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TSCRA Crime Watch: Cattle missing in Navarro County

TSCRA Special Ranger Jimmy Dickson, Dist. 14, reports 4 heifers missing from a property near Rice in Navarro County. The cattle went missing some time between Sept. 9 and 11 and were possibly originally estray, but now may be stolen. Missing are a heavy bred Brahman heifer, a bred Hereford heifer and 4 black Angus […]

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Texas sees significant decline in rural land

The vast majority of Texas land — 83 percent — is part of a farm, ranch or forest. But Texas is losing such rural land more than any other state, in large part because of the exploding growth of metropolitan areas, according to newly released data. Scientists say that has serious implications for Texas’ water supply because such acreage […]

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Anthrax confirmed in Jim Wells County cow

Anthrax has been confirmed in a cow approximately 10 miles north of Premont in Jim Wells County. This is the first documented case in the county since the late 1950’s. This is also the first case confirmed in cattle this year in Texas. Anthrax cases in Texas are often confined to a triangular area bounded by the towns of Uvalde, Ozona and Eagle Pass. This area includes portions of Crockett, Val Verde, Sutton, Edwards, Kinney and Maverick counties. Anthrax is a bacterial disease caused by Bacillus anthracis, which is a naturally occurring organism. A vaccine is available for use in susceptible livestock.

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Major supermarket chains changed how they label meat, surprising customers and USDA

In recent weeks, Giant stores nationwide changed their labeling procedures, making it difficult for customers to know the quality of meat. Rather than providing different options, the company labeled meat simply as “USDA graded” — a description that applies to all but a tiny amount of meat approved for sale in the United States. Larry […]

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TDA Market Recap, Oct. 13, 2014

For the week ending Oct. 11, 2014, feeder cattle prices quoted by Texas auctions were mostly steady to $5 higher per hundredweight (cwt) compared to their previous sale, with some locations as much as $10 higher. Demand was strongest for lighter weight offerings to turn out on fall and winter pastures. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were mostly $3 to $6 higher. Fed cattle cash sales were $2 higher. Wholesale beef values were higher. Limited supplies continue to support prices throughout the cattle-beef complex. Beef export sales for the week were up 18 percent from the previous week and five percent higher than the prior four-week average. Export shipments were up two percent from the previous week and five percent above the average.

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Ranching 101 is hitting the road!

You’ve asked for it! TSCRA’s popular Ranching 101 program will be held in San Antonio on Oct. 29 at Aggie Park. Are you new to the business or just want to sharpen your skills? We’ll go in depth on animal health and marketing techniques for the new and small rancher. Registration is free to members and $20 for non-members. We’ll kick off at 9:00 a.m. and wrap up at 4:00 p.m. Lunch is included. Make plans to stick around for dinner and our TSCRA Ranch Gathering that evening beginning at 6:00 p.m. To register, click here. Click here for directions. Ranching 101 is sponsored by Lone Star Ag Credit.

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Governors, attorneys general say CWA rule a legal threat to farmers

Since the release of the proposed waters of the U.S. rule, the EPA has maintained it is simply codifying those waters that already are jurisdictional, and that it narrows down the scope of those waters covered with new definitions, and farmers have nothing to fear if they don’t already need permits. A group of governors […]

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Senators join last-minute push to keep COOL

September came and went with no final announcement on the Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) dispute held up at the World Trade Organization (WTO). While there has been some speculation among stakeholders and a preliminary document shared with the governments involved, the final decision has yet to be announced. The WTO is deciding on whether […]

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EPA water rule pits liberal billionaires against rural farmers

What do left-wing billionaires and the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) definition of “navigable waters” have in common? More than the former would care to admit about the latter. Read more at The Hill…

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Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma October rain = wheat pasture = stocker demand; Prussic acid poisoning is a concern after a light frost

In the Oct. 13 issue of Cow/Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses the interaction between October moisture, wheat pasture progress and stocker demand; and Glenn Selk talks prussic acid poisoning after a light frost.

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