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Cattle Raisers applaud appointment of Idsal to EPA post

Richard Thorpe, president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association issued a statement on Monday following the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announcement of Anne Idsal’s appointment as the EPA Regional Administrator for Region 6. The region covers Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas and New Mexico.

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Antibiotic sales drop 10 percent for livestock in 2016

For the first time on record, the Food and Drug Administration says antibiotic sales and distribution for food-producing animals declined. On Dec. 7, FDA released a summary report for 2016 on “Antimicrobials Sold or Distributed for Use in Food-Producing Animals.” A key finding in the report was antibiotic sales and distribution in the U.S. dropped 10 percent from 2015 to 2016 for food-producing animals. Since FDA began collecting sales data in 2009, this is the first time that year-over-year sales of antimicrobials have declined. Read more…

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Cattle market economist Derrell Peel looks into what lies ahead in 2018 markets

The latter days of 2016 set up cattle producers for a decently profitable, yet somewhat surprising, year in 2017. Most notably, the industry saw more and more cattle pulled ahead and placed on show lists a bit quicker than normal. Additionally, carcass weights came down some and as a result, overall tonnage of beef supplies was not as big as the increasing numbers might have suggested. This allowed most all segments of the beef business to make some money. As we wrap up this year, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays reached out to market watcher Derrell Peel for his perspective on what the future may hold for the cattle market as we head into 2018 on the latest edition of Beef Buzz. Read More…

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State Climatologist: Dry conditions could worsen for much of Texas

October and November were two of the driest Octobers and Novembers on record, and much of the state appears to be facing a continued dry spell through winter, according to the state climatologist. Dr. John Nielsen-Gammon, College Station, said conditions were excessively dry throughout the typically wet fall months, and dry conditions are expected to continue through the next several weeks, at least.

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Cow-Calf Corner: How much hay do I need to feed?; 2017 beef cow herd dynamics

In this week’s Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Glenn Selk talks calculating hay needs for your herd; and Derrell Peel discusses the 2017 beef cow herd.

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APHIS Wildlife Services to begin field trials on feral swine toxic bait

In November, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) accomplished two key tasks as part of its efforts to evaluate an oral toxic bait for use with invasive feral swine. First on Nov. 6, 2017, APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) received an Experimental Use Permit (EUP) from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to conduct sodium nitrite toxic bait field trials on free-roaming feral swine in Texas and Alabama. Second, on Nov. 20, APHIS signed a final environmental assessment and issued a Decision and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) associated with conducting such field trials.

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Senators lead bipartisan call for delayed implementation of ELDs for livestock transporters

U.S. Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) today led a bipartisan group of colleagues in calling for delayed implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for commercial motor vehicles transporting livestock or insects. The senators’ letter to Senate leadership supports a provision in the U.S. House-passed Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill delaying implementation of ELDs and providing the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) time to make the necessary adjustments to hours of service rules to address animal welfare concerns.

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Livestock Wx for Dec. 8, 2017: Warm and dry in November, snow in South Texas in December. So what can we expect for January?

SPONSORED CONTENT: This week’s Livestock Wx exclusive content for TSCRA members discusses warmer and drier conditions across Oklahoma and Texas, and what to expect for January.

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Synthetic meat unlikely to impact protein market in near term

Many hurdles remain for cultured meat, the largest of which are related to commercial viability, consumer acceptance, and regulatory issues. The impact of protein products derived from plant sources, insects or cultured animal cells on livestock and poultry demand is not expected to be significant in the foreseeable future, according to a new report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. However, these technologies bear watching. Read more…

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US Drought Monitor and Summary, Dec. 7, 2017

On this week’s map, conditions continued to deteriorate in the region despite some precipitation (generally less than 1 inch) being observed in portions of eastern Oklahoma and the northern Gulf Coast of Texas. According to NOAA’s NCEI, the South experienced its third driest and eighth warmest November on record. In Texas, areas of drought expanded across the eastern portion of the state as the warm and dry pattern continued. According to NOAA’s NCEI, Texas experienced its twelfth driest and sixth warmest October-November period on record. In Oklahoma, hot and windy conditions continued to degrade pasture and rangeland conditions. Average temperatures across the region were 6-to-14 degrees above normal for the week with the greatest anomalies observed in northeastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma.

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