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Cattle Raisers support repeal of federal water rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced in June their intention to repeal the so-called Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. On behalf of TSCRA, Thorpe submitted official comments on Thursday to the two federal regulators supporting the repeal, and encouraged fellow cattle raisers to do the same.

Sep 21, 2017 Read more...

Where does it cost the most and least to rent pasture?

Pasture rent is an expense most cattle producers negotiate on a yearly basis and it can fluctuate based on competition from other grazers. This year cash rent pasture rates averaged $12.50/acre nationally, down $0.50/acre from last year and $1.50/acre lower than 2015. Rental rates in 2013-14 stayed at $12/acre and in 2012 were down to $11.50/acre, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data. Drovers CattleNetwork breaks down pasture lease prices across the country. Read more…

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Does acclimation upon arrival pay off?

Will allowing calves a day or two of rest before processing pay off in better health? Bovine Veterinarian takes a look at the benefits of acclimation on calf health, performance and carcass traits. Read more…

Sep 21, 2017 Read more...

World’s biggest meatpacker JBS names founder as new CEO

The board of JBS SA voted to name company founder Jose Batista as chief executive, the world’s largest meatpacker said on Sunday, after his son Wesley was jailed by Brazil’s federal police on allegations of insider trading. Police investigated the role played by Wesley, 47, and his younger brother Joesley in suspected insider trading ahead of a plea bargain deal with prosecutors. Reuters reports the Batista family has denied all allegations of wrongdoing. Read more…

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Fed Cattle Exchange sale report for Sept. 20, 2017

The Fed Cattle Exchange sale on Sept. 20, 2017, offered 1,450 head total, selling 636 head. Live weight offering on 1-9 day delivery: 1,150 head total, 636 head sold, weighted average price $106.67. 1-17 Day Delivery: 97 head total, no sales; and 17-30 Day Delivery: 203 head total, no sales. Read more…

Sep 21, 2017 Read more...

Beef Loving Texans: Swedish meatballs

Served with egg noodles, Swedish meatballs are a great comfort food any day of the week. Read more…

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Cattle Raisers Insurance is here to help you

Cattle Raisers Insurance (CRI) is here to help you shop for your insurance needs before the fall season gets too hectic. Visit with the CRI team to see if you qualify for group medical insurance. Group medical plans offer a variety of medical plans at a competitive price and a larger physician and hospital network selection. Open Enrollment for Individual Health Plans begins Nov. 1, 2017, and ends Dec. 15, 2017, for a Jan. 1, 2018, effective date. Call Cattle Raisers Insurance at 1-800-252-2849 to consult with one of our experienced insurance team specialists who understand the insurance needs of the ranching community. Read more…

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Brackish groundwater data collection: Edwards-Trinity (Plateau) Aquifer

A presentation on preliminary data collection efforts for a study mapping brackish groundwater in the Edwards-Trinity (Plateau) Aquifer will be given at the Groundwater Management Area 7 meeting held on Thursday Oct. 19 at the Central Texas Electric Cooperative in Fredericksburg. Because the state’s databases do not include all water wells, it is particularly important for us to hear how people may or may not be using brackish groundwater. We are also seeking information on water wells in the Edwards-Trinity (Plateau) Aquifer with water quality measurements, known well construction, and a suite of geophysical logs including gamma ray, resistivity, and porosity logs.

Sep 20, 2017 Read more...

Put farm and ranch safety into practice with YouTube videos

The U.S. Agricultural Centers’ YouTube channel provides the quickest way of “Putting Farm Safety into Practice,” the theme for this year’s National Farm Safety and Health Week, Sept. 17-23. The 11 U.S. Agricultural Centers, funded by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), have posted 100 safety and health videos related to agriculture, forestry and fishing. The videos, many in both English and Spanish, can be used by anyone interested in agricultural safety best-practices. Popular video topics include grain bins, heat illness, tractor rollovers and needle stick injuries. Read more…

Sep 20, 2017 Read more...

AVMA provides information on large animal and livestock disaster preparation

There are unique considerations for horses and other livestock during a disaster. Preparing ahead of time and acting quickly are the best ways to keep you and your animals—pets and livestock—out of danger. Protect your whole family when emergencies arise with the proper supplies, veterinary information, animal identification and an evacuation plan that has been practiced. Whether the threat is a hurricane, wildfire​ or other disaster, lives may depend on being ready.​ The American Veterinary Medical Association provides a page of resources for large animal owners to help them prepare for the next disaster. Read more…

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