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This section carries the latest in industry news from our cattle associations, government agencies, and other sources as it pertains to the cattle industry and livestock industry as a whole. If it is news that relates to the beef cow or ranches in Texas and other states, then you will find it at southernlivestock.com.

Texas 4-H Roundup cancelled due to COVID-19

published: April 7th 2020 by: Blair Fannin source: Texas AgriLife Today

Texas 4-H Roundup, considered the pinnacle event for all of Texas 4-H members, which attracts thousands of youth to Texas A&M University in College Station each June, has been cancelled due to COVID-19....

Unique COVID-19 social-distancing message for farmers

published: April 6th 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has specialists and agents statewide helping to keep Texans educated, informed and safe in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Calvin Trostle, Ph....

On Farm Biosecurity to Keep Us and Employees Safe

published: April 3rd 2020 by: Jason Hartschuh, Extension Educator, Cra source: The Ohio Beef Leader

Agriculture is no stranger to contagious disease. Drawing on sanitation experiences from outbreaks, such as avian and swine influenza or the 2001 outbreak of foot and mouth disease in the United Kingdom in 2001, can help us through the current pandemic....

Covid 19 brings disruptions to all segments of beef industry

published: April 3rd 2020 by: Martha Hollida Garrett

It was not that long ago that life was normal, but Covid 19 has changed that and caused major disruptions to our lives and our businesses. All segments of the beef industry have been forced to make changes in the past two-three weeks and at press time, Covid 19 is still escalating and spreading throughout our country....

Auburn Beef Industry Tour

published: April 3rd 2020 by: Dr. Joe C. Paschal source: ICA Of Texas

Dr. Wayne Greene, a former colleague of mine and Auburn University Animal Science department head, brought 45 students down to South Texas last week. They visited several ranches and a feed yard along the way, and I took them on a tour of STX Beef (formerly Sam Kane or Kane Beef) in Corpus Christi....

2020 – Eerie/weird and different times

published: April 3rd 2020 by: Bob Turner source: ICA Of Texas

The Coronavirus and the pandemic impact that it has brought on are a first-time occurrence of this nature for all of us. Of course, health and life are the number one issues. However, keeping the national, state and local economy afloat is also a major concern....

Amid pandemic, ranchers should be on high alert

published: April 3rd 2020

Theft and scams on the rise during uncertain times... Fort Worth, Tex. -- The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the cattle market has been dramatic already. But that’s not the only threat to ranchers’ livelihood, according to Scott Williamson....

NCBA sends letter to Ag Secretary Perdue urging aid for American cattle producers

published: April 3rd 2020

WASHINGTON -- Fol-lowing final passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act by the U.S. House of Representatives, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) sent a letter urging United States Department of Agri-culture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue to “take immediate action to provide much-needed relief to cattle producers who have been negatively impacted due to the ongoing Coro-navirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic....

Barber joins Beefmaster Breeders United staff

published: April 3rd 2020

BOERNE, Texas – Rylee Barber will serve as the new Beefmaster Breeders United (BBU) Youth and Membership Programs Coordinator. Her duties include managing the Junior Beefmaster Breeders Association (JBBA) program and working with the BBU membership on a daily basis....

Texas Farm Credit to distribute $12.3 million to stockholders

published: April 3rd 2020

Robstown, Tex. -- Texas Farm Credit customers are getting cash back this spring – the highest amount in the lender’s history – for the 22nd year in a row.     The rural lending cooperative is distributing a record $12....

AgriLife Extension’s Hemphill County Beef Conference rescheduled to Sept. 1-2

published: April 2nd 2020 by: Kay Ledbetter source: Texas AgriLife Today

The 2020 Hemphill County Texas A&M AgriLife Beef Cattle Conference has been rescheduled for Sept. 1-2. The conference will be in the Jones Pavilion, 1101 N. Sixth St., Canadian. “While we must delay in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe the show must go on,” said Andy Holloway, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent for Hemphill County....

State Department clears the way for agriculture workforce

published: April 1st 2020 source: American Farm Bureau

The U.S. State Department revised its restrictions on the processing of visa applications submitted by farm workers in Mexico after hearing concerns that the restrictions would lead to a farm worker shortage in the U....

COVID-19: Self-care crucial during times of anxiety, stress

published: March 31st 2020 by: Susan Himes source: Texas AgriLife Today

It is normal for adults and children to experience anxiety during stressful events like the current worldwide pandemic surrounding the novel coronavirus. Whether it’s the fear of contracting COVID-19, disruptions to work and school schedules, or the myriad of related concerns, stress is an expected and normal response....

Senate coronavirus legislation helps Texas farmers, ranchers

published: March 26th 2020 source: Texas Farm Bureau

Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening issued the following statement after the passage by the U.S. Senate  of the “Phase Three” coronavirus legislation.  “Texas Farm Bureau applauds today’s efforts by the U....

Theft and scams on the rise during uncertain times

published: March 25th 2020 source: Texas Southwestern Cattle Raisers Asso

Fort Worth, Texas — The coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the cattle market has been dramatic already. But that’s not the only threat to ranchers’ livelihood, according to Scott Williamson....

Tyson adds $5 per cwt starting today

published: March 23rd 2020 source: Drovers Journal and Norfolk Daily News

Starting today, Tyson Foods has pledged to  add $5 per cwt to live cattle and $7.94 per cwt to dressed and grid cattle. The increase will be added to the base cash price for the week. Tyson made the announcement this past Saturday in an email to Drovers Journal from Gary Michelson, Tyson Foods director of meda relations....

Coronavirus hits agricultural events

published: March 20th 2020 by: Martha Hollida Garrett

Coronavirus has not only played havoc with cattle markets but is making its force felt throughout ag events. In Texas, we have already seen two major events, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, as well the Austin Livestock Show and Rodeo cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid 19....

Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo All Breed Sales show strong demand

published: March 20th 2020

The 2020 Houston Live-stock Show & Rodeo All Breed Sales took place on Wednesday, March 4 at the NRG Arena.  Over 326 buyers in attendance and via the internet registered to buy cattle.  71 bulls and 412 females from some of the industry’s most re-nowned breeders were sold to 86 buyers from Arkansas, Louisiana, Mis-sissippi, Oklahoma, and Texas....

Sympathies extended to Thompson family...

published: March 20th 2020

JC Thompson Jr. spent his 60 years here on earth full of life, achieving goals, and loving others well. He entered heaven on Jan. 23, 2020, the same day his father passed 34 years ago. He was loved deeply by his family, and made a lasting impact on those whom he came into contact with....

Statement from NCBA CEO Colin Woodall on the impact of Coronavirus on the U.S. beef supply chain

published: March 20th 2020

There is a great deal of uncertainty about the ongoing impact of Corona-virus, its impact on the beef industry and the United States as a whole. At this time, it’s impossible to measure the full effects of the virus or determine how it may continue to unfold....

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