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TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Farm bill, Ag Guestworker Act, ESA and more

TSCRA government and public affairs staff continue to monitor the progress of the 2018 Farm Bill, supported the Agricultural Guestworker Act, legislation that is designed to fix a current H-2A program that is burdensome for producers; and supported  reform the Endangered Species Act (ESA). They also attended TSCRA ranch gathering to provide attendees with an update on federal and state issues. Read more…

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Branded cattle key in felony theft of livestock indictment

William “Willie” Rittenbaugh, 47, of Mount Calm, Texas, was indicted July 6, 2018, on charges of Theft of Livestock. The case began in May when a Hill County rancher contacted TSCRA Special Ranger Marvin Wills to claim Rittenbaugh had stolen a number of his cattle. Wills located 11 head of cattle in Rittenbaugh’s cattle pens, a number of which were branded with the victim’s brand. Read more…

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Order Texas Ranch Roundup grounds passes before Aug. 3

TSCRA has teamed up with the Texas Ranch Roundup to offer TSCRA members two free trade show passes during the event in Wichita Falls Aug. 17-18, 2018. This is a $20 value! Don’t miss the TSCRA booth, a great trade show, entertainment, a ranch rodeo and more. Trade show passes do not include admission to the ranch rodeo performances. Reserve your passes by Aug 3. Read more… 

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New appointees to Texas Animal Health Commission

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Barret J. Klein and reappointed Michael L. Vickers, D.V.M. to the Texas Animal Health Commission for terms set to expire in 2019 and 2021, respectively. He also appointed Wendee C. Langdon, Ph.D., Joseph G. “Joe” Osterkamp, and Keith M. Staggs and reappointed Leo D. Vermedahl, Ph.D. for terms set to expire in 2023. The commission works to protect and enhance the health of animal populations across the state. Read more…

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Starting a cattle operation from scratch

When Travis Hosteng, Ben Hein, and Eric Franje decided they wanted to build a herd, the three producers were faced with endless decisions. Everything from where to buy animals, to how many to purchase, to what to feed them had to be considered. As they start their herds,Successful Farming magazine had a chance to quiz them on what they’ve learned along the way. Read more…

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, July 17, 2018

Generally warm conditions were found across the South during the last week. Scattered, generally disorganized areas of moderate to heavy rain fell over parts of Oklahoma and Texas, excluding Central and South Texas. Improvements in drought conditions occurred in parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, while drought expanded in other parts of the panhandles. Extreme drought developed over a small area of northeast Oklahoma as a result of short- and long-term precipitation deficits. Scattered heavy rain over north Texas led to changing drought conditions as many areas that received heavy rain saw improvements to their conditions. Heavy rain in southwest Texas also partially alleviated drought conditions. Read more…

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July BQA Tip: Horns and dehorning

Management of horns in beef cattle is important for animal welfare, animal handling, handler safety, and animal value. The easiest way to manage horns is by using polled genetics; quality polled genetics can be found in all major beef breeds. Using homozygous polled bulls in Bos taurus cattle will result in a 100 percent polled calf crop even if the cows have horns; in Bos indicus influenced cattle the expression pattern is sometimes different, but most calves will be polled. Stocker and feeder cattle with horns should be dehorned or tipped as early as possible using methods that minimize stress. Are you a certified Texas Beef Quality Assurance (TBQA) producer? Training is free and available online and at one-day in-person workshops. Visit texasbeefquality.com for more information. Read more…

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A rising culture of violence among animal rights activists exposed in report

One of the objectives of the Animal Agriculture Alliance is to monitor animal rights extremists who are fundamentally opposed to animal agriculture. Each year, the Alliance publishes a report that highlights the activities of extremist groups at their annual meetings. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays spoke recently with Hannah Thompson-Weeman of the Alliance about the organization’s latest report on a recent Beef Buzz podcast. Read more…

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Extreme heat: How you can prepare

The Texas summers can get hot and with proper preparation your animals can keep cool and hydrated during the summer months. The Texas Animal Health Commission offers a tips video to help keep your livestock safe. Read more…

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Beef Loving Texans: Summer slow cooker recipes and tips

Slow cooking in summer? You better believe it. A sultry Texas summer is coming our way, and the last thing you’ll want to do is turn on the oven. Put on the sunscreen, get outside with the kids and don’t worry about dinner! These recipes from Beef Loving Texans have you covered. Read more… 

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