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Cash price for canola was
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, July 8,
Perspective: Is it Time to
Alkire, Livestock Consultant with the
Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, writes in their
It is amazing how
fast the landscape can change with rain,
especially after a drought. Cattle producers are
just as resilient. Spring 2013 rains have resulted
in green pastures for many and the question on
everyone's mind - is it time to restock? This
decision is difficult and unique to each
operation. Cattlemen from Oklahoma and Texas share
their thoughts on this topic.
and fall calving herds, Murray County,
"We have had to cull about a third of
our cows over the past two years. Prior to the
rains in late May, we weaned fall-born calves and
culled deeper into our fall cow herd. The
cool-season grasses did well this spring, but our
native grasses have been slow to take off.
Hopefully, we are stocked conservatively enough to
allow some pastures to rest and recover. We have
kept back quite a few replacement heifers that we
plan to add back to the herd, but if our grasses
don't recover, they will be for
2. Spring and fall calving
herds, Pottawatomie County, Okla.
in the process of purchasing cows now. We plan to
increase our stocking rate to pre-drought levels.
Fall and spring rains have all the ponds full, and
cool-season annual grasses were abundant. We had
to bale some of the excess forage because our
stocking rate has been down the last two years.
Our bermudagrass was slower than usual to take off
because of the late freezes this spring, but has
been getting ahead of the cows. We hope it keeps
raining, but we'll keep a six-month hay supply
just in case it turns dry again."
read comments from more producers compiled by Deke
Alkire by clicking
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Spradling Urges Congress to Resurrect Farm Bill-
Politico Writer Sees Ag at a Crossroads in Farm
Oklahoma Farm Bureau called on the Oklahoma
federal delegation to reengage Congress in the
farm bill legislation. With only a few weeks left
on the legislative calendar before Congress
adjourns for the August recess, Oklahoma farmers
are pushing lawmakers to restart the farm bill
debate. The U.S. House defeated the farm bill in
June after a controversial debate over the
nutrition program section of the bill. Without a
new bill, the law requires farm programs to revert
to the 1949 law, which is more expensive and less
applicable to today's modern agriculture.
The President of the OFB,
Mike Spradling, voiced
disappointment in the June defeat; however, he
praised Oklahoma Congressman Frank
Lucas, chairman of the House Agriculture
Committee, for his efforts to pass the
Click here for more of this
Politico's David Rogers has
a really interesting story about the battle over
nutrition and believes that the next couple of
weeks will really tell us several things-
including the power that still rests with
traditional ag groups as over 500 groups came
together last week in a joint letter called on
Speaker John Boehner to wave his magic wand and
get a vote on a unified farm bill (that includes
nutrition) minus a couple of the pesky amendments
that drove Democrats away in large enough numbers
to doom final passage.
Click here for more on dealing
with a higher asset threshold for food stamps and
perhaps a slightly lower level of subsidy support
for Crop Insurance that could result in a meet in
the middle compromise.
Checkoff Keeps Tabs on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea
Epidemic Diarrhea Virus (PEDV) was confirmed for
the first time in U.S. swine herds in mid-May.
While PEDV is not a new swine disease globally, it
is new to the United States. Because PEDV is a new
disease threat affecting multiple states, the Pork
Checkoff has taken a series of steps in
communications, education and research
coordination to find solutions including providing
the information and recommendations that follow.
Key Points about PEDV
It is widespread in many countries.
· It is
not a trade-restricting disease.
· It may
appear clinically to be the same as transmissible
gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute
· Producers who suspect that
their herd may be infected should work with their
herd veterinarian immediately.
· As always,
strict biosecurity protocols should be
can read several recommendations about how to
protect your farm and herd from PEDV by clicking
Modern Technology Helping Beef Producers Feed the
the past 60 years, technology has been responsible
for dramatic improvements in the production of
cattle and has resulted in supplying high-quality,
nutritious beef that the consumer desires. As
former Federal Reserve Governor Alan Greenspan
once said, "... the phenomenal gains in U.S.
agricultural productivity of the past century
brought profound benefits to all consumers,
regardless of their connection to a farm, in the
form of lower prices, better quality, and more
choices at retail outlets."
Gary Smith, Professor Emeritus at
Colorado State University, in a keynote address at
the International Livestock Congress, said,
"countries that have not progressed are hungry and
poor; while countries like the U.S. that have
embraced modern technology spend the least and
have plenty to eat."
The improvements in
cattle productivity over the past 50 years have
been impressive. Since 1955 we have measured a 59
percent increase in daily gain, a 23 percent
improvement in feed efficiency and at least a 25
percent improvement in calf weaning weights.
Although there are numerous reasons as to why
these improvements occurred, it has been estimated
that growth implants (e.g. Ralgro®, Revalor®,
etc.) resulted in a 17 percent increase in feedlot
daily gain with a corresponding 10 percent
improvement in feed efficiency. Likewise, the use
of ionophores like Rumensin® has improved feed
efficiency (6 percent) and gains (3 percent) as
has the use of estrus control (MGA) for feedlot
Click here to read more.
Lady and Others Applaud Efforts to Make America's
School Lunches Healthier for
a series of statements issued in conjunction with
new rules on food served in schools, several
political leaders and groups made statements
applauding the changes:
are working hard every day to make sure they
provide healthy, balanced meals and snacks to
their kids. Unfortunately, we don't always have
control over the snacks our kids have access to
when they're away from home. That's why, as a mom
myself, I am so excited that schools will now be
offering healthier choices to students and
reinforcing the work we do at home to help our
kids stay healthy."
First Lady of the
United States Michelle
"Prodded by parents who
rightly want schools to support their efforts to
raise healthy kids, we've made steady progress in
improving the nutrition environment in American
schools. In 2002, Congress created the Fresh Fruit
and Vegetable Program to provide free fresh fruits
and vegetables to high poverty elementary schools.
In the last several years, schools have worked
hard to improve the nutritional quality of school
meals. And now, with the release of a final rule
on smart snacks, we'll put in place common sense
nutrition guidelines for snack foods and beverages
sold in school stores, vending machines, and snack
bars, closing a loophole that for too long has
undermined the health and nutrition of our
Senator Tom Harkin
can read more statements from supporters of the
new school lunch menu rules by clicking
Files Suit to Protect Farmers'
farmers' and ranchers' right to privacy is a top
priority, said the American Farm Bureau
Federation, which took legal action today to stop
the Environmental Protection Agency from publicly
releasing personal information about thousands of
farmers and ranchers and their families. EPA is
expected to respond to several Freedom of
Information Act requests this week, prompting AFBF
to file a lawsuit and seek a temporary restraining
order before the U.S. District Court for the
District of Minnesota.
By seeking an
immediate court order stopping EPA's imminent
release, AFBF hopes to stall disclosures of
farmers' and ranchers' names, home addresses, GPS
coordinates and personal contact information until
a court can clarify EPA's obligation to keep
personal information about citizens private. The
National Pork Producers Council joined AFBF in the
"We are sticking up for the tens
of thousands of farmers and ranchers whose
personal information would end up in the public
domain," said AFBF President Bob
Stallman. "This lawsuit is about the
government's unjustified intrusion into citizens'
Click here for
of TEAMS Still Working on Tornado Cleanup in Rural
Canadian County- You Can Help!
most farmers having wrapped up the harvest of the
2013 wheat and canola crops- you might want to
consider offering some folks a hand in helping
clean up some of the remaining damage from the May
31st tornado that swept across a portion of
Canadian County with up to 200 mile an hour
winds. The Field of TEAMS project is still
working- they started right at one month ago in
asking for volunteers to walk wheat and canola
fields as well as pastures to help farmers and
ranchers recover from the debris that rained down
on their land.
of acres have been cleaned- combines in many cases
were able to harvest a crop because of the help
given and a lot of people are very grateful.
Clifton, the farm wife from Cogar, who
has spearheaded this effort continues to push on
with farm land restoration and that includes
fencing. She sent us a text message Sunday
night that they still need some teams to help with
fencing that was flattened or even disappeared as
the tornado tore through. If you could help
this week- you can call her for more
information at 405-301-1626.
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