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Getting calves ready for the feedyard

The more you do now to prepare your calves for the next step in their journey, the better you calves will do. –BEEF Magazine Read more…

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AgriLife Research study on fumonisin in beef cattle diets

Increasing levels of dietary fumonisin do not adversely affect feedlot cattle performance, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist in Amarillo. After a tumultuous 2017 corn season resulting in grain price discounts due to fumonisin, Dr. Jenny Jennings, AgriLife Research beef nutritionist in Amarillo, conducted a controlled beef cattle feeding study to determine the dangers of the mycotoxin in feed corn. While this study does not change the implications of other livestock feeding regimes, Jennings hopes her findings will contribute to updating the guidance levels for beef cattle. Read more…

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African Swine Fever impacting China pork production

China has reported 20 African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks since the first case was discovered in Liaoning province on Aug 1. 2018. This Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) is spreading widely throughout farms located in the eastern third of China. Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), USDA Veterinary Services, and the pork industry are keeping a watchful eye on the ASF outbreak in China. While there may not be a direct disease threat to Texas’s livestock farmers, it is appropriate that everyone takes the necessary precautions to protect the United States swine population by practicing good biosecurity. Read more…

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 9, 2018

The southeastern half of Texas and eastern Oklahoma saw more precipitation than states farther east, but only scattered small areas recorded over 1.5 inches of rain, insufficient to bring any notable improvement to the D0-D2 areas in that part of Texas. A strong upper-level trough and frontal system brought heavy rain to western Texas and much of Oklahoma. Areas just east of the Texas Panhandle recorded the most rainfall (5 to 10 inches prevailed), but most locations saw recorded over two inches. This substantially alleviated dryness and drought across the region, and most areas of dryness and drought improved from last week by one category. D0-D1 conditions now prevail, with a few areas of D2-D3 remaining in the central Texas Panhandle and west-central Texas. Read more…

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Young Leadership Series meeting Oct. 26-27 in Amarillo

Join us for a TSCRA Young Leadership Series Oct. 26-27 in Amarillo! This event will include a packing plant and feedyard tour, risk management workshop, networking and fun! The cost is $50 for members and $75 for non-members. Fee includes all materials, speakers, tour transportation and meals. TSCRA’s Young Leadership Series (YLS) aids in the development of new TSCRA leaders. Designed for interested individuals from 19 to 40 years of age, YLS engages and educates young people on current industry issues. It provides hands-on experience through direct contact with industry leaders and lawmakers. Our next leaders will emerge from the YLS program, and we are proud to provide a social and professional network for young people on and off of the ranch. Read more…

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Beltway Beef: Trucking regulations

In the latest Beltway Beef podcast, NCBA’s Kevin Kester and Allison Rivera check in from the Department of Transportation HQ in Washington, DC, where they participated in a public-listening session regarding a proposal to rewrite truckers’ Hours of Service regulations. Read more…

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DTN retail fertilizer trends

Retail fertilizer prices continue their slow march higher, with urea prices increasing 6 percent from last month, which widened the spread between anhydrous prices when it comes to per-pound costs of nitrogen. –DTN Progressive Farmer Read more…

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Poll: Americans look at food labels but are confused by them

If you want to reach someone with a food message, put it on a label. A new poll out of Michigan State shows that food labels influence the purchasing behavior of most Americans. Of course, the data told a much deeper story than that. It’s notable that the most popular terms consumers search for on food labels are also the most ambiguous. -AgDaily Read more…

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Texas crop and weather report for Oct. 10, 2018

Cattle prices have been rising following widespread rains and improved winter grazing prospects, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. David Anderson, AgriLife Extension livestock marketing economist, College Station, said calf prices have risen in recent weeks due to improving pasture and rangeland conditions and prospects for winter grazing. Local auction prices have been steadily creeping upward over the last six weeks. Read more…

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Beef Loving Texans: Southwestern beef and sweet potato pie

Pie’s not just for dessert! This hearty beef and sweet potato recipe makes a great family dinner. Read more…

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