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Let's Check the Markets!  



Today's First Look:

mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.



Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.



Okla Cash Grain:  

Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.



Futures Wrap:  

Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler- analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.


Feeder Cattle Recap:  

The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.


Slaughter Cattle Recap: 

The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.


TCFA Feedlot Recap:  

Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.





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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON

   Tuesday, February 9, 2016



Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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USMEFexportsU.S. Pork Exports Solid in December; Beef Exports End a Disappointing 2015 12% Lower Compared to 2014


U.S. pork exports posted a strong finish in 2015 as December volume was the largest since April and the third-largest of the year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were below year-ago levels in December and posted the first full-year value decline since 2009.

December U.S. beef exports totaled 94,586 mt, down 6 percent from a year ago and slightly lower than in November, while export value fell 21 percent to $507.3 million. In 2015, beef exports were down 11 percent from a year ago in volume to 1.07 million mt. Export value was $6.3 billion, 12 percent below the 2014 record of $7.14 billion.

Beef exports accounted for 13 percent of total 2015 production and 10 percent for muscle cuts only - each down one percentage point from a year ago. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $277.87, down 7 percent from the previous year's record but still up 13 percent from 2013.

December exports of U.S. pork were up 3 percent from a year ago to 188,410 metric tons (mt). Export value was $468.9 million, down 13 percent from a year ago but the highest since May. For the full calendar year, pork exports were down 2 percent from a year ago in volume (2.13 million mt) and 16 percent lower in value ($5.58 billion).

Pork exports accounted for 24 percent of total 2015 production and 21 percent for muscle cuts only - down from 26.5 percent and 22 percent, respectively, in 2014. Export value per head slaughtered averaged $48.31, down 23 percent from 2014.


Click or tap here to read more about other 2015 export highlights for U.S. beef, pork and lamb.



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OALPIntlClass XVII of Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program Ready for International Travel 


The 17th class of the Oklahoma Ag Leadership Program (OALP) is packing their bags for their international travel experience. The 23 class members will travel this month to Vietnam and the Philippines. OALP Executive Director Dr. Edmond Bonjour said Vietnam is a thriving country to watch.

"Vietnam is very progressive right now," Bonjour said. "They are trying to become a non-third world country by the year 2020. So, they are very aggressive in their marketing strategies and their exporting and importing systems."

Vietnam is also among the 12 countries involved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).   The capstone seminar will allow members to look at marketing systems, labor issues and how the government handles imports and exports. Bonjour said the international travel study experience will allow class members to gain a better understanding of how Oklahoma agriculture fits into the global picture.  Click or tap here to listen to my interview with OALP's Edmond Bonjour.

The end of one class will also mark the start of recruiting for the 18th class of OALP. The first session will be held in late summer 2016 with graduation in April 2018. The application deadline is May first. You can find more information online and the Class XVIII application at


AFRconventionAFR Members to Discuss Critical Issues During Annual Convention


Water, school consolidation and property taxes headline the list of issues to be discussed by Oklahoma agricultural leaders attending the annual American Farmers & Ranchers convention Feb. 19-21, Embassy Suites Hotel, Norman, Okla.

"We have always been concerned about water supplies, movement and control of water," said AFR President Terry Detrick. "Voting delegates at last year's annual convention made it clear we oppose the sale of Oklahoma water out-of-state without meeting the needs of the state and local area and encourage federally recognized Indian tribes to do likewise," Detrick said.

There has been speculation the state may attempt to fill budget holes with revenue from out-of-state water sales.

"Some people believe the state is missing an opportunity by allowing excess water to leave the state," Detrick said. "In wet years, such as 2015, the state may indeed have more than adequate water supplies, but many years that would not be accurate. As any Oklahoma farmer knows, rainfall is unpredictable and often falls short of our needs. I would not want to sign a contract obligating Oklahoma to sell water to out of state interests while Oklahomans go without water," Detrick said.

The farm group is also closely watching school consolidation discussions.  Click or tap here to read more about AFR's current policies and convention schedule.


PeelWriteUpMore Feeder Cattle, but Where Are They? Peel Offers Insight


Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk.

 "The annual Cattle report estimated that total cattle inventories in the U.S. were up 3.2 percent year over year at 92.0 million head. From various inventories categories we can calculate an estimated supply of feeder cattle outside of feedlots. For January 1, 2016, this estimate is 25.9 million head, up 5.3 percent from one year ago. This is a 1.31 million head increase in the estimated feeder supply. This compares to the 2.3 percent year over year increase in the 2015 calf crop, up 780 thousand head. The ratio of the estimated feeder supply to the 2015 calf crop is 75.5 percent, up slightly from last year and indicates some increase in carryover of feeder cattle from 2015 into 2016. That leads to the question of where those cattle are.

"In general, the states that typically have large feeder supplies on January 1 got bigger with these numbers. The exception was Texas, which has the largest estimated feeder supply among states but was down 3.4 percent on January 1, from one year ago. Other major feeder supply states, in rank order including Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, California, Iowa and South Dakota all have more than one million head of feeders and all increased from 2015 levels. Increased feeder supplies in those states accounted for 59 percent of the total increase in U.S. feeder supplies. Feeder supplies were also up significantly in Colorado, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Click or tap here to read more about feeder cattle supplies from Derrell Peel.


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WoodallNCBA's Colin Woodall Believes Senate Control May Flip in the November Elections


There has been a lot of focus on who will claim the White House after eight years of the Obama Administration. National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) lead lobbyist Colin Woodall said you also need to be watching closely the Senate elections this fall. There could be a flip in the control of the upper body of the U.S. Congress as well. He doesn't think there will be much of a shakeup in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the U.S. Senate could change control with the Democrats regaining the upper hand.

"So, we have to keep that in mind, as we look at a whole new administration coming in, with their regulatory regime and what they may want to try to do to the cattle industry," Woodall said.

An election year will make it tough for Congress to get much done. Some believe Congress has already accomplished what they can get done for the year. Woodall said he is not to that point yet.

"I think that's really looking at what the speaker had laid out," Woodall said. "Speaker Ryan has been very successful in his term and he has said that he is going to continue to work throughout the year. Specifically, he wants to work the Appropriations process through regular order. So, with that, I think he's really going to hold these committees to holding hearings to actually moving bills, so they could work through the spring into the early summer. Now once they leave for the July recess, I think that's probably it. But we could probably get some work out of them here in the spring."

I featured Woodall on the Beef Buzz, as heard on great radio stations across the region. We also talk about the Trans Pacific Partnership and GMO labeling.  Click or tap here to listen to today's Beef Buzz.


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ODAFFDeadline to Nominate Individuals for the Oklahoma Excellence in Agriculture Awards Is Friday


In 1998, the Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture was created to recognize those who have helped lead the industry while demonstrating exemplary personal values and pursuing agricultural achievements in Oklahoma. We now have 18 award winners who are a part of the Oklahoma Ag Hall of Fame- and the search for the 19th member to be added to that group is currently underway.

The deadline for nominations is THIS WEEK- with Friday, February 12th the final day that nominations will be accepted by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) for a total of four Oklahoma Excellence in Agriculture Awards.

The award winners will be announced at a recognition ceremony on March 30 at the state capitol as part of the state's annual Oklahoma Ag Day celebration.

The Governor's Outstanding Achievement Award in Agriculture continues to be the cornerstone of these awards presented by the state of Oklahoma. However, three additional awards were added last year. ODAFF also presents the Agriculture Environmental Stewardship Award, Outstanding Legacy in Agriculture Award and Outstanding Public Service in Agriculture Award. The Legacy in Agriculture Award is the only one strictly for posthumous nominees.

Details of all of these awards are available here.


HappeningsHappenings- Cowboys at the Capitol, Superior Sales and Gina Explaining 



As the 2016 State Legislative Session gets on track, the Oklahoma Cattlemen are doing a weekly YouTube update of what is happening at the state capitol- It sounds like Michael Kelsey is especially watching what is happening on Lincoln in regards to taxes as lawmakers are looking for revenue to replace the billion dollar shortfall from the horrendous fall in crude oil and natural gas prices.


Here's his update from the early days of the session:




There is a regular every other week Superior Video Livestock Sale set for this coming Friday- about 20,000 to be sold on satellite and via the internet- details on that sale are here.


But- we also wanted to remind you that Superior is planning an ON LOCATION sale two weeks from now on February 26th- happening at Embassy Suites on Meridian in Oklahoma City. You can consign cattle for that sale between now and next Monday- and Superior invites you to come and watch the sale in person on that Friday morning. The sale will start at 8:00 AM central time on the 26th- and we will have more details coming soon- here's the link on their website for that sale, including how to get a buyer's number and how to consign for that sale.




The House Ag Committee, Chaired by Texas Lawmaker Mike Conaway, will be holding a rescheduled full Committee Hearing this Thursday morning at 9:00 AM central time- with their lone witness to be Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the EPA.


Chairman Conaway says that "Administrator Gina McCarthy will be called on to explain her agency's decisions and discuss with members of Congress how we might work together to ensure that future actions by the EPA do not harm American agriculture."

Details are available here.




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