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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday November 18, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- HSUS Goes After Biggest Egg Producer in the US- Demanding End of the Use of Battery Cages
-- The Egg Farm Video Comes After HSUS Victory with Prop B in Missouri Two Weeks Ago
-- No Till University to Be Established for Oklahoma Farmers in 2011
-- Cattle on Feed Report Due on Friday Afternoon
-- Delay- Delay-Delay- Tax Cuts on the Capitol Hill Bubble
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention Ready to Kick Off Friday in Downtown OKC
-- OSU Livestock Judging Team Dominates National Contest At North American Expo
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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HSUS Goes After Biggest Egg Producer in the US- Demanding End of the Use of Battery Cages
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Humane Society of the United States on Wednesday targeted the largest producer of fresh eggs in the country, releasing images and a report it said documents federal safety violations and inhumane treatment of chickens.
The group said it had placed an undercover activist as a worker at a Texas egg farm owned by Cal-Maine, which sells eight billion eggs a year and is based in Jackson, Miss.
Wayne Pacelle, CEO and President of the Humane Society, revealed his ideal for laying hens early in the briefing as he recalled the days of hens having the "sun on their backs and scratching in the dirt." Today, he says its all about crowding each hen into a space less than the size of a piece of standard notebook paper for their entire life. The recurring theme throughout the conference held by the HSUS to show off the video of the undercover work was to call for universal acceptance of cage free egg production.
It appears that the HSUS employee who got on the Cal-Maine payroll violated the terms of his employment with the egg producer- as the company issued a statement after the HSUS video was released saying "Each employee involved in the care and handling of our hens is required to review, sign and comply with our Company code of conduct regarding the ethical treatment of hens which requires employees to report any possible violations." That undercover investigator apparently failed to let the company or the Federal Government know of any problems while employed there- which could have spared the animals he video taped a lot of anguish.
Click on the LINK below to check out our story on the HSUS release of the hen house video- which includes an audio overview of what Wayne Pacelle wants the company to do- and his expectations for the rest of animal agriculture as well.
The Egg Farm Video Comes After HSUS Victory with Prop B in Missouri Two Weeks Ago
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A ballot initiative in Missouri drew a great deal of attention from all segments of the livestock industry across the United States earlier this month. Proposition "B"- or Prop B for short, was also called the Puppy Mill Initiative.
As we reported to you right after the mid term November elections- it narrowly passed with urban residents of Missouri passing it over the no votes that dominated the remainder of the state.
On our Beef Buzz- we dig deeper into the issue with Kay Johnson Smith of the Animal Agriculture Alliance. Smith says that the fear is that HSUS is using the Puppy Bill to be their camel nose under the edge of the tent- planning to substitute the word "chicken" or "goat" or "pig" or "cow" for puppy down the road- limiting the number of animals a farmer can own and dictating management practices that have no basis in mainstream animal science thought.
Kay tells us that agriculture has a lot to learn from the Prop B vote- and we talk about that today on our Beef Buzz. Click on the LINK below to jump to our web page to learn more. And remember- previous Beef Buzz shows are available on our website- just go to any page found on www.OklahomaFarmReport.Com and click on the Beef Buzz button on the left hand side of the page.
No Till University to Be Established for Oklahoma Farmers in 2011
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~No-till on the Plains, Inc. has received the first ever state Conservation Innovation Grant for Oklahoma that will fund the proposed No-till University. The grant amount awarded was almost $74,000. The primary focus of No-till University is to enhance the overall soil health of cropland and deteriorated rangeland through continuous no-till practices, or CNT.
The curriculum and technological aspects for the courses will be developed up through spring 2011, when the program will be tested with 20 EQIP-eligible, no-till producers. Training and implementation for the general public will be available by December 2011. The curriculum is based on the systems approach to CNT, providing an educational resource that allows the ever growing community of no-tillers to share knowledge of current and effective practices.
No-till University provides a virtual learning environment based on Moodle (www.moodle.org), a leading technology with more than 30 million registered users in 210 countries, and a collaborative knowledge base. No-till on the Plains grant partner GeoAgro will deploy the technological aspects of the program. The University aims to establish a learning community, where authorized entities, No-till on the Plains, NRCS and other conservation partners can participate, provide, improve and deliver training.
No-Till on the Plains contends that the longer a producer stays in continuous no-till- the more benefits are accrued. To learn more about this program, click on the LINK below for some details about the program planned for Oklahoma producers to take advantage of later in 2011 and in 2012.
Cattle on Feed Report Due on Friday Afternoon
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The regular monthly US Cattle on Feed numbers will be released on Friday afternoon of this week at 2 PM central- once the cattle futures markets are closed for the week. According to Rich Nelson with Allendale, we are coming to the end of a string of months where we have had higher placements versus a year ago on a month to month basis.
For this month's report- "October Placements are expected to be 0.6% larger than last year. One last month of higher placements are expected. That will change soon as economics are turning negative. Cattle feeders are dealing with moderate losses on outgoing cattle. Breakevens are just over $100 currently. December corn futures averaged 489 1/8 in September and rose 11.5% to 545 1/2 in October. Cattle placed in October will be marketed from March through August.
"Allendale anticipates a Marketing total 2.3% smaller than October of
2009. This was due to one less weekday in 2010 versus last year. Weekly
slaughters however, will remain larger than last year into spring.
Delay- Delay-Delay- Tax Cuts on the Capitol Hill Bubble
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Senate Democrats met Tuesday without discussing plans for extending tax cuts, and leaders in the House and Senate say neither body is likely to turn to the issue this week. Unless Congress acts, virtually every taxpayer could see a sharp bite in his or her paycheck in January. And it means that the Death Tax could come roaring back to life with a 55% tax rate facing families who lose a loved one after January first.
Meanwhile Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner asked the White House to reschedule a meeting to focus on economic concerns, particularly the tax cuts passed in 2001 and 2003 that are set to expire at year's end. That meeting was to be held today (Thursday).
Don Stewart, a spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell,
says - the meeting will happen. Obama has said he is open to a compromise,
but Congressional Democrats have yet to focus on what shape a compromise
Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention Ready to Kick Off Friday in Downtown OKC
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~More than a 1,000 Oklahoma agricultural leaders are expected to fill the Cox Convention Center Nov. 19-21 in downtown Oklahoma City for the annual Oklahoma Farm Bureau Convention.
"This is our most important meeting of the year," said OFB President Mike Spradling. "This is when our leaders decide policy for the organization to follow in the coming year."
The convention kicks off Friday, Nov. 19, with contests for the young
farmers and ranchers followed by the opening session. Governor-elect Mary
Fallin will address the group via a videotaped presentation from
Washington, D.C. where she is completing her duties as Fifth District
Congressman. The group will also hear from Lt. Governor-elect Todd Lamb
and Attorney General-elect Scott Pruitt.
The annual awards banquet will feature humorist Trent Loos, and the announcement of the Oklahoma farm family of the year and young farmer and rancher achievement winner. The distinguished service awards to Farm Bureau and agriculture will also be announced at the banquet. We look forward to working with Trent and the presenters of the awards on Saturday night, as the OFB folks have asked us to be the emcee for the evening.
OSU Livestock Judging Team Dominates National Contest At North American Expo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma State University's Livestock Judging Team earned top honors at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition's renowned National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest in Louisville.
This most prestigious National Livestock Judging Contest was held for many years at the International Livestock Expo in Chicago- before the NAILE came on the scene and took on the role of that event. The win in 2010 makes the ninth team victory for OSU over the last half century- since 1960- and ties Kansas State with the most team wins in that time frame- nine national titles. The contest was first held in 1900- and in 1925, the first OSU (Oklahoma A&M) national title was won in this competition. "This accomplishment adds to the tradition of national championships awarded to OSU Livestock Judging Team members from the past," said Mark Johnson, team coach and associate professor of animal science. "In addition to the overall championship, our OSU team was also the contest's high-scoring team in the reasons, beef cattle and sheep categories."
In a NAILE news release, Steve Spivey, associate superintendent of the
national contest, said participants "must have dedication above and
beyond," comparing the involvement level of team members to that of
college sports such as basketball or baseball.
Team members are all OSU animal science majors. Individual honors and
recognition in the contest and its competition categories were earned
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