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Monday, January 8, 2024

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  • Cattlemen's Congress Memorializes Jarold Callahan in the Big House

  • Barry Pollard Talks Cattlemen’s Congress, Legacy of Jarold Callahan and More

  • Angus CEO Mark McCully Calls Cattlemen's Congress a World Class Event

  • Oklahoma Wine Trails Wine App Now Available

  • Soy Growers Urge Congress to Support Inland Waterways

  • ICYMI-RMA’s Livestock Roadshow is Coming to Oklahoma on January 10 & 11

  • New Dairy CEO Gregg Doud-More Protein, Better Policy: Welcome to 2024

Cattlemen’s Congress Memorializes Jarold Callahan in the Big House

The Shows in the Jim Norick Arena were paused at noon on Saturday as Cattlemen’s Congress paid tribute to Jarold Callahan. Board Member Tyler Norvell told the exhibitors and those that were in the stands that it was appropriate to stop for a few moments midday Saturday to salute the late Callahan as it was his dream to always have the Herefords and Angus showing at the same time in the arena.

Jarold Callahan passed away on December 23, 2023 unexpectedly- and his death has left the national cattle show without it’s leader as it kicked off just seven days later. The show staff and leadership have pulled together and pushed forward in his memory as the largest beef cattle show in the US is now in it’s fourth year.

Norvell told the audience present and online that “But as we move forward, I can promise you- the Cattlemen’s Congress Board- the folks behind this show- are more committed than ever and Jarold always said from day one- this is gonna be the most exhibitor friendly and most affordable livestock show put on in the country. And that’s our mission to make it a good experience for the exhibitor. We want to always make that this is a show that is put on by cattlemen for cattlemen.”

It was announced on Saturday there will be two traveling trophies named from now on for Jarold Callahan- a trophy for the champion Angus open heifer and the champion Polled Hereford heifer.

Norvell also announced that the collegiate livestock judging contest that was near and dear to Jarold Callahan will be named from now on the Jarold Callahan Livestock Judging Contest at Cattlemen’s Congress.

During the tribute- there was a video capturing a few comments from Jarold- including a couple from the conversation that we had with him this past fall where he recapped his life ahead of the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Ceremony in November. You can watch the video by clicking on the video link below.

Read More and listen to the audio of the tribute at Cattlemen's Congress for Jarold Callahan Here
A video saluting the life of Jarold Callahan

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Barry Pollard Talks Cattlemen’s Congress, Legacy of Jarold Callahan and More

At the 2024 Cattlemen’s Congress, I caught up with the President of the American Angus Association and Oklahoma Rancher, Barry Pollard. Pollard wears many hats, as he is also the owner of P&K equipment and a retired neurosurgeon.

Pollard said it has been a busy week as a trade show representative and sponsor at Cattlemen’s Congress, and the crowd has been great. After the sudden passing of Jarold Callahan, Pollard talked about the impact Callahan had on the cattle industry and his instrumental place in Cattlemen’s Congress.

“His leadership and his knowledge of the business, from beginning to end, was just fantastic,” Pollard said. “He has been a guy that has been on the commercial end of it, he has feedlot experience and ownership, he has followed cattle all the way through, as well as seeing them in the show cattle arena…”

Pollard applauded Callahan’s special ability to evaluate things in the present, look forward to the future, and see changes that needed to be made.

“He was truly a visionary in this business,” Pollard said.

Click here to read more and listen to the full conversation with Barry Pollard at Cattlemen’s Congress

Angus CEO Mark McCully Describes Cattlemen’s Congress as a World-Class Event

At the 2024 Cattlemen’s Congress, I sat down and talked with the CEO of the American Angus Association, Mark McCully, and discussed the state of the Angus industry and the fourth year of Cattlemen’s Congress.

“We are four years in, and it has really matured into a fantastic event,” McCully said.

There are cattlemen from all over, McCully said, as he had the chance to visit with some producers who traveled from as far as Scotland to attend one of the cattle sales at the show. McCully said there are not only live cattle sales at the show but also sales for genetics in many different forms.

“Oklahoma City is a city that is easy to get around,” McCully said. “This is a very exhibitor-friendly show.”

Regarding the state of the Angus breed, McCully said ranchers remain optimistic, although herd rebuilding is going a little slower than many expected.

“I think the profitability scenario for commercial producers continues to be strong; they are going to be in the driver’s seat for a while, and that always bodes well for the ability to invest in genetics,” McCully said. “Angus genetics continue to fit that job description for calving ease, and as they start rebuilding and buying heifers back.”

Click here to read more and listen to Ron and  Mark McCully talk about the Angus breed
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Oklahoma Wine Trails Wine App Now Available

Oklahoma Agritourism has launched the Oklahoma Wine Trails passport program. The program will include nine regional wine trails with collectable stamps and prizes.

“Our new passport program is the perfect ‘bite-sized’ adventure to get folks out to our vineyards and wineries,” said ODAFF Viticulture and Enology Coordinator Madi Franklin. “We hope by breaking up our 43 producers into regional trails, exploring our wine regions will be more approachable and easier to complete.”

According to ODAFF, the passports are only available at the vineyard and winery locations.

Oklahomans who are a fan of Oklahoma wines can expect the passport program to make your tasting experience better with nine trails scattered around the state, the passports offer the opportunity to try local Oklahoma wine, meet passionate producers, see some incredible landscapes, and collect fun prizes. The Oklahoma Wine Trails passport program is your guide to a fun filled day or weekend trip in Oklahoma.

Click here to read more about the Oklahoma wine trails and app

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Soy Growers Urge Congress to Support Inland Waterways

Soy growers are asking Congress to support inland waterways in the upcoming 2024 Water Resources Development Act.

Lawmakers are in the process of developing the 2024 WRDA, a critical piece of legislation that will shape U.S. waterway policies for the next two years. The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee recently issued guidance for WRDA 2024 requests, with Congressional offices having until Friday, Jan. 12, to submit input.

ASA is urging Congress to ensure that inland waterways projects funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act) are completed in accordance with Congressional intent. Specifically, ASA is advocating for these projects to be funded entirely through 100% general revenue without relying on Inland Waterway Trust Fund dollars.

ASA state affiliates this week contacted their House delegation staff, asking them to communicate with the House T&I Committee in support of waiving the IWTF cost-share for the seven inland waterways construction and major rehabilitation projects funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Additionally, ASA requests that these projects remain wholly funded at the federal level, not with IWTF funds, in the 2024 WRDA.

Click here to read about the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and more

ICYMI-RMA’s Livestock Roadshow is Coming to Oklahoma on January 10 & 11

To help livestock producers know what insurance resources are out there and answer any questions, USDA's Risk Management Agency is hosting a series of workshops for producers to learn about updates and improvements to several livestock risk management products. The improvements and expansions are based on feedback from America’s livestock producers.

Topics for RMA’s Livestock Roadshow sessions include:

  • Annual Forage
  • Dairy Revenue Protection
  • Livestock Gross Margin
  • Livestock Risk Protection
  • Pasture, Rangeland and Forage
  • Weaned Calf Risk Protection

Two sessions are happening in Oklahoma this week. On Wednesday January 10th- the Roadshow stops at the Great Plains Career Tech, 4500 S.W. Lee Blvd in Lawton from 1 to 4 pm.

Then on Thursday, January 11th- the roadshow will be in Stillwater from 9 AM til noon at the Payne County Expo Center at 4518 Expo Circle E.

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More Protein, Better Policy: Welcome to 2024

National Milk Producers Federation CEO's Corner- A Word from CEO and President, Gregg Doud:

Happy New Year, and what a year 2024 promises to be. Within dairy and throughout agriculture, the refrain that will be often repeated is that this will be the year of protein. In fact, it may be the first of many: If you look out over the next decade, the supply of animal protein in the world – that’s beef, pork, poultry, and dairy — comes nowhere near meeting the demand.

That means U.S. dairy’s emphasis on exports and our international competitiveness will certainly be an area of focus. Dairy farmers and their cooperatives are extremely well positioned to do this: We’re efficient, we can get high-quality products overseas competitively, and our processing capacity is expanding. Our innovation and technology in the dairy industry to expand international markets is second to none. NMPF can support these efforts by continuing our excellent partnership with the U.S. Dairy Export Council and by seeking sound policy that promotes the powerhouse potential of U.S. dairy.

Our Cooperatives Working Together Program will soon be in a position to bring significantly greater resources to bear in supporting market growth for U.S. dairy worldwide – just as our main competitors in New Zealand and Europe take a step back in large part due to regulatory constraints we in the United States have been able to avoid.

Click here to read the full CEO's Corner
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.26 and Select Beef was up 71 cents on Friday 01/05/2023.

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Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 13,290 as of 9 pm last night. The sale will start at 6:30 am. We are expecting to start with 13,300 - 13,800. This is the first sale of 2024- it will be a rainy day at ONSY.

From the the last sale of 2023: Compared to previous week: Feeder steers 2.00-5.00 higher. Feeder heifers mostly steady. Limited test of feeder steers over 800 lbs. and heifers over 650 lbs. Steer calves 4.00-8.00 higher. Heifer calves mostly steady. Demand moderate to good for feeder cattle; very good for calves. The price spread between a steer and heifer calf remains large as producers continue to buy for winter grazing. Nice rains fell last week and fall pastures are in pretty good condition. Quality average to attractive.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 12/18/2023

Here's our regular feature that is a part of the Monday Daily Email- market commentary from Bob Rodenberger, a partner with Stockman Oklahoma Livestock Marketing.


Bob talks Fridays with our own KC Sheperd with his commentary and is posted on our website-click here for this past Friday's story featuring Rodenberger's comments



Learn more about Stockman Oklahoma by clicking here.

Listen to KC Sheperd talk with Bob Rodenberger about the cattle markets of this past week.
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 01/04/2024
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 01/05/2024
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.
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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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