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TDA Market Recap, April 13, 2015

For the week ending April 11, 2015, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady, ranging from $2 to $4 higher per hundredweight (cwt). Texas weekly direct feeder cattle sales were mostly steady to $3 higher. Fed cattle weekly cash sales were $2 higher at $167 per cwt. Wholesale beef values were higher with Choice Grade gaining 94 cents to close at $256.51 per cwt, but Select Grade lost 1 cent to close at $249.91 per cwt. Net export sales for March 27-April 2 were up noticeably from the previous week. Export shipments were up two percent from the previous week.

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Texas Beef Checkoff shows bullish numbers

Just six months in, the Texas Beef Checkoff posted a revenue of $3.4 million. That money will be used to revamp marketing strategies to share beefy messages with consumer audiences, enhance producer communications and provide beef content to retail partners. In addition to promoting and marketing beef, checkoff dollars will be invested in research efforts. Funds also are used to build on current programs, which wasn’t possible before the state-funded checkoff began.

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USDA designates 5 counties in Texas as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Atascosa, Burnet, Lampasas, San Saba and Van Zandt counties in Texas as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Farmers and ranchers in 25 additional counties Texas also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. 

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Sorghum silage a suitable alternative to corn silage, with proper management

Sorghum silage can provide an alternative to corn silage, but not all sorghum silages are equal, according to two Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialists.

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Cow-Calf Corner: North American cattle situation – Mexico; Evaluate udder soundness soon after calving to use as culling criteria

In the April 13 edition of Cow-Calf Corner, A weekly newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Agency, Derrell Peel takes a look at the North American cattle situation from Mexico’s perspective; and Glenn Selk talks  when to evaluate a cow’s udder soundness to use as a cull criteria.

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Cattle Raisers praise passage of Senate Bill 474

TSCRA praised passage of Senate Bill 474 on Thursday, which helps landowners receive a fair offer in eminent domain proceedings. Sen. Lois Kolkhorst,, R-Brenham, authored the legislation that was passed in the Texas State Senate by a 25-6 vote.

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USDA expands beef and pork trade with Mexico and Peru

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced April 10 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recently reached agreements allowing U.S. beef and pork producers greater access to consumers in Mexico and Peru. The agreements announced Friday will allow U.S. producers to export slaughter cattle to Mexico and expand access to consumer markets in Peru for U.S. fresh and chilled pork.

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7 common fencing mistakes

Some of the most common fencing errors in livestock fencing, and how to avoid them. Read more at BEEF magazine…

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The Cattleman Now smartphone app gets a full makeover

TSCRA’s newest version of The Cattleman Now smartphone app is available for download. We’ve completely redesigned the app to improve performance, provide new content and enhance the features our users enjoyed most. If you’ve already downloaded the app, visit the updates option in iTunes App store for iPhone or the Google Play store for Android […]

Apr 09, 2015 Read more...

USDA seeks nominations for Cattlemen's Beef Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking nominations to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Vacancies for producer and importer member positions will occur many states including Kansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and the Importer Unit. Any beef producer in the United States that owns cattle or any importer who imports cattle or beef can […]

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