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Endangered whooping cranes to move through Oklahoma

One of the rarest birds in North America will soon be making its way through the Sooner State and biologists are asking for your help in tracking the migration path. As the endangered birds pass through Oklahoma on their return flight from Canada to South Texas, Oklahoma’s Wildlife Department compiles sightings from wildlife enthusiasts each year to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service track their progress. Read more…

Oct 15, 2018 Read more...

USDA announces $9.4 million to support socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue $9.4 million in grants (PDF, 750 KB) to provide enhanced training, outreach, and technical assistance to underserved and veteran farmers and ranchers. This funding is available through the USDA’s Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program (also known as the 2501 Program), managed by the USDA Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement (OPPE). Read more…

Oct 15, 2018 Read more...

Cow-Calf Corner: Impact of dressing percent on cull cow marketing; US and global beef trade update

In the Oct. 15 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Glenn Selk talks dressing percent effects on cull cow marketing; and Derrell Peel discusses national and global beef trade. Read more…

Oct 15, 2018 Read more...

TSCRA Govt Affairs Roundup: Early voting, hearings and hours of service regs

Early voting is just around the corner. The TSCRA Political Action Committee has released a list of recommended candidates for TSCRA members to consider when they go to the polls. This week TSCRA provided oral testimony during a hearing of the Texas House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, signed a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Hours of Service regulations for livestock haulers, and continue to meet with Texas legislators and their staff to discuss proposed reforms to the eminent domain process. Read more…

Oct 12, 2018 Read more...

Contest starts next week for a chance to get a Greeley Hat Works gift certificate

The Cattleman Buyers Guide has teamed up with Greeley Hat Works
to give viewers of our POSTED videos a chance to enter a drawing to win
a $450 gift certificate toward a hat! Beginning Monday, Oct. 15, check POSTED videos each month for the secret word and enter the word into a form on the POSTED page. A drawing will be held on the last day of the month and each month’s winner also has a chance to triple the prize amount at the 2019 Cattle Raisers Convention in Fort Worth! More details and contest rules will be available on thecattlemanbuyersguide.com/POSTED.

Oct 12, 2018 Read more...

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…

Oct 12, 2018 Read more...

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…

Oct 11, 2018 Read more...