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FedCattleExchange.com has a total of 4,446 cattle on their showlist for the today's sale of finished cattle-the sale starts at 10 AM this morning- click here for more details.
OKC West in El Reno was selling calves on Tuesday- with lighter weights under 500 pounds weak to $2 lower- while over 500 pounds $2 to $4 higher- Complete details are available by clicking or tapping here.
Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
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Feeder Cattle Recap:
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Pruitt Tackles WOTUS Rule in DC with Hopes of Earning Back Landowners' Confidence in the EPA
When considering the core mission of the Environmental Protection Agency, the agency's new administrator, Scott Pruitt, says it has lost its moorings. During a brief visit to his home state Tuesday, Administrator Pruitt explained to me, how rolling back nonsensical regulations like the Waters of the US rule, will help bring the EPA back to the basics.
"As far as the WOTUS rule is concerned," Pruitt said, "what folks need to understand is - we're on the pathway to undoing, rescinding the previous rule, which is need."
Currently, Pruitt has issued a stay against the standing rule, put in place by the previous administration. He emphasizes that farmer, ranchers and landowners of all types need feel confident that the rule as it is written today, will never be put into effect.
"So, we've begun the process to withdraw, rescind that rule," he said. "Second to that, we'll begin the process to provide a definition that fits the Clean Water Act, and the jurisdiction of the EPA."
In doing this, Pruitt says potential power grabs displacing state authority like that attempted by the EPA under Gina McCarthy's administration, will be avoided.
"People at the local level need to know that the EPA is not the first stop with respect to land use," he asserted. "That's the way things should be."
to continue reading, or to listen in on my complete conversation with Administrator Pruitt, on the WOTUS issue and more.
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Come see the P&K folks at the Oklahoma City Farm Show Thursday through Saturday- they have equipment set up inside the new Bennett Event Center- Booth Space 6057!
|Tee Minus One Day and Counting- the Oklahoma City Farm Show Starts Thursday at State Fair Park
If you have been to the Oklahoma City Farm Show in recent years- you have gotten used to certain things being in certain places- well- forget EVERYTHING you remember about past years- because the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show is in the brand new, bright and shiny and VERY LARGE Bennett Event Center- so that means while many of the vendors you want to come and talk to will be at the show as they usually are- you are going to have to do your home work to figure our where they are located inside the HUGE building- ALL of the inside exhibitors are inside the single building.
AND- the outside lineup is different, too, as the outside exhibitors are all on the south side of the new building- not on the old B52 Lot.
Many of the same things are the same. Scott Daily horse training will happen twice a day- outside on the south side of the Bennett Center- the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network is once again working with Scott and with Priefert Equipment in giving away the Round Pen used by Scott in his training sessions. You will be able to register at our booth inside at 3104- and there will be a place to register outside at the Horse Training Venue as well.
There will be cattle handling equipment demos outside twice a day- and new to the Show- wine tasting inside in the northeast corner of the building.
Click here for the interactive map that shows the location of all of the exhibitors- admission and parking remain free- and the show runs from 9 AM to 5 PM Thursday and Friday- and 9 AM to 4 PM on Saturday.
Come by and say howdy- starting tomorrow morning at State Fair Park!.
|Standing the Test of Time - Professional Advice on How to Think Like a Successful Rancher Should
Cattle producers in today's industry must be able to look ahead and be forward thinking when it comes to planning for and navigating through whatever the future may hold. Producers often invest in genetics for their herd that will probably not pay off for several years. However, according to Dr. Clay Mathis
, director of the King Ranch Institute for Ranch Management, to be success over the next 20 years, ranchers will have to adopt the right mindset.
I met with him during the recent Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers convention in San Antonio, where he explained to me that no one really knows where this industry is headed.
"There's so many external factors we don't know," he said. "The key point is, it's the same mindset that the people that were successful 20 years ago, and are still successful today - that same mindset - that's going to make producers successful 20 years from now."
Mathis says it is all in the way you alter your production system when there is opportunity, and how you manage risk that will determine how successful your operation with weather over the course of time.
"I think it's keeping a big picture perspective," he said describing this mode of thinking. "It's not just about working harder - everybody putting in another 30 minutes or an hour a day on the work crew. It's about making those decisions that have big leverage across the operation."
Listen to Mathis and I discuss what it takes to run a successful ranching operation that will stand the test of time, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here
|Katie Plohocky of Tulsa Recognized as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture
Born on a 400 acre centennial farm in Croswell, Michigan, Katie Plohocky has been playing in the dirt since she could crawl. She earned a bachelor's degree in business leadership from Baker College as well as a master's and MBA from University of Phoenix. Already a well-seasoned commercial real estate agent, in 2000 she moved to Oklahoma to continue her career. It wasn't until she got involved with the Indian Healthcare Resource Center's 'Food for Life' in 2008 that she realized the food scarcity that many Oklahomans face.
"We are in a food desert," she said. "People in this area have to travel several miles to access food. We grow more than enough food in the state, but access and distribution of that food is a different story. Seventeen percent of households in this area do not have transportation, so food access is a problem. We help with community gardens, help people grow in their backyards and assist mobile farmers markets."
In addition to her selfless attitude, Plohocky's entrepreneurial spirit and work ethic set her apart. The projects and service organizations she has developed did not come with an instruction manual, nor were they a guaranteed success. One thing that is guaranteed, however, is that when Katie recognizes a need with Oklahoma food and agriculture she takes action. Take for example her mobile grocery store.
Founded in 2010, R & G Family Farm's mobile grocery store was just the first of many different ways Plohocky is striving to increase access to food and having a lasting impact on agriculture in Oklahoma. The mobile grocery store served over 10,000 people in only its second year of operation.
With a portfolio which shows over 100 percent growth in food sales each year, her selfless attitude and entrepreneurial mindset is working well to benefit others.
Learn about all of Plohocky's achievements in the full spotlight released by the Oklahoma Department of Ag. Click here
to read her story as a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture.
|Introducing McKenzie Elkins, Your Southeast District Star in Agribusiness of the Coalgate FFA Chapter
Yesterday, we highlighted Makenzie Elkins
of the Coalgate FFA Chapter, Oklahoma FFA's Southeast District Star in Agribusiness, in our Blue-Green Gazette
. Elkins has built a very unique niche business among the agricultural community in her region and across neighboring parts of the state as the owner and operator of NBE Shavings, distributing dry-nest and white pine hancock woodchip shavings.
She explains she got the idea to start her business during an eight-hour road trip to pick up a load of wood shavings for her own use. She, her parents and her ag-ed instructor during the ride were discussing what supervised agricultural experiences (SAE) she could try to do, and that's when the light bulb flicked on.
"It automatically came up and it stuck," she said, "and I'm glad it did."
Elkins gets her inventory shipped directly to her and prepackaged, all the way from a manufacturer located in Maine, which she met attending the World Pork Expo.
Elkins has built her customer base to include fellow FFA students and FFA chapters in neighboring towns and even supplies several feed stores throughout Southeast Oklahoma.
"It's been something different but it's been something exciting to be a part of," she remarked, speaking about her experience growing the business and the lessons she's learned in the process. "You have to be able to take constructive criticism as a teenager with a business."
Click or tap here to read more- and to have a chance to listen to our visit with Makenzie during the judging of the State Stars a couple of weeks ago.
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Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
Make Plans to attend the Oklahoma City Farm Show, coming April 20, 21 and 22, 2017. Admission and Parking are free.
Exhibits include all of the latest in agriculture with a full line of displays, including tractor, sprayer, tillage, harvest equipment, cattle management products, and more. In addition to indoor and outdoor exhibits, daily horse training seminars, cattle chute demonstrations, cattle grading competitions, and prize drawings make the Oklahoma City Farm Show a don't-miss event.
Click here for more details about the 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show- presented by Midwest Farm Shows
In this week's edition of the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Glenn Selk offers some advice to producers who will AI their heifers and cows in the coming weeks. It's possible that we could be getting some warmer weather rolling in during this time and Selk says the added stress of the heat to your cattle could lower your rate of conception during this breeding season. He offers the following tips to help you instead, maximize your chances of success.
"Research with rumen temperature boluses has shown that the core body temperature of beef cows peaks at 2 to 5 hours after the highest daytime temperature. On a hot spring/summer day the highest daytime temperature is often late afternoon. Therefore the peak body temperature of cattle will occur at 6 PM to 11 PM. Elevated core body temperatures have been implicated from other research in reduced pregnancy rates in heat stressed cattle. This data is especially important for producers in the Southern Plains.
"Inseminating all cattle in the morning hours would avoid the heat stress of evening breeding. Some would be bred at first standing heat, others would be bred at the conventional 12 hours after standing heat. If timed AI is the method of choice, cattle working (especially the actual insemination) should be scheduled for the morning hours."
Read all of Selk's advice in his column this week about the effects of heat stress in cattle being bred, by clicking here
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When South Dakota rancher Troy Hadrick and his cousins took over management of the family cow herd from their fathers' generation, they set their sights on improving carcass quality.
"I didn't even know quite where we were in our carcass genetics because we hadn't retained ownership before," Hadrick said. "That became a focus of the AI bulls that we were using, which obviously meant we were focusing a lot on the EPDs that the Angus Association puts together. We started selecting for that. Started changing our AI program to where we were AI-ing all the heifers and the cows, every cow in the place was getting that done now. We hadn't been able to do that before. We were able to track what happened when we started using the better genetics that were shown and proven to improve carcass ability or carcass traits."
Three years' worth of carcass data shows a jump from 90 percent Choice and zero Primes, up to all Choice and higher--80 percent of them qualifying for the Certified Angus Beef brand and 20 percent Primes.
"It was really amazing to me. I really thought it would take us at least 10 to 12 years to get to that point," he admitted. "When we used the GeneMax data, and combined it with an AI program that focused on those traits, we were able to accomplish it in about three to four years."
To continue reading this story, or to watch a video clip featuring Troy Hadrick, of Faulkton, S.D., talk about how he's used artificial insemination and GeneMax testing to improve his cow herd and their offspring, click or tap here
|This and That- AARP Talking Getting Ready for Severe Weather and Rain Headed Our Way End of the Week
Thursday evening- AARP
is hosting their regular monthly TV show on RFD-TV and will be talking getting ready for severe weather.
Oklahoma will be a featured part of the production-
the show will be focused on severe weather/disaster preparations tips with Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer from News on 6 and Don Carmichael farmer/owner of Carmichael Produce in Bixby featured in the show.
AARP State Director Sean Voskuhl talks with both Travis and Don during the program-
Here's a promo of the show for tomorrow evening:
Meanwhile- we may have real, live severe weather in parts of Oklahoma by Friday- Jed Castles with News9 offers his nine day forecast for central and western Oklahoma- and rain chances and storms will be on the rise Friday:
Bryce Anderson with DTN posted on Twitter the latest seven day rainfall map- and Oklahoma certainly looks to get our share:
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