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Friday, December 8, 2023

NToday and Saturday- the 2023 Tulsa Farm Show

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Holly Carroll Highlights Tulsa Farm Show Events and Latest OKFB Programs

  • Slight Improvements Seen in Most Drought Categories this Week

  • Merck’s Tim Parks Says Feeder Cattle Success Starts at the Cow-Calf Level

  • Another Record Month for Pork Exports to Mexico; Beef Exports Show Modest Rebound

  • Kim Anderson Believes Wheat Prices Have Bottomed Out

  • Holiday Season is Beef Season

  • Craig Cameron Brings a Lifetime of Horse Sense to Tulsa Farm Show

  • More Stories for Your Weekend Reading

Holly Carroll Highlights Tulsa Farm Show Events and Latest OKFB Programs

At the Tulsa Farm Show, I caught up with Oklahoma Farm Bureau Director of Membership and OKBF Foundation for Agriculture Holly Carroll and discussed the farm show and an update on all things OKFB.

OKFB is the lead sponsor for the Tulsa Farm Show, Carroll said, as the show is a great highlight for producers around the state because of the traffic from vendors and visitors from multiple states.

“On Friday at the farm show, we are going to have a members luncheon, so if you are a member and you are here on Friday, come by and join us for lunch,” Carroll said. “We have our Bridge events Friday and Saturday, and then Saturday night, we have an ag defense dinner to help raise some funds to help fight state questions or issues that may arise that we need to put some money towards.”

Carrol talked about some new programs that OKFB has launched to hit more age groups and demographics of members. Carroll said one of those new programs is the Generation Bridge program.

Generation Bridge serves as a stepping stone after Young Farmers and Ranchers with an opportunity for members to get involved in OKFB beyond the county level as they work to develop connections across the state, expand their knowledge of Farm Bureau and create lasting memories.

Click here to read more and listen to Holly Carrol talk about the Tulsa Farm show and OKFB programs

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Slight Improvements Seen in Most Drought Categories this Week

According to the latest Oklahoma drought monitor report, exceptional drought remains at zero, unchanged from the past three months.

Extreme drought or worse is at 1.15 percent, down slightly from last week’s 1.16 percent.

Severe drought or worse is at 10.38 percent, down from last week’s 11.38 percent.

Moderate drought or worse is at 32.29 percent, down from last week’s 33.99 percent.

Abnormally dry or worse conditions are at 57.68 percent, up from last week’s 51.95 percent.

According to the 6-to-10-day precipitation outlook map, the northeast part of the state is leaning below a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation through December 16. The central part of the state is at a near-normal chance of precipitation, and the southern part of the state is leaning above a 33 to 40 percent chance of precipitation through December 16.

Click here to view a national drought summary and see this week's charts and graphs

Merck’s Tim Parks Says Feeder Cattle Success Starts at the Cow-Calf Level

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am talking with Dr. Tim Parks of Merck Animal Health about the health profile of cattle.

This health profile, Parks said, begins at the cow-calf level.

“If we can stimulate the immune system in that baby calf and get it prepared as it starts to develop and move through production cycles, we can start to set it up to where, as we do move through the stocker phase or backgrounding phase and into the feed yard, that immune system is at least prepared for those stresses that are going to come that way,” Parks said.

By vaccinating young calves and stimulating their immune systems, Parks said producers can ensure a better chance of success for those cattle further down the road.

Some illnesses, Parks said, such as Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD), can have lifetime effects

Click here to read more and listen to Dr. Tim Parks talk about cattle health
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Another Record Month for Pork Exports to Mexico; Beef Exports Show Modest Rebound

U.S. pork exports posted another strong performance in October, led by record-large shipments to Mexico and broad-based growth elsewhere, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). October beef exports remained well below last year’s large totals but improved from September, led by stronger demand in Mexico and Taiwan. 

October pork exports totaled 245,345 metric tons (mt), up 3% year-over-year and the largest since June, valued at $688.2 million – down 2% from a year ago. For the first 10 months of 2023, pork exports increased 9% from a year ago to 2.38 million mt, with value up 6% to $6.66 billion. 

Beef exports totaled 104,446 mt in October, down 17% from a year ago but 6% above the low volume posted in September. Export value was $836 million, down 11% year-over-year but 5% higher than September. January-October exports of U.S. beef reached 1.08 million mt, down 13% from the record pace of 2022, while value fell 17% to $8.32 billion. 

“On the beef side, economic headwinds in our largest Asian markets continue to weigh on demand, as consumers trade down to lower-priced proteins,” said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. “The recovery in Asia’s food service sector has been limited, but we remain hopeful that it will accelerate in 2024. Recent efforts to jump-start economic activity in these countries and address weakened currencies could also improve the business climate.”

Click here to read the full report from USMEF

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Kim Anderson Believes Wheat Prices Have Bottomed Out

This Week on SUNUP is Oklahoma State University Extension grain market economist Kim Anderson. During this week’s edition, Anderson talks about the latest news in the crop markets. 

Anderson said he believes wheat prices have reached a bottom, as they are at about $5.60 now.

“If you look at the average Oklahoma wheat price, it is $5.85,” Anderson said. “If you look at ending stocks right now for U.S. wheat, projected to be around 700 million bushels, $8.50 is the average.”

Anderson said that the U.S. and the world are below average on wheat stocks, so wheat prices should hold above $5.85.

Looking into the 2024 wheat crop, Anderson said the market is offering close to 20 or 30 cents higher than the current price.

Click here to read more and listen to Kim Anderson talk about the crop markets on OSU’s SUNUP

Holiday Season is Beef Season

We can all agree that the holiday season is about being together with family and friends. And no matter who is around the table, moments together are made even better with beef! As consumers count down to the holidays, they are going to be looking for inspiration for their holiday table. This month is the perfect time to inspire and encourage consumers to choose beef as the centerpiece of their holiday table. Read more below for a few ideas to get you started.   

Let us know what you are sharing this month by tagging Beef. It’s What’s for Dinner. on social media!

Click here to read more form the Beef Checkoff on eating beef for the holidays

Craig Cameron Brings a Lifetime of Horse Sense to Tulsa Farm Show

He has spent a part of his December at the Tulsa Farm Show for the past 28 years- and world-renowned horse trainer Craig Cameron says he is still a student. Cameron is back for the 30th Tulsa Farm Show today through Saturday, offering twice daily sessions on connecting with young horses and starting them on the road to being ready to be a part of the ranch- or that rural lifestyle acreage.

“The whole idea with horses and horsemanship is trying to ride better today than you did yesterday,” Cameron said. “That is what we will be doing today is starting some young horses that have never been saddled or rode and showing people how to work with the horse and not against the horse.”

A big part of working with horses, Cameron said, is rewarding the horse when it works well and making it easy for them. The beginning days when working with a young horse, Cameron said, are sometimes the most important.

“Be aware that good horsemanship is an art form,” Cameron said. “It takes time to learn, and again, I would say maybe the best advice I could give anybody is to be patient with yourself and be patient with your horse.”

Click here to read more and listen to my full conversation with horse trainer Craig Cameron

More Stories to Check Out This Weekend

In This Week's Ag Perspectives Podcast, Congressman Frank Lucas talks with Ron Hays About All Things Farm Policy- and the Weather Act Reauthorization
CAB Insider: Misaligned cattle markets and record-high carcass weights
Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, how lovely are thy … insects?
Happening December 18- National Livestock to Auction Calf Benefiting All American Beef Battalion
November 2023 Gross Receipts to the Oklahoma StateTreasury
H-2A Growth Slows, But Remains Strong
U.S. Cattle Producers: Halt Import of Beef from Paraguay
OSU December Webinars to Discuss Research on Heifer Development
Pro Tem Greg Treat Releases Plans for New Senate Budget Process
2024 Angus Herdsman of the Year Candidates announced Includes two Okies
USDA Extends Pork Processing Line Speeds Program
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was down 72 cents and Select Beef was down $1.07 on Thursday Boxed Beef Report

Click on the Button below for the latest report from USDA Market News

Boxed Beef Report from December 7, 2023

Weekly Cattle Auction Reports

The buttons below allow you to check out the weekly Cattle Auctions in the region that we post on our website and here in our daily email update.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 12/04/2023
Tulsa Stockyards for Monday December 4, 2023
Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 12/04/2023
Oklahoma National Stockyards Cows and Bulls Sold Tuesday, December 5, 2023
OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 12/05 and 12/06/2023
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 12/07/2023
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick below for the latest update on the Livestock and Grain Futures Trade..
Click Here to Listen to Justin's Commentary From 12/07/2023
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- The report available after the close of the Futures Trade for that day.
Read  Cash Grains Report from 12/07/2023
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Ag Network - analyzing the Futures Markets for that trading day- as reported by KC Sheperd.
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Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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