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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, July 3, 2019
No Report on Independence Day- July 4th- But We Will Return Friday Morning July 5th-
America has a long list of favorite foods for the Fourth of July, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade, and watermelon, among others. A cookout of the traditional Fourth of July favorites will cost just a few cents more this year, coming in at less than six dollars per person.
The American Farm Bureau's survey reveals the average cost of a summer cookout for 10 people is $52.80, or $5.28 per person. The overall cost is just 11 cents higher than in 2018.
"Strong consumer demand for beef and higher U.S. meat production has led to higher ground beef prices, but lower pork spare ribs for the Fourth of July," says AFB Chief Economist John Newton. "Increased pork supplies and competition in the meat case at the grocery store contributed to lower spare rib prices."
Consumers will see lower cheese prices in time for the grilling season. A brand-new item on the list that Farm Bureau tracked is ice cream. Including 1.5 quarts of vanilla ice cream brings the total cost of the cookout to $56.38, still less than six dollars per person.
AFBF's summer cookout menu for 10 people consists of hot dogs and buns, cheeseburgers and buns, pork spare ribs, deli potato salad, baked beans, corn chips, lemonade, ketchup, mustard and watermelon for dessert. Click here to read more details on this latest survey from AFBF on our website.
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| Industry Association Spearheads Effort to Create Recovery Tool for Producers Victim of Dealer Default
Under current law, many people in the livestock industry believe sellers of livestock are not adequately protected against livestock dealer defaults. The Livestock Marketing Association holds the belief that unpaid sellers should have the ability to reclaim their livestock if they haven not been sold yet or if resold - then have the right to claim the proceeds from those resales. Chelsea Good, LMA vice president of government and industry affairs, says unfortunately that's not the case. She recently explained the value in developing such a tool for vulnerable producers in the case of dealer default through appropriate legislative action.
The only true form of recovery currently is through an official USDA bond claim, which only pays five to ten cents on the dollar. Good says that LMA is working to advocate on the industry's behalf for dealer trust legislation. According to her, when dealer default does happen, the impact is often quite significant. In response to current federal laws under the Uniform Commercial Code, states including Oklahoma have decided in some cases to take action and have created lien laws that prioritize unpaid livestock sellers' ability to reclaim stock or proceeds. This becomes a challenge in many situations however, since in the cattle industry business if frequently done between parties from different states who are therefor subject to different laws. This issue, Good asserts, is the reason behind the necessity of creating a uniform federal solution.
The USDA is currently under a directive included in the 2018 Farm Bill to conduct a feasibility study on such a solution. Good hopes for a positive outcome from that study and a path forward stemming from that report that will eventually lead to congressional action on this matter.
Listen to yesterday's Beef Buzz to hear Good speak more in depth about the need for statutory dealer trust - click here.
Blane Stacy, Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) soil health educator, has been around soil for his entire life. He is also a part-time saddle bronc rider, qualifying for the International Finals Rodeo (IFR) three times in his career. He grew up farming and ranching near Delaware, Oklahoma with his parents Kevin and Cathy Stacy.
"We didn't call it Conservation or Soil Health, it was simply managing the resources we had -- grass, soil, cows -- to be profitable, productive, and progressive," he said. "The knowledge of different types of plants that grow in the ecosystem, and what each one was good for shaped how I viewed the natural world."
This summer, Stacy is looking forward to his annual tradition trekking across the countryside competing in one rodeo after another for nearly two weeks. It is what the diehards call "Cowboy Christmas." Stacy has been looking forward to this since last year's circuit - which did not go as planned when he dislocated his right shoulder on the first day. Nonetheless, there was only one day during that stretch that he did not climb aboard a bronc.
You can read more about Stacy and his love for both bronc riding and soil health, by clicking or tapping here.
In this week's edition of the Cow Calf Corner, OSU's Dr. Glenn Selk talks about the importance of keeping fall born heifers gaining enough weight before breeding season begins.
Selk says fall-born replacement heifers should gain about 1.5 pounds per day from weaning until the start of the breeding season. Pastures are green, growing and adequate in protein content right now. Selk advises producers to take advantage of that forage as pastures will soon begin to decline as we go into the hot, dry days of the summer. To offset that loss as we continue through the summer months, Selk advises producers to make supplemental sources of nutrition available to their cattle.
"To expect a very high percentage (greater than 90%) to be cycling at the start of the breeding season, the heifers need to be at least 60% of their mature weight," Selk said. "Therefore, the young heifers must receive supplemental protein to continue to grow at the necessary pace of 1.5 pounds per head per day going into their first breeding season."
You can read more about how to keep your fall-born heifers on the right track in Selk's full article which can be found by clicking or tapping here.
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau - a grassroots organization that has for its Mission Statement- "Improving the Lives of Rural Oklahomans." Farm Bureau, as the state's largest general farm organization, is active at the State Capitol fighting for the best interests of its members and working with other groups to make certain that the interests of rural Oklahoma are protected. Click here for their website to learn more about the organization and how it can benefit you to be a part of Farm Bureau.
Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a national cooperative owned by family farmers, hosted its third annual demo day involving companies participating in the 2019 DFA Accelerator program. Startups in two verticals - ag tech and dairy food products - engaged in a 90-day immersive program and worked directly with leaders from DFA, CoBank, Sprint and other industry experts and mentors to create strategic, long-term partnerships.
With the DFA Accelerator, the selected ag tech and dairy food product companies received mentorship, connections and resources to help accelerate their growth.
"In selecting participating companies for the DFA Accelerator program we looked at not only the potential of their innovations, but also at the opportunity to form long-term partnerships," says Monica Massey, executive vice president and chief of staff at DFA.
The 2019 DFA Accelerator class consisted of the following companies: Beozar Laboratories (Bryan, Texas), Healthy Cow (Toronto, Canada), Labby (Boston), Brooklyn Buttery (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Numa (Bridgewater, N.J.), RifRaf (Brooklyn, N.Y.). These companies represented the Ag tech and Dairy food products industries.
You can read more about the DFA Accelerator Program by jumping over to our website.
In line with its commitment to further responsible antibiotic use, Bayer introduced SRD Smart Compare, a new online tool that puts sound scientific evidence at veterinarians' fingertips to aid in their selection of an antibiotic treatment for swine respiratory disease (SRD) when needed.
SRD is a highly prevalent and complex infectious disease affecting the swine industry. Managing the disease remains a challenge for swine professionals.
Bayer's SRD Smart Compare tool is based on a network meta-analysis of 34 publically available SRD treatment studies covering 10 relevant antibiotic molecules. The online comparison tool synthesizes and simplifies the evaluation of the scientific data to aid veterinarians in choosing the most efficacious antibiotic for treatment of the disease.
You can read more about Bayer's SRD Smart Compare online tool over on our website - here.
| A Tradition of Summer- Oklahoma FFA Alumni Camp in Road Gear
The Oklahoma FFA and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni are hosting the annual Leadership Camp this week and next at Wagoner, Oklahoma just off of Fort Gibson Lake.
This is the largest leadership training event that the FFA hosts each year, with over 1600 FFA members from across the state participating between now and July 13. The theme this year is "Envision" which focuses on communication skills this year.
Here's the 2019-20 State Officer Team- one of their responsibilities as a state officer is to help lead in this leadership training event.
The Leadership Camp is currently in the first of four sessions that runs until noon today with 420 members in attendance. This is the 47th year of FFA Alumni Leadership Camp.
|And Finally- the Word from Cattlefax on one of Beef's Biggest Grilling Days- the Fourth of July
According to Cattlefax analyst Patrick Linnell, "Beef ad counts for the 4th of July week are seasonally slow and well below last year's strong featuring activity. Rib and loin ad counts saw a nice jump for the holiday but still weak compared to last year. Ground beef remains the only major grilling item getting featuring attention near 2018 levels.
"But the other proteins aren't benefiting from slower beef features - pork continues to see extremely low ad counts and chicken features are at a flat-line pace. As a result, beef still claims a strong 55.2 percent of beef, pork and chicken ad counts."
Click or tap here to jump over to the charts that Patrick has assembled that details how retailers are featuring beef and the other proteins here in 2019 versus 2018.
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