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San Antonio's L&H Packing Co. to close

L&H¬†Packing Co., which opened its doors in 1963, is closing up shop. The South San Antonio beef processing plant, located on Steves Avenue near U.S. Highway 90, is ceasing operations after drought conditions and other factors have significantly shrunk the size of the U.S. cattle population. Read more at the San Antonio Business Journal…

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Time to submit comments on EPA water rule

In the August Cattlemen’s Column, TSCRA First Vice President Richard Thorpe encourages association members, family, neighbors and friends to submit comments condemning the EPA’s proposed rule change that would redefine the waters it regulates under the Clean Water Act. We must let the EPA know how detrimental this rule would be to cattle raisers, ag producers, landowners and the ranching way of life.

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ROI study shows $11.20 return on checkoff dollar

In the most comprehensive study ever rendered about the Return on Investment (ROI) of beef checkoff assessments, Dr. Harry Kaiser of Cornell University concludes that each dollar invested in the beef checkoff program between 2006 and 2013 returned about $11.20 to the beef industry.

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New Zilmax studies find no ill effects

It was just one year ago when concerns surfaced over possible adverse effects of beta agonists such as Zilmax on feedyard cattle. As a result, Tyson Foods announced a moratorium on purchasing Zilmax-fed cattle. Shortly after that, Merck Animal Health temporarily suspended sales of the product in the United States, a policy that remains in […]

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Is organic food better for you?

Recently, a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition said that organic fruits and vegetables are more nutritious. A press release declared it the “largest study” of its kind. Because of its size and breadth, some people believe that it trumps previous research which showed organic food did not appear to be any safer […]

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TDA Market Recap, Aug. 4, 2014

For the week ending Aug. 2, 2014, Texas auctions quoted feeder cattle prices mostly steady to $10 higher per hundredweight (cwt), with the largest increases noted early in the week, and mostly steady prices by Friday and Saturday. Texas direct feeder cattle sales were $4 to $7 higher. Fed cattle cash prices were near-unchanged at $162 per cwt. Wholesale beef values posted new record highs for the week, up $4 to $6 per cwt. Tight supplies and strong demand continue to support prices across the cattle sector. Beef export sales for the week were up 60 percent from both the previous week and the prior four-week average. Export shipments were down one percent from the previous week, but up four percent from the average.

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Pipelines vs. private property: Proposed rules revive eminent domain debate

Amid an oil and gas boom that has increased demand for new pipelines, Texas regulators have proposed new rules that have renewed a clash between two major state interests: energy development and private property rights. Read more at Longview News-Journal…

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USDA extends deadline for some disaster assistance programs

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, the program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1. The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses because of disease, adverse weather, wildfires or colony collapse disorder between Oct. 1, 2011 and Sept. 30, 2013, an additional two weeks to enroll in ELAP.

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CattleFax: Market strength will persist

Short supplies of beef and competing meats likely will keep cattle prices at or near record highs at least through 2015, says Cattle Fax analyst Kevin Good, who updated feedyard owners and managers during the Cattle Feeders Business Summit in Denver last week. Read more at Drovers CattleNetwork…

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Cow-Calf Corner: Oklahoma forage conditions continue to improve; Growing bred replacement heifers

In the Aug. 4 issue of Cow-Calf Corner, a newsletter from the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Derrell Peel discusses forage conditions in Oklahoma and Glenn Selk talks replacement heifer health.

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