Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cattle Raisers talk branding and theft in Anahuac

Branding still the deal in the ranching business ANAHUAC - Branding is still
important. We're talking cattle, not just company logos.
Jimmy Belt, whose title is "special ranger," said cattle theft is up, and
old-fashioned branding can help place recovered animals back in home pens.
He spoke at the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association ranch
gathering, Oct. 6, at White's Park in Anahuac. The day's topic included
market outlook and the economic impact of calf and reproductive management
practices. I heard of oral supplements and injections.
Belt told how a farmer recognized his stolen calf from a large pen of
recovered animals, but without that crucial brand, he was not allowed to
claim them.
Branding is old-school, but social media plays a modern role in recovery,
Belt said. A stolen hay baler made an appearance years after it was stolen
when someone sold it on Craig's List.
That's stuff many of us enjoy dining on beef "rarely" think about. The
blessing over dinner reminded us to think about those who produce our "food
and fiber." This fall is a season of harvest, so find a rancher and farmer
to thank for your bounty.
TSCRA is a 138-year-old trade association and is the largest and oldest
livestock organization based in Texas. For more information, visit

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