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Wednesday, July 3, 2024

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Here is Your Daily Oklahoma Farm and Ranch News Update: 


  • Truly an Oklahoma Treasure- OSU’s Kim Anderson to Retire at the End of July

  • Rancher Matt Perrier Talks About Unifying the Beef Industry

  • Working With Cattle in the Heat by OSU’s Paul Beck

  • Congressman Josh Brecheen To Host Telephone Town Hall on July 10th

  • AFBF Responds to Milk Marketing Reform Proposals

  • Registration Open for the 2024 Angus Convention in Fort Worth

  • Picnics and Cookouts Require Vigilant Food Safety

  • Forestry Services Urges Caution with Fireworks

Truly an Oklahoma Treasure- OSU’s Kim Anderson to Retire End of July

Farm Director KC Sheperd had the chance to visit with Oklahoma State University Extension Grain Market Economist Kim Anderson about his retirement from OSU on July 31st. Aside from his crop market expertise, Anderson is also well known for his sales and marketing class where he has positively impacted the lives of countless OSU students.

Anderson was raised on a dairy farm in Muscogee County, Oklahoma where he decided at a young age he would plan to pursue a college degree. After high school, Anderson said he attended Connors State College for a short time before he was drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he would spend four years.

After his time serving in the U.S. Navy, Anderson said he had the chance to attend OSU and obtain a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education, and soon after, a master’s degree in agricultural economics. Anderson didn’t stop his education there and went on to obtain his PhD at OSU as well.

Over his years of experience, Anderson said he has witnessed a drastic change in technology, but the students are relatively the same. Aside from teaching sales, Anderson said he also teaches students how to learn, because he knows every student learns differently. “They are sending us the best and the brightest,” Anderson said. “They are sending us kids that, for the majority of them, they want to learn.”

When asked what he will miss the most, Anderson said he will miss the people he has the chance to work with and the students he has helped. “It is so humbling,” Anderson said. “I had the opportunity to impact and help prepare 220 young people a year, and I did.”

Click here to read more and listen to KC Sheperd talk with Kim Anderson about his impactful years at OSU

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Rancher Matt Perrier Talks About Unifying the Beef Industry

Matt Perrier, a Kansas Rancher spoke with Senior Farm and Ranch Broadcaster Ron Hays about producer profitability during the LMA Convention held in downtown Oklahoma City this past month. To hear our part one of Ron’s Conversation with Perrier on Beef Buzz, click HERE.

Perrier is a past president of the Kansas Livestock Association, currently serves on the Kansas Beef Council Executive Committee, and has served on various local, state and national boards in the livestock industry.

His take on producer profitability is that producers need to find common ground to work with one another rather than working against each other. He said, “We all have different perspectives on the beef industry in the beef community, and we all trade between each other. We are very segmented, very independent, and I love that about our industry. The downside of that is, instead of looking at the next person who buys our products as a partner, many times, we look at them as an adversary.”

Click Here to read more and listen to Ron Hays talk with Matt Perrier about unifying the beef industry.

Working With Cattle in the Heat by OSU’s Paul Beck

Weekly, Oklahoma State University Extension Beef Cattle Nutrition Specialist Paul Beck offers his expertise on the beef cattle industry. This is a part of the weekly series known as the “Cow-Calf Corner.” Today, he talks about working with cattle in the heat.

Over the last few weeks we have had some really scorching temperatures with highs in the triple digits and lows in the upper 70’s. Coupled with the high humidity it is hard to get any relief for ourselves and our livestock. A good rule of thumb is that the higher the humidity, the lower the temperature that is cause for concern.

In hot summer conditions, heat transfer failures cause accumulation of body heat resulting in heat stress, reduced performance, animal discomfort, or death. When animals experience discomfort from heat stress, their behaviors change to reduce heat load (increased water consumption, decreased feed intake, seeking shade, standing in water, etc.).

The USDA Meat Animal Research Center published a scoring system to define heat stress in cattle based on panting score. This is a good indicator of heat stress because panting increases as the heat load increases. This scoring system is from 1 to 6, with 1 being slightly stressed to 6 being near death.

Click Here to read more about reducing heat stress in your herd.
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Congressman Josh Brecheen To Host Telephone Town Hall on July 10th

Congressman Josh Brecheen will be hosting a telephone town hall on July 10th at 7 PM CT.

During the call, Congressman Brecheen will provide an update on some of the most pressing policy issues facing our country, including our nearly $35 trillion national debt, and answer live questions from constituents.

Details for participating in the telephone town hall are below:

Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m. CT

Dial-in Number: 888-480-3675

Constituents should dial 888-480-3675 on July 10th at 7 PM CT if they would like to participate in the call. To watch a live stream of the call, constituents can visit our Facebook page HERE.

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AFBF Responds to Milk Marketing Reform Proposals

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on USDA’s proposed amendments to all 11 Federal Milk Marketing Orders. AFBF has been calling for FMMO reform since 2021 and convened a successful first-of-its-kind industry-wide forum in 2022.

“We appreciate that USDA held this hearing, recognizing some of our concerns related to milk pricing. We are pleased with the intent to return the Class I skim milk price to the ‘higher-of’ formula as we called for. That said, we’re disappointed in changes that will benefit processors without regard for producers at a time when dairy farmers are struggling and many have gone out of business. USDA missed opportunities to improve and update price formulas.

“We also strongly believe make allowances should not be changed without a mandatory, audited survey of processors’ costs. Our dairy farmers deserve fairness in their milk checks and transparency in the formula, but the milk marketing order system can’t deliver that unless make allowances are based on accurate and unbiased data.

“We look forward to submitting our comments on the recommended proposals and encourage our members to do the same.”

Click Here To Read more about AFBF's Response to the Proposals

Registration Open for the 2024 Angus Convention in Fort Worth

What better place to explore the future of the Angus breed than in a city built by the cattle industry. The American Angus Association® is headed to Fort Worth for the 2024 Angus Convention, Nov. 1-4. Cowtown will serve as a fitting backdrop to drive innovation, explore and shape the future of the Angus breed, and engage in education and conversation.

“We are looking forward to being back in Fort Worth for Angus Convention this November,” said Caitlyn Brandt, director of events and junior activities for the American Angus Association. “Cowtown certainly attracts cattlemen and women from across the country along with allied industry members.”

The event will kick off in a “Welcome to Texas” fashion with the National Angus Tour and Beef Blitz on Friday, Nov. 1. These ticketed events immerse attendees in the local industry.

Between educational sessions, we will celebrate the accomplishments of producers who have helped move the breed forward, elect the next Board of Directors, discuss the state and future of the American Angus Association® and explore new industry innovations at the trade show.

Join your Angus Family in Fort Worth! Together we celebrate tradition & explore innovation.

Click here for more details about registering for the 2024 Angus Convention

Picnics and Cookouts Require Vigilant Food Safety

The summer season is full of fun with outdoor activities such as swimming, riding bikes and catching fireflies. It is also a time for picnics and cookouts, and safety must be paramount to avoid any health risks.

Christi Evans, Oklahoma State University Extension assistant food safety specialist, said keeping cold foods cold during transport to the picnic or cookout site is vital. Also, prepare before leaving home. If burgers are on the menu, make ground beef or turkey into patties ahead of time.

“Pack the coolers with plenty of ice or frozen gel packs. Cold foods should be stored at 40 F or below to prevent bacterial growth,” Evans said. “Normally, perishable foods should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours, but the heat of an Oklahoma summer cuts that timeframe in half.”

Read more about picnic and cookout safety here.

Forestry Services Urges Caution with Fireworks

Oklahoma Forestry Services is urging extra caution with fireworks and campfires over the holiday as wildfire danger increases across the state – particularly west of I-35.

A summer La Niña weather pattern is rapidly building over our state. Cooler surface waters in the Pacific Ocean are pushing the jet stream north which means warmer, drier air here in Oklahoma. These dry conditions coupled with the high temperatures are the perfect recipe for increased wildfire risk.

“When it is this hot and this dry, wildland fuels can be easily ignited by stray fireworks and that has us hoping that people will be extremely cautious,” said State Forester Mark Goeller. “This is the week that we celebrate our nation’s independence, and nobody should have to spend it either fighting or evacuating from wildfire caused by careless behavior. Please be careful.”

Wildfire activity has picked up over the past week and fires are getting more difficult to contain and control. While the possibility of rain exists in the state this week, the chances are not great and any wetting rains we get will quickly evaporate. Dry conditions – and the risk of wildfire – will persist at least into next week.

Oklahoma Forestry Services is the state’s lead wildland firefighting agency. Visit forestry.ok.gov for the latest fire information and county burn ban resolutions.

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Wholesale Boxed Beef Prices were higher- Choice Beef was up $1.21 and Select Beef was up 0.07 cents on Tuesday 7/02/2024.

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Boxed Beef Report from 7/2/2024

With Thursday being Fourth of July- many of of our auction markets are taking the week off- two that were running on Monday were Oklahoma National and Joplin- here are their results:

Oklahoma National Stockyards had a final count of 2,431 head on Monday, July 1, 2024.

Compared to last week: Steers and heifers 4.00-8.00 higher with instances of up to 15.00 higher. Even with the holiday week and hot temperatures, buyers were aggressive for all classes of cattle. Demand very good. Quality average.

Click below for the complete closing report.

Oklahoma National Stockyards Market Report from 07/01/2024
Oklahoma National Stockyards Replacement Cattle Report from 07/02/2024- Cows $4-$8 Higher

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had a total run of 6,620 head on Monday, July 1, 2024.

Compared to last week feeder steers sold steady to 4.00 higher. Feeder heifers sold from 10.00 lower to 4.00 higher. Weaned and vaccinated cattle were in much more demand over non-worked cattle. Supply was moderate with very good demand. Supply included: 100% Feeder Cattle (62% Steers, 37% Heifers, 1% Bulls). Feeder cattle supply over 600 lbs was 71%.

Click on the button below for details of the trade as compiled by the USDA Market News Service.

Joplin Regional Stockyards Market from Monday 07/01/2024
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 07/02/2024
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.
Read Cash Grains Report from July 2, 2024
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: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA Market News
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TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
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