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E-Trails                                                                                              December 31, 2015


Houston Livestock Show Entries Now Open and Due January 5, 2016!

A big thank you to the following buckle sponsors for the 2016 Houston Livestock Show Longhorn Division:

1 Bar 7 Longhorns, Porter, TX 
Guthrie Longhorn Cattle Co., Saginaw, TX


Click on the image above to view the January, 2016 of Trails magazine. 

TLBAA is pleased to welcome Lindsay Maher of Arlington, Texas as the new Trails advertising sales representative. She begins work Monday, January 4. Lindsay has an impressive track record in advertising sales and will be calling on existing Trails and web advertisers to introduce herself in the next few weeks. Welcome, Lindsay!!


USDA Removes Farm Program Payments to Managers Not Actively Engaged in Farming

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today finalized a rule to ensure that farm safety-net payments are issued only to active managers of farms that operate as joint ventures or general partnerships, consistent with the direction and authority provide by Congress in the 2014 Farm Bill. The action, which exempts family farm operations, closes a loophole where individuals who were not actively part of farm management still received payments.

"The federal farm safety-net programs are designed to protect against unanticipated changes in the marketplace for those who actively share in the risk of that farming operation," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. "To ensure that help goes to those who genuinely need it, such as America's farm families, the Farm Bill authorized USDA to close a loophole and limit payments from those not involved on a daily basis in nonfamily farm management."

Since 1987, the broad definition of "actively engaged" resulted in some general partnerships and joint ventures adding managers to the farming operation, qualifying for more payments, that did not substantially contribute to management. The rule applies to operations seeking more than one farm manager, and requires measureable, documented hours and key management activities each year. Some operations of certain sizes and complexity may be allowed up to three qualifying managers under limited conditions. The changes apply to payments for 2016 and subsequent crop years for Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) Programs, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDP) and Marketing Loan Gains (MLG) realized via the Marketing Assistance Loan program.

As required by Congress, the new rule does not apply to family farms, or change regulations related to contributions of land, capital, equipment, or labor. The changes go into effect for the 2016 crop year for most farms. Farms that have already planted fall crops for 2016 have until the 2017 crop year to comply. For more details, producers are encouraged to consult their local Farm Service Agency office. Read more...


Please note: Sale purchases made by credit card may be subject to a 3 -5% processing fee

TLBAA thanks the following 2016 Eddie Wood Cowtown Classic Sale Sponsors:

Safari B Ranch - Elk City, Oklahoma
DuBose Bar D Ranch - Ben Wheeler, Texas
CedarView Ranch - Pittsburg, Kansas


Fairfield Inn & Suites - $129                             SpringHill Suites University - $122
1505 S. University Dr.                                       3250 Lovell Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76107                                       Fort Worth, TX 76107
817-335-2000                                                   817-878-2554
Reservation cutoff date: 12/15/15                    Reservation cutoff date: 1/1/16
Click here to book online                                  Click here to book online


Country Inn & Suites - $109                             Radisson Fossil Creek - $99
2200 Mercado Dr.                                             2540 Meacham Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76106                                       Fort Worth, TX 76106
817-831-9200                                                    817-625-9911
Reservation cutoff date: 12/30/15                     Reservation cutoff date: 12/15/15

We wish to thank the following awards sponsors for the Longhorn division of the 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show:

TLBT Grand Champion Female Buckle - The Source - Show Calf Sale & Showmanship Clinic  

TLBT Grand Champion Steer - Kathy Kittler

TLBT Res. Grand Champion Steer - Kathy Kittler   

Junior Showmanship Buckle - MSM Capital LLC. Bobby Grimes 

Senior Showmanship Buckle - Mcintyre Ranch
TLBAA Grand Champion Female - MSM Capital LLC, Bobby Grimes 

The 7 Founding Families and Charles Schreiner III will be the first slate of inductees into the Texas Longhorn Breeders Hall of Fame. Join us Friday, January 15, 2016 as we honor and celebrate Milby Butler, Graves Peeler, M.P. 'Chico' Wright, Jack G. Phillips, E.H. Marks, Cap Yates, the Wichita Refuge and Charlie Schreiner III.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are going fast! Hurry and order yours today!

Billy Bob's 81 Club is located at Stockyards Blvd. and Main Street in Fort Worth, directly across the street from the TLBAF property and across the parking lot from the main entrance of Billy Bob's Texas.

We hope to see you there!!

TLBA Foundation



Cow Calf Corner

Cow-Calf Corner: Feeding Times & Calving (12/19/15)
Glenn Selk explains new data concerning feed times and calving.
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