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The “Times” - February 28, 2012

979 Hogs Eliminated Freestone County Places 7th Out of 20

Under the direction of

Agrilife Extension agent, Nick Hoffman, and with the assistance of Treasurer, Kay James, Freestone County participated in the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Hog Out County Grant Challenge. Citizens were asked help

reduce the feral hog population in Freestone County and bring proof to Mrs. James. Freestone County fared

quite well, coming in 7th Place out of 20 counties. The participants eliminated 979

hogs. In Texas, 12,632 hogs were destroyed. Coming in first was Hardeman County with 2,047 hogs, They, along with Clay (2nd), Lavaca (3rd), Callahan (4th) and Goliad (5th), were recipients of the grant funds. Each year, feral hogs cause

an estimated $500 million in property damages. Thanks to the combined

efforts over 3 years, 12,500 hogs have been eliminated. Mary McDonald reporting. _______________________


Texas Supreme Cattle Raisers Applaud Opinion

The Texas and Southwestern

Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) today applauded the opinion of the Texas Supreme Court in the Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Burrell Day and Joel McDaniel case regarding whether or not landowners own the groundwater below their land. “The Texas Supreme Court

has affirmed that landowners own the groundwater in place below their land and that it is subject to constitutional protection as a property right,” said Joe Parker Jr., rancher and president of TSCRA. “This opinion is a victory for

Texas landowners and will be important for generations to come. It also recognizes the important legislation, S.B. 332, which was passed by the Legislature in 2011” Parker said. “TSCRA would like to thank

the Texas Supreme Court for their diligent efforts in writing this opinion,” Parker continued. In the opinion, the Texas

Supreme Court states: “…we held long ago that oil

and gas are owned in place, and we find no reason to treat groundwater differently.” “…last year, the Legislature

amended section 36.002 [S.B. 332], to set out its fuller understanding of the matter… By ownership of groundwater as real property, the Legislature appears to mean ownership in place.” “Groundwater rights are

property rights subject to constitutional protection, whatever difficulties may lie in determining adequate compensation for a taking.”

“Today we have decided

that landowners do have a constitutionally compensable interest in groundwater...” TSCRA is a 135 year-old trade

association and is the largest and oldest livestock organization based in Texas. TSCRA has over 15,000 beef cattle operations, ranching families and businesses




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as members. These members represent approximately 50,000 individuals directly involved in ranching and beef production that manage 4 million head of cattle on 76 million acres of range and pasture land primarily in Texas and Oklahoma, but throughout the Southwest. _______________________

Statewide Public Hearings Texas Parks and Wildlife Sets

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is recommending changes to next year’s hunting and fishing regulations. The department is seeking comment on these proposed changes to the state’s hunting and fishing regulations during a series of public hearings. Each year, TPWD considers

changes in hunting and fishing regulations to achieve resource management objectives and maximize outdoor recreation opportunities consistent with good stewardship. The public is encouraged to

attend public meetings in their area and provide comment on proposed changes. The TPW Commission will make final rule making at its March 28-29 public hearing in Austin. The proposed amendments are published in the Feb. 17, 2012 edition of the Texas Register, available online at http://www. shtml.

Public comment on proposed changes may be made in writing

to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Statewide Hunting and Fishing Proclamation Public Comment, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. Comments may also be submitted via the department’s website at http://www.tpwd. public_comment/ or through the following resource points of contact: --Robert Macdonald (Wildlife) at (512) 389-4775; e-mail: robert. --Ken Kurzawski (Inland Fisheries) at (512) 389-4591, e-mail: ken. --Art Morris (Coastal Fisheries) at (361) 825-3356, e-mail: art. morris@tpwd.state.tx. TPWD Public Hearing Calendar All meetings are open to the public and begin at 7 p.m. March 6

--Beaumont, Holiday Inn & Suites, 3950 I-10 South. --Denison, Center for Workplace Learning (Room #111), 6101 Grayson Drive. --Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches Co. Courthouse Annex, 203 West Main. --San Antonio, Lions Field Adult Center, 2809 Broadway. March 13 --Dickinson, TPWD Dickinson Lab, 1502 FM 517 East (Pine Drive).

The daffodils have been blooming for several weeks…

well, maybe three weeks so we knew Spring was on its way. We just didn’t realize, I guess, how close it actually is. The front yard is full of the flowers and the fragrance of the tiny flowers on the grass and the little honey bees buzzing all around. The irises will be blooming soon and the gladiolas will make their presence known too. The last few days, even though we had a couple of fires

in the fireplace, have been very pleasant with warm temperatures and the smell of Spring in the air. Sitting in our favorite chairs on the front porch, we have listened to all different kinds of birds chirping and singing their various songs and calling to each other. The sounds of Spring… what a treat. There were so many Robin Red Breasts in the Sweet Gum Grove this past week we couldn’t count them all. What a sight it was as they scurried all around and we were totally surprised to see them. In a couple of more weeks, I will get my hummingbird feeders down and filled so any “early birds” will find something to eat. Driving up the drive-way, I saw a butterfly flit across the road. A beautiful yellow one and I thought, here’s another sign of Spring. It was one of the warm days and the butterfly appeared to dance its way across the road. Some of the trees are already budded out and I am anxious to see the Red Buds bloom. Even though it is only February going into March, and even though we had a light frost this past Saturday, and even though I just love a fire in the fireplace, I love the thought of Spring coming. The Red Oak Ranch will be renewed and refreshed with the arrival of Spring!!

Buffalo Livestock Marketing, Inc. Russell L deCordova P.O. Box Drawer P,

Cody deCordova (903) 322-4940

Ty deCordova Buffalo, Texas 75831 SALE EVERY SATURDAY - 12 NOON

Receipts from Buffalo Livestock Marketing showed a total of 846 cattle February 25, 2012 with 152 sellers and 48 buyers. Steer/Bull Calves & Yearlings

#1 Angus Cross and Charolaise Cross Steers & Heifers carrying ½ or less Brahman blood

150-200 lbs-------------------------------------190-275 200-300 lbs-------------------------------------190-285 300-400 lbs-------------------------------------185-245 400-500 lbs-------------------------------------180-233 500-600 lbs-------------------------------------175-195 600-700 lbs-------------------------------------170-185 700-800 lbs-------------------------------------145-155 Heifer Calves & Yearlings

Some plainer, hard to place calves below these figures 150-200 lbs-------------------------------------180-240 200-300 lbs-------------------------------------175-270 300-400 lbs-------------------------------------170-235 400-500 lbs-------------------------------------165-220 500-600 lbs-------------------------------------155-193 600-700 lbs-------------------------------------135-190 700-800 lbs-------------------------------------130-142 Slaughter

Cutter Cows--------------------------------------78-95 Fat Cows----------------------------------------80-98.5 Canner Cows-------------------------------------65-92 Slaughter Bulls

Heavy Bulls------------------------------------92-107.5 Light Bulls-----------------------------------------84-100 Pairs

Choice Pairs---------------------------------1350-1700 Good Pairs-----------------------------------1100-1350 Plain Pairs--------------------------------------900-950 Bred Cows 3-6 yr old------------------------875-1375

These prices reflect the GOOD and CHOICE cattle, and the plainer cattle would be

15 to 20 dollars behind these figures.

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discuss water planning issues in the region. Initiated by Mayor Roy W. Hill of Fairfield, the meeting focused on the water needs of the communities and possible solutions to their challenges in the years to come. The communities of Fairfield, Groesbeck, Teague, Mexia, Streetman, and Wortham and the Trinity River Authority, Mid-East Texas Ground Water District and the Heart of Texas Council of Goverments were all represented. Those communities use a total

of 5,580,000 million gallons of water per day during peak times. Of that total, 3,980,000 come from ground water sources. This was an eye- opening fact. Many in the room did not realize that the region was so heavily dependent upon groundwater. “We can’t focus on one source

of water. We must use multiple sources for our water supplies,” said John Fryer of the Mid-East Texas Groundwater District. The group decided that they would like to further discuss several options that would benefit all the communities. “Every day we do nothing,

it is costing us more money,” said Mayor Johnny Robinson of Streetman. The group decided that they would meet again next month. “This is a good thing we’re doing,” said Mayor Hill. “We need to do this for our future generations.”

--Fort Worth, Kennedale High School, Gymnasium, 901 Wildcat Way, Kennedale. --Marshall, Lions Community Center, 1201 Louisiana Street. March 14 --Port Isabel, Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria. March 20 --Houston, Sheldon Lake State Park, Regional Headquarters Classroom, 14200 Garrett Road. --McKinney, Myers Park & Event Center, 7117 County Road 166. --New Boston, Bowie County Courthouse (2nd floor), 710 James Bowie Drive.

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O’Ryan Oil and Gas has completed the Owens Gas Unit 2 Lease, Well #1 in Freestone County. The vertical well is located in the Nan-Su-Gail Consolidated Field 14.6 miles NE of Fairfield, Texas. The total depth is 12,407 ft. with 11,622 – 11,984 ft. producing intervals with 1.686 million CF of gas per day on a 16/64 inch choke.

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No. 1 Steers

Under 300 lbs--------------------------------200-250 300-400 lbs-----------------------------------200-240 400-500 lbs-----------------------------------190-230 500-600 lbs-----------------------------------185-215 600-700 lbs-----------------------------------160-185 700-800 lbs-----------------------------------145-165 No. 1 Heifers

Under 300 lbs-------------------------------185-230 300-400 lbs----------------------------------175-230 400-500 lbs----------------------------------165-215 500-600 lbs----------------------------------160-195 600-700 lbs----------------------------------140-170 700-800 lbs----------------------------------130-150 Slaughter Cows

High Yielding-------------------------------85 to 95 Low Yielding-------------------------------65 to 75 Fats------------------------------------------80 to 92 Thin & Shelly-------------------------------55 to 65 Packer Bulls (1250-2075 lbs)

Yield Grade 1&2 -------------------------90 to 106 Cow & Calf Pairs

Young Choice-------------------------1500 to 1800 Young Fair-----------------------------1100 to 1500 Aged Pairs------------------------------850 to 1100

Young Pregnancy Test Stocker Replacement Cows 750 to 1550

Groesbeck Auction & Livestock Co.

Bill Hughes (903) 626-4651

Don Henderson (254) 385-6460

Floyd Moore (936) 295-3558 SALE EVERY THURSDAY - 12 NOON

Receipts from Groesbeck Auction & Livestock Co. LLC showed a total of 242 head of cattle on Thursday, February

23, 2012 with 60sellers and 31 buyers. Stocker & Feeder Calves & Yearlings Steers Good & Choice

300-400 lbs-----------------------------------------192-250 400-500 lbs-----------------------------------------187-240 500-600 lbs-----------------------------------------175-197 600-700 lbs-----------------------------------------160-192 Heifers Good & Choice

300-400 lbs----------------------------------------183-220 400-500 lbs----------------------------------------175-215 500-600 lbs----------------------------------------157-185 600-700 lbs----------------------------------------152-175 Slaughter Cows & Bulls

Boner Avg. Dress 900 – 1000 lbs-------------------76-79 Boner High Dress 900 – 1000 lbs-------------------79-82 Boner Avg. Dress 1100 – 1400 lbs------------------80-84 Boner High Dress 1100 – 1400 lbs------------------82-88 Breaker Avg. Dress 1200 – 1400 lbs----------------84-87 Breaker High Dress 1200 - 1400 lbs----------------87-95 Canner Cows Avg. Dress 1000 - 1200 lbs---------70-74 Canner Cows High Dress 1000 - 1200 lbs---------74-77 Thin Cows Avg. Dress 750 – 1000 lbs--------------68-73 Thin Cows High Dress 750 -1000 lbs---------------70-74 Bulls Yield Grade 1 & 2-----------------------------96-104 Bulls Yield Grade 3 & 4------------------------------90-96 Stocker Cows

Young Bred Cows--------------------------------1100-1400 Older Plain Bred-----------------------------------900-1050 Good Choice Pairs--------------------------------------N/A Common Medium Pairs-------------------------1000-1100 At the sale of March 8, 2012, there will be 40 Angus pair, cf not 250 lbs, cows 4-6 years – 85 Brangus Cows 1/2 pair and 1/2 heavy bred- 125 Angus hf 450- 500 lbs.

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Receipts from Waco Livestock Auction showed a total of 803 head of cattle sold on February 21, 2012.

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