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Thursday, June 20, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Record-Breaking Rains in the Panhandle

  • Checkoff Investments Capitalize on Nutritional and International Value of U.S. Beef

  • LMA Board Member Jake Parnell Talks about Producer Profitability

  • Selling Your Beef Direct to Consumer

  • Gov Kevin Stitt Pulls Regent Nomination for Mike Holder- and Pivots to Jennifer Callahan

  • Grass Mowing Season Brings Injuries

  • Useful Apps for Regenerative Ranching

  • Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Announces Speaker List for the 72nd Annual Convention

Record-Breaking Rains in the Panhandle

The Panhandle has been waiting a long time to see these rains come through. According to State Climatologist Gary McManus, we are seeing a 1000-year rainfall.

“That 7.52″ of rain in Goodwell- that fell since 10:50 p.m. last night (Tuesday night), so just around 8 hours,” McManus said. “In actuality, most of it fell between 10:50 p.m. and 6 a.m., but it won’t change the return interval much. The average 1000-year recurrence interval (an average precipitation recurrence interval of 1000 years means that a rainfall event of a certain magnitude is expected to occur, on average, once every 1000 years) in Goodwell, Oklahoma, over 6 hours is 6.78 inches, and the 12-hour 1000-year rain is 7.54 inches. The 8-hour 1000-year rainfall amount is approximately 7.2”

One of the challenges that the rains have brought is the stopping of wheat harvest in irrigated wheat fields. Most dryland wheat had already seen harvest in the hardest hit areas of heavy rainfall.

According to Mike Schulte with the Oklahoma Wheat Commission- wheat producers and industry folks are saying it may be next Monday before these fields will be able to support combines in them- assuming we get little or not rainfall. It's too early to tell what sort of quality and yield damage that the five to eight inches of rain did to those fields.

Those historic rains in the Guymon area have provided images never seen in the Texas County community- Mignon Lambley of Hooker has provided this shot from a drone- it's a picture that is truly worth a thousand words:

Click here to read more from Gary McManus and to see the latest Mesonet weather charts

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Checkoff Investments Capitalize on Nutritional and International Value of U.S. Beef

In this episode of Beef Buzz, I am back talking with the CEO of the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion Board, Greg Hanes, about key investments of the Beef Checkoff.

“Some of the highlights that are coming up is that this year, “Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner.” is the title sponsor at the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania, so that is a great opportunity to reach out to a wide audience and also a lot of youth, and really emphasize how important beef is for performance and your health and everything.”

Research conducted by the Beef Checkoff has been key in that message about beef’s nutritional value, Hanes said, especially in the development of infants and small children. Hanes said as always, there is work on the education front with teachers and curriculum administrators.

“They are actually building curriculums now where they can go and get this and show how beef is using technology and science every day in these courses,” Hanes said. “They also bring the teachers out to the farms and the fields so they can see how it is put into action.”

Click here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Greg Hanes about Beef Checkoff investments

LMA Board Member Jake Parnell Talks about Producer Profitability

At the Livestock Market Association convention, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Intern Kate Munson spoke with LMA board member Jake Parnell about advocating for the agriculture industry and producer profitability. With an emphasis on producers telling their story, the Galt, California auction barn operator talked about how as a united front, cattle producers can come together to face the issues impacting the majority of ranchers rather than focusing on small disagreements.

As many groups within the cattle industry become caught up in disagreements on issues such as fed cattle marketing, animal disease traceability and more, Parnell emphasized the need for the industry to come together and fight for the issues that most can agree on, such as the death tax, for example.

“So many times in our industry, we spend all of our time arguing and fighting about the small percentage of things we disagree on,” Parnell said. “The one thing we all can agree on is that we want cattle producers to be profitable, to stay in business, and to continue to produce the purest, most wholesome-nutritious protein that they can for the United States food supply.”

Click here to read more and listen to Kate Munson Speak to Jake Parnell after the panel on producer profitability
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Selling Your Beef Direct to Consumer

On today’s Cow-Calf Corner, Courtney Bir, Oklahoma State University Agricultural Economics, Extension Specialist Farm Management and Agricultural Finance Rodney Holcomb, Oklahoma State University Agricultural Economics, Extension Food Industry Economist talk about selling beef direct to consumer.

Facing tight margins, many producers may be considering marketing alternatives. One option that has increased in popularity since the COVID-19 pandemic is selling direct-to-consumers. When you sell directly to consumers, it’s a big change. You are no longer selling livestock (agricultural commodity), you are marketing beef (packaged food product). This may seem like a small difference but feeding out (or grazing longer) cattle for slaughter and selling beef to the end consumer adds complexities to your cow-calf or stocker operation. Plus, the end consumer may have certain expectations or preferences for the beef consumed by their family.

One of the first steps to considering direct-to-consumer beef sales is understanding the different types of meat inspection. Custom exempt may be the easiest option to start with. Under custom exempt processing, the animal is not processed under any form of inspection and cannot be sold as individual cuts. This meat can only be consumed by the buyer of the live animal and non-paying guests, which is why the packaging is marked “not for resale.” You are selling the live animal to the end consumer. You may have multiple buyers, for example- 4 different families each purchasing one quarter. You may even take the sold animal to the processor for the buyer. 

Click here to read more on selling beef direct to consumer

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Governor Kevin Stitt Pulls Mike Holder Nomination to A&M Board of Regents- and Nominates Jennifer Callahan

Nomination to A&M Regents for Jennifer Callahan

Governor Kevin Stitt continues to work on getting the seat on the A&M Board of Regents that has been held by Rick Davis of Guthrie filled. His efforts have brought him back around to attorney and rancher Jennifer Callahan.

A little more than a week after appointing Mike Holder to the board of regents, Stitt withdrew the nomination. Stitt also tried to appoint businesswoman Susan Bergen to the role during the legislative session, but the state Senate rejected the nomination.

Stitt then called a special session to discuss Holder's nomination, but the Senate didn't take up a hearing for the former Oklahoma State University golf coach and athletics director.

One of the challenges in replacing Davis is to find a candidate that can meet the state law requirement that a majority of the regents must be a farmer or rancher- "A majority of the members appointed by the Governor shall be farmers, who are actually engaged in farming and/or livestock growing as their principal business or occupation in earning a livelihood."

In our conversation with the Governor this past week- we asked about his consideration of Jennifer Callahan to become a regent. He saw her as a top tier candidate who was reluctant to per her name into the political muck of a Senate confirmation. That apparently has changed and the nomination for the regents position has been amended to advance Callahan's name to the Senate.

The ball seems to be back in the Senate's court.

Grass Mowing Season Brings Injuries

In an effort to cut both grass and injury rates, the Childhood Agricultural Safety Network (CASN) is launching a national lawn mower safety campaign that asks if youth are ‘Mow Ready’? Despite improvements in engineering and safety features, pediatric lawn mower-related injury rates have remained constant over the past 40 years. Nearly 10,000 child/youth lawn mower injuries occur in the United States annually, including lacerations, burns and eye injuries. Approximately 5 percent of injuries result in amputation.

Mowing grass is a common chore for teenagers, both in the household and for hire.

On farms, mowing is often the first job involving machinery that is assigned to young people.

“Injuries associated with mowers can happen in an instant, so it is important to be safety prepared,” said Andrea Swenson, Ph.D., director of the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, which manages CASN.

The Childhood Agricultural Safety Network announced the lawn mower safety campaign at the International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (ISASH) annual conference taking place this week in Portland, Ore.

Click here to read more, including safety strategies featured in resources on the CASN website include

Useful Apps for Regenerative Ranching

For many ranchers, sale day is their primary marker of progress. But the price called after the gavel drops or you shake hands on the deal doesn’t always tell the full story.

Noble Research Institute’s regenerative ranching manager Josh Gaskamp says a handful of simple, free smartphone applications can help streamline monitoring and measurement efforts on your way to your regenerative ranching goals.

“A lot of these are tools ranchers can use to track their progress,” Gaskamp says. “You get a snapshot in time that tells you what plants you’re seeing in your pasture, when you moved those cattle to what paddock, what the condition of your soil was before you started a new management practice.”

Whatever that data point is, if it is stored in your smartphone or a digital app, it’s easily accessible and searchable to track progress over time.

Gaskamp and several Noble regenerative ranching advisors share how they use these (mostly) free apps on the ranch...

Click here to read about regenerative ranching applications recommended by the Noble Research Institute

Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Announces Speaker List for the 72nd Annual Convention

The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) proudly announces the speaker lineup for the highly anticipated 72nd Annual Convention and Trade Show on July 19-20 at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in Norman. Themed “Building our Beef Legacy,” this year’s event promises to be a dynamic gathering of industry leaders, producers, and enthusiasts eager to celebrate and advance Oklahoma’s vibrant cattle industry.

Kicking off the Convention in the Opening General Session will be Oklahoma State University’s Ferguson College of Agriculture Dean Jayson Lusk and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean Carlos Risco. They will share highlights from their respective colleges and how they are collaborating for the good of the Oklahoma beef cattle industry. 

The Closing Session on Saturday promises to be outstanding with a family legacy panel discussion with the Jim Davis Angus Ranch family and a Washington DC update with NCBA Vice President of Government Affairs Ethan Lane.

“We are excited about our speakers and educational sessions for our 72nd Annual Convention and Trade Show,” said Dr. Troy Shelby, President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association. “These folks are experts in the respective fields and are set to provide excellent information and insight to our members attending Convention.”

Click here to see the list of convention educational sessions and speakers
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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were,mixed- Choice Beef was up 18 cents down 95 cents on Wednesday 06/19/2024.

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Boxed Beef Report

OKC West in El Reno had 7,677 head on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.

According to USDA Market News- Compared to last week: Feeder steers sold mostly steady from last week's sharply higher market. Feeder heifers traded 1.00-3.00 higher. Demand remains good. Quality plain to average. Steer and heifer calves sold mostly steady. Demand moderate to good.

Meanwhile- OKC West Manager Bill Barnhart offers these comments via Facebook: "The feeder market held last week’s sharp gains and pushed higher in spots again. Last week’s higher fat cattle trade particularly in the north is making aggressive bidders out of cattle feeders at today’s sale. Most of what we are seeing now are graze out wheat feeders who then went to grass and are showing nice feeding condition. We will continue to see some nice offerings in the next few weeks except for 4th of July week which we will only have a Monday cow sale. No fat trade yet this week but optimism is high."

Click below for the complete closing report from USDA Market News.

OKC West in El Reno Market Report from 06/18 and 0619/2024
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