~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday November 26, 2007!A service of National Livestock Credit Corporation, American Farmers and Ranchers & Midwest Farm Shows
-- This week- the Oklahoma Ag Expo!
-- More on the Jhett Skaggs Benefit Auction This Wednesday Evening in Lawton.
-- Advance Foods Rolling Out Two Beef Items Perfect for the Appetizer Category.
-- Beef Quality Assurance Program for Mama Cow Operators
-- 2007 Oklahoma Cotton Crop Looking Mighty Fine!
-- Terry Stokes of NCBA- gotta keep pushing to get Asian Beef Markets Opened Wider for US Beef.
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This week- the Oklahoma Ag Expo!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~This is the annual meeting of the Oklahoma Agribusiness Retailers Association- and will feature a whole series of presentations that will offer CEU credits for those agribusiness professionals. A Trade Show is also planned for the Expo, being held at the Clarion Hotel Convention Center at Meridian and I-40 on the west side of Oklahoma City.
Among the speakers coming in for their CEU sessions- Dr. Randy Taylor of OSU talking new technology for pesticide application; Dr. JC Banks from Altus on Roundup Ready Flex programs for cotton; Lou Klaver of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board with a presentation on Oklahoma Water Rights and even a session on the new developments to improve southern plains grown Sesame- Danny Peeper, Agronomist with Wheeler Brothers handling that presentation.
We have the full schedule of the 2007 Ag Expo linked from their website on our calendar page- and we have that link for you below for this event that has some preliminaries on Tuesday, with the bulk of the program happening on Wednesday and Thursday.
More on the Jhett Skaggs Benefit Auction This Wednesday Evening in Lawton.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We told you Friday about the Skaggs Family of Lexington, Oklahoma. Brian Skaggs and his wife Audra need our help- and a lot of friends are busy getting that accomplished. Their young son, Jhett, is ten months old and needs a heart transplant. The miracle is that we live in a day and age that this technology is possible- but that technology is not cheap and that's where you come in. Friends of young Jhett and his family are organizing a huge Benefit Auction this coming Wednesday evening, November 28 in Lawton at the Comanche County Fairgrounds. There will be cattle for sell, as well as boots, jewelry, hunting trips and a whole lot more.
We have a couple of things on our calendar page of our website that you might want to check out. We have an interview that we have done with Ken Holloway about how this benefit has come together. In addition, we have the website for the auction linked- and later today, they may have a listing of the items to be sold.
The link below is to our WWW.OklahomaFarmReport.Com calendar page- you will see in the November listings the Skaggs Benefit Auction with a link to both the audio interview and the auction website. Note that you will not have to travel to Lawton to participate in this auction- it will be available via the internet as well!
Advance Foods Rolling Out Two Beef Items Perfect for the Appetizer Category.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Enid, Oklahoma based Advance Food Co. is offering two new smaller-sized products for foodservice: the Tenderbroil Mini Beef Steak Burger and the Advance Mini Charbroil Beef Pattie.
The fully cooked Tenderbroil Mini Beef Steak Burger is made of 100 percent beef steak, while the seasoned Advance Mini Charbroil Beef Pattie is available in round and square shapes with or without a sweet mini white bun. Because of their small size, Advance says, both items would work well as appetizers or kids meals.
Beef Quality Assurance Program for Mama Cow Operators
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glenn Selk tells us that there is a lot to gain to see cow calf operators step up their efforts to utilize many of the practices that are considered best management practices for the cattle industry. Dr. Selk writes "While great strides have been made with fed cattle, cow operators have a ways to go. In feedlots a few people are handling large numbers of cattle, and feedback from the processor is fairly simple. In cow country, many more people are handling smaller numbers of cattle, and the feedback, while real, is not so obvious. Injection site lesions in the sirloin are one measure of the care with which cattle are processed and medicated. From 1995 to 1999 the feedlot industry reduced these lesions from 12% of fed carcasses to less than 2%. In 1999 however, over 40% of all cow and bull carcasses had lesions in the sirloin. Too often cow operators see the cow as a calf production unit rather than a part of the food chain. The fact is, about ¼ of the beef consumed in our country comes from cull cows and bulls and it is not all hamburger. Today, the better cuts such as the round, sirloin, loin, and ribeye allow the packers to pay better cow prices than we have seen in years past. Culls represent about ¼ of the gross income for most cow operators. If we, as an industry, could reduce the annual carcass losses due to bruising, injection lesions, excess fat trim, and condemnation due to drug residues, what would be your part of the extra ½ billion dollars on the table? Cow buyers are aware of what this waste costs, and they know what herds, areas, and sales most of the problems come from. When your culls come through the ring you need as many hands in the air as possible.
"Proper techniques when handling and processing cattle can go a long way. Use the smallest needle that will do the job and change it at least every 10 head. Dull needles cause more lesions, and a needle that fatigues and breaks off is a serious problem. While injection site lesions are trimmed away when found, they make the whole cut of meat tougher due to extra connective tissue deposited in the muscle. Be sure to give all injections in front of the shoulder, and when you have a choice, give injections subcutaneously. Reduce bruising by eliminating overcrowding and make sure loading facilities are safe and cattle flow through them easily. Market culls before lameness and eye problems get severe, or barren cows get overly fat.
"Proper drug and vaccine usage can be summed up with 5 words, "Read the label," and "Keep records." Drug residue problems result when dosage, course of treatment, or route of administration are not according to the label, or withdrawal time before slaughter are not adhered to. According to law, all violations are the responsibility of the producer, so if you have a problem not only are the future prices you receive affected, but you will be subject to possible fines and/or quarantine. If you do have a violation, if you can produce proper treatment records officials are likely to work with you to help identify and solve the problem. Without records, they may well resort to sterner measures."
2007 Oklahoma Cotton Crop Looking Mighty Fine!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Top cotton yields continue to be reported for the 2007 harvest season here in Oklahoma. "We are just getting started with our ginning season," reports Rodney Sawatzky, manager of the Midwest Farmers Inc.cooperative at Clinton, Ok., "We have just ginned 600 bales to date. All of the cotton we receive comes from dryland fields and we are seeing bale and a half yields per acre. We received our first bale Nov. 11. Our farmers have 1,900 acres of cotton this year and we are expecting 2,500 bales."
"We are just now finding out how this year's crop is grading, but it
looks like one of the best varieties planted for us this year was Fibermax
9063. Everybody is really tickled about how their cotton is yielding this
year. The 2007 crop got started late around here. In fact, it wasn't until
July 15 that our cotton started to look promising. The rains we received
last spring that continued into the summer gave us plenty of moisture, but
it continued to be a problem for the cotton to grow until we started
getting warmer, dry weather. The increased heat units (longer, warmer
days) with cooler nights really helped our cotton to put on more bolls and
Approximately two thirds of the cotton grown in the Southern Plains (Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas) has been harvested this year, according to the weekly National Cotton Council report. As of Nov. 18, 2007, 65 percent of the Kansas cotton has been harvested. Sixty-three percent of the Oklahoma crop is complete and Texas reports 60 percent of its crop is out of the field. We have linked below the website of NTOK- the website dedicated to giving you regular information important to the cotton industry from north Texas across Oklahoma into southern Kansas.
Terry Stokes of NCBA- gotta keep pushing to get Asian Beef Markets Opened Wider for US Beef.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~On today's Beef Buzz- our daily beef news radio update from the Radio Oklahoma Network- we have as our guest Terry Stokes, the CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Stokes is just back from Asia- and made stops in several countries that we need fully reopened for our cattle producers to be able to take full advantage of the export marketplace.
Stokes expresses optimism that we will see progress in both South Korea and Japan in opening up those markets for US beef. He claims that while we are currently facing a suspension of trade with South Korea- that the leaders they met with are aware of the importance of going to the International Health Agency's standards for BSE. In fact, that was the discussion in Korea, Japan and China. They are saying that they are willing to buy into the OIE guidelines for diseases like BSE- but we have had zero visible movement since this past spring when the US was declared a "minimal risk" country for BSE- with the OIE saying that all beef from the US- bone in or boneless from animals of any age is safe from BSE as long as the OIE list of specified risk materials are removed.
You can listen to our daily Beef Buzz on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- as well as on our website on our Beef Buzz page. I have linked today's report for you below- take a listen!
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