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Last chance for Christmas delivery and discounts on TSCRA merchandise

Stock up on Cattle Raisers gear and gifts with discounts sitewide and 10 percent off a purchase of $25 or more with code XMAS17. The sale runs through Dec. 19 and all orders will receive a complimentary TSCRA ornament to trim your Christmas tree! Orders must be placed by 5:00 p.m. on Dec. 19 to guarantee Christmas delivery. One discount code per purchase. Discounts may not be applied to gate signs or PAC Knives. Read more…

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New leadership on Texas Beef Council board

The Texas Beef Council’s (TBC) newly-elected board of directors began the new fiscal year leading the state’s producer-run beef marketing organization. The TBC board of directors consists entirely of beef producers providing industry representation through organization affiliation. In addition, the board may elect two directors at large, without nomination by a qualified organization, to round out the board with equitable geographic and sector representation. Ryan Moorhouse, of Hartley, is the newly-elected chairman representing the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, and Steven Lastovica, Salado, is an at-large member and vice chairman.

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Fact Sheet: Estimating potential capital gains tax liability

Capital gains tax liability can be a major issue for agricultural landowners looking to sell property. Determining the value on which taxes may be figured can be difficult, particularly when the land was inherited decades ago and the basis may not be known. With this in mind, Dr. Terry Griffin, assistant professor of Ag Economics at Kansas State University and Tiffany Dowell Lashmet, agricultural law specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, put together a fact sheet to help landowners with this issue. Read more…

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USDA launches new farm bill information webpage

Ahead of the 2018 Farm Bill, House Agriculture Committee Chairman K. Michael Conaway, Texas, Dist. 11, announced Dec. 12 the launch of a new online resource designed to provide updates and information related to the 2018 Farm Bill. 

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2018 predictions for the drone industry

Successful Farming looks ahead to 2018 with Ivan Tolchinsky, CEO of Atlas Dynamics, a young aerospace company providing autonomous and semiautonomous professional drone solutions, who gives his predictions on where he believes the drone industry is headed. Read more…

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Recruit A New member before Dec. 15 to win 

Our latest member recruitment contest ends Dec. 15! Get a new member to sign up before Dec. 15, 2017, to be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a large personalized TSCRA gate sign. Each recruiting member will receive a free Cattle Raisers Trading Company cap. Read more…

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Know the soil’s condition before reseeding rangeland 

Why do rangeland plantings fail? Seems like a simple question, but the answer is not that simple. The amount of desirable species present on the site is often represented as a percentage of the total production expected on the site. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service recognizes 15 percent desirable species as a tipping point to assess if a site can be rehabilitated with management or has degraded to the point of reseeding. Note that generally, with the exception of cropland conversion, the need to reseed rangeland is largely a result of mismanagement leading to degraded soil. Noble Research Insititute  Pasture and Range Consultant Jeff Goodwin, and Associate Professor Kelly Craven discuss why and when to rangeland and how what goes on below ground determines if reseeding successful. Read more…

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Planned breeding schedules pay dividends for beef producers 

Financial opportunities can be found in designing strong breeding and forage/pasture plans for beef cattle herds, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. In a business where every pound counts and every expense should be optimized, Dr. Monte Rouquette, AgriLife Research forage physiologist, Overton, said producers should consider planned breeding windows for their cow herd if possible.

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Texas veterinarian builds outreach business model 

Unmet market needs offer new business opportunities, but they are not always easy to recognize nor to design a business plan that exploits the possibilities. Dr. Arn Anderson, owner and operator of Cross Timbers Veterinary Hospital in Bowie, correctly identified a market opportunity and put in place a market plan to fill the need. When area veterinarians retire or close their businesses due to injuries or sickness, Anderson buys their clinics. These businesses have been established for a long time and usually need updating. Anderson and his partners remodel the clinics and install new state-of-the-art equipment. He then interviews and hires a graduating vet to operate the business. The young graduates are given a guaranteed salary and fringe benefits such as vacations, sick leave, and an insurance program. They are hired with a commitment that they will eventually buy into their clinic. Anderson and the other vets in the system stay in close contact with each other to provide advice, guidance, and support. BEEF Magazine looks at Anderson’s outreach to new veterinarians, and how this benefits local cattle raisers. Read more…

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TDA Market Recap, Dec. 11. 2017 

For the week ending Dec. 9, 2017, Texas feeder cattle auctions were uneven, reporting prices mostly lower, with instances of $2 to $7 lower and $2 to $10 higher. Texas Weekly Direct reported trade activity and demand as light-to-moderate, with prices from $4 to $7 lower. Wholesale Beef values were mixed at the end of the week, with Choice Grade losing $2.60 to close at $205.59 per hundredweight (cwt) and Select Grade gaining 43 cents to end at $185.97 per cwt. Fed cattle cash price live purchases traded 4.00 lower at 117.00 as trade and demand were light to moderate in the Texas Panhandle. For the time period of Nov. 24-30, exporters reported net sales of 2,700 metric tons (MT) for 2017, which were down 81 percent from the previous week and 78 percent from the prior four-week average. Increases were reported for Japan, Canada, Mexico and Taiwan. Exports of 16,400 MT were up 15 percent from the previous week and 6 percent from the prior four-week average. The primary destinations were Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong.

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