Keeping Texas beef quality high

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Monday, July 28, 2014 - 10:57pm

Tuesday morning, East Texas ranchers and beef producers will get first hand knowledge concerning the best ways keep their herds up to the highest standards.

"Ways that we can continue to deliver a safe and wholesome product, we're trying to fee a lot more people with a lot fewer cattle and just trying to make sure we're staying efficient while maintaining food safety," said Stacy Fox the Director of Member Programs with the Southwestern Cattle Ranchers Association.

Among learning about genetics, shots, and feeding times, they'll also get an update on the industry as a whole.

"Beef prices are pretty high right now and cattle prices are high, we've had a historic drought here in Texas that has decreased our inventory so there's a lot less supply and our demand continues to be strong, so beef prices area little higher right now, but we've got some of the best quality product we've had," said Fox.

The recent rain this summer has many hopeful, but ranchers are being warned to be practical, and not expand their herds too quickly.

"Just because we've had some rain doesn't mean that the range is ready to be restocked, it doesn't mean that it's time to put the same number of cattle back out on,some of that land that you had before.  Just try giving that range some time to recover," said Fox.

 Information which can help a rancher of any size.

"We have a lot of new and small producers that come through this program cause it's great information and a lot of our seasoned ranchers go through it as well cause it's an excellent refresher on just some of the basic things that you would do around the ranch, no matter what size operation you have," said Fox.

The sign up for this particular workshop has passed, but the AgriLife Research Center, as well and the Southwestern Cattle Ranchers Association are always planning new classes and events for area producers.

To find out more about those programs go to: http://www.tscra.org/ or http://overton.tamu.edu/

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