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The Texas Side Of Things

published: June 12th 2020 by: Jim Banner

With all the recent doom and gloom that has been taking place in the world, I am choosing not to write about it or give my opinion about what’s going on.  Instead, I have decided to write about positive things and…     Lately, I have had lots of people ask me how the cattle market is doing....

Texas Tales

published: June 12th 2020 by: Mike Cox

Texas has 1,215 incorporated towns and cities, and another 5,000-plus wide spots in the road not counting ghost towns.     While most Lone Star place names honor people or recognize some geographic feature, with that many locales needing names, early-day Texans showed both creativity and a propensity to memorialize where they came from in picking names for their communities....

D.C. News...

published: June 12th 2020

Department of Justice subpoenas the “Big 4” beef packers Compiled from media sources by Southern Livestock Staff The Department of Justice (DOJ)on June 4th formally demanded information from America’s “Big 4” U....

Weighing The Market

published: June 12th 2020 by: Wes Ishmael

Plenty of COVID-19 uncertainty remains, in-cluding the potential for resurgence and how quickly domestic and global economies recover. Yet, a renewed sense of familiarity returned to cattle markets the past couple of weeks as packing capacity continues to recover....

Just Your Standard Bull...

published: May 29th 2020 by: Michael Sturgess

It’s almost 10:00 pm on a Monday evening, and my wife and I are settling down for the night’s rest at a Walmart parking lot in Jackson, TN. No, we’re not homeless. But we now have a second home--one on wheels....

Texas Tales

published: May 29th 2020 by: Mike Cox

Newspapers once openly published fiction along with fact, but sometimes readers had to wonder whether a story really rang true.      The tale of one Sam Walker, told in the Shiner Gazette on Jan....

D.C. News...

published: May 29th 2020

USDA announces details of direct assistance to farmers through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Farmers and ranchers to receive direct support for losses related to COVID-19 WASHINGTON, D.C....

Executive Director’s Report

published: May 29th 2020 by: Bill Hyman source: ICA Of Texas

We will miss everyone this year since there will be no statewide convention. We will still hold the Drawdown for a Can Am HD 800 side by side and a trailer donated by the Southeast Texas ICA, Can Am, and the South Central Texas ICA....

Cow Profitability II

published: May 29th 2020 by: Dr. Joe C. Paschal source: ICA Of Texas

Last month I said that cow fertility was the most important trait affecting profitability in the cow herd. There are other factors that contribute as well, not as much, but they are ones that you can control....

President’s Address

published: May 29th 2020 by: Chloe Wilson source: ICA Of Texas

I think the smoke is finally starting to clear after the brushfire of COVID-19.     ICA has canceled convention but there is still fun to be had. We will be holding a virtual live auction and Drawdown, so you have not lost your chance to win the coveted CAN-AM defender....

Chapter Happenings Around The Lone Star State

published: May 29th 2020 source: ICA Of Texas

Guada-Coma ICA By Carilyn John     Hi folks. It sure seems strange that we are unable to meet for our regular meetings and socialize.  I miss it.  I don’t know when we will have our next chapter meeting, but will keep you updated....

Texas Crop, Weather

published: May 29th 2020

Mother Nature delivers mixed bag for hay producers Texas’ hay season has been a mixed bag for producers with results heavily dependent on Mother Nature and timing, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts....

The Texas Side Of Things

published: May 15th 2020 by: Jim Banner

You may remember one of my past columns in which I described an agri-business plan I was going to going to start -- a camp for overweight people at the ranch in Castell.  Let me remind you that this was a very special camp and if the client or camper, as I like to call them, would follow my program to the tee, then I would guarantee they would lose weight....

Texas Tales

published: May 15th 2020 by: Mike Cox

Who doesn’t like hearing about a clever scam pulled by some con artist? The answer is no one except the victim, a gullible sort known to grifters as pigeons or suckers.     Of course, most of us are quick to denounce unscrupulous people, but the truth is, deep down we sort of admire someone smart enough to benefit himself at the expense of others....

D.C. News...

published: May 15th 2020 source: USDA

Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance applies to agriculture, also Source: USDA     In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, small business owners in all U.S. states, Washington D....

Weighing The Market

published: May 15th 2020 by: Wes Ishmael

Reduced beef packing and processing capacity wrought by COVID-19, and safety measures against it, continue to cast a pall over cattle markets as the apparent backlog of market-ready fed cattle continues to grow....

Just Your Standard Bull...

published: May 1st 2020 by: Michael Sturgess

The month of May appears to be the beginnings of a phased-in approach to getting our economy going again. Each state of course is different, and the nation’s hot spots will be slower to start up than others....

Texas Tales

published: May 1st 2020 by: Mike Cox

Many a man, from preacher to pistol-packer, had a hand in taming the Wild West. Bob Russell’s modest role in that epic pacification was to bring about a certain civic improvement for the then-booming Panhandle cow town of Tascosa ....

D.C. News...

published: May 1st 2020 source: Oklahoma State University Extension

CARES Act has provisions for retirement account withdrawal penalties  Building financial ac-counts is an important priority for many people moving toward retirement. While those reserve funds grow, financial management experts typically agree it’s important to be patient and not withdraw early....

Executive Director’s Report

published: May 1st 2020 by: Bill Hyman source: ICA Of Texas

I hope everyone is safe and healthy. The ‘shelter in place’ mandate should be over soon and for most ranch families this was easily accomplished. My sympathies go out to those living in the cities....

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