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NEW: Purchase metal agritourism signs for the ranch

Protect your ranch by ordering our NEW 20 x 12 metal agritourism signs. These signs satisfy the posted warning requirement for the Limited Liability for Agritourism Activities Act. Also available in plastic. Read more…

May 22, 2018 Read more...

CME Group amendments to Feeder Cattle Futures and Options contracts

Effective Friday, May 25, 2018, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc. will amend the Feeder Cattle Futures contract to include commented cattle in the calculation of the Feeder Cattle Index price. The Feeder Cattle Index will no longer exclude cattle identified on USDA-AMS reports as being fancy, thin, fleshy, gaunt or full. In addition, effective immediately, the exchange will delay the listing of the May 2019 of its Feeder Cattle futures and options contracts. The May 2019 contract month of the contracts, originally scheduled to be listed on May 28, 2018, will be listed on June 10, 2018 for trade date June 11, 2018. Read more…

May 22, 2018 Read more...

How Lone Star Land Steward Award Winners Birdwell & Clark Ranch use cattle grazing to heal the land

Congratulations to Deborah Clark and Emry Birdwell for being recognized as Texas Parks & Wildlife Lone Star Land Stewards for practicing holistic land management at the Birdwell & Clark Ranch. Read about and watch a video to learn more on how they are using the entire ecosystem to heal the land. Read more…

May 22, 2018 Read more...

Fallin modifies burn ban, cutting in half number of affected counties

Due to improving wildland fire conditions, Governor Mary Fallin has issued a proclamation reducing the number of counties in the governor’s burn ban from 14 to seven. The change came at the recommendation of Oklahoma Forestry Services (OFS) after an analysis of the impact of recent rains. Counties that remain under the governor’s burn ban are: Beaver, Cimarron, Ellis, Harper, Texas, Woods and Woodward. Read more….

May 22, 2018 Read more...

Price of beef cows falls to historic lows as herd expansion plateaus

Since the drought in the Southern Plains decimated many beef cow herds and consequently reduced our national beef cow herd by several million, we have steadily seen the industry rebuilding over time all the way through 2017. However, in 2018, expansion is beginning to look a lot different. Randy Blach of CattleFax explained recently the change of pace he has seen take place during the last several months. Listen to Blach explain what is happening in the cattle market right now that is dampening the price of beef cows, on yesterday’s Beef Buzz podcast from the Oklahoma Farm ReportRead more…/a>.

May 22, 2018 Read more...

Texas A&M, USDA research aimed at nitrite poisoning leads to methane mitigation

Two government researchers and a college graduate student aiming at one issue in the cattle industry are finding they can address two issues – nitrite poisoning and methane emissions – with an animal probiotic they are developing. Read more…

May 22, 2018 Read more...

USDA NASS Texas Crop Condition & Progress Weekly Summary for May 14-May 20, 2018

Weather conditions were mostly dry and warm through the early part of the week, however thunderstorms arrived late week, bringing much needed precipitation. Most of the state received between 0.2 and 1.5 inches of rain. Areas of South Central Texas, the Edwards Plateau, the Cross Timbers, the Upper Coast and Low Plains averaged between 2 and 3 inches of rain, with isolated areas getting upwards of 5 inches. However, the Trans-Pecos received little to no precipitation during the week. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork. The Mallard fire in the Northern High Plains was completely contained after two weeks. Several head of cattle were lost along with damage to fences and rangeland. Cattle condition was mostly rated fair to good across the state. Cattle producers continued to provide supplemental feed in the Northern Plains, the Edwards Plateau, South Texas and the Lower Valley. Horn flies and ear ticks started causing problems to the livestock in the Blacklands. Pasture and range condition was mostly rated fair to good. Read more….

May 22, 2018 Read more...

Livestock Wx for May 21, 2018: Livestock LIVE! first webinar event on June 24

SPONSORED CONTENT Livestock Wx gives TSCRA members exclusive information on recent weather and climate trends, plus upcoming seasonal forecasts. They will be hosting a webinar June 24 and TSCRA members are invited. Read more…

May 21, 2018 Read more...

Vote in primary runoff election this week

There were a number of primary races this March in which no candidate received 50 percent of the vote, which means those races move to a runoff election on Tuesday, March 22. TSCRA members can view TSCRA PAC voting suggestions by clicking here or request a copy by emailing tscra@tscra.org.

May 21, 2018 Read more...

BQA Tip: Managing stocking rates

May is generally the month of greatest forage production for most producers in the south. As such, it is tempting to increase cow-calf numbers to take advantage of any surplus forage. However, if ranches are stocked to utilize all the forage at peak production, it means that the rest of the year the property is overstocked. When managing stocking rates, keep forage production patterns in mind so that stocking rates are appropriate throughout the year. It is also worth considering to stock at 80 percent, or a level below maximum capacity, to allow for drought and any adverse weather conditions. Are you a certified Texas Beef Quality Assurance producer? Training is free and available online and at one-day in-person workshops. Read more… 

May 21, 2018 Read more...