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Texas crop and weather report for Oct. 16, 2018

Texas grain producers faced a difficult 2018 as natural and market forces aligned against them, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts. Drought conditions and high temperatures hurt production as low prices, all-time record yields in the midwestern U.S. and trade uncertainties created a tough market for corn and sorghum growers across the state. Read more…

General Discussion Read more... Oct 17, 2018

TSCRA Crime Watch: Steers stolen in southern Oklahoma

TSCRA Special Ranger John Bradshaw, District 9, reports the theft of 8 head of Angus-type steers from a property near Waurika in Jefferson County some time between June 1 and Oct. 1. The 8 head of black muley yearling steers have a “WF” brand on the left hip and weigh approximately 500 pounds, each. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Bradshaw at 940-389-6123 or the Operation Cow Thief tipline at 888-830-2333.

General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more... Oct 16, 2018

Disaster designation in South, East Texas areas affected by drought

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has designated three Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers in Panola, Rusk and Zapata counties who suffered losses due to a recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. Producers in the contiguous counties of Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Jim Hogg, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Smith, Starr and Webb in Texas, along with Caddo and De Soto parishes in Louisiana, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans. The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is May 13, 2019. Read more…

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USDA offers secure, convenient online business options for farmers, ranchers

Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in Texas have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient www.farmers.gov. Read more…

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We live in a discount world

What can I do to get more for my calves? Perhaps the best way to answer this question is to explain it from the perspective of the buyer. Recently, Drovers’ Jared Wareham spent a few days visiting with feedyard managers, cattle procurement specialists and fat-cattle buyers and had the following ideology reiterated to me on many occasions: The beef industry is based on discounts more than anything else. Value-added programs don’t necessarily add value to a set baseline price. Rather, they begin by removing some of the discount (risk) that they assume exists. Think of it as starting in a hole and working your way out. Health, evenness and flesh are at the core of those things that tend to draw the largest barrage of initial discounts and must be overcome before moving into the next layer of value addition. –Drovers CattleNetworkRead more…

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Public notice on outbreaks of avian paramyxovirus in Texas

According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), a number of Eurasian collared doves near El Paso have recently tested positive for avian paramyxovirus, specifically Pigeon Paramyxovirus-1, or PPMV-1. Dead doves have also been reported in Alpine. Past outbreaks have been observed in the vicinity of many of the larger urban centers of the Trans-Pecos and Panhandle regions such as Midland, Lubbock, and Alpine, but outbreaks may occur elsewhere within these regions. The majority of PPMV-1 outbreaks in wild birds in the United States have involved Eurasian collared doves and rock doves (pigeons). The virus can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye) in humans, therefore, if you encounter multiple dead or dying doves, do not handle the birds without hand and eye protection. There is no known risk to cats or dogs from PPMV-1, but the TPWD recommends keeping pets away from infected birds. Some strains of PPMV-1 have been shown to cause disease and death in domestic poultry, so backyard chicken owners may want to take precautions to minimize potential contact between chickens and doves. Read more…

General Discussion, Animal Health, General Discussion, Wildlife Read more... Oct 16, 2018

Texas Crop Progress and Condition Weekly Summary, Oct. 8-14, 2018

Late in the week a cold front hit Texas, bringing below freezing temperatures to areas of the Northern High Plains. Precipitation levels varied across the state. The highest rainfall totals were reported in East Texas, the Blacklands, the Cross Timbers, South Central Texas and the Edwards Plateau, ranging between 2 and 8inches, with isolated areas reporting upwards of 10 inches. There were 4.0days suitable for fieldwork. Most livestock and cattle remained in good body condition across the state Ranchers began treating livestock for stomach worms in the Edwards Plateau. Pasture and range condition improved and was rated 73 percent good to fair. Read more…

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Livestock groups petition DOT for hours of service flexibility

Organizations representing livestock, bee, and fish haulers across the country submitted a petition Monday to the Department of Transportation (DOT) requesting additional flexibility on Hours of Service (HOS) requirements. The petition asks for a five-year exemption from certain HOS requirements for livestock haulers and encourages DOT to work with the livestock industry to implement additional fatigue-management practices. Read more…

General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more... Oct 15, 2018

Cattle Raisers Trading Co Spotlight: Coffee mugs

Warm up on this cold fall day with one of our Cattle Raisers coffee mugs! Enjoy your morning cup of joe in our classic Coffee Before Cattle mug or in one of our retro style Diner Mugs. Read more…

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Enter the Buyer’s Guide POSTED contest for a chance to win

The Cattleman Buyers Guide has teamed up with Greeley Hat Works to give viewers of our POSTED videos a chance to enter a drawing to win a $450 gift certificate toward a hat! Check our POSTED videos each month for the secret word and enter the word into a form on the POSTED page. A
drawing will be held on the last day of the month and each month’s
winner also has a chance to triple the prize amount at the 2019 Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth! More details and contest rules will be available on thecattlemanbuyersguide.com/POSTED.

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