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Tuesday, May 29, 2018
|Over the Weekend- We Lost an Ag Hall of Famer and Member of the State Board of Ag with the Passing of Joe Mayer
Oklahoma Agriculture has lost a long-time leader in cattle production and Ag policy with the passing of State Board of Agriculture member Joe Mayer of Guymon.
Mr. Mayer suffered a heart attack on Saturday and was taken to a hospital in Amarillo, Texas. He passed away on Sundayat age 68.
Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Jim Reese and other ag leaders in Oklahoma expressed their sorrow with Mayer's death.
"We will miss Joe very much," Secretary Reese said. "Joe was a caring, hardworking state and national leader for many years. Our prayers go to his family in our loss."
It was recently announced that Governor Mary Fallin had appointed and the Oklahoma Senate had confirmed the appointment of Mayer to serve a four-year term as a member of the State Board of Agriculture. He participated in his first State Board of Agriculture meeting on May 8.
Current Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel took to Facebook to pay tribute to Mayer- "He has taught me more about cattle & Ranching than I ever dreamed I would know! DONA & I loved our long dinner discussions when he made it from GUYMON to OKC. We have been in many political battles together over the years, mostly on the same side! He was a wonderful friend & we bounced many business & political ideas off each other over many years. He loved & cherished his family & our state & country. He is the kind of determined man who knew what he believed & that has made our country great."
Mr. Mayer grew up on the cattle ranch his great grandfather established in the Oklahoma Panhandle in 1883. The ranch has grown into a 35,000-acre beef and small grain operation, which has received national and international recognition for innovation and willingness to embrace new technologies. His work to improve his Angus herd through careful breeding and record keeping and DNA testing for specific traits earned him the Certified Angus Beef ® Commercial Producer of the Year Award in 2013.
Mr. Mayer was also a recipient of the Governor's Outstanding Achievement in Agriculture award in 2015, which is the Oklahoma Agriculture Hall of Fame.
Our colleague Sam Knipp
stood in for us on that April first when Mayer received his award(we were in Stillwater interviewing FFA Stars that afternoon)- you can listen to their conversation and read more about that special day by clicking here.
Mayer is survived by his wife Mary Anne and three children, Paul, Katie and Margie, who all still work for the family farm and ranch business.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Henson and Novak Funeral Home in Guymon- as details are known- they will be posted on their website- available here.
Last week, OSU announced it would not be participating in Oklahoma's Industrial Hemp Pilot Program. Instead, the university has decided to take a "holistic approach" in researching this new industry, evaluating agronomics, logistics, processing and economic feasibility. DASNR plans to spend the next six months gathering information, which may be used to develop Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service programming for the commercial growth of hemp.
"At this time, Oklahoma State University has not applied for a license and we do not anticipate applying for a license in time for this year's growing season," said Tom Coon, vice president of OSU's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.
The legislation passed earlier this year that legalized growing industrial hemp in Oklahoma, restricts its production to Oklahoma colleges or universities with a plant science program that have been granted a license to facilitate the crop's growth through the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture. Farmers who wish to participate must also receive a license through ODAFF as a subcontractor through an accredited institution.
"Anyone inquiring about growing under an OSU license should be informed that we are not taking applications for subcontractors for the 2018 growing season," Coon said. "We will be taking the next six months to develop our strategy to ensure the best possible outcome for Oklahoma hemp growers in the future."
Click here to read more and learn how to stay up-to-date with OSU's participation in the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program, and how to file as a potential OSU subcontractor should it file for a license in the future.
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Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
USDA's Latest Cattle on Feed Report Congruent with Industry Expectations- LMIC's Jim Robb Reacts
The USDA issued an early release of its monthly Cattle on Feed report, Friday morning. The major highlights of that report follow. Associate Farm Director Carson Horn reached out to Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center out of Denver, Colorado for his initial reaction to this report. According to him, this report fell very much in-line with industry expectations.Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Texas feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 2.63 million head on May 1, 2018, up 7 percent from a year ago. Producers placed 385 thousand head in commercial feedlots during April, down 16 percent from a year ago. Texas commercial feeders marketed 445 thousand head during April, down 1 percent from 2017.
On May 1, there were 2.29 million head of cattle and calves on feed in the Northern High Plains, 87 percent of the state's total. The number on feed across the area was up 5 percent from last year but down 3 percent from the April 1 total. April placements in the Northern High Plains totaled 331 thousand head, down 18 percent from the March total. Marketings were up 6 percent from last month at 384 thousand head.
Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in Oklahoma feedlots with capacity of 1,000 head or more totaled 310 thousand head on May 1, 2018, unchanged from a year ago. Producers placed 60 thousand head in commercial feedlots during April, down 17 percent from a year ago. Oklahoma commercial feeders marketed 59 thousand head during April, down 2 percent from 2017. Other disappearance during April totaled 1 thousand head, down 1,000 head from a year ago."Importantly, the on feed inventory was up five percent from a year ago, that's still a big number but we've whittled down this on feed inventory very significantly since the first of the year," Robb said. "We started the year with more than eight percent year-over-year increase and now we're down to five percent and we think this trend will hold for the next few months of declining on feed inventory, and continue to dampen placements."You can listen to Robb deliver more insights into this report, with Horn, by clicking here.
CBB Chair Joan Ruskamp Sees Beef Checkoff Investments in Action During Goodwill Trip to Asia
Chair of the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion Board and cattle producer from Nebraska, Joan Ruskamp, recently had the chance to join other cattle industry leaders on a trip with the US Meat Export Federation to some of the key Asian destinations including Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan for the US beef industry. We caught up with Ruskamp who shared with us some of her experiences on this trip.
"We were able to compare a new emerging market and one that's been in place for 20 years," Ruskamp said. "Big differences in both countries and being able to see that in one trip was interesting and also gave us an idea of opportunities versus challenges."
Ruskamp says that right now, the Chinese market is relatively small compared to Japan, but the growth potential is significant. The problem, is that the US beef industry is having to invent a supply chain from scratch under a very strict set of regulations and protocols administered by the Chinese government.
On the other hand, in Japan, says high-quality US beef is becoming increasingly popular. Ruskamp says the people there love the taste and want to buy more of it. But like China, Japan comes with its own challenges. The issue, of course, is that as a non-member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, US beef is subject to a 38.5 percent tariff there putting it at a considerable disadvantage to other beef importing nations. Ruskamp says until a bilateral deal is struck between the US and Japan, the industry will have to rely on the loyalty of its growing base of customers there and the quality of their product that keeps them coming back. If nothing else, she says this trip reinforced her position that continued investment to promote beef in these growing markets is essential to the long-term success of the US beef industry.
Click here to read more about Ruskamp's adventures in Asia and listen to our full conversation to get her perspective on just how important Beef Checkoff and USMEF programs are to the US beef industry.
Emily Case of Dewey, Okla. Recognized as a Significant Woman in Agriculture by Oklahoma Ag Dept.
Before the holiday weekend, Emily Case of Dewey was recognized by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture as a Significant Woman in Agriculture.
Case grew up heavily involved in agriculture. Born and raised in Dewey, Okla., Case was a 4-H member and showed cattle, pigs and chickens through the program. Her parents also cut and baled hay, so she was in a tractor at a young age. After graduating high school, Case received an animal science degree from Oklahoma State University. Throughout her time in Stillwater, she worked for the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and the local USDA office where she harvested wheat and barley by hand to get accurate counts of seeds per head.
Today, Case and her husband have a diversified business platform running a 150-head cow-calf and hay operation with Case's family. In addition, the Cases are always looking for new agricultural pursuits, from meat processing to growing pumpkins. Case is also an insurance adjuster.
Case is a member of the Washington County Fair Board, secretary of the Washington County Junior Livestock Board, and a member to the Washington County Cattlewomen. She also enjoys serving as a speech judge for FFA contests each year.
Read more about Case's life and what makes her a Significant Woman in Oklahoma Agriculture, by clicking here.
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What's Consumers' "Beef" with Beef? Consumer Panel Reveals Concerning Issues of Misinformation
The US Roundtable for Sustainable Beef held a consumer panel in at its meeting in Oklahoma City, earlier this month. It was generally friendly toward beef consumption and purchases, but there was a worry expressed by some of the panelists regarding hormones in their beef. A couple of them responded to a direct question about their worries."You hear that little girls are now maturing at a faster rate because of growth hormones," one panelist responded. "This isn't normal, this isn't healthy and they're saying it's because of the meat that they are eating and I don't want this to happen to my daughters or any other little girls... That's what I heard."But nutrition scientists say that the panelist has it wrong. Her second-hand claims are not scientific fact at all. What scientists actually say is that the less than 1 nano-gram increase of estrogen in a serving of beef that's been implanted, really has nothing to do with the potential of reaching puberty earlier by children. Instead, it is more likely that childhood obesity is the culprit. True or not, though, consumers still worry about this and other falsehoods. Weston Givens, president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association who was there with other cattle beef industry leaders to observe, says it is important that the industry address these issues."What kind of set me back a little bit about that was the two men in particular on that group, were passionate beef eaters. They love beef. They made no bones about it, they were going to eat beef no matter what essentially," he said. "But, they still had concerns about the growth hormones. That is a real education point that's got to be hit on."Listen to consumer panelists voice their beef concerns and hear Givens offer his response, on Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.
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Merck Technical Vet Harold Newcomb Describes the "When, Where and What" of Parasite Control
According to Harold Newcomb, technical veterinarian for Merck Animal Health, parasites if left untreated, can cost a producer up to two hundred dollars over the lifetime of an animal. Research shows that the organisms affect everything from gain and final grade to reproduction.
A recent story by the folks at Certified Angus Beef explains how Merck has partnered with producers to help offset those costs and turn them in to profits with a proper deworming regimen for your herd. With a strategy in place, a producer can increase their herd's conception rate by as much as 11 percent - which can translate into a huge economic impact for your operation.
That's why Newcomb says it's so important to use the right products at the right time.
"Well, strategic means that we're going to deworm that animal at a time that we can have the biggest impact on the parasites that are in the animal, but on the pasture, as well," Newcomb said. "Because 90 to 95 percent of your parasite problem is on the pasture in the form of larvae and eggs, ok? So if we just deworm the cow or the animal without any consideration of what we're doing out here, we don't get very far."
Newcomb says there is no "cookie cutter" approach, which is why he always recommends producers work with their veterinarian or a parasitologist to develop an antiemetic or deworming program based off of what their goals are for their operation.
To continue reading or to watch a brief video clip featuring Newcomb talk about why you should be giving your deworming plan some critical thought, click or tap here.
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