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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday March 21, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Ryan Stults of Luther FFA Wins Steer Show at Oklahoma Youth Expo
-- Brianna Robinson of El Reno FFA Wins Grand Champion Drive with Her Crossbred Barrow at OYE
-- Grand Champion Lamb Shown by Kayla Brown of Merritt FFA
-- As Radiation Worries Mount- Secretary Vilsack Says Food Imports Safe
-- Cattle on Feed Up 5 Percent
-- Report on Dairy Industry Calls for a Quicker Reacting Federal Policy When Dairy Product Prices Fall
-- On the Calendar This Week- Tri-State Agritourism Conference
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Ryan Stults of Luther FFA Wins Steer Show at Oklahoma Youth Expo
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo, the Grand Champion Steer selection was a tough one for judge Paul Clapp of Ankeny, Iowa- but he picked the one that suited him best.- and that was the Champion Chianina Steer- owned and shown by Ryan Stults from the Luther FFA Chapter. The Steer, named Eller, will lead off the Sale of Champions on Monday afternoon as the Oklahoma Youth Expo concludes it's eleven day run.
The Reserve Grand Champion Steer was the Champion Crossbred, shown by Logan Davis of the Newcastle FFA. The Bronze Medallion Award for the third best steer of the show went to the Reserve Champion Crossbred shown by Kyra Stierwalt of Leedey FFA.
We have the full rundown of the Breed Champions and the Reserve Champions from the Steer Show- click on the LINK below for that. AND, we have pictures from the Grand Champion drives and all of the rest of the action at the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo- click here for our Flickr Page where we now have just over 700 pictures from the 2011 OYE.
Brianna Robinson of El Reno FFA Wins Grand Champion Drive with Her Crossbred Barrow at OYE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Judge Steve Nichols proclaimed the quality of the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo as good as any youth market hog show in the country- and after looking over the breed champions as well as the crossbred champion on Sunday evening- he went with the Crossbred Champion as the Grand Champion Barrow for the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo. That barrow was shown by Brianna Robinson of El Reno FFA. The Reserve Grand Champion for the 2011 show was the Champion Yorkshire- owned and shown by Tyler Frailey of Mannford FFA.
Third best barrow of the show was shown and owned by Amanda Higgins- who had the second best Crossbred in the show. Right at 2,300 barrows were shown this year.
Click on the LINK below for our story on the Grand Champion Barrow- we will be adding a video later in the day from the Grand Champion drive.
Grand Champion Lamb Shown by Kayla Brown of Merritt FFA
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The best Crossbred Market Lamb was also the best in the entire show- Kayla Brown with Merritt FFA shook the hand of Judge Jared Sambor after he selected her lamb for the Grand Championship of the 2011 show.
The Reserve Champion Crossbred was also the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb overall- that lamb was shown by Jill Davis of Guthrie FFA. Davis had a great evening- as she was also selected as one of the 13 All State Ag Youth Scholarship Award Winners- picking up a $5,000 scholarship earlier in the evening. She won the Justin Whitefield All State Scholarship- named in honor of the first Executive Director of the OYE.
The third overall Market Lamb was owned by Amber Cox of the Morrison
FFA- she showed the Champion Hampshire Market Lamb.
As Radiation Worries Mount- Secretary Vilsack Says Food Imports Safe
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says at this time we have no reason to suggest that any of our meat, poultry, dairy or processed egg products are unsafe for consumption due to the recent events in Japan. The Secretary continued, - our food imports from Japan are quite limited. What we do import must meet the safety standards of this country and we monitor and inspect imports to insure compliance with those standards.
Mr. Vilsack promised, - should any risk with imports arise, we have procedures and processes in place to identify problems and deal with them. While we continue to offer aid and assistance to the Japanese we do not intend to lose sight of our core mission which is make sure our food remains safe, abundant, and affordable.
Cattle on Feed Up 5 Percent
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~For the first time in months, we saw placements dip below year ago levels. And marketings were strong in February of this year versus last. Still, Cattle on Feed numbers were higher than March first of 2010. Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 11.4 million head on March 1, 2011. The inventory was 5 percent above March 1, 2010.
Placements in feedlots during February totaled 1.66 million, 1 percent below 2010. Net placements were 1.60 million head. During February, placements of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 400,000, 600-699 pounds were 365,000, 700-799 pounds were 489,000, and 800 pounds and greater were 410,000.
Marketings of fed cattle during February totaled 1.79 million, 4
percent above 2010. Other disappearance totaled 60,000 during February, 12
percent below 2010.
Report on Dairy Industry Calls for a Quicker Reacting Federal Policy When Dairy Product Prices Fall
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Dairy Industry Advisory Committee has voted to approve a final report to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack that offers recommendations concerning dairy farm profitability and milk prices. The report offers 23 public policy recommendations.
The Dairy Industry Advisory Committee was chartered to review farm milk price volatility and dairy farmer profitability. The committee was asked to make recommendations to the Secretary on how USDA can best address these issues to meet the dairy industry's needs, both short and long-term. The committee also was asked to provide feedback on how actions taken by USDA in 2009 have affected the dairy industry.
In the report that we have linked below- "The Committee finds that
existing Federal programs and legislation had a limited impact on
mitigating the massive impact of recent market events."
On the Calendar This Week- Tri-State Agritourism Conference
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma residents who operate agritourism businesses and are interested in developing and promoting their rural small business, will want to attend the "Tri-State Agritourism Conference" on Tuesday, March 22 and Wednesday, March 23, 2011, in Pittsburg, Kansas. The conference will also be of interest to potential agritourism businesses, destination marketing organizations, and chambers of commerce. The two-day event will begin at 9:00 a.m. on March 22 at the Overman Student Center on the Pittsburg State University campus in Pittsburg, Kansas, and conclude Wednesday afternoon.
You can click on the LINK below and take a look at this and many other events on our agricultural calendar- lots of events are happening between now and the end of March.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $9.65 per bushel- as of the close of business yesterday, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.50 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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