~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday May 20, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron Online Auctions!
-- Rain Wrapped Tornadoes Dump Lotsa Rain
-- Temple Grandlin Headlines Symposium for Beef Cattle Welfare
-- Technology Takes Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare Well Beyond the K-State Student Union
-- District Five Election of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Held in Kay County Wednesday
-- NCBA President Steve Fogelsong Gets Tough Letter from USDA on Firewall Issues of His Organization's Proposed Structural Changes
-- J&J Cattle Company Plans Cattle Dispersal Sale May 21 and 22.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Rain Wrapped Tornadoes Dump Lotsa Rain
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As some of you may know- my Associate Farm Director, Ed Richards, lives in Hennessey and emailed me just before dark, after a very large twister had passed just north of that town.
Ed writes us "Tornado just north of Hennessey. No damage reported as of yet. It touched down mainly in open field. I drove 81 nearly to Bison trying to see something. No wheat stands were laying over. Of course, this was looking from the highway. However, these tornadoes were rain-wrapped and dumped a ton of rain. The ditches were full of water nearly to the highway, so it's not hard to imagine the fields were probably a swamp underneath that wheat in some areas."
It appears that little damage came out of either this tornado or the one that was rolling on the south side of Dover- in both cases they were rain wrapped and a lot of the wet stuff fell in a hurry.
Click on the link below- it's the 24 hour Precipitation Map for Oklahoma from the Mesonet- it shows the very heaviest rains fell in western Payne County with just over three inches of rain over the last day. Lots of other areas have received over two inches of rainfall as well.
Temple Grandlin Headlines Symposium for Beef Cattle Welfare
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are a few people that seem larger than life in US Agriculture during the thirty five years I have been covering farming and ranching in the US. Three names that come to mind quickly in that regard are Dr. Earl Butz, Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh and Dr. Temple Grandlin. Dr. Grandlin was the leadoff speaker for the Symposium for Beef Cattle Welfare being held on the campus of Kansas State University this week- and she spoke of the need to keep pushing the standards of animal care and well being higher and higher to stay ahead of those that are critical of today's livestock producers- as well as others that handle Beef Cattle in the pipeline from the ranch to the folk.
Dr. Grandlin spoke of her experience with the general public and the general media as she has gone around the country helping promote the HBO produced movie of her life. She tells us that most people away from the farm or ranch have no idea of how animals are handled or treated- but they are hungry for knowledge. She adds that we have not done a good job of providing that knowledge and need to be proactive in getting more information out about the care given to livestock by almost everyone in the industry.
Click on the Listen Bar for a chance to hear our audio conversation with her. It's worth your time as she is one of the most fascinating people in the world when it comes to knowing animal behavior and understanding animal well being issues.
Technology Takes Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare Well Beyond the K-State Student Union
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Consumers want to know more about how their food is produced, and the idea of helping them learn more about how livestock are raised and cared for is one of the hoped for outcomes of the Kansas State University´s Beef Cattle Institute's 2010 International Symposium on Beef Cattle Welfare that is underway in Manhattan.
Dr. Dan Thomson of Kansas State's Animal Science Department says that
this Symposium has attracted the leading experts in North America that
have helped develop and understand the proper handling of livestock and
the standards that the industry is trying to get all stakeholders to
Click on the link below for more on this Symposium- and to hear our conversation with Dan Thomson about this event- as well as to learn more about the Norht American Commission on Animal Well Being for Cattle is being organized this week.
District Five Election of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission Held in Kay County Wednesday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The District Five Election to come up with the required three nominees for the Oklahoma Wheat Commission was held in Kay County yesterday- and Mike Schulte, executive Director of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission tells us the incumbent for the DIstrict was renominated for the seat- as well as two additonal wheat farmers who live in District Five.
The incumbent for this District is Don Schieber of Ponca City- and the two other nominees are Curtis Vap of Newkirk and Brady Cooper, also of Newkirk.
All three names are being forwarded on to the office of Governor Brad Henry, who will select the District Five Commissioner from these wheat producers who were nominated by their peers.
NCBA President Steve Fogelsong Gets Tough Letter from USDA on Firewall Issues of His Organization's Proposed Structural Changes
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Governance plan of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association has come under fire in a strongly worded letter from US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Vilsack says that USDA believes that the plan as explained to them this spring would weaken instead of strengthen the firewall between the NCBA's policy side and the Federation of State Beef Councils.
Vilsack offers several specific "firewall requirements" that must be achieved by any change in the goverance plan as it impacts the NCBA's relationship with the Federation of State Beef Councils. Those points include the idea that no policy members can ever vote on any use of checkoff money- only the Federation and the Cattlemen's Beef Board can make those allocations; the Federation must continue to be an independent group; State Beef Councils that make up the Federation should not have to buy seats to be a part of any policy group in order to be a part of the Federation; Federation board members should not be voting on any policy issues and perhaps most importantly, policy organizations "should not be permitted to influence, determine outcomes, or vote on checkoff decisions."
NCBA President Fogelsong issued a Media Statement last night, indicating that there have been changes since the last information that Secretary Vilsack had received- and that he is confident that all interested parties will be satisfied that the firewalls are being maintained properly. He indicates that a meeting is planned with USDA next week to give them the latest details of the plan as it impacts the Federation of State Beef Councils and the Beef Checkoff.
J&J Cattle Company Plans Cattle Dispersal Sale May 21 and 22.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~J&J Cattle Company is having a Dispersal Sale Friday evening May 21 and Saturday May 22 at the Ranch near Orlando, Oklahoma- selling 128 live lots- plus a special embryo and Semen Auction at 7:30 PM Friday night, May 21st. The Dispersal Sale at 12 Noon Saturday will include Registered Angus Spring pairs, fall pairs, fall-born heifer calves and spring yearlings.
The reason for the Dispersal is the suddent death of Ken Jackson in April- he was the partner in J&J Cattle with Mark and Brenda Johnson and to settle his estate, this annual production sale now becomes a dispersal to sell all jointly owned animals.
You can call for more information 580-455-2256- or click on the link below for our Auction Listing of the Dispersal Sale.
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