Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 6/1/2017 5:26 AM

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Let's Check the Markets!  
Finished cattle prices 
dropped lower slightly Wednesday on - 1,257 cattle were sold with prices ranging from $128.30 to $132.24 - weighted average price this week was $130.78. Click here to see their complete market results.

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 or tap 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 on Wednesday, May 31st.
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - 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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News

Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
    Thursday, June 1, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

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Congressman Frank Lucas will hold two town hall meetings in Perry and Stillwater this afternoon.
The Third District Congressman has extended an invitation to residents of these locations to attend and asks them to share with him their thoughts on current events in Washington, DC.
Lucas will discuss his recent work in Congress, answer questions about issues important to constituents of the Third Congressional District, and ask for input on legislation currently before Congress.
For further information regarding these town hall meetings including times and locations, you can click here to read the original announcement released from Congressman Lucas' office earlier this week.

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While technical negotiations wrap up between the United States and China regarding the protocols necessary for the exportation of beef, we are figuring out that American producers have one program already in place that can be used to address traceability concerns harbored by China's government. Beef Cattle Specialist Gant Mourer described to me recently, an age and source verification program used once before when Japan required younger cattle from the US, on fears of BSE in older carcasses. He says this could be easily rolled out once again to serve our new Chinese customers.

"Age and source verification was an extremely hot commodity," he said, explaining that the program eventually went by the wayside after Japan began accepting older cattle later on. "That may be the future of one traceability element - is to age and source verify those animals again."

Mourer says that it is difficult to determine what premiums such beef would bring, but he recalls prior cases of it demanding $4 to $5 per cwt. While this presents perhaps a great opportunity for producers, it would be an easy process to implement, too, with the infrastructure already established and many cattlemen familiar with it already.

"Really, if a producer wants to get involved in that," Mourer said, "they can call the Oklahoma Department of Ag and get a premise ID for their cattle. They can also use a phone audit, which is actually very simple to do to audit those calves with the age and source verification."

Listen to Mourer and I discuss the age and source verification program more in depth and how it could potentially help with the transition of supplying US beef to China, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

In an op-ed piece authored earlier this week by the folks at Farm Policy Facts, a steady uptick in new farm equipment sales has been attributed to optimism in the marketplace generated by discussions surrounding positive policy reform in Washington.

Recent talks alluding to the potential of tax and regulatory reform circulating around DC has apparently lifted spirits in rural areas enough that farmers and ranchers are taking the policy promises at their face value and are opting to upgrade their equipment.

With weak commodity prices weighing heavily on the rural economy, many experts are seeing this development as positive news, perhaps a signal that the ag economy is on the rise.

These experts agree that if Congress continues to work towards sound policy measures that bolster the attitudes of rural citizens, the momentum could stand the chance to keep building.

"It's a mixed bag out there right now,' explained Larry Combest, the former Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee. "Good crops last year have helped many farmers out, but they are right on the edge and it is high stakes. A lot of guys are still struggling mightily with low prices and bad weather. Others are starting to see some improvement and despite detached budgets and the political flack, they are excited about what they're hearing in Washington."

Combest said one of the best ways to help all growers turn the tide is by combining legislative certainty on the farm policy front with lower taxes and continued reductions in regulatory burdens.

"We're gearing up for a new farm bill right now, and once again farm policy critics are looking to gut key safety net provisions like crop insurance and assistance that kicks in when prices fall,' he said. 'We need stronger policies right now, not weaker ones, and if lawmakers can provide that kind of certainty, farmers are poised for a comeback."

Click here to read the full story from Farm Policy Facts up on our website.
OBCOklahoma Beef Council Involved in Nutrition Adventure 2017- "Food Refresh"

The Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma beef councils hosted Nutrition Adventure 2017, "Food Refresh," for 30 registered dietitians from 10 states last week. Dietary professionals from Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, Florida, Tennessee, New York, Arizona and Washington attended the May 23-25 event in and around the Kansas City area. Those in attendance are very active on social media, with many being food and health bloggers. 
Attendees at the checkoff-funded event learned about beef nutrition, including lean cuts of beef, optimal protein levels in the diet and emerging human nutrition research. Registered dietitian Holley Grainger provided the group with practical solutions to help families prepare for mealtime. In addition, there was a discussion on the signals of appetite and how this affects nutrition. The group also took part in a hands-on session covering food photography, live videos and promotion to showcase recipes on their blogs. 
A high point for many participants was a tour of Tailgate Ranch near Tonganoxie, Ks. There, the group mingled with area beef producers and heard firsthand from a panel made up of Kirk Sours, a cow-calf producer and manager of Tailgate Ranch; Dan Thomson, a veterinarian from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine; Jack Klosterman, a feedyard operator with Grass Valley Feeders in David City, NE; and Angie Siemens, vice president of food safety, quality and regulatory with Cargill Meat Solutions in Wichita. The dietitians spent several hours asking the panelists questions. Topics varied from factually defining conventional, organic, natural and grass-finished beef to a discussion about growth hormones.

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In this week's Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Glenn Selk reminds producers of the importance to monitor and track the mineral intake of their cattle. He says that many supplemental nutritional blocks, often given to cattle are mixed with medication prescribed by veterinarians. Under the new regulations of the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), you will want to make sure your cattle are getting the recommended doses of the supplement in order to stay compliant with your VFD order. Selk offers some tips on best management practices for producers.
"Placement of mineral feeders and blocks can aid in achieving optimum mineral intake. Place them in areas where cattle spend a lot of time. Minerals should be placed in loafing areas, near water sources, in shady areas, or any other location that tends be a popular place for the herd to congregate. A rule of thumb is to provide one mineral feeding station for every 30 to 50 cows. Check feeders at least once a week and keep a clean, fresh supply of minerals present at all times. A good feeder should keep minerals dry, be portable and hold up to abuse and corrosion. Open tubs are not adequate in high rainfall areas."
He says, too, that, "choosing a mineral mix requires understanding of the animal's requirements and the minerals available in the forages and feedstuffs available to the animals. Mineral needs tend to be area specific and change with soil type, fertilization rates, rainfall and many other factors. Mineral requirements also will depend on animal age and stage of production."
For more of Selk's tips on best management practices when it comes to feeding medicated mineral supplements to your cattle, plus some helpful resources to use in accomplishing this task, click here and read his complete article.
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Consumers want to know more about what they're buying, and certainly what they're eating. There's a term for what they want to know.

"Credence attributes are those things that a consumer, when she picks up a product in the meat case, that she can't necessarily determine with a naked eye," said Leann Saunders, of Where Food Comes From Inc. "It moves beyond price and packaging and color of product to things like how are the animals treated, what was the environmental impact. All of those questions that consumers have today about how their food was grown and how it gets to them."

Ninety-five percent of people being removed from agriculture has increased demand for the full story, to the point that buyers will pay more for it. That gives producers a chance to put more dollars in their pockets.

"The great opportunity today we have in the beef industry is consumers want choices and they want transparency and they want information," she said. "So, there isn't one size fits all, so that provides great opportunity for each producer to really look and say, 'Okay, what do I want to do?'"

As a baseline, Saunders says proven, quality genetics are essential. Then it's about record keeping and opportunities to build.

Keep reading this story or watch a video clip featuring Leann Saunders, of Where Food Comes From Inc., on how she aims to help cattlemen get the most for their cattle through verified programs, by clicking over to our website.
ThisNThatThis N That- Maryland Says No to Antibiotics, Oklahoma Farm Bureau YF&R Leadership Conference Coming in July and Superior Sells Today at 8 AM

A bill passed by Maryland's legislature makes the state the nation's second to ban routine use of antibiotics in livestock- joining California. The Keep Antibiotics Effective Act prohibits administration of antimicrobial drugs to cattle, swine and poultry that are not sick, a practice some public health experts claim can fuel the spread of drug-resistant bacteria. The law passed without the state's governor's signature and will go into effect on January first. 

The laws in Maryland and California go beyond U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines, which prohibit the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals. In 2015, Maryland ranked ninth among states in the number of broilers, or chickens raised for their meat, with 303 million birds produced, according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The state was also home to some 190,000 head of cattle, and more than 45,000 hogs and pigs.


Oklahoma Farm Bureau's Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee has released a preliminary schedule of events for the group's leadership conference July 13-15 in Ardmore.

The conference will include sessions and workshops at the Holiday Inn as well as on-site tours in the Ardmore-area, including Oklahoma Steel and Wire Company, the Tishomingo National Fish Hatchery and the Sam Noble Research Institute in Ardmore.

Read more and take a look at the tentative schedule by clicking or tapping here.


This morning at 8 AM- the next regular Superior Video Livestock Auction happens on DISH Network Channel 232 and on Superior Click to Bid.Com.  


For more details- click or tap here for the Superior Website.

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