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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday January 25, 2010A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- OSU's Jeff Edwards Says We Are At Least a Decade Away from Biotech Wheat Cultivars Available
-- Luke Davis and Mercedes Hardin Claim Grand Champions in Junior Market Show at National Western
-- Bullish Cattle on Feed Report Shows Two Percent Fewer Cattle on Feed
-- Schering Plough Introduces One Dose Treatment for BRD in RESFLOR GOLD
-- Study: Pork Safe After Pigs Exposed To H1N1
-- Vermont Bill Would Authorize HSUS to Oversee Livestock Commerce in the State
-- A Busy Week- Check the Calendar at OKlahomaFarmReport.Com
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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OSU's Jeff Edwards Says We Are At Least a Decade Away from Biotech Wheat Cultivars Available
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This past week, the Oklahoma Wheat Commission went on the record to urge Oklahoma State Univesity to consult with Oklahoma wheat producers before they cut any deals with private companies in regards to wheat breeding efforts by the Wheat Improvement Team at OSU.
In response, OSU State Wheat Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards has sent the following message out to the wheat industry in the state:
"There has been a great deal of speculation as to what Monsanto's purchase of WestBred will mean for public wheat breeding programs, including the our program at OSU. An integral part of the OSU Wheat Improvement Team's mission is communication with our clients and supporters throughout Oklahoma, so we wanted to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about how this event might impact OSU's wheat breeding program.
One of top questions is "when we will have biotech wheat." Dr. Edwards speaks to that and says "Development of a wheat variety is a long-term effort that takes 10-12 years. Introduction of biotech traits into wheat is no different, and we are likely ten years away from the possibility of seeing viable biotech traits in released cultivars. The excitement of the potential of biotech wheat should be tempered with the realization that there are still several hurdles that will need to be crossed before any biotech wheat varieties come to market. In fact, it is not currently known which biotech traits, if any, that are currently available in other crops will prove viable and valuable in wheat." He emphasizes to us that the words we have put in bold- "if any" is really important to understand. Are there biotech traits that will be useful for wheat producers? Dr. Edwards says it remains to be seen.
We have the other two questions that Dr. Edwards addresses in the story that we have linked below on our website. Click and you can get the rest of OSU's response to the state's wheat industry.
Luke Davis and Mercedes Hardin Claim Grand Champions in Junior Market Show at National Western
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2010 National Western Premium sale of the top Junior Market animals featured four Oklahoma youth out of the top eight animals sold on Friday night in Denver.
Oklahoma claimed two Grand Champions and a pair of Reserve Grand Champions at the National Western this past week.
The Grand Champion Market Lamb for 2010 was shown by Luke Davis of
Guthrie, who sold his lamb for a payday of $25,000. The lamb shown by
Davis was the Heavy Weight Blackface champion and is named Terrence. The
picture here is of Luke and his Reserve Grand Champion Lamb from last
spring at the Oklahoma Youth Expo in Oklahoma City.
The grand Champion Market Goat was the other top placing animal shown
by a youth from Oklahoma. Mercedes Hardin of Hennessey had the Heavy
Weight Division Champion meat Goat. Mercedes had named the animal "Ghost"
and earned a total of $10,500 in the Premium sale.
Bullish Cattle on Feed Report Shows Two Percent Fewer Cattle on Feed
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The USDA monthly Cattle on Feed Report was released on Friday afternoon, after the close of the livestock futures markets for the week. Estimates for the January report averaged 98.5% for January first on Feed and the number came in just under that at 98%.
Trade estimates for December Placements were 95.7% and the USDA number came in at 93.87%. December Marketings were 103.71% compared to trade estimates of 102.3%. Analysts are saying that these numbers are friendly.
We have an audio review of the report numbers from Tom Leffler, who talked with our own Ed Richards of the Radio Oklahoma Network. Listen to Tom's take by clicking on the link below.
Schering Plough Introduces One Dose Treatment for BRD in RESFLOR GOLD
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health announces the introduction of RESFLOR GOLD, the only medication on the US market that combines the antibiotic florfenicol (active ingredient in NUFLOR GOLD)and the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flunixin meglumine (active ingredient in BANAMINE) into one convenient dose for treatment of bovine respiratory disease (BRD). RESFLOR GOLD works against the three major bacterial bovine respiratory pathogens, including Mannheimia haemolytica, Pasteurella multocida and Histophilus somni, and provides control of BRD-associated pyrexia in beef and non-lactating dairy cattle. BRD is a major health problem in cattle and the most significant cause of economic loss for the cattle industry.
"Cattle lungs are small, relative to the animal's size and oxygen needs, said Dr. Joe Roder, DVM, at Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. "Preserving healthy lung tissue is critical to the long-term performance - and even survival - of cattle. A non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug helps treat adverse affects of BRD, while a fast-acting antibiotic helps eliminate the cause. This combination of drugs is a powerful treatment that is becoming increasingly utilized."
RESFLOR GOLD provides a two-pronged attack against BRD, targeting the
bacterial infection and its associated fever. The fast-acting florfenicol
reformulation achieves high blood levels quickly in combination with a
NSAID to reduce fever and provide a more visible recovery from the disease
within six hours of initial dosage.
Study: Pork Safe After Pigs Exposed To H1N1
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A study conducted by scientists with USDA's Agricultural Research Service confirms that meat and tissue from pigs exposed to two strains of the 2009 novel pandemic H1N1 virus did not contain the virus. ARS Administrator Edward Knipling says - this research provides additional reassurance for consumers about the safety of pork prepared for consumption.
Researchers inoculated a group of 30 five-week-old pigs with the virus to determine the pigs' susceptibility to H1N1. Researchers tested tissue samples of the pigs' lungs, liver, muscle, spleen and other vital organs using the most sensitive tools available. The inoculated animals showed signs of upper respiratory disease consistent with influenza, however there was no evidence that the virus had spread to any other parts of the body.
These findings support recommendations of the World Health Organization that pork harvested from swine that had been infected previously and had recovered from the virus can be safely handled or eaten, following basic hygiene practices for handling of meat.
Vermont Bill Would Authorize HSUS to Oversee Livestock Commerce in the State
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's almost unbelievable- but a Vermont lawmaker has introduced a bill that would authorize that "An inspector who is a representative of a the humane society of the United States, a Vermont-domiciled humane society, or similar organization approved by rule of the secretary, shall be present to observe a slaughterer, packer, or stockyard operator when engaged in the practice of bleeding or slaughtering livestock."
We have reaction from Steve Kopperud who helped found the Animal Agriculture Alliance, who says that " Animal Rights acitivists may be headed toward an unprecedented power grab in Vermont." Kopperud, who is now executive vice president of Policy Directions, has been monitoring the activities of animal rights activists for over 20 years and says what groups like HSUS are trying to do in Vermont represents an important turning point in their crusade to enact animal welfare reforms.
Click on the link below to hear a report from our colleague Stewart Doan on this incredible situation unfolding in the "Green Mountain State." We also have a link within our story of the language of the bill introduced in Vermont that would hand over the oversight of animal agriculture to HSUS.
A Busy Week- Check the Calendar at OKlahomaFarmReport.Com
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Two No Till Events- the Oklahoma Soy Expo, the Cattle Industry Convention and the 51st Annual Oklahoma Pork Congress are among the items listed on our calendar for this week.
You can check out all of these events by going to our website- linked below to the Calendar page- and then scroll down to January where you can see the events for the balance of this month. And, you will notice a bunch of events on the calendar for February, with more to be added in the early part of this week.
We will be in San Antonio with coverage starting Wednesday morning from the joint meetings of the NCBA, Cattlemen's Beef Board and the American National Cattle Women. And, we will be at the Oklahoma Pork Congress for their Friday evening activities- and look forward to sharing more about that night later on this week.
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Let's Check the Markets!
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