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Worms eat away at beef producers' profits

Beef cattle producers can gain $40/head when they control worms in cattle that are on pasture, according to a recent study by Iowa State University. The study showed that deworming stockers or preconditioned calves while they are grazing and before sending them to a feedlot provided a better payout for beef cattle producers. Read more at BEEFmagazine.com…

Aug 22, 2014 Read more...

Fall meeting hotel availability

TSCRA’s 2014 Fall Meeting comes to the Sheraton at the Capitol in Austin Sept. 24-26 to prepare cattle raisers for the upcoming Texas legislative session. The Sheraton has sold out of rooms but the Hilton Austin, 500 East 4th Street, has rooms available for both nights at the same special $179 fall meeting rate. A shuttle […]

Aug 21, 2014 Read more...

Ranching event scheduled Aug. 28 in Center

TSCRA will host a ranch gathering Thursday, Aug. 28, at the John D. Windham Civic Center in Center. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary beef dinner. The event is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in cattle raising or ranching is welcome to attend.

Aug 21, 2014 Read more...

Greener pastures signaling rebound in US beef supplies

Pasture conditions in the U.S., the world’s largest beef producer, are mostly recovered from a 2012 drought that forced ranchers to shrink the domestic herd to a 63-year low. While it takes years to reverse a decline in animal supply, record-high beef prices and the increasing availability of cheap feed are providing incentives for some […]

Aug 21, 2014 Read more...

FSA reminds producers: Farm bill allows early termination for certain CRP contracts

USDA Texas Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Judith A. Canales reminds producers that as of Aug. 6, producers with acres under contract through the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) can apply for early contract termination, as required by the 2014 Farm Bill. The deadline to request early CRP contract termination is Jan. 30, 2015.

Aug 21, 2014 Read more...

It's what's for dinner: Beef-stuffed peppers

Bell peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice and baked to savory perfection. Read more at beefitswhatsfordinner.com…

Aug 21, 2014 Read more...

Fed cattle prices continue to decline

Feedlot margins dropped significantly last week, from $284.85 per head down to $197.88 per head for the week ending August 16, says the Sterling Beef Profit Tracker’s latest report. The two-week skid came after margins topped out at $381.70 per head for the week ending August 2. The decline is well below the $280.55 per […]

Aug 20, 2014 Read more...

LCRA proposes water plan changes that keep more water in lakes

Despite pleas for a delay from rice farmers and some environmentalists at a hearing today, the Lower Colorado River Authority board appears poised to vote Wednesday on a proposal that would limit future releases of water from the Highland Lakes. Read more at the Austin American-Statesman…

Aug 20, 2014 Read more...

NARMS report finds hopeful trends in Salmonella, E. Coli in beef

Agriculture, and humanity in general, has some celebrating to do. The most recent National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) report showed that drug-resistant Salmonella was down in humans and chickens in 2011 (most recent complete data). Also, retail ground beef had one of its best years in 2011 in terms of non-resistant E. coli. Read […]

Aug 20, 2014 Read more...

Texas crop, weather, for Aug. 19, 2014

Except for a few isolated areas, the entire state received some rain in the last seven days, from barely a trace to as much as 2 inches in parts of the Panhandle and West Central Texas, according to the National Weather Service. For most, the moisture received was not enough to prevent soils from drying out as the dog days of summer wound down.

Aug 20, 2014 Read more...