roundup Trade Show in Wichita Falls. This is a $20 value! The passes are not reusable and will be collected for each day at the gate by Roundup staff. Please note this promotion does NOT include admission to the rodeo. To get your passes, click here…

Get a sneak peek at the August issue of The Cattleman

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The August print edition of The Cattleman will be in your mailbox soon, but if you’d like to start reading it right now, the digital version is ready for you in the TSCRA Member Center. This digital edition of The Cattleman is free to TSCRA members, and is an exclusive benefit of your membership. Read more…

Update on South Texas VS cases

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The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of 8 new cases of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses in Central Texas: 5 in Travis County and 3 in Bastrop County. To date, 21 premises in 8 Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Read more…

Mid-year inventory shows further declines in cattle numbers

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The July 1 Cattle report from USDA, released on Friday, July 25, shows reductions in almost all classes of cattle since the last mid-year report issued in July 2012. Last year, USDA did not issue a July Cattle report due to the sequestration that temporarily reduced funding for federal government agencies. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

Oklahoma attorney general on the warpath against HSUS

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is on the warpath against deceptive fundraising and has set his sight on the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). After issuing a consumer warning against HSUS in May 2013, Pruitt is back — this time with an inquiry into HSUS fundraising campaigns after Quadriga Art, a charity fundraiser for HSUS and other nonprofit organizations, recently agreed to a $25 million settlement. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

EPA chief won’t ditch the waters rule, but she is digging for answers

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, who is under fire in rural America for a “Waters of the United States” rule that EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers proposed in April, has been making the effort, with a trip to Missouri early in July and a meeting last week with Republicans on the Senate Agriculture Committee who have been asking for a sit-down since May. Read more at National Journal

Illinois-based firm overhauls China business in meat safety scandal

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A leading U.S. meat supplier said Monday that the operation of a Chinese subsidiary at the center of a food safety scandal was “absolutely inconsistent” with the company’s standards. OSI Group LLC said it was suspending operations at Shanghai Husi Food and would review all its China plants in a bid to limit further damage after losing two major customers. Read more at Reuters

Cow-Calf Corner: Herd rebuilding will be a slow process; The “positive associative effect” of high protein supplements

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In the July 28 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks timing in the herd rebuilding process and Glenn Selk discusses the positive effects of high protein supplements on the cow gut. Read more…

Join TSCRA for a Beef 706 session exclusively for TSCRA members

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This free, 2-day event will be held in College Station Aug. 13-14. The Beef 706 program covers the importance of producing a consistent and high quality beef product through a series of hands-on lessons presented by Texas A&M University. Participants are divided into groups, allowed to select live cattle (through video) and then follow those cattle through grading and hands-on cutting sessions, which allows the participant a chance to experience first-hand the differences encountered in carcass composition. Information on genetic selection, marbling, evaluating market cattle, grid buying, branded programs and virtual tours of packing plants are also included. CLICK HERE to register now — space is limited! 
For more information, click here or call 800-242-7820.

Ranch gathering held in Rosenberg July 22

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About 200 ranchers, landowners and guests joined TSCRA and the Fort Bend County AgriLife Extension Office for a ranch gathering in Rosenberg on Tuesday. Read more…

US meat, seafood prices rising on drought and disease: USDA

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Overall U.S. food inflation will remain near the historic norm in 2014, even as prices for meat and seafood are pushed higher by disease and widespread drought, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Friday. Prices for shelf-stable and processed items made by companies such as General Mills and Kraft Foods Group are relatively flat.  Read more at Reuters…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 22, 2014

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Even after a dry 7-day period in much of Texas last week, 60-day precipitation is generally at or above normal in most of the state, along with Oklahoma. The issue, however, is to balance the short-term wetness with the long-term (multi-year) drought which has impacted hydrological interests. Taking this into consideration, 1-category improvements were made in most areas where this week’s rainfall exceeded 2 inches. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

Shelby County man arrested on livestock theft charge

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A Shelby County man turned himself in to authorities Monday, July 21, after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with felony theft of livestock and released on a $4,000 bond. Hollis Neel Farris, 53, a rancher and poultry producer, was accused of taking his neighbor’s stray bull to an east Texas sale barn, pocketing the funds and denying to the victim ever seeing the bull after selling it. Read more…

Cattleman testifies on the changing face of small business

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Small businesses are the lifeblood of rural America, but for those in the cattle industry, governing statues and regulations have not evolved alongside the changing business models. The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s witness Ken Keesaman, a Missouri cattleman, addressed these concerns Thursday at the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade hearing. Read more…

Heat danger persists through Friday

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Livestock producers across the central United States will need to contend with at least a couple more days of dangerous heat and humidity. The latest Cattle Heat Stress Forecast maps from the USDA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration shows heat and humidity index levels in the “emergency” range on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

James Herring to receive National Golden Spur Award

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James E. Herring, Amarillo, has been selected to receive the prestigious National Golden Spur Award for 2014. Herring will receive the award on Sept. 20, 2014, at the National Ranching Heritage Center on the Texas Tech University campus. The award recognizes an individual who has provided outstanding contributions to the nation’s ranching and livestock industry. Herring, chairman and CEO of Friona Industries, is the 37th Golden Spur recipient. Read more…

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef, wild rice and mushroom bake

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This tasty dish has simple ingredients and is easy to make. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle, horse missing in Central Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills, Dist. 15 in southern Central Texas, reports the theft of a horse from a Hubbard event arena in Hill County July 22. Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14 in eastern Central Texas, also reports 31 head of cross breed branded cattle missing in Freestone County. Read more…

Ranchers and landowners reminded not to leave keys, firearms, in vehicles

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TSCRA Special Rangers, Texas law enforcement and border security authorities would like to remind ranchers and landowners in South and West Texas near the Mexican border to not leave keys, firearms or ammunition in vehicles. Theft of ranch vehicles, including ATVs and tractors, by border crossers has been on the increase, leading to damaged fences and equipment. Firearms and ammunition left in these vehicles could fall into the wrong hands and endanger law enforcement personnel and landowners.