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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

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  • Planned and Impulse Heifer Breeding with OSU’s Derrell Peel

  • Second Smallest Monarch Numbers on Record Means Few Will be Seen this Summer in Parts of the U.S.

  • NCBA Works for Producers to Help in the Event of Animal Disease Outbreak  

  • Fake Meat Investments Tumble in 2023

  • Sec. Arthur Represents Oklahoma at National Agriculture Policy Conference

  • Pro Tem Treat Announces Sen. McCortney as Pro Tem Designee

  • FACA Sees Opportunities in New USDA Workforce Development Initiative

Planned and Impulse Heifer Breeding with OSU’s Derrell Peel

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. This week, Dr. Peel talks about heifer breeding.

The January Cattle report from USDA-NASS has included the inventory of beef replacement heifers since 1920.  The latest USDA Cattle report pegged the January 1, 2024 beef replacement heifer inventory of 4.86 million head, down 1.4 percent year over year.  However, the latest report revised the initial estimates of the 2023 inventory from 5.16 million head down to 4.93 million head.  This means that the 2024 beef replacement heifer total is down 11.4 percent from 2022. With the revisions, the 2023 inventory, along with the 2024 beef replacement heifer inventory are below 5 million head and are the smallest January 1 inventories since 1950.

Since 2001, USDA has provided an additional breakdown of beef replacement heifers into the number expected to calve (bred heifers) and the residual of heifers retained for breeding.  This emphasizes that the replacement heifer total consists of heifers from two different calf crops: coming two-year-olds that will calve this year and yearling heifers, from last year, in development for breeding (Figure 1).

Click here to read more about Dr. Derrel Peel's analysis on heifer breeding from the "Cow Calf Corner".

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Second Smallest Monarch Numbers on Record Means Few Will be Seen this Summer in Parts of the U.S.

Authorities in Mexico City have announced that the size of the eastern monarch butterfly population that overwinters in Mexico is the second smallest on record. Associate Farm Editor, Reagan Calk, had the chance to talk with Chip Taylor, the founding director of Monarch Watch at the University of Kansas about factors that impact the monarch population.

In 1992, Taylor founded Monarch Watch, an education, conservation, and research program that focuses on the monarch butterfly, its habitat, and its spectacular fall migration. Monarch Watch is based at KU within the Kansas Biological Survey & Center for Ecological Research.

Taylor said the monarch butterflies that are still in Mexico City must make it through the rest of the winter before migrating about 800 miles north to Texas. The path the monarchs will be taking north is currently in drought, he added, which means less nectar and water availability, which is essential for their migration.

“Then what we have to have is good timing when they arrive and good numbers,” Taylor said. “If the timing and numbers are good, and the March temperatures are average, the population will grow nicely. If the March temperatures are too hot, which they have been getting too hot lately, then I wouldn’t put any bet on how fast this population will come back.

Click here to read more and listen to Reagan Calk talk with Chip Taylor about the small monarch population.

NCBA Works for Producers to Help in the Event of Animal Disease Outbreak  

At the 2024 CattleCon held in Orlando, Florida, I talked with the President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Mark Eisele. Eisele and I talked about disease traceability and what electronic identification has to offer for the beef industry.

Our coverage from the 2024 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Orlando is being powered by Farm Data Services of Stillwater.

Eisele runs a cow-calf and yearling operation in the southeast corner of Wyoming on both public and private lands. When asked why he felt the calling to run for NCBA President, Eisele said he wants to give back to those who have made his way of life possible.

One of the big conversations at CattleCon this year was animal disease traceability. If disease made its way into the United States, Eisele said many do not understand the heavy implications.

“It is right on our doorstep,” Eisele said. “We are going to start accepting imports from Paraguay and Brazil which we have fought vehemently but haven’t got accomplished.”

Eisele said if there is an animal disease outbreak anywhere in the U.S., there will instantly be a 72-hour freeze of all livestock.

Click here to read more and listen to Mark Eisele talk about disease traceability and electronic identification.
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Fake Meat Investments Tumble in 2023

The last 12 months have been challenging for cultivated meat and seafood companies trying to raise capital.

For example, AGFunderNews.com says Finless Foods is making cutbacks to conserve cash, New Age Eats running out of funds, and GOOD Meat getting sued by its bioreactor supplier over allegedly unpaid bills.

As AgFunder runs the numbers, preliminary data shows that funding for cultivated meat startups peaked at $989 million in 2021, dipped slightly to $807 million in 2022, and then dropped sharply last year, falling 78 percent to $177 million against a backdrop of a 50 percent drop in agrifood tech investing overall in 2023.

It's not just the lab grown meat folks that are in trouble of running out of money- the plant based protein segment is spiraling as well- Beyond Meat in particular, which analysts now say is in “survival mode” as sales in its core US retail market continue to decline, despite more promising figures in some international markets.

They have debt of over a billion dollars which those same analysts are saying won't be repaid when due in December 2026.

Alt Meat may still survive- but for now- consumers aren't buying what they are selling.

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Sec. Arthur Represents Oklahoma at National Agriculture Policy Conference

Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur is back in Oklahoma following a productive week at the NASDA 2024 Winter Policy Conference in Washington, D.C. Arthur, who is the President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, led meetings and discussions about agricultural policies that impact Oklahomans, as well as the rest of the United States.

“Ag policy is incredibly important for all of our farmers and ranchers,” Arthur said. “The chance to sit around the table and carry forward a message from our home states to the federal level will hopefully have a positive impact on ag policy.”

One of the biggest policy priorities discussed at the conference was the passage of a unified farm bill. An updated bill is critical to farmers, the rural economy, and communities of every size. The bill must ensure that farmers have a reliable safety net and consumers have access to safe and affordable food.

“There’s a lot of opportunity in the farm bill to bring priority to ag research and animal health,” Arthur said. “Another big piece that we’ve worked on in Oklahoma is supporting local producers to have more resiliency in the food supply chain.”

In addition to the farm bill, Arthur and NASDA members discussed many other policies including pesticide regulation, food safety, animal health, and farm labor.

Click here to read more about Sec. Blayne Arthur representing Oklahoma at the NASDA Winter Policy Conference.

Pro Tem Treat Announces Sen. McCortney as Pro Tem Designee

Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, today announced the Senate Republican Caucus convened and voted for Sen. Greg McCortney, R-Ada, to be the Pro Tem Designee after Pro Tem Treat terms out of office in November of this year. 

Pro Tem Treat was elected in a special election in 2011 to represent District 47. He has been the leader of the Senate since 2019 and was re-elected Senate President Pro Tem in 2021 and 2023.

“I am proud of my time as a Senator and for my time as the leader of the Oklahoma Senate,” Pro Tem Treat said. “It has been an honor of a lifetime to serve in this position and something I will never forget or take for granted. We’ve been able to achieve a lot of things in my time as pro tem including constitutional carry; protecting women’s sports; creating LOFT as the legislative watchdog; landmark school choice; unprecedented investment in public education; ending abortion on demand; creating record savings; and, ending the Developmental Disabilities Services Waiting List – just to name a few. I still have a lot that I want to accomplish as I attempt to finish strong. I’m pleased that our caucus choose Senator McCortney as the Pro Tem Designee and I’ll continue to work closely with him to help him prepare for this role. I am forever grateful that former Pro Tem Mike Schulz set a great example and did that for me."

Click here to read more about Pro Tem Treat announcing Sen. McCortney as Pro Tem Designee.

FACA Sees Opportunities in New USDA Workforce Development Initiative

The Food and Agriculture Climate Alliance (FACA) welcomes the launch of a new USDA workforce development initiative aimed at building the next generation of conservation delivery providers.

The Working Lands Climate Corps is a promising opportunity to provide on-the-ground education and training to develop the skillset needed to address natural resource challenges. Climate Corps fellows, working with state and local organizations, will gain the skills needed to provide conservation technical assistance to agricultural producers who are voluntarily making climate-smart investments on their operations. 

FACA appreciates USDA’s commitment to building the next generation of boots on the ground, but we also acknowledge the immediate need for more capacity today. We encourage USDA to continue to prioritize ongoing capacity-building and recruitment efforts. These two efforts are complementary and necessary to build a robust workforce to scale conservation delivery.  

FACA members are united in support of climate policies that are voluntary, market-based and scientifically sound. Learn more about FACA policy recommendations and see the full list of member organizations at agclimatealliance.com.

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up 4 cents and Select Beef was up $1.94 on Monday 2/12/2024.

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Boxed Beef Report

Oklahoma National Stockyards had 7,500 head on Monday, February 12, 2024.

Compared to last week: Feeder steers and heifers sold mostly steady to weak. Steer and heifer calves traded 2.00-4.00 higher from last week's sharply higher market. Demand good for all classes. Quality plain to average. A winter storm fell across the trade area over the evening bring heavy snow and rain. Warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the remainder of the week. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (53% Steers, 46% Heifers, 1% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 57%.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 02/12/2024

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 13,125 head on Monday, February 12, 2024.

Compared to last week feeder steers sold 4.00-9.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold 4.00-12.00 higher. Supply was heavy with very good demand. 13,125 head of feeders followed last week's record of 15,578 head. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (59% Steers, 39% Heifers, 2% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 63%.

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

Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 02/12/2024
OKC West in El Reno Cow and Bull Market Report from 02/12/2024- Cows and Bulls Mostly Steady
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 2/12/2024
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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