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Monday, June 17, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Wade Leist of Michgan Wins 2024 World Livestock Auctioneer Contest at ONSY

  • Governor Stitt Defends Special Session for A&M Regent Selection

  • Marketing Your Cull Cows to Achieve the Best Profit with OSU’s Derrell Peel

  • Gentner Drummond Applies Pressure to Local Prosecutors to Crack Down on Cattle Theft

  • Former Oklahoma Senate Approps Chair Roger Thompson Resigns

  • Coal County Man Arrested for Cattle Theft

  • NCBA Responds to FDA’s Longitudinal Study on the Yuma Valley Leafy Greens Growing Region

  • Five Rural Businesses Selected for 2024 AgCelerate Oklahoma Agricultural Innovation Cohort

Wade Leist of Michigan Wins 2024 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship at ONSY

After three preliminary qualifiers around the US with over 100 auctioneers competing from across the US and Canada- the thirty best traveled to Oklahoma City this past week to compete in the 2024 World Livestock Auctioneer Championship at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. The thirty semifinalists were narrowed to ten finalists on Saturday afternoon- and Wade Leist, Boyne City, Michigan heard his name called Saturday night at the awards banquet. Wade will spend the next year driving the custom-wrapped World Livestock Auctioneer Championship pickup all over the country to showcase his auctioneering talents and promote the livestock industry.

At the banquet, I got the first media interview with the new champion- and Leist says he was shocked to hear his name called- “You look around the room- you see thirty guys who could win it- you know there is only ten in the running at that point- the reserve and runner up have been named- you keep looking around and think which of these other 8 are going to win it-I guess I was the last one that I really thought would so it feels good.”

Number two in the world is an Oklahoma auctioneer- Dakota Davis of Waukomis. He and his wife own and operate the Enid Livestock Market- and Davis was named the Reserve Champion of the contest. Dakota actually drew first in the contest lineup and we captured some of his work selling the first drafts of the 2024 world contest- it's up on our Facebook page- click here to go and check it out.

We have interviews with Wade and Dakota- some video of Wade selling and more in our story linked below.

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Governor Stitt Defends Special Session for A&M Regent Selection

This past Friday- I had the chance to talk with Governor Kevin Stitt about some of his latest work, from an open seat on the A&M Board of Regents to bills he signed during the 2024 legislative session.

First and foremost, Stitt talked about  his call for a Special Session of the Senate regarding an appointment to the A&M Board of Regents. One name surfaced for the Governor that he has sent forward as a nomination- former OSU Director of Athletics Mike Holder. Governor Stitt says he believes the Regents need a person who can help navigate the new world of college athletics and hopes that OSU can rise and become a leader within the Big 12 in the days to come. He contends Mike Holder will help that be a reality.

I asked about one name that was mentioned a lot during the search for a candidate- Jennifer Callahan. Governor Stitt said Mrs. Callahan would absolutely be a great choice- but that she chose not to allow her name to be put forward for consideration by the Senate at this time. That makes Holder the nominee for the Governor to push forward.

Regarding the 2024 Legislative Session, Stitt said he was happy to quickly sign the final budget deal approved by the House and Senate- saying he had promised leadership he would sign if they gave him certain things he felt were important- they are in the final package and he was pleased to honor his promise and sign the bill. Stitt says the process to pass the budget was a transparent process, and he was pleased with the elimination of the grocery tax.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Governor Stitt about the open seat for the A&M Board of Regents and more

Marketing Your Cull Cows to Achieve the Best Profit with OSU’s Derrell Peel

At the 2024 LMA Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in OKC, I caught up with Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, and talked about marketing cull cows to achieve the highest profit, heifer retention, and more.

Peel emphasized the value of feeding cull cows a little longer to improve their grade, and increase profit on those individual cows. For the average cow-calf operation, Peel said 15 to 20 percent of their total revenue comes from cull animals.

“From a producer standpoint, it is kind of a tradeoff,” Peel said. “Do you have the time, and the resources and the facilities to keep those cows? You are going to have to feed them a little bit.”

Looking at the Cattle Inventory numbers that USDA released on January 31st, Peel said the numbers in the report made it clear that the beef cow herd would be smaller in 2024.

Click here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Derrell Peel about culling cows and heifer retention
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Gentner Drummond Applies Pressure to Local Prosecutors to Crack Down on Cattle Theft

At the 2024 LMA Convention and World Livestock Auctioneer Championship in OKC, I had the chance to talk with Oklahoma’s Attorney General Gentner Drummond about cattle rustling, illegal grow operations, and pushing back on regulations from the Biden Administration.

“From the law enforcement side, we have got a lot of cattle rustling and thievery that needs to be prosecuted,” Drummond said. “Our local prosecutors are busy with rapes, murders and things like that. I am delivering the message to them that this is a crime that you must prosecute, and if you will not prosecute it, I will.”

Going through Oklahoma’s Multi-County Grand Jury, Drummond said there is currently a significant cattle rustling operation being prosecuted, which he believes will end in a successful prosecution.

“I am available for every Oklahoman in all 77 counties to enforce this law,” Drummond said.

Click here to read more to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Gentner Drummond about cattle rustling, illegal grow operations and more.

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Former Oklahoma Senate Approps Chair Roger Thompson Resigns

On Friday- Oklahoma Senator Roger Thompson of Okemah announced that he was resigning from the State Senate effective November first.

According to Non Doc- Thompson resigned about six weeks after he was suddenly removed as chairman of the Senate Appropriations and Budget Committee.

Thompson (R-Okemah) was first elected in 2014, meaning he had two years left in a third and final term that would have expired in 2026. His resignation will become effective Nov. 1.

“I am grateful and honored to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Senate District 8 for the last 10 years,” Thompson wrote in a brief resignation letter addressed to Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat.

Treat said nothing of the removal of Thompson in his comments on Friday about the resignation- “His faithful stewardship of the budget the past several years has led to record savings and record investments in education, behavioral health and infrastructure. Sen. Thompson has also helped navigate the Legislature through many difficult times, especially through the ARPA process. His work on developing the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency as co-chair has been instrumental in the successful outcomes we have seen come out of this office."

Senator Treat is in his final months as Pro Tem. Greg McCortney, R-Ada,has been selected as the Pro Tem Designee after Pro Tem Treat terms out of office in November of this year. 

Coal County man arrested for cattle theft

Mark Henry Blanchard, a resident of Tupelo, Oklahoma, was arrested and charged with five counts of larceny of a domestic animal after stealing cattle and selling them at local livestock auctions for profit.

The arrest comes after an investigation led by Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Special Ranger Cody Hyde and the Coal County Sheriff’s Office looking into a possible cattle theft in Coal County after the victim reported his cattle missing.

After running a sale history at the auction, Hyde discovered Blanchard, an employee of the victim, sold cattle each time the victim sold cattle. The checks written to Blanchard after the sale aligned with the missing livestock owned by the victim.

Over the course of the investigation, Blanchard was questioned about the suspicious activity.

Click here to read more about the latest cattle theft arrest in Coal County

NCBA Responds to FDA’s Longitudinal Study on the Yuma Valley Leafy Greens Growing Region

On June 5, 2024, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released preliminary findings from a multi-year study investigating the spread of bacteria to leafy greens being grown in Yuma County, Arizona.


The study was undertaken after a 2018 E. coli outbreak that was linked to romaine lettuce from the Yuma, AZ, growing area. The investigation into that outbreak found samples of canal water that tested positive for the outbreak strain of E. coli. However, that strain of E. coli was not found at a nearby cattle feeding operation and the investigation ultimately found “no obvious route for contamination” from the feeding operation.


“Despite those 2018 investigative findings, we are concerned that some have erroneously interpreted the new FDA study as suggesting that the cattle industry is responsible for the outbreak, even though the scientific evidence does not support such a conclusion,” said NCBA CEO Colin Woodall. “In fact, FDA has expressly stated that the multi-year study did not identify the specific source and route of contamination that contributed to the 2018 outbreak.”

Click here to read NCBA's full response to the FDA’s Longitudinal Study on the Yuma Valley Leafy Greens Growing Region

Five Rural Businesses Selected for 2024 AgCelerate Oklahoma Agricultural Innovation Cohort

Oklahoma Farm Bureau has selected five rural-Oklahoma businesses to be part of the 2024 AgCelerate Oklahoma cohort through the Oklahoma Grassroots Rural and Ag Business Accelerators program.

The accelerators program is a collaborative rural development initiative from OKFB along with national and state-level partners that develops Oklahoma-based innovators creating ideas, technologies and products creating economic opportunities in rural Oklahoma.

Members of the 2024 AgCelerate Oklahoma cohort include BioAdvantage Recycling Company of Shawnee, which removes and repurposes waste products from processed cattle; E2C Cattle Company of Wagoner, which has created a nutritional supplementation calculator for beef cattle; Advanced Avigation of Fairview, a company that installs drone sensors to detect invasive plant species; Burgess Aerospace Innovations of Stillwater, which has created an AI-powered aerial drone technology to provide real-time data to livestock owners; and Blackjack Legacy of Minco, which promotes and markets superior beef products.

Click here to read more about the Oklahoma Grassroots Rural and Ag Business Accelerators program
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.58 and Select Beef was up $4.56 on Friday 06/14/2024.

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Oklahoma National Stockyards had 10,0000 head of cattle this past Saturday at the World Livestock Auction Championship.

According to USDA Market News- "Very large crowd of both buyers and sellers was on hand. All classes of feeder cattle and calves sold with very good demand. Quality average to attractive. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (68% Steers, 31% Heifers, 0% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 85%."

There will be a smaller than normal Monday sale at the Oklahoma National market today following the Saturday sale. As of 9 PM Sunday night- there were 3,276 head on the yards. The sale will start at 8:00 am. We are expecting to start with 3,200 to 3,600.

Click below for the complete closing report from the Saturday Auctioneer Championship.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from Saturday 6/15/2024 at the World Livestock Auctioneer Championship

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 from the past week
Woodward Livestock Market from Thursday 06/13/2024
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 06/14/2024
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: 
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