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have a new market feature on a daily basis-
each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's
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here for the report posted yesterday afternoon
around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for canola was
$8.23 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in El Reno yesterday. The full listing of cash
canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can now be
found in the daily Oklahoma Cash Grain report- linked
Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
Oklahoma Network with Leslie Smith and Tom Leffler-
analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, July 16,
Three Field Day Underway at
than 1,500 youth from across the country are in
Stillwater this week for the Oklahoma State
University Big Three Field Days. The event is
getting started today and will continue through
Thursday, July 17th. Oklahoma State University
Extension Youth Livestock Specialist Rusty
Gosz says over three days, youth from
eight to 18 years old judge swine, cattle, sheep
"It's a tremendous event
that not only allows us to host a judging contest
and get to really see different classes and let
kids workout and have their coaches work with
them," Gosz said. "But we really get to open our
doors, Oklahoma State University, and show off who
we are and really let people see us and interact
with us and it really turns into a recruiting
event for us also."
This event is a
great way to introduce youth to livestock judging
with a relaxed learning environment without the
pressure of giving oral reasons. Gosz says for the
older youth this has become a fierce competition.
"The sweepstakes is hard to win," Gosz
said. "To win the overall championship over the
three days is tough deal and there are some
tremendous scholarship monies and some really
valuable honors that people will come from Georgia
and Maryland to try and compete for and win, cause
its also a big deal."
Click Here to read or to listen
to Ron Hays interview Rusty Gosz about the Big
Three Field Day.
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says Boxed Beef Nearing Top, While Cull Cows
boxed beef trade reached record levels last week.
Levels have gotten above $2.50 a pound, even
though values were down on Monday. Livestock
Market Information Center Director Jim
Robb says it looks like the market may
start pulling back a bit. We catch up with Jim
Robb on today's Beef Buzz.
"For the week
the box beef cutout on the choice side was up
slightly compared to the prior week and set and
all-time record high as did the select cut out,"
That was a little bit
concerning because the volume was not large. Robb
says that was the lowest volume since the
Christmas shortened week of late 2013.
"That's a very light volume level and
one that probably does suggest that these prices
are ready to tip a little bit lower on the
wholesale beef front, as they already have on the
feed cattle side," Robb said.
consumers have been largely willing to pay these
record high prices. Robb says both the supply side
and demand side have really come together to get
us these prices and these prices that are
dramatically above a year ago and dramatically
above four to six weeks ago.
market that seems to have some more upside is cow
beef. Click Here for today's Beef Buzz
to listen to Robb's comments on the both the
overall boxed beef trade as well as the cull cow
Spending Bill Includes Important Provisions for
House Interior appropriations bill passed through
committee today 29 to 19. The Public Lands
Council and the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association strongly
support the bill, which allocates how federal
dollars are spent for the Department of Interior,
Environmental Protection Agency, and related
agencies during fiscal year 2015. The bill
included language that would help provide relief
from the regulatory burdens that continue to
hamper the productivity and profitability of
farmers and ranchers across the
From language that blocks the
listing of the Sage Grouse, to requiring
alternative allotments where ranchers are impacted
by drought or wildfire without the need to
complete extensive environmental analyses and many
others, Dustin Van Liew, PLC and NCBA federal
lands executive director, said the provisions are
important to keeping livestock producers in
Included in the bill is a
permanent extension of grazing rider, which will
allow livestock grazing to continue while the
renewal process is held up through the National
Environmental Policy Act analysis backlog. Often
requiring multiple environmental analyses and time
for public comments to be submitted when no
changes are being made on the ground, the NEPA
process can disrupt ranching operations
indefinitely with little, if any, environmental
benefit. The bill also includes a provision to
extend grazing permit terms to 20 years, as
opposed to the current 10-year term.
Click Here to read more from
the Public Lands Council and the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Saturated Fats and Heart
new research study, funded by the
beef checkoff and the National Institutes
of Health-supported Penn State General
Clinical Research Center, published in the June
19, 2014 issue of Journal of Human Hypertension,
shows that a heart-healthy diet that includes lean
beef can reduce risk factors for heart
Myth: Saturated fat is bad for
Conventional Wisdom: Many
researchers have now begun to reevaluate the role
of saturated fats in heart disease. A review of
more than 70 clinical studies raised questions
about current guidelines related to fat intake,
which generally restrict the consumption of
saturated fats and encourage consumption of
polyunsaturated fats to prevent heart
Furthermore, many people may
be surprised to know that beef contributes 10
percent or less of saturated fat and total fat to
the American diet.2 And, about half the fatty
acids found in beef are monounsaturated fatty
acids3, the same kind found in olive oil and
avocados. The recently published study in the
Journal of Human Hypertension conducted at Penn
State also shows that a dietary pattern rich in
fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy, that
includes lean beef, even daily, can reduce risk
factors for heart disease, including elevated
cholesterol and blood pressure.
Click Here to read more about
this nutritional research study.
Ohio Commute Ends August 15th- Robert Sommers
Resigns as Career Tech
Tech, home of Ag Education and the FFA in the
state, will be looking for a new state Director
come mid August. Robert
Sommers took the job back in April, 2013-
but never really put roots down in Oklahoma- and
now cites family issues as his reason to resign
and return to the Buckeye state.
The Tulsa World cites a statement
from his resignation to State Superintendent
Janet Baressi and the Board of
Career Tech that points to his decision to not
stick around. "Sommers said the death of his
mother last year means he would be unable to
relocate to Oklahoma from Ohio, where he has lived
and from which he has commuted for the past
my tenure has been personally rewarding and I've
worked with some exceptional educators, my wife
and I now face increasing personal
responsibilities for our family elders in Ohio.
These demands make it impossible to relocate to
Oklahoma. Our inability to become permanent
Oklahomans seriously compromises my ability to
effectively complete the jobs I currently hold,"
after being named as the State Director for Career
Tech, was also named as the State Secretary of
Education by Governor Fallin- that coming just a
year ago last July.
conversations with educators and others about this
decision made known to the Career Tech staff
yesterday morning, there was some speculation that
the primary election defeat of Baressi may have
hastened his departure from the state.
have remarked to me that it's been odd that a man
who has not one but two important leadership roles
in our state choose not to ever move from his
previous place of employment in Ohio.
Sommers is shown here at the 2014 OYE during the
Legislative and Celebrity Show the Youth Expo- In
our conversations with Sommers since last spring,
he always expressed interest in building on the
success of Career Tech and especially Ag Education
and the FFA. With his family based decision
to stay in Ohio- he leaves that "building on the
success" job to someone else.
Production/Marketing Alternatives with Limited
Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension
Livestock Marketing Specialist, writes in the
latest Cow/Calf Corner
Most all of Oklahoma
received considerable rain from late May into
early July. This resulted in much needed forage
growth in all regions, including some of the worst
drought areas. However, the heat of summer has
arrived in July and forage growth has slowed
abruptly. Rain now may do little to relieve
continuing long term drought conditions and
additional forage growth could be limited through
the heat of summer. As a result, producers may
face decisions about how to manage pastures and
cattle to get through the summer. Many pastures,
stressed from years of drought, require careful
management to promote recovery and that may
include limiting grazing this summer. Pastures
need time to rebuild root systems and reproduce to
reestablish pasture stands. Cow-calf producers
have several management alternatives to reduce
forage demand this summer.
weaning spring-born calves is an effective way to
reduce the nutritional requirements of cows and
thus forage demand. Early-weaned calves can either
be sold now or retained in a backgrounding
program. At this time, calves may be 150-200
pounds lighter than normal weaning weights. One
alternative is to sell the calves now at
significantly lighter weights than usual. This
will result in lost revenue but, depending on the
cost of feed for both calves and cows, may be the
best option in some instances. Because of the
steep premium for lightweight calves at the
current time, the lost revenue is not as much as
the weight might suggest. For example, using
prices from last week in Oklahoma auctions, a 350
pound steer would bring about $195/head less than
a 500 pound steer or a reduction of about 15
percent of the animal value even though the weight
is down 30 percent.
Click Here to read more from
N That - Deb VanOverbeke Honored, Big Iron Auction
and Last Call for Bus Tour
recent days, the American Meat Science Association
has selected OSU Animal Science Professor
Deborah VanOverbeke to receive
the Distinguished Teaching Award.
VanOverbeke received her B.S. degree in Animal
Science from the University of Nebraska in 1996.
After completing her B.S. degree, she worked for
the Nebraska Cattlemen where she coordinated
the Beef Quality Assurance and Nebraska Corn-Fed
Beef Program until 1998.
forward to 2005 when she moved to Stillwater. That
year, Deb joined Oklahoma State University as an
Assistant Professor in Meat Science. In 2010, Deb
was promoted to Associate Professor. Deb is
responsible for teaching two undergraduate courses
and two graduate courses each year- three of which
were developed at OSU.
assists with numerous extension programs including
the Beef Quality Assurance Program, Beef Quality
Summit, Pork 101, the Meat Animal Evaluation
Contest and various others.
also been involved in completing the 2011-2012
National Beef Quality Audit for the National
Cattlemen's Beef Association.
Click here to read more of her
career as we say Congrats to key player in meat
science education at OSU.
Wednesday- and that means the Big
Iron folks will be busy closing out this
week's auction items- all 397 of them-
starting at 10 AM central
Click Here for the complete
rundown of what is being sold on this no reserve
online sale this week.
you'd like more information on buying and selling
with Big Iron, call District Manager Mike Wolfe at
580-320-2718 and he can give you the full
scoop. You can also reach Mike
via email by clicking here.
Bus is filling up for the No Till on the
Plains "Points South" tour happening in
early August. The tour will head out of
Salina, Kansas August 5th and then roll into
Oklahoma for multiple stops in our state.
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