TDA Market Recap, Sept. 30, 2014

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For the week ending Sept. 27, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were mostly steady compared to their previous sale, with some $8 lower to $10 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas direct feeder cattle sales were also mostly steady, with a few $3 higher. No fed cattle cash sales were reported. Formula trades were $1 lower on a dressed basis. Wholesale beef values were lower. Limited cattle supplies continue to support the market. Beef export sales for the week totaled 12,200 metric tons (MT), down 22 percent from the previous week and 3 percent from the prior four-week average. Export shipments of 13,400 MT were down 10 percent from a week earlier, but up 1 percent from the average. Read more…

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddle and cattle missing in Oklahoma, diesel fuel stolen in East Texas

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TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5 in Oklahoma, reports the theft of a saddle from a property near Stuart in Hughes County and 20 head of mixed-breed beef cattle missing from a property near Quinton in Pittsburg County. Also, TSCRA Ranger Larry Hand, Dist. 13 in East Texas, reports three locks cut and the theft of 200 gallons of diesel fuel from a cattle ranch on Hwy 21 East of San Augustine. Read more…

El Nino forecast to help Texas out of drought

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El Nino appears to be on its way. The long-awaited weather pattern that brings rain to Texas is forecast to arrive next month, National Weather Service meteorologist Victor Murphy in Fort Worth said. El Nino raises the chances in many parts of the state for abundant rain through February, which would raise lake levels statewide and improve soil moisture, he said.  But some regions are likely to miss out on the wet weather pattern. Read more at The Associated Press/News92FM…

Record calf prices: Wise use of a big check

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Calf prices are setting records this year and now that you have sold; you are looking at a substantial increase in spending money. A major decision that needs to be made is whether or not profits should be used for personal use or to reinvest that money back into your operation. Read more at Drovers/CattleNework…

Evaporation – a loss for humans and wildlife in Texas

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While those losses from reservoirs represent a real and tangible cost in terms of human water supply, they also represent a very significant loss of water that would otherwise support the aquatic habitats and wildlife of Texas. Not only do all those man-made dams disrupt the natural patterns of flow in a river, and not only do humans then use much of that water stored behind the dam, we also lose a bunch of it to evaporation because of the increase in exposed area in reservoirs. Read more at the Texas Living Waters Project…

Cow-Calf Corner: Crunch time for beef demand; Sorting cows for more efficient winter supplemental feeding

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In the Sept. 29 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel talks beef demand, markets, trade markets and how supply will factor into it all; and Glenn Selk discusses sorting cows to make the best of your winter supplemental feeding. Read more…

TSCRA Fall Meeting comes to a close in Austin

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TSCRA’s 2014 Fall Meeting ended Friday with a board of director’s meeting at the Sheraton at the Capitol. Attendees heard from association officers and leaders about TSCRA activities and priority issues, including what business may be before the Texas legislature in the not-too-distant future. The crowd also heard from guest speaker Evan Smith, editor in chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, about upcoming elections and the political climate in Texas. TSCRA’s next meeting will be the 2015 Cattle Raisers Convention and Expo March 27-29 in Fort Worth. Read more…

Ardmore man surrenders for knowingly concealing stolen property

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Cody Wayne Blalock, 28, of Ardmore Okla., surrendered himself to authorities Thursday on a felony warrant for knowingly concealing stolen property. Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Bart Perrier and Lt. Derek Helmke with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office led the investigation. TSCRA Special Ranger Ben Eggleston assisted with the investigation. Read more…

FAA now allowing Hollywood to use drones - and more exemptions are on the way

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The Federal Aviation Administration has taken a big step forward on drones: It’s now allowing some filmmakers to operate robotic flying cameras on commercial movie and TV sets. Thursday’s decision marks the first time the agency has granted a commercial entity an exemption from the rules that prohibit drones from flying in U.S. airspace without a special certificate. The civil drone industry has been pressuring the FAA to relax that ban and to develop new regulations designed to safely integrate unmanned vehicles into the nation’s air traffic system. Read more at The Washington Post

The Beef: CME Cattle Futures tired of bad news

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It’s Friday and CME cattle futures are ignoring bad news as they make new highs for the week, with spot Oct LC in the lead, trading more than a 150 points higher than its low made Monday. All cattle contracts are also higher than last Friday’s close and technical indicators are turning up. Oct LC is trading par to last week’s 5-Area average as the basis change continues. Perhaps this market is ready to look past the immediate well-known negative fundamentals and instead focus on the shortages to come in the not-to-distant future? Read more at The Beef…

$4 million awarded for Texas quail restoration in focus areas

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As bird hunters look to quail season opening Oct. 25 across Texas, there is new hope for bobwhite quail, and for dozens of other birds and animals that share the same native grassland habitat. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has awarded grants to put $4 million worth of quail habitat conservation on the ground, using a special appropriation by the Texas Legislature to help bring back the quail. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 23, 2014

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There were several reports of 5 inches or more of rain in parts of southeast, central, and west Texas for the week, resulting in contraction of D0-D3. Rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Odile significantly improved reservoirs in west Texas, with Guadalupe Mountains National Park reporting a total of 13.58 inches of rain and Gail (in Borden County) reporting 18.24 inches. On the other hand, continued dryness in northeast Texas and central to western Oklahoma resulted in expansion of D0-D3 in those areas Read more at the US Drought Monitor…

Second day of fall meeting in Austin

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Attendees of TSCRA’s 2014 Fall Meeting met Tuesday in Austin at the Sheraton at the Capitol for a full day of committee meetings. The evening social event, the Capitol Reception at Serrano’s Restaurant, began at 6:30 p.m. and welcomed cattle raisers and guests for a celebration with Mexican food and music. Events will conclude Friday with the Board of Director’s meeting featuring a talk with Evan Smith editor in chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune. Read more…

RSVP for Fredericksburg Ranch Gathering

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TSCRA will be hosting a ranch gathering in Fredericksburg on Oct. 2. This annual event is usually one of our largest gatherings in the state, so if you have yet to RSVP, click here to do so now. In previous communications we left one of our most generous sponsors, so we’d like to extend a big thank you to Mike and Mary Porter. Click here for more information…

Vesicular stomatitis update

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Since the Sept. 17 update, the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) received confirmation of one new case of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in horses. The premises is located 13 miles southeast of Bastrop in Bastrop County. One premises has been released in Falls County and two premises have been released in Bastrop County. To date, 62 premises in 13 Texas counties have been confirmed with VS. Of the 62 premises, 50 have been released. Read more…

Ag markets are mixed to lower in early Thursday trading

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Continued beef weakness is discouraging cattle market bulls. Cattle futures behaved rather well Wednesday despite a major drop in cutout values Tuesday afternoon. However, nearby futures moved lower again last night after beef quotes slipped once again. That doesn’t bode well for short-term cash prospects. October live cattle futures slumped 0.35 cents to 154.97 cents/pound Wednesday night, while December futures sank 0.05 to 158.72. Meanwhile, October feeder futures declined 0.12 cents to 230.27 cents/pound, but January feeders gained 0.05 to 222.80. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

Calm cattle and carcass quality

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Easily excitable cattle can be dangerous to themselves and cattle-handling personnel. And according to a recent project conducted at North Dakota State University, they may also have lower quality carcasses than calmer cattle. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork

It’s what’s for dinner: Beef steaks with sweet-soy drizzle

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Beef and broccoli come together in a distinctively Asian way. Click here to read more…

TSCRA Fall Meeting kicked off tonight in Austin

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TSCRA’s fall meeting kicked off Wednesday evening in Austin at the Sheraton Hotel at the Capitol with a welcome reception and time for association leaders, members and guests to gather. Thursday morning will begin the fall meeting’s full day of business and informational meetings, as well as a luncheon and the evening’s social reception at Serrano’s. The fall meeting prepares cattle raisers for the upcoming Texas legislative session and is designed to allow attendees to focus on issues and policies which will guide TSCRA leaders as they work on behalf of members in Austin and Washington. For more information, including an agenda, click here.  

NCBA Red Book available for order

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The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has published the 2015 Integrated Resource Management Redbooks. The books provide an effective way for cattle ranchers to record their production records in order to enhance profitability of their operations. For more than 30 years, these books have assisted cattle producers in effectively and efficiently recording daily production activities. The 2015 Redbook provides more than 100 pages to record calving activity; herd health; pasture use; cattle inventory; body condition; cattle treatment; and more. It also contains an annual calendar; address section; Beef Quality Assurance national guidelines; and proper injection technique information. Read more…