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Steer and heifer calves sold 4.00-6.00 higher on Tuesday compared to last week at OKC West - click or tap here for a look at the July 10th sale results.
Today's First Look:
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Oklahoma Cattlemen to Host a Forum Featuring Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt at Annual Convention
During the organization's upcoming annual convention's General Closing Session on Saturday, July 21, the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association will host a forum featuring the two candidates in the GOP Governor Runoff election, Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt. The forum, to be moderated by yours truly, will give candidates an opportunity to share their ideas and vision on a variety of important state issues and explain what they would do as Oklahoma's next Governor to address these challenges.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to host this forum and wish to thank both candidates for the willingness to attend and meet with OCA members," commented Weston Givens, OCA President.
OCA members will have an opportunity to visit one-on-one with each candidate during a special reception after the forum concludes. Members will also have the chance to meet many other candidates running for state offices during the Friday evening Trade Show Reception scheduled to be held on July 20th.
To register or to learn more about this event, click over to the full story on our website for a link to the convention's landing page.
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|Meet OSU's New Temple Grandin Associate Professor in Animal Behavior and Well-Being Janeen Salak-Johnson
This year, OSU's Animal Science faculty welcomed Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson as the newest person chosen to hold the Department's Temple Grandin Professorship in Animal Behavior and Well-being. Dr. Salak-Johnson comes to OSU with an extensive knowledge and background in the US swine and pork industry founded in scientific research which she conducted during her 18-year tenure at the University of Illinois. Dr. Salak-Johnson was invited to present at the Oklahoma Pork Congress recently, during which we had the chance to get to know her a little better and inquire about her thoughts regarding some of today's questions pertaining to modern swine production.
Like many other segments of the ag industry, the swine industry has been under scrutiny regarding some of its production practices and some groups are now pushing for new methods such as group housing. While she says it is important to recognize where changes can and should be made in the industry, she also maintains that a change should not be adopted - much less forced upon a producer - if it offers no real improvement to the system in place. In many cases, she says a lot of the changes pushed by certain groups just visually seem more appropriate from a welfare standpoint. However, she contends such modernizations are implemented simply to placate "perceived customers" and often times these changes can have inherently negative impacts on sows and piglets.
With Oklahoma's pork industry gradually transitioning into more of a breeding model, Salak-Johnson says she is excited to work with local stakeholders and continue to build on the research she has accumulated during her career so far and implement the findings she's distilled from those studies to strengthen and fortify the state's production system and swine herd.
Read more about Dr. Janeen Salak-Johnson and her thoughts on animal welfare and wellbeing, or listen to our complete conversation to hear her own explanations, by clicking here.
ndustry Groups Cheer Trump's Pardon of Father, Son Imprisoned in Connection to Grazing Land Fire
Yesterday, President Trump was applauded and thanked by several farm organizations including NCBA, R-CALF USA and the American Farm Bureau Federation, after he signed Executive Grants of Clemency (Full Pardons) for Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr., and his son, Steven Hammond. The Hammonds are multi-generation cattle ranchers in Oregon imprisoned in connection with a fire that leaked onto a small portion of neighboring public grazing land. The evidence at trial regarding the Hammonds' responsibility for the fire was conflicting, and the jury acquitted them on most of the charges.
However, a White House release stated that despite this initial leniency, the previous administration, instead filed an "overzealous" appeal that resulted in the Hammonds being sentenced to five years in prison - adding - "This was unjust."
"The Hammonds were forced to suffer from grave injustice for far too long, and the entire ranching community is relieved that they will be reunited with their families," stated Ethan Lane, executive director of the Public Lands Council and NCBA Federal Lands in a response to the pardons. "No rancher undertaking normal agricultural practices should fear spending years in jail at the hands of the federal government."
Dwight Hammond is now 76 years old and has served approximately three years in prison. Steven Hammond is 49 and has served approximately four years in prison. They have also paid $400,000 to the United States to settle a related civil suit.
Click here for more details on the Hammonds' case and see more reactions from the ag industry.
Animal Ag Alliance Releases Report on Observations from 2018 Animal Rights National Conference
The Animal Agriculture Alliance released a report Tuesday detailing observations from the Animal Rights National Conference, held at the end of last month in Los Angeles. The event was organized by the Farm Animal Rights Movement and sponsored by Mercy for Animals, The Save Movement, Compassion Over Killing and The Humane League, along with several other animal rights extremist groups. According to conference organizers, the Animal Rights National Conference is the world's largest and longest-running gathering of animal rights activists with the shared belief that "animals have the right to be free from all forms of human exploitation."
According to Kay Johnson Smith, Alliance president and CEO, these reports are published with the belief that everyone involved in animal agriculture should stay informed of how animal rights extremists plan to target them as they attempt to advance their agenda for total elimination of the livestock industry.
"If your livelihood depends on animals, whether for food, research, transportation, or any other purpose, you need to review this report and prepare for what strategies and tactics these groups and individuals will use in their increasingly aggressive efforts to take meat, poultry, dairy and eggs off of our plates," she said.
This year's conference speakers focused heavily on the "reproductive rights" of animals, an apparent new focus area for the movement. As described in the report, attendees at the conference were encouraged to take "extreme action" in the name of promoting animal rights. Speakers were quoted saying, "Our movement must adopt all avenues, the methodical and radical." We as a movement need to push the boundaries of the law... Using any means necessary."
More highlights can be found in the complete report on the 2018 Animal Rights National Conference, which includes personal accounts of speaker presentations and general observations. Click here to access that full report.
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Indigo Wheat Demonstrates Continuous Improvement with Significant Yield Gains in Second Season
Indigo Ag released this week a preview of yield data from its microbial seed treatment for wheat which touted the success of its latest R&D efforts during the brand's second commercial season, showing a 13 percent uptick in average yields among four popular seed varieties planted across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas with a win-rate of 62.5 percent. Under higher-stress, low-yielding conditions, the yield uplift averaged 19 percent with a win-rate of 76 percent when compared to identical plots minus the proprietary microbial seed treatment. This trial proved Indigo Wheat could achieve higher yields without increased water or chemical use.
Jon McIntyre, Head of Research and Development at Indigo, reflecting on these results stated that Indigo was setting a precedent for consistent performance within its product portfolio, with significant improvement seen from season to season.
Indigo's strong yield results occurred during a season where rainfall across locations totaled 24 percent less than the five-year average. In 2018, record-low precipitation combined with severe drought stress in the High Plains region drove Texas and Oklahoma wheat abandonment rates to historic highs. Nonetheless, Brandon Bush, an Indigo Wheat Grower based in Altus, Okla., reported significant yield gains in his fields this past season.
"We only had 1.4 inches of rain over six months," he said. "Everything around the field that wasn't Indigo was 15 to 20 bushels per acre, but Indigo's field harvested 33 bushels per acre."
In the fall, Indigo will publish an in-depth analysis of yield data with grain quality and environmental characterization from 50,000 acres of grower-contracted Indigo Wheat. Learn more about Indigo Wheat in the meantime, by clicking here
As Selection Tools Become More Sophisticated, Ranchers are Growing More Confident in Decisions
There are so many genetic tools available these days to help producers select just the right bull for every operation. So many tools, it can at times get confusing when trying to get your arms around which tool to use to collect the information you are most interested in. Donnell Brown of the RA Brown Ranch spoke with us recently offering his advice on how producers should approach this conundrum.
"There is a huge number of tools available to us today to select the right cattle," he said. "The DNA enhancement has been huge."
Brown describes some of the advancements that have been made relatively recently in the genetic evaluation arena. One of the more exciting things to come onto the scene is multibreed genetic evaluation tools. A producer is now capable of comparing and contrasting bulls of a diverse variety of breeds, where before EPD data was limited to only a single breed. With the tools and products available today, Brown says there is more options and certainty a producer can have when making selection decisions for their breeding program than ever before.
"I look at it like this... It's breeding season again and I have two options. I can use that bull I had success with one calf crop last year or I can use a bull I've never produced a calf out of. Now, which one do we have more trust and confidence in?" Brown asked. "The one we had proof in the pudding with. That's human nature. DNA tests give us about that much accuracy as about similar to a full calf crop worth of data to say what this bull can deliver on calving ease, growth, carcass traits, for maternal traits, efficiency... all those things."
Listen to Brown and I discuss the many tools available today to help producers make genetic selection decisions for their herd, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Oklahoma Ag Youth Invited to Join American Farmers & Ranchers July 22-28 at Annual Leadership Summit
Coming up later this month, hundreds of Oklahoma's youth will gather at the Heartland Conference Center near Oklahoma City to take part in the annual Leadership Summit, hosted by American Farmers & Ranchers. This summit helps students reach their full potential, teaching them the skills they need to improve the lives around them and how to be a positive influence in their local communities.
Through team building exercises, participants will develop service projects and, in the process, experience personal growth and gain a better understanding of what it means to be a leader.
The summit will be held between July 22 - 28 and is broken into two sessions catering to different age groups. At the conclusion of the senior session, students will be charged with electing five of their peers to represent them on the AFR Youth Advisory Council.
For more information on this event, visit our website to view the complete story by clicking here
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