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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Rising Cattle and Beef Prices Take Us to the End of 2016
It's been several months since we have seen choice wholesale boxed beef prices above the two dollar a pound mark- but that happened at midday yesterday- and it stayed above two dollars a pound into the afternoon report.
The afternoon Boxed Beef Cutout Report from USDA showed choice beef up $3.30 from the previous day to $201.84
per hundredweight. These are prices not seen since summer.
Meanwhile, the FedCattleExchange.Com
sale of Finished Cattle on Wednesday was steady to higher- with 4,464 sold and a weighted average price of $115.38 the result- that was $2.70 higher than the previous Wednesday. Best prices in the lineup were southern plains pens of cattle from Texas bringing $116.75.
Our cash cattle prices are rebounding from lows just under $100 which we saw in early October.
The futures market liked the strength in the fundamentals- and finished trade yesterday higher for both the Live Cattle and the Feeder Cattle futures.
The final trades of 2016 happen today and tomorrow on the futures- with a resumption of feeder and stocker cattle sales happening as early as next Tuesday when the Joplin Regional Stockyards is one of the first sales to happen in the new year.
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|Cattle Producers Express Anger Over Latest Obama Land Grab in the West
The Obama administration on Tuesday declared two new monument designations - 1.35 million acres at Bears Ears in Utah and 350,000 acres at Gold Butte in Nevada. Both designations were made unilaterally and despite overwhelming local opposition. Public Lands Council President and Utah rancher Dave Eliason criticized the outgoing administration for both their disregard for local input and the manner in which these latest designations were executed.
"Designating a monument in this manner - under the cloak of darkness and without even the decency of notifying the local communities, the states, or the congressional delegations of Utah or Nevada - speaks volumes about the disregard this administration has for local input," said Eliason. "If the administration was proud of this action, they would have touted it proudly yesterday when the designation was made. Instead, the administration hid out while no one impacted by this monument was given the courtesy of a simple phone call until a full day after the papers were signed."
The designations of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah and the Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada make it the 29th time President Obama has used his executive power under the Antiquities Act, more than any other president before him.
Mr. Obama has set a record for the amount of land and water labeled national monuments. Before Wednesday's designations, he had earmarked at least 553 million acres of land and water.
The question for the Trump Administration- does the incoming President have any authority to reverse these designations- the outgoing administration says no- but most legal scholars believe that if President Elect Trump declares a reversal of the Obama actions- the Supreme Court will have the final say.
A good read on this latest land grab by President Obama is the article found on the Washington Times website- click here
to check it out.
|No Till on the Plains Conference to Offer Expanded Faculty and Breakouts- Early Bird Pricing Ends Next Monday
The Executive Director of No Till on the Plains, Steve Swaffar
, talked with me on Wednesday about the 2017 No Till on the Plains Winter Conference that is now less than a month away. The 2017 Winter Conference is set for January 24th and 25th in Salina, Kansas.
Swaffar says that the 2017 conference will be the 21st annual renewal of farmers committed to no till gathering in Salina. This year's event will offer a lineup of more than 37 continuous no-till experts and top line producers, 55 breakouts (more than double from last year!), a special Q&A session with speakers and new one-day beginner's session preceding the conference.
There are three Oklahoma No Till Producers who are featured on the 2017 program- Jimmy Emmons
of Leedey, Alan Mindemann
of Apache and Tom Cannon
of Blackwell. Two Oklahoma State University extension specialists are also a part of the No Till faculty- Dr. Brian Arnall
and Dr. Jason Warren
Early Bird Pricing is still in place through next Monday- for details about the 2017 Conference and how you can register to attend one of the top No Till Conferences in the United States- click or tap here.
|OSU's Glenn Selk Says Feed Your Cows at Night- They Will Calve in the Daylight
Dr. Glenn Selk
, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, says that "It is generally accepted that adequate supervision at calving has a significant impact on reducing calf mortality. Adequate supervision has been of increasing importance with the higher price of live calves at sale time. On most ranching operations, supervision of the first calf heifers will be best accomplished in daylight hours and the poorest observation takes place in the middle of the night.
"The easiest and most practical method of inhibiting nighttime calving at present is by feeding cows at night; the physiological mechanism is unknown, but some hormonal effect may be involved. Rumen motility studies indicate the frequency of rumen contractions falls a few hours before parturition. Intraruminal pressure begins to fall in the last 2 weeks of gestation, with a more rapid decline during calving. It has been suggested that night feeding causes intraruminal pressures to rise at night and decline in the daytime.
"The concept is called the Konefal method. A Canadian rancher, Gus Konefal reported his observations in the 1970's In a follow-up Canadian study of 104 Hereford cows, 38.4% of a group fed at 8:00 am and again at 3:00 pm delivered calves during the day, whereas 79.6% of a group fed at 11:00 am and 9:00 pm. In a more convincing study, 1331 cows on 15 farms in Iowa were fed once daily at dusk, 85% of the calves were born between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm."
Dr Selk adds that there is additional research that seems to back up what this Canadian has discovered- click here to read more
from his regular electronic blog on cattle herd managment- Cow Calf Corner.
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|In the New Year- Uncle Sam Weighs in on How to Eat Healthier
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) launched a New Year's campaign on Wednesday to help Americans turn their resolutions into real solutions for healthy eating in 2017. This campaign is supported by new and existing MyPlate, MyWins resources available on ChooseMyPlate.gov, which are designed such that Americans can decide where to start on the journey to healthy eating.
"As Americans begin thinking about setting goals for the New Year, MyPlate, MyWins is the place to start," said Kevin Concannon
, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services. "With the new resources available on the MyPlate, MyWins webpages, Americans can set small, attainable, healthy eating solutions to incorporate into their lifestyle now and into the future."Click or tap here to learn more
about the campaign that is being rolled out in the first couple of days of 2017 by USDA.
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|Hunts Plays the Fear Card- Claims They Don't Allow GMo Tomatoes in their Production Chain- Only- There is No Such Thing
has on their website an article that is calling B
treisand on the Hunts tomato folks- they are one of the two national ketchup companies in the US.
The article says "No matter how far afield you look, you won't find a single genetically modified tomato among our vines," Hunt's, the iconic company that makes preserved tomato products like ketchup, tomato paste and barbecue sauce, announced on December 26th. A video accompanying the announcement depicts a field of tomatoes and a message: "No GMOs in sight."
"The backlash was swift, with hundreds of comments from consumers, farmers and scientists criticizing the company for fear mongering and pandering to "the superstitions of misinformed extremists."
"It's terribly unfortunate you're lying to consumers, Hunt's. GMO tomatoes are not available to the market and yet you're implying they are," one critic wrote.
You can read the full article by clicking here.
Some of the folks I follow on twitter were having fun on this subject yesterday- one farmer saying he would love to buy "some good old flex GMO Hybrid form a little seed company and trademark the hybrid with a new name- NON GMO."
In his next tweet- he revealed his marketing plan- "Then I'm going to feed out cattle with it... "Exclusively fed with "NON GMO" corn!"
And you know- people would buy it and pay a big premium for it. That's why Hunt's tried to pull this scam off.
|Mild Rest of This Year- the Arctic Invades Next Week!
Finally- a quick look at the weather this morning- courtesy of Jed Castles of News9 in OKC. Here is his Thursday morning graphic for central and western Oklahoma:
At least the overnight lows that Jed has in place right now are in the teens- and all above zero- we continue to wait on rain that is hopefully not frozen.
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