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Monday, September 24, 2018
Historic Rainfall in Southeastern Oklahoma Wash Cattle Away
It was the most rainfall recorded at a single Mesonet site in a 24 hour period since the Mesonet began- almost 25 years ago.
The Mesonet station was the one at Fittstown- and old record was 12.42 inches of rain at Burneyville in 2009- we will get exact numbers for the 24 period later today from our state Climatologist Gary McManus- but the total rainfall from this storm system that rolled into Oklahoma on Friday at Fittstown came in at 15.81 inches- with nearby Centrahoma totaling 12.22 inches of rain.
The driest areas of Oklahoma- based on the Drought Monitor of last week- received some rain but not really drought busting rains- Altus picked up an inch and Hobart got close to two inches of rain- and that helps in southwest Oklahoma- Pawnee got only a half inch and locations in Osage Count got even less as this system was mostly a southeastern two thirds of the state coverage event.
One of the saddest and heartbreaking cattle videos I have ever seen was posted on Twitter by Alex Spahn who is a Storm Chaser who lives in Durant- he watched an entire herd of mama cows and calves get swept away by the rapidly rising Clear Boggy Creek, 4.5 miles south of Tupelo, OK on highway 48.
Click here for the link of the video as posted on Twitter on Friday evening, September 21st.
Spahn reported Saturday on his Twitter feed that he received word many of these cattle survived their float trip- ""we've managed to get over 1/2 to a good place, brought an airboat over and we been swimming/pushing cattle, still some in belly deep water that we couldn't get to. Still don't have a good count and missing calves but doing way better than I was thinking"
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| Estimates Come in Lowballed as USDA Reports Highest On Feed Placements in 12 Years, Up 6% Year Over Year
According to the USDA Cattle on Feed report for September 1, released on Friday afternoon, cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.1 million head on September 1, 2018. The inventory was 6 percent above September 1, 2017. This is the highest September 1 inventory since the series began in 1996.
Placements in feedlots during August totaled 2.07 million head, 7 percent above 2017. Net placements were 2.02 million head.
Marketings of fed cattle during August totaled 1.98 million head, slightly above 2017.
OSU Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel says this report is a continuation of the trend that's been seen over the past several months- one that is reflective of a larger supply of cattle coming into the pipeline. In Peel's opinion, the report indicates that overall, the industry is doing a good job at managing a larger number of cattle avoiding back-ups in the supply of cattle by aggressively moving them through the system.
While the report should by no means come as a surprise to traders, Peel says the placements were slightly above the average estimates and could be viewed as somewhat bearish in the marketplace.
Click here to review the updated numbers in this month's Cattle on Feed report and listen to Peel's complete analysis.
Gore's Kim Sloan Pearson was recognized this past week for her contributions to the state's ag community by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture, which named her the latest addition to a growing group of Significant Women in Agriculture. Pearson, then Sloan, grew up on a row crop farm near the Arkansas River where she spent her youth outside on a tractor, raking hay or helping her dad with irrigation.
The Sloan Family Farm is on its 5th generation with Pearson's nephew and continues to raise wheat, soybean, corn, and for the first time in several years, cotton. Before returning to the farm, though, Pearson earned her Bachelor's of Science in Education from Oklahoma State University and a Masters in Administration from Northeastern State University- paid for by a roadside sweet corn business her family started that is still operating today, 53 years later. Pearson just began her 37th year of teaching. She taught for 18 years at Webbers Falls, and is now beginning her 19th year at Gore teaching Anatomy and Chemistry for the high school honors classes and 6th grade science.
Gore uses her classroom as a platform to integrate agriculture into her student's educations, believing it critical that her students understand where their food comes from and how it is grown. In addition to teaching agriculture in her classroom, Pearson recruits her high school students to help run an "Ag Day" event each year in Gore, to reach elementary students- using the opportunity to open students' eyes about potential careers in the agriculture industry.
In 2013, Pearson was honored as the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Teacher of the Year. She is well respected by others in the teaching field, and especially those who appreciate her work with agriculture. You can read more about Pearson's story and what makes her a Significant Woman in Agriculture, by clicking here.
The US retailer Costco has announced plans to integrate its meat supply to the farm level, accepting the risks associated with animal husbandry. Costco will become the first in the business to do so and according to a new report from CoBank, other food retailers and foodservice companies may follow suit in the future.
Costco plans to open a new chicken complex in eastern Nebraska next September with capacity to process 100 million birds a year. This cost-cutting venture is expected to save the company 10-35 cents per bird. The move comes as Costco's rotisserie chickens have become a major traffic-driver for in-store customers, while available supplies of whole birds at targeted weights have declined.
Will Sawyer, lead animal protein economist at CoBank sees the decision by Costco as a chance to ensure supply, control costs and maintain consistency of bird weights in order to enhances food preparation and safety. If Costco's foray into production and processing is successful, it could be the model for other food retailers and food service companies to vertically integrate into other protein sectors. However, Sawyer suggested this approach presents significant risks and challenges to other U.S meat sectors, particularly beef and pork.
Click here to read the complete article on the report released by CoBank, analyzing the potential this new model has to change the landscape of the protein supply industry.
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| Industry Pulls Together to Define Antimicrobial Stewardship, Ensure Essential Drugs Remain Available
In an effort to more closely monitor the use of antimicrobial drugs in production agriculture, especially in feed, the Food & Drug Administration initiated last year the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). According to National Cattlemen's Beef Association Chief Veterinarian Dr. Kathy Simmons, antimicrobial stewardship has become a major issue in both animal and human medicine. She recently explained how all parties concerned are working together to define exactly what good antimicrobial stewardship looks like.
"We have been working as an industry for years on this. We realize that antimicrobials are a very important tool to prevent, control and treat disease in our cattle and we want to be able to ensure that we can continue to use them," she said, acknowledging NCBA's collaboration with the USDA, the FDA and the World Organization for Animal Health. "We feel that prevention and control are major aspects of the therapeutic process that help to ensure a safe food supply and to enhance public health."
Simmons says NCBA's guidelines have been a part of the industry's Beef Quality Assurance program for some time, as part of the program's curriculum to help educate producers on the appropriate and responsible care of their livestock. As the industry continues to work towards improving its own methods and goal of more judicious use of antibiotics, Simmons says the important thing moving forward is not to totally eliminate antimicrobial drugs - which she insists are still absolutely necessary to maintaining healthy livestock populations. But, says that case of necessity should be emphasized.
Simmons added that a five-year plan is expected to be published soon that addresses antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The plan will incorporate a holistic "one-health" approach built off of the existing VFD framework that will govern certain aspects of antimicrobial dispensation focused on human use, veterinarian use and environmental impact. Simmons says this will be yet another tool used to steer the industry towards practices of heightened antimicrobial stewardship.
Listen to our complete discussion on the topic of antimicrobial stewardship and how the industry is promoting responsible practices, on last Friday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Melissa Spurlock from Blanchard, OK in McClain County, recently placed first in the Whole Wheat Bread Category of the Senior Division at the State "Best of Wheat" Bread Baking contest held on September 23 at the Oklahoma State Fair. Her entry of Whole Wheat Bread topped the class also winning her the title of Grand Champion for the Senior Division with her entry.
Dixie Evans from Medford, OK in Grant County, placed first in the White Bread Category of the Junior Division at the State "Best of Wheat" Bread Baking contest held on September 23 at the Oklahoma State Fair. Her entry of White Bread topped the class also winning her the title of Grand Champion for the Junior Division with his entry.
Here are the winners with four of the five Oklahoma Wheat Commissioners after the contest:
The contest is an annual event sponsored by the Oklahoma Wheat Commission and State Fair of Oklahoma. "We had 127 entries from 44 counties this year, all champion or reserve champion winners in the county contests," said David Gammill, Chairman of the Oklahoma Wheat Commission. "We had great attendance and always enjoy the opportunity to award the top bread bakers in the state."
| Superior Livestock's Sept. 20th Video Auction Results Reflect a Higher Week for Cattle Markets
On Thursday, September 20th, from their studio in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Superior Livestock Auction offered 19,450 head of calves, yearlings and breeding stock from 22 states for auction. The market did not disappoint and delivered an upward trending stocker and calf market that met the day's strong demand for cattle.
Feeder steers in our region saw very aggressive bidding resulting in $5-$7 higher, noting a higher demand for steers being delivered later in the fall. Buyers were selective in quality and feed programs. Feeder heifers also saw a strong demand with an increase of $7 to $10. Weaned calves, too, were well received with a strong market seeing increases of $5-$12. Calves on cows were fully steady.
Review the complete sale report for a full listing of the top lots sold and get details on how to participate in Superior's next video auction set for October 4th, by clicking here.
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