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Stilwell man surrenders on embezzlement charges

Johnny Ray Simmons, 52, of Stilwell, has surrendered to Harper County authorities on six counts of embezzlement. TSCRA Special Ranger Brett Wellden initiated the investigation in 2017 after being contacted by the victim, who stated that he and Simmons had partnered on a herd of cattle pastured on tribal lease lands in Northeastern Oklahoma. When the lease expired, the victim moved the cattle from the property and alleged that 103 were missing. Through the course of the investigation, it was also discovered that Simmons failed, for several years, to pay the victim for calf crops as required by their agreement. Read more…

Sep 24, 2018 Read more...

TSCRA Crime Watch: Saddles, tack and electronics taken in Weatherford theft

TSCRA Special Ranger Wayne Goodman, District 10 in North Texas, reports saddles, tack and other items stolen from a property in Parker County sometime after Sept. 14. Among the items stolen were two custom cutting saddles: the first with 3/4 floral tooling, roughout seat and fenders with a chocolate brown border, horn and swells; The second with 3/4 geometric tooling, roughout seat and fenders, and a chocolate colored border, swells and horn. Also taken were 5 tooled headstalls with silver buckles; a silver mounted Randy Paul bit with RP on the mouthpiece; double-stitched latigo reins; many pairs of custom-tooled spur straps, some with silver buckles; many pairs of custom chaps and a box of chap leather whole hides; and an array of bag punches. Stolen electronics included 2 Nest indoor security cameras and a Nikon D7000 DX digital SLR kit, as well as a Netgear router and miscellaneous camera and computer equipment. Anyone with information regarding this theft is urged to contact Special Ranger Goodman at 817-309-5048, or the Operation Cow Thief tip hotline at 888-830-2333.

Sep 24, 2018 Read more...

US Cattle on Feed up 6 percent, Texas up 3 percent

Cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on Sept. 1, 2018, up 6 percent above Sept. 1, 2017, inventory. This is the highest September 1 inventory since the series began in 1996. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.68 million head on Sept. 1, 2018, up 3 percent from a year ago. Producers placed 415 thousand head in commercial feedlots during August, up 8 percent from a year ago. Texas commercial feeders marketed 440 thousand head during August, up 1 percent from 2017. Read more…

Sep 24, 2018 Read more...

Texas Ag Law Blog: State beef checkoffs facing legal challenge

In addition to an ongoing legal challenge in Montana, state beef checkoff programs in thirteen additional states are now facing legal challenge, including Texas. At question is whether producers’ right to free speech under the First Amendment is being violated when they are required to pay money to a state beef council to support speech contrary to their beliefs. A critical issue in this case will be whether the promotions funded by the qualified state beef councils, like the Montana Beef Council, constitute private speech. Tiffany Dowell Lashmet examines the details of the litigation in this week’s Texas Ag Law Blog post. Read more…

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Texas agriculture on edge as $430 billion farm bill runs up against deadline

Funding for crucial safety net programs for thousands of Texas farmers and ranchers expires Sept. 30. Congress has four working days to act. There is no timetable for the release of the revised bill, nor the provisions it will include. But both Democratic and Republican committee aides in the House and Senate claim Congress still aims to pass the bill by the Sept. 30 deadline. –The Texas TribunRead more…

Sep 24, 2018 Read more...

Cow-Calf Corner: Feedlots place more, lighter cattle; Growing weaned heifers on wheat pasture

In the Sept. 24 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel talks the latest cattle on feed numbers; and Glenn Selk discusses growing weaned heifers on wheat pasture. Read more…

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TSCRA Crime Watch: Calves missing in SE TX

TSCRA Special Ranger Hal Dumas,  District 21 in southeast Texas, reports 2 calves missing from a property in Robertson County. The white heifer calf and black bull calf both weigh about 500 pounds, each, and were last seen on Aug. 26. The bull calf had a yellow ear tag. Anyone with information is urged to contact Special Ranger Dumas at 979-828-5832.

Sep 21, 2018 Read more...

TSCRA Policy Conference wraps up Friday

TSCRA’s Policy Conference wrapped up Friday morning with a board of directors meeting at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort in Bastrop. Association leaders, members and guests heard from the committees that met during the conference to discuss updating current and introducing new policy. These policies guide association leaders and staff in activities at the state and national level in Austin and Washington D.C. Attendees also received updates on national and state beef council activities from Kendall Frazier, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association CEO and Richard Wortham, Texas Beef Council executive vice president. Read more…

Sep 21, 2018 Read more...

Cattle ranchers reflect on Harvey one year later

Hurricane Harvey hit the J.D. Hudgins Ranch in Hungerford one year ago. Now Coleman Locke, ranch president, and John Locke, managing partner, reflect on the help and support of family and friends, awe for their animals, and Harvey’s ultimate lesson one year later. –Fox26 Houston Read more…

Sep 21, 2018 Read more...

Farm bill funding critical to realizing secure beef supply plan

During the ongoing process to craft the next Farm Bill that will replace the existing legislation expiring in September of this year, one request stemming from the livestock industry has been that appropriations be set aside in this new bill to fund work necessary to catch the US up to speed on the biosecurity of our nation’s animal-based food supply. Dr. Kathy Simmons, chief veterinary officer for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association explained recently the status of those negotiations on a recent Beef Buzz podcast. Read more…

Sep 21, 2018 Read more...