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TSCRA Crime Watch: John Deere Tractor, feed box stolen in South OK

TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, Dist. 5, reports the theft of a JD tractor and feed box from a property in Bryan County. Sometime after Oct. 12 a thief or thieves cut fences and entered an unlocked barn to steal a green and yellow 2012 John Deere 5075E open station tractor, serial no 1PY5075ELCB007072, with attached John Deere 533 loader/bucket, serial no. 1P00553XCCX02959; and a white Bar-6 brand 1600-pound capacity PTO-driven feed box with a Central City Scales head unit and a custom 3-point carrier. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to call Special Ranger Cummings at 918-342-0888.

Nov 20, 2017 Read more...

US Cattle on Feed up 6 percent

In the USDA’s NASS Cattle on Feed numbers released on Nov. 17, cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.3 million head on Nov. 1, 2017. The inventory was 6 percent above Nov. 1, 2016. Placements in feedlots during October totaled 2.39 million head, 10 percent above 2016. Texas Cattle on Feed numbers were up 2 percent from the previous month and up 6 percent from last year. Notable placement increases from last month were in South Dakota (18 percent) and Minnesota (25 percent). Oklahoma remained steady. Read more…

Nov 20, 2017 Read more...

Cow-Calf Corner: Cattlemen thankful for prices this fall; Breeding cows and heifers on wheat pasture

In this week’s Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel lists the reasons cattlemen have for being thankful this fall; and Glenn Selk talks breeding cows and heifers on wheat pasture.

Nov 20, 2017 Read more...

TSCRA Government and Public Affairs Weekly Roundup: Work on tax reform, fever ticks & NAFTA

TSCRA Government and Public Affairs staff are continuing to engage in tax reform legislation in Washington, NAFTA talks in Mexico, and attending a fever tick forum in Kingsville. Read more…

Nov 17, 2017 Read more...

TSCRA statement on House passage of tax overhaul

TSCRA President Richard Thorpe issued a statement Thursday commending the passage of the U.S. House’s extensive tax reform bill. “We applaud today’s passage of comprehensive tax reform, which includes numerous provisions that will reduce taxes on hard-working ranching families as they work to grow and pass on their operations to future generations…”

Nov 17, 2017 Read more...

Texas veterinarians awarded for working in service shortage areas

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded three Texas Veterinarians the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources. A total of 59 American veterinarians were awarded VMLRP awards this year. 

Nov 17, 2017 Read more...

Livestock Wx for Nov. 17, 2017: Significant cooling in the Pacific is leading to the development of a moderate La Niña

SPONSORED CONTENT: This week’s Livestock Wx exclusive content for TSCRA members discusses how La Niña conditions are shaping up and possibly strengthening to moderate levels. Read more…

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Revenge of the wild pigs goes toxic

The wild pig bomb perpetually explodes. Shoot, trap, pressure, and push, but the march of wild pigs continues across the United States. However, a chemical cavalry is approaching and may provide a major weapon in the control arsenal used by landowners and farmers. Can we kill the ultimate beast of survival with a poison pill? AgWeb takes a look at the latest in the bid to rid us of wild pig. Read more…

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, Nov. 16, 2017

A band of 1 to 2 inch rainfall amounts extended across north-central Texas, but most of the region was dry, receiving a few tenths of an inch, if any. No measurable precipitation has fallen during the last 30 to 45 days in western Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and interior southern Texas while 90-day deficits are generally between 4 and 8 inches in northeastern Texas and northward through eastern Oklahoma. The month or more without measurable precipitation was stressing winter wheat in and near western Oklahoma, prompting northwestward D0 expansion into the area. D2 was also expanded to cover areas into northeast Texas where 3-month deficits are the largest. A small area in Oklahoma accumulated a deficit exceeding 10 inches since mid-August.

Nov 17, 2017 Read more...

Talequah man pleads guilty to embezzlement of cattle

Walter F. “Andy” Andrews, 44, of Tahlequah, Oklahoma, pleaded guilty Nov. 13 to charges of embezzlement after selling 18 head of cattle that were placed in his care by a local rancher. According to TSCRA Special Ranger John Cummings, the suspect cared for the victim’s cattle from February 2015 to May 2015, grazing the cattle on land he leased in Cherokee County. After the owner and bank representatives’ attempts to view and count the cattle were consistently delayed or impeded, the owner eventually contacted TSCRA Special Rangers for assistance. An investigation revealed Andrews had sold the cattle and kept the proceeds.

Nov 16, 2017 Read more...