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  • OSU’s Dr. Jayson Lusk Talks About OSU’s Plan to Adapt for the Future of Agriculture

  • Shorthorn Cattle Provide Carcass Quality and Maternal Strength to Beef Industry

  • Oklahoma State Wins Jarold Callahan Livestock Judging Contest at Cattlemen's Congress

  • USDA Announces Appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

  • Stan’s Beef Jerky out of Yukon Makes Appearance at Cattlemen’s Congress

  • Cow-Calf Producers: Are you on offense or defense in 2024?

  • When it comes to Climate Smart Ag, Oklahoma could learn a thing or two from its neighbor

  • USDA Announces Market Development Program Investments for Fiscal Year 2024

OSU’s Dr. Jayson Lusk Talks About OSU’s Plan to Adapt for the Future of Agriculture

At Cattlemen’s Congress, I caught up with the Vice President and Dean of the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Dr. Jayson Lusk. Hays and Lusk talk about the show, his time at OSU, and more.

“It is a great place to come see some of our current students, hopefully some of our future students, and some of the top purebred breeders in the country,” Lusk said.

Some of Oklahoma State University’s bulls competed at Cattlemen’s Congress, Lusk said, as the University aims to continue support of the purebred genetics industry.

Since accepting his position at OSU, Lusk said he is pleased with how welcoming the school has been.

“It has been a whirlwind, but I am learning more every day,” Lusk said. “It has been a great experience.”

Lusk said the current freshman class enrolled at OSU is the largest in the school’s history. President of the University, Dr. Shrum, has a strategic plan underway to put into place, Lusk said, and the division of agriculture will also have a strategic plan that aligns with the University and prioritizes agriculture in the state.

Click here to read more and listen to the full conversation with Dr. Jayson Lusk

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Shorthorn Cattle Provide Carcass Quality and Maternal Strength to Beef Industry

At the fourth Cattlemen’s Congress, I had the chance to talk with the Executive Secretary and CEO of the American Shorthorn Association, Montie Soules, about the strengths of the Shorthorn breed.

“It has been a great event for our breed this year,” Soules said. “We are right here within three head of what we had last year, and our sales have been extremely strong since we came here. I think last year, we had the highest grossing of all the breeds here, quite honestly.”

In 2023, Soules said, the American Shorthorn Association saw successful sales and new memberships.

“The great thing about when you get some new members is that they need to buy a few cows,” Soules said. “That really helps the process and helps the membership.”

Soules said registration has remained strong, as 2023 was the third consecutive year that the breed broke 15,000 registrations.

Click here to read more and listen to Montie Soules talk about the Shorthorn breed

Oklahoma State Wins Jarold Callahan Livestock Judging Contest at Cattlemen's Congress

It was close- but the Cowboys from Stillwater took home the overall top prize in the Collegiate Livestock Judging contest on Monday that was just renamed this past weekend at Cattlemen’s Congress. On Saturday, the board of Directors that run Congress announced that from this point forward- the collegiate Livestock Judging Contest will now be called the Jarold Callahan Livestock Judging Contest at Cattlemen’s Congress.

The team from Oklahoma State University was three points better than the Reserve Champs that came from Western Illinois University to claim the Senior Collegiate Division. This is a whole new set of team members that are following in the footsteps of the 2023 National Champion Livestock Judging Team from OSU. 2024 OSU team members include Ashylyn O’Brein, Braylon Spears, Jed Sidwell, Kale Campbell, Anna Hannon and Clay Brillhart.

Team rankings in the senior college division had OSU placing first, Western Illinois University reserve, Texas A&M placing third, Kansas State University fourth, Texas Tech fifth and the University of Arkansas sixth.

Ross Blumbaugh of Western Illinois was the high individual of the Contest- while OSU’s Ashlyn O’Brein, Bryalon Spears and Jed Sidwell placed fourth, fifth and sixth high individuals respectively.

In the JUCO division- Black Hawk East from Illinois won the Championship with Redlands of El Reno as Reserve.

Click the Blue Button below to read more about those teams and see pictures as well.

Read more and check out the pictures of the top teams in the Jarold Callahan Livestock Judging Contest at Cattlemen's Congress
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USDA Announces Appointments to the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)announced the appointment of 26 members to serve on the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board. Twenty-five members will serve three-year terms and one member will serve a one-year term. The term of board members appointed to three-year terms start February 2024 and end February 2027.

Two of those members are Oklahomans Cheryl DeVuyst, Morrison, Okla., and Gaye Pfeiffer, Mulhall, Okla. Devuyst is a reappointment for a second three year term and Pfeiffer is a new appointment for her first three year term. She will take the place of Jimmy Taylor in February at the end of the CBB meeting in Orlando.

The board is authorized by the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 and is composed of 99 members representing 34 States and 5 units. Members must be beef producers or importers of beef and beef products nominated by certified producer organizations. More information about the board is available on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Cattlemen’s Beef Board webpage.

Since 1966, Congress has authorized the development of industry-funded research and promotion boards to provide a framework for agricultural industries to pool their resources and combine efforts to develop new markets, strengthen existing markets and conduct important research and promotion activities. AMS provides oversight of 22 boards, paid for by industry assessments, which helps ensure fiscal accountability and program integrity.

Click here to read the list of newly appointed members

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Stan’s Beef Jerky out of Yukon Makes Appearance at Cattlemen’s Congress

This week, the Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is wrapping up. The event hosted cattle exhibitors from across the nation and many types of vendors. Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Intern, Maci Carter, had the opportunity to talk to Cheryl Johnson of Stan’s Beef Jerky about her business and their experience at Cattlemen’s Congress.

“Stan started this about 50 plus years ago,” Johnson said. “He has done shows all over the United States. He’s got eight different flavors and we got different sizes of bags, and it’s all smoked.”

Johnson explained that the man in the company’s name, Stan, started this business over 50 years ago and is now 84. A friend of theirs, Tony, has since bought the business, but they still love to help and support.

“This is our first year here with Stan’s Beef Jerky,” Johnson said.

Being a vendor at Cattleman’s Congress is a new venture for the business, but not unfamiliar territory for the family. Johnson explained that they like to refer to themselves as “cattle people” and they were excited when the opportunity to sell their product at the show came up.

“We have four flavors that are a tender cut because we turn the eye of the round a kind of a different way,” Johnson said. “Then the old style is a little drier. That kind of beef jerky that people have ate in the past.”

Click here to read more and listen to Maci Carter talk with Cheryl Johnson of Stan's Beef Jerky

Cow-Calf Producers: Are you on offense or defense in 2024?

Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry as part of the weekly series known as the “Cow Calf Corner,” published electronically by Dr. Peel and Mark Johnson. Today, Dr. Peel talks about production costs, cattle markets and more.

The majority of the cow-calf sector has been on the defense for the past two to three years due to adverse weather and production cost conditions. Widespread drought has forced significant herd liquidation and resulted in additional feed and other production costs. It appears that the beef cow herd has decreased by roughly 11 percent since the last cyclical peak in 2019 and has decreased perhaps six percent in just the last two years due to drought. USDA will release the January 1 cattle inventory numbers on January 31 and confirm herd changes in 2023. The drought resulted in record high hay prices in 2022 with only slight decreases in 2023. High prices for supplement feeds, fertilizer, fuel, and other production inputs have added to the cost challenges.

Going into 2024, production costs have eased somewhat, and drought conditions have improved in many regions; though considerable drought remains around the country. Many regions that have less drought or are recently removed from drought still need time for forage recovery or, particularly important in many areas, water recovery. With considerable uncertainty remaining about moisture and forage conditions for the coming growing season, many producers are logically taking a very cautious approach to animal stocking. Restocking drought-reduced cow herds will be a slower process in many situations.

Click here to read more from Dr. Peel about production costs, cattle markets and more

When it comes to Climate Smart Ag, Oklahoma could learn a thing or two from its neighbor

There is a new blog post out at the Southern Plains Perspective. The Southern Plains Perspective is authored by Clay Pope- who farms with his wife Sarah.  Read Below!

When it comes to conservation policy I generally like to brag on Oklahoma.  Many people don’t realize what a great job the Sooner State does when it comes to protecting natural resources on farm and ranch land. Whether it’s reducing run-off in streams and rivers, controlling soil erosion or improving wildlife habitat, Oklahoma has a record of being a national leader in addressing these issues. It’s a rare day when I point out how another state is doing a better job of helping farmers and ranchers deal with an environmental challenge.

Well, today is one of those days.

While perusing the internet last month for blog ideas, I came across a story describing a new program in the State of Missouri that’s focused on helping agriculture producers adopt “climate smart ag practices.” It’s something I think Oklahoma and other Southern Plains States should seriously consider copying.

In September of 2022, The Center for Regenerative Agriculture at the University of Missouri received a $25 million grant from USDA to lead the Missouri Climate-Resilient Crop and Livestock Project (CRCL). This initiative is designed to assist Missouri producers in adopting a wide range of climate-smart conservation practices in the hope of creating a more resilient crop and livestock system.

Click here to read the full blog post from the Southern Plains Perspective

USDA Announces Market Development Program Investments for Fiscal Year 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is awarding more than $203 million to nearly 70 agricultural organizations to help expand export markets for U.S. food and agricultural products via the Market Access Program (MAP) and Foreign Market Development (FMD) program. 

“Over the years we have seen the tremendous impact both MAP and FMD have on expanding U.S. exports to markets across the globe,” said FAS Administrator Daniel B. Whitley. “For each $1 invested in export market development, U.S. agricultural exports have increased by more than $24. These programs provide a significant boost to the U.S. agricultural industry, which in turn helps strengthen the economy not just in rural communities, but across the entire United States.”

Through MAP, FAS will provide $174.3 million for fiscal year 2024 to 68 nonprofit organizations and cooperatives. These organizations use the funds on consumer promotion, including brand promotion for small companies and cooperatives, and the funding is used extensively by organizations promoting fruits, vegetables, nuts, processed products and bulk and intermediate commodities. The average MAP participant provides more than $2.50 in contributions for every $1 in federal funding it receives through the program.

Under the FMD program, FAS will allocate $27 million for fiscal year 2024 to 20 trade organizations that represent U.S. agricultural producers. The program focuses on generic promotion of U.S. commodities, rather than consumer–oriented promotion of branded products. Preference is given to organizations that represent an entire industry or are nationwide in membership and scope. The organizations, which contribute on average more than $2.50 for every $1 in federal funding they receive through the program, will conduct activities that help maintain or increase demand for U.S. agricultural commodities overseas.

Click here to read more from USDA on Market Development Program Investments for Fiscal Year 2024
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were mixed- Choice Beef was up $1.67 and Select Beef was down 17 cents on Monday 01/08/2024.

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Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had an estimated 14,000 head on Monday, their first sale of 2024.

Compared to the last sale on 12/19/23: Feeder steers and heifers traded 3.00-8.00 lower. Steer and heifer and calves mostly 2.00-5.00 lower. Demand moderate. Strong winter storms have moved across the Northern Plains and the West causing many feed yards to be cautious and pull their orders until pens become less problematic. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (61% Steers, 38% Heifers, 1% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 65%.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 01/08/2024

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 8,231 head on Monday, January 8th.

Compared to last week feeder steers sold 3.00-10.00 lower. Feeder heifers sold 7.00-12.00 lower. Supply was heavy with good demand. Last week almost 19,000 feeder cattle went across the scales plus 4,000 video cattle. A big start for 2024. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (64% Steers, 35% Heifers, 1% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 68%.

Click on the button below for details of the trade as compiled by the USDA Market News Service.

Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 01/08/2024
OKC West in El Reno Cow and Bull Market for 01/08/2024 Cows Firm to $4 Higher
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