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Steer and heifer calves sold 2.00-4.00 lower on Tuesday compared to last week at OKC West - click or tap here for a look at the October 2nd sale results.
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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Concerns over weak farm income forced a sharp decline in the monthly Purdue University/CME Group Ag Economy Barometer. The index dropped to a reading of 114, 15 points below its August reading of 129 and its lowest reading since October 2016.
Organizers say the barometer, a sentiment index based upon a nationwide monthly survey of 400 U.S. agricultural producers, has been unusually volatile in recent months.
The volatility reflects uncertainty in farm country with trade issues, the expectation of bumper crops and low prices. Producers indicated that financial conditions on many farms deteriorated significantly as 2018 unfolded and farmers' expectations for the future weakened as well.
On the September survey, 54 percent of respondents said their farms' financial condition was worse than a year earlier, and asked to look ahead, 33 percent of producers in September said they expect financial conditions on their farm to be worse a year from now.
Click here to read more about this latest reading of the Ag Economy Barometer on our website.
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National Farm to School Month is celebrated each October across all 50 states. Governor Mary Fallin also proclaimed October as Farm to School Month here in Oklahoma. As a result, the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture this week is encouraging educators and cafeteria managers to incorporate agriculture into their schools by hosting a taste test of fresh fruits and vegetables, planning a fieldtrip to a local farm, inviting a chef to give a demonstration, or starting a school garden, just to name a few ideas... the goal of course is to celebrate the connections between children and local food.
This year, Oklahoma Farm to School's theme is all about milk. Every Monday in October, child nutrition staff and teachers are invited to post pictures of their students with milk mustaches on Facebook and tag Oklahoma Farm to School by using #OKFarmtoSchool. By doing so, the pictures will be added to the farm to school website.
In the proclamation issued last week, Gov. Fallin stated that National Farm to School Month allows everyone to "get informed, get involved and take action to grow Farm to School in their own communities and across this nation."
For more information about how to celebrate National Farm to School Month in Oklahoma, click here.
|We had the chance to visit with the president of the Livestock Marketing Association, Tom Frey, on Monday during the Midwestern Regional Livestock Auctioneer Championship qualifier in Holdenville, Okla. As a sale barn owner in southern Iowa, Frey understands the rewards and hardships of the livestock marketing business- which made his decision to join the LMA an easy one.
Not unlike other industries, the livestock auction has certainly seen its fair share of change over the years. For instance, more and more business is done through order buyers. In addition, the issue of traceability continues to be a constant topic of discussion. Mitigating that change in the interest of sale barn owners everywhere, Frey says the LMA is there to protect people like him and their businesses.
"I can't imagine being in the business we're in and not being a part of the association. It's a big part of what we do. They take care of a lot of things we have to deal with on a daily basis, from insurance to representing us to the government on regulations- it's nice to have somebody watching your back."
You can listen to Frey and I speak more about the livestock marketing business and the burdens the industry is tasked with carrying, by clicking or tapping here.
Robert McKnight Jr., president, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association published an op-ed entitled, "The Attack on Meat: Activists Push Their Agenda Through Unlikely Sources," this week in which he confronts the misconceptions about the beef industry perpetuated by activist groups.
Some of those misconceptions, according to McKnight, include the notion that farmers and ranchers are not sensitive to animal welfare and that red meat is unhealthy. Nor do activists believe that producers are environmentally conscious. McKnight argues that if anti-agriculture groups are able to spread their message unchecked, it will eventually have significant consequences for the industry.
"If groups like HSUS are successful, they can influence decision-makers who affect thousands by forcing their perspectives onto employees," McKnight writes. "If the concept that a plant-based diet is better for the environment, or healthier for an entire community is left unchallenged, what might we face 20 years from now?"
McKnight refutes this prospect stating that, "We have data that shows the ever-shrinking environmental footprint of beef production, especially here in the U.S." He continues to write, "We have solid research that shows beef can be part of a healthy and balanced diet. Nine extra-lean beef cuts have been certified by the American Heart Association's® (AHA) Heart-Check program, which means they carry the AHA Heart-Check certification for foods that fit in an overall heart-healthy dietary pattern.
McKnight also points to the stellar performance record of beef producers who continue to be acknowledged for their commitment to stewardship. Read more about McKnight's position on the false claims of production agriculture's critics, by clicking here.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected. Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
The Livestock Marketing Association, the group that represents livestock auction barns and other stakeholders across the US and even Canada, hosted one of its signature events in Holdenville, Okla. yesterday- the Midwest Regional Livestock Auctioneer Contest. The event attracted over 30 contestants, 10 of which qualified to represent the region at the LMA's World Championship which will be held later on in Tulare, California this June. Clay Myers is owner of the Texoma Livestock Auction in Texoma, Okla. and serves as the chairman for the LMA Livestock Auctioneer Contest. We were on location yesterday to speak with Myer about the event.
"We try to showcase true price discovery and the auction method of marketing livestock," he said. "It's been around a long time and it's still the best way to get top dollar for your cattle."
As a veteran of the industry, Myers says much has changed since he first began his career as an auctioneer. The people for one, he says, do business a lot differently than they once did. Simple things like the advent of ring-side scales has been one factor- but more than anything he says has been the advancement of technology used by buyers and auctioneers alike.
"With new media and phones, you can get your cattle out through an internet auction... most of these guys are live on the internet anymore and that gets your market out to a lot of people," Myers remarked, addressing some of the challenges that new technology has brought as well. "The hardest thing has been trying to figure out how we can continue to be traceable with these cattle at the speed of commerce. We don't want to slow down the process any whatsoever and so there's been a lot of talk about high and low frequency tags."
Myers says the industry has mixed feelings about the issue of traceability but doesn't think anyone outrightly opposes it, as long as it doesn't slow commerce or add to the frustrations of doing business. Regardless, he believes personally that the implementation of real traceability in the industry is still a long way away.
Listen to the complete conversation between Myers and I to learn more about this contest, on today's Beef Buzz - click here.
Allflex® Livestock Intelligence recently announced the launch of the Allflex Young Stock dedicated health monitoring application for newborn calves up to six months old. It also announced the introduction of SenseHub™, the new version of its SenseTime™ modular cow monitoring solution.
The Allflex Young Stock application is a unique solution for monitoring young cattle that enables farmers to detect the onset of health issues very early on. With this advent, producers can prevent impact on the growth curve or future performance and reducing drug use and mortalities.
In addition, SenseHub is the new generation of Allflex' market-proven SenseTime cow monitoring solution- offers comprehensive coverage of different farm populations, expanded support for any farm size, and enhanced flexibility to support multiple different application plan levels and tag types on the same farm. Additionally, SenseHub offers a choice of devices and payment options.
Dr. Stefan Weiskopf, CEO of Antelliq, parent company of Allflex says these new applications and the increased flexibility of all their monitoring solutions are just the latest innovations in Allflex's continual drive to help farmers optimize the productivity and wellbeing of all their livestock, for more sustainable and profitable operations.
| CAB's 2018 Progressive Partner Award Winner Kenny Hinkle Talks About How to Build Better Beef
Kenny Hinkle, of Hinkle's Prime Cut Angus, built his business on the motto "Quality over quantity," and it still rings true today. Using technology like embryo transfer is one winning strategy that has helped improve his angus herd over the years. In recognition of his efforts, Certified Angus Beef named Hinkle the 2018 CAB Progressive Partner Award winner this year.
Hinkle credits much of his success to the quality of his herd's female population and the genetics they carry that he has poured his life's work into developing.
"Everybody talks about the sires and the bull of the month and all that, but it always comes back to me as the high-quality females. Anybody can buy a straw of semen on any bull that is for sale but to have that high-quality female is where it's at," he said. "And we are fortunate to have a lot of them."
Keep reading or watch Hinkle expound on how he has worked to build a better herd in a short video clip shared with us by the folks at CAB, by jumping over to our website.
|Living on Tulsa Time- We Head to the Tulsa State Fair for the Grand Drive, Premium Sale and a Dose of Kevin Stitt
The livestock barns are busy this week at the 2018 Tulsa State Fair where the Junior Market Livestock Show has all five species showing today- Steers, Barrows, Wether Goats, Market Lambs and Broilers- with the Grand Drive of the first four of those species being selected this evening at 5:00 PM in the Ford Truck Arena.
Tomorrow- the annual 4-H and FFA Livestock Judging Contest will be happening- starting at 8 AM- and then at 5 PM- the Junior Livestock Auction will get underway- also at the Ford truck Arena- the Tulsa State Fair Ringmasters do a great job with this Premium Sale- and have been handing out about $500,000 annually to the young 4-H and FFA members who are able to get an animal into the sale.
Also happening today- the Oklahoma Pork Council, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association and the Oklahoma Farm Bureau will be hosting the GOP Candidate for Governor, Kevin Stitt, in a brief news conference this afternoon at the OCA's Beef Tent(Building) adjacent to the livestock barns.
We will be there for all the festivities- hope to say howdy to many of you today and tomorrow!
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