Category Archives: Livestock

Tri-County Beef and Forage Program

ETX Beef and Forage Seminar_08-22-17

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Estray Livestock

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent –Ag/NR Smith County Estray Livestock From time to time, livestock may get out of the fenced pasture or area they are being kept. The Texas Agriculture Code, Title 6, Subtitle B, Chapter 142 provides details of how estray cattle are to be handled. Many times when cattle are out on the highway, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) are the first ones called. Texas State law in section 142.003 states, “the owner of the private property or… Read More →

Beef Cattle Production

Ag Biz News Column By:  Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Beef Cattle Production   Texas ranks first in the nation in total cattle numbers with over 14 million head.  Texas also has the broadest spectrum of producers and variation in production environments. The beef cattle industry is by far the largest sector in the Texas agriculture industry. Assets minus liabilities equal profit.  In the beef cattle industry, several methods can be used to reach a certain level of profitability.  One way is to increase revenues… Read More →

Emergency Preparedness for Farms and Ranches

Ag Biz News Column Chad Gulley County Extension Agent—Ag/NR Smith County   Emergency Preparation for Farmers and Ranchers Disasters come in many forms.  Disasters can be caused from hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, accidents, terrorism, ice storms, and wildfires to name a few.   Texas is home to more than 247,000 farms and ranches where agriculture contributes to more than $100 million annually to the state’s economy.   Are you prepared for a disaster on your farm? All disaster plans on the farm or ranch should address three major types of potential… Read More →