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TSCRA Crime Watch Tip: Cashier’s checks aren’t as good as cash

TSCRA Special Rangers have been notified of a recent case involving a forged cashier’s check offered for payment in a cattle sale made over the internet and by phone. The buyer sent a contract hauler to pick up the cattle, but the seller made sure to check with their bank to make sure the cashier’s check that was offered was legitimate. As it turned out, the check was a fake. But because the seller took the extra step of verifying this with his bank, he didn’t lose his cattle. Many people assume a cashier’s check, which is a check issued by a bank and payable to a specific person, is as good as cash. By using a cashier’s check, a buyer is guaranteed those funds by the issuing bank. However, technology has advanced to the point that thieves can create fake checks that would fool most people. Click here to read a few tips from the U.S. Department of the Treasury on avoiding cashier’s check fraud…

Feb 22, 2017 General Discussion, Crime Watch, General Discussion, Theft & Law Read more...

Critical fire weather conditions present over the Texas plains

Critical fire weather conditions will be present over the Texas Plains region Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued an alert putting western portions of the state in the “extreme”, “critical” and “elevated” categories for wildfire potential. Read more…

Feb 22, 2017 General Discussion Read more...

Texas and New Mexico battle over water in Supreme Court

A lawsuit filed by the state of Texas about ownership of water bodies in the Rio Grande is heading to the Supreme Court. The suit alleges that New Mexico, which allows farmers in southern parts of the region to pump groundwater in the river’s watershed, is taking water that should belong to Texas under terms of the 1938 Rio Grande Compact. Read more at the nmpoliticalreport…

Feb 22, 2017 General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more...

The best window of time to trap wild pigs is about to close

Wild pigs are most vulnerable to trapping before food and forages become more available in the spring, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife expert Dr. Billy Higginbotham. For most landowners, trapping is the first line of defense, so take advantage of this window of time before spring greenup. Read more…

Feb 22, 2017 General Discussion, Wildlife Read more...

TDA Market Recap, Feb. 21, 2017

For the week ending Feb. 17, 2017, Texas feeder cattle auctions reported uneven prices with instances of steady to $7 higher and instances of down to $3 lower. Texas Weekly Direct reported prices steady to $2 lower. Wholesale Boxed Beef values were higher, with Choice Grade gaining $2.23 to close at $190.49 per hundredweight (cwt) and Select Grade gaining $2.66 to close at $189.24 per cwt. For the time period of Feb. 6-12, the USDA NASS Field Office reported that supplemental feeding was active across the state. Livestock were in good condition. Pastures in the northern part of the state improved, while conditions continued to decline in southern areas. Read more…

Feb 22, 2017 General Discussion, TDA Market Recap Read more...

Pruitt takes charge at EPA

The Senate confirmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, clearing the way for him to begin working to remove or soften Obama-era regulations on the agriculture and energy sectors. Pruitt, who as Oklahoma attorney general had sued the EPA more than a dozen times, including over its “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, was sworn into office later Friday afternoon by Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were both out of town. Read more at AgriPulse…

Feb 21, 2017 General Discussion, Issues & Policy Read more...

Attend ranch gatherings in Canadian, Muleshoe or Turkey

TSCRA has upcoming ranch gatherings planned in Canadian on Feb. 28, Muleshoe on March 1 and Turkey on March 2. TSCRA members and the local ranching community are welcome to attend – invite your family, friends and neighbors! Attendees will enjoy a beef dinner, updates on TSCRA activities and hear the latest on issues important to cattle raisers and landowners. Read more…

Feb 21, 2017 General Discussion Read more...

February BQA Tip: The critical role of colostrum

Consumption of colostrum shortly after birth is critical to calf survival and health. During calving season, monitor newborns to ensure they are nursing. If calves haven’t nursed within the first 10 – 12 hours, provide assistance to ensure adequate consumption of colostrum; in some instances, you may want to provide colostrum sooner. Before calving season begins, it is a good idea to have an esophageal tube feeder and a source of colostrum on hand. Commercial colostrum products vary in the amount of immunoglobulin they contain, so make sure to get a product that is designed for replacement and not just supplement. Are you a certified Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) producer? If you’re not, the training is free and available online and in person at select meetings across the state. Visit www.texasbeefquality.comfor more information.

Feb 21, 2017 General Discussion, Animal Health Read more...

Cow-Calf Corner, 2-20-17: Factors affecting bred cow value, Don’t buy trouble

In the Feb. 20 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, Derrell Peel talks the factors affecting bred cow value; and Glenn Selk discusses avoiding the introduction of disease and sickness into the herd by following proper biosecurity measures. Read more…

Feb 21, 2017 General Discussion Read more...

Follow Five Factors to Control Mesquite

SPONSORED CONTENT – Mesquite is most susceptible to aerial spraying when the plant is in a growth mode — warm soil, adequate moisture and moving carbohydrates around. Leaves have to be able to absorb foliar herbicides. Dow AgroSciences Range & Pasture experts outline five critical factors for successful control of mesquite with aerial application. Some of these factors also apply to hand-sprayed leaf treatments. These recommendations are based on the work of researchers with the Texas A&M University System and Texas Tech University, plus more than 25 years of commercial experience. Read more…

Feb 21, 2017 General Discussion Read more...