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mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
FedCattleExchange.com offered 7855 head Wednesday with 0 cattle actually selling. Click here to see their complete market results.
Feeder steers sold 3.00-7.00 lower and feeder heifers traded 2.00-4.00 lower Wednesday at OKC West Livestock in El Reno, compared to last week's sale. Click here to jump to yesterday's complete sale report.
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Thursday, March 14, 2019
Celebrate National Ag Day- Today- March 14th
Featured Story: From OYE:
For 31 years, Ag Youth Magazine has been "bragging on kids," according to the publication's Editor and Publisher, Larry Peck, who has probably covered more livestock show arenas than anyone in the business. We sat down with Peck to review this year's spring show season that will culminate next week at the Oklahoma Youth Expo.
"All the shows have really grown," he reported, sharing his observations from what he says has been a very good spring for the show circuit. "The shows have all been really good other than the weather. It's been cold and dreary the whole time. But, the animals look good and there's a record number of kids out there from corner to corner of the state. At the district shows, the bonus sales went super good. It was just a tremendous spring."
Having covered junior livestock shows for more than three decades, Peck has seen a lot of change over the years. One thing that's remained constant though, he says, is the caliber of kids that turn out each year. Listen to our full conversation, by clicking over the Blue-Green Gazette
on our website, to hear Peck share more about his experiences over the years covering the youth beat in agriculture and how he has watched OYE grow.
On another note - we want to remind you that the sign-up period for AFR's Ag Achievement Contest closes this Friday, March 15.
Held in conjunction with the OYE, the AFR Ag Achievement Contest is designed to recognize youth who have an interest in livestock, excel in showmanship and have knowledge of the livestock industry including production, management, processing and end product utilization.
The competition is limited to 4-H and FFA members exhibiting breeding or market beef, sheep, goat or swine at the Oklahoma Youth Expo and who are classified as high school juniors or seniors. Contestants compete in showmanship, written animal science exam and an interview.
For more details on how to enter for this contest, click here.
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Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2018 Tulsa City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Oklahoma City's premier spring agricultural and ranching event with returns to the State Fair Park April 4-5-6, 2019.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show. To learn more about the Oklahoma City Farm Show, click here.
Oklahoma State Senator and Chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee Casey Murdock of District 61 is under fire this week for the introduction of a bill that would limit how much land the Wildlife Conservation Commission can purchase. If passed, SB 703 would prevent the Commission from buying more land than they sell each year arguing that the Commission's current practices are "an economic drag on rural Oklahoma."
Though supported by several rural stakeholder groups, Murdock's bill is strongly opposed by other groups that argue this measure "sets bad policy."
Oklahoman Quail Forever, on Wednesday, made a call to action to its membership instructing them to call their local state senator and advocate that they cast down this measure, scheduled for a vote this Thursday, March 14th.
OQF contends that SB 703 limits the Commission's ability to improve outdoor access for all Oklahomans and stimulate local economies through indirect means responsible for an estimated $2.1 billion impact for the state.
to read more about why OQF opposes this measure on our website.
| OCA Ranch Rodeo Committee Presents Big Ol' Check to the Oklahoma Children's Hospital
The OCA Ranch Rodeo, affectionately referred to as "Cowboys Helping Kids" has donated more than $500,000 to benefit the Oklahoma Children's Hospital, and last weekend they added to that total.
Carson had the opportunity to talk to Tim Drummond, a rancher in Northeast Oklahoma and Chairman of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association's Ranch Rodeo Committee, before they presented a $30,000 check to the hospital. The proceeds were raised in 2018 during a timed event at the Lazy E Arena.
"I've made it a point to give the hospital more than half of the proceeds of every rodeo we ever put on," Drummond said with pride. "We also pass the boot during the event and last year I think we raised over $10,000 just passing the boot. That's not including the $30,000!"
Listen as Tim tells Carson how they get some of the kids from Oklahoma Children's Hospital involved in the events, and what's to come this August, by clicking or tapping here.
| Noble's Hugh Aljoe Shares His Advice on How to Become a Better Manager
Doing just what you intend can make the difference between a prosperous farm or ranch and one that struggles. Hugh Aljoe, Director of Producer Relations for Oklahoma's Noble Research Institute says that means identifying goals.
"If you want to become a better manager, you need to be more intentional. And, in order to be more intentional, you've got to have not only your processes lined up, but you've got to have your goals identified and make sure that you're always going back and checking it," according to Aljoe.
The bottom line? Being proactive instead of reactive. Running a successful cattle operation starts with intentional management, but the factors to consider may not start with cattle or prices.
To watch a short video clip featuring Aljoe, talking about the importance of strategic and intentional management of a cattle operation, click or tap here.
The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association is the trusted voice of the Oklahoma Cattle Industry. With headquarters in Oklahoma City, the OCA has a regular presence at the State Capitol to protect and defend the interests of cattlemen and cattlewomen.
Their Vision Statement explains the highest priority of the organization- "Leadership that serves, strengthens and advocates for the Oklahoma cattle industry."
To learn more about the OCA and how you can be a part of this forward-looking group of cattle producers, click here for their website
. For more information- call 405-235-4391.
2018 an Exceptional Year for US Beef Exports Especially in Asian Market Despite Current Challenges
At the end of this last week, the industry received the final piece of the puzzle - the end of year report with the long-awaited December data on US beef export numbers. According to Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, this report (delayed by the government shutdown earlier this year) confirmed what most were already anticipating - another record year for US beef exports.
This report, delayed by the government shutdown earlier this year, indicates that US beef exports increased for a third consecutive year in 2018 to a new record level of 3.16 billion pounds with numbers up in most major markets.
"If you look at beef exports in 2018 now that we have the December data, it was a new record level following a record level actually in 2017. We continue to see growth," Peel said. "Total beef exports were up a little over 10 percent for the year in 2018. We saw growth in several of our major markets. In particular, the Asian markets."
Peel says the fact that significant growth was seen in the Asian markets, like Japan (the No. 1 market for US beef), is remarkable given the current disadvantages the US beef industry has there with the Trans-Pacific Partnership now in effect and the intensified pressure of tariffs there.
Continue reading for more details or hear Peel offer his big picture overview of 2018 in terms of US beef exports, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
Bayer's Ecological Efforts Show Significant Progress in Recovery of Monarch Habitat and Populations
During the annual Bayer AgVocacy Forum held prior to the 2019 Commodity Classic in Orlando this year, we caught up with Bayer's Regulatory Sciences Lead Amy Hood who talked about the company's efforts in establishing new habitat and expanding the faltering population of Monarch butterflies.
To date, over one million people from all 50 states have participated in Bayer's Feed A Bee program, who have planted approximately three billion free seeds from Bayer to establish pollinator habitat to help support the expansion of the Monarch population. In just the last year alone, Hood says significant progress has been seen, reporting a 144 percent increase in the overwintering Monarch population in Mexico.
As awareness of our environmental challenges grows, Hood says Bayer's program will grow too in the impact it is able to make in strengthening our ecological biodiversity.
"I think about what we can do and the thing is, there will be another troubled species that's next. Whether it's a native bee species or a songbird - we're going to have to think about what we're going to need to do," Hood remarked. "The good news is, with the things we've already done with pollinator habitat, we're absolutely headed in the right direction and doing things that help these species as well."
Learn more about Bayer's efforts and its Feed a Bee program, by clicking here
to read more or to listen to our complete conversation.
AFR President Scott
Blubaugh Appointed to National Farmers Union Committees
Scott Blubaugh is a Tonkawa, Okla., rancher, AFR/OFU president, and now also elected to serve on the National Farmers Union Executive Committee.
"I am excited to represent Oklahoma and I am looking forward to serving agriculture on a national scale," said Blubaugh.
Click or tap here to read more on Blubaugh's farming background, other committee work, and service on the NFU Board of Directors.
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