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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Tuesday April 28, 2009A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- From Washington Watch- Wayne Pacelle of HSUS Says His Group and the Issue of Animal Rights Are Not Going Away
-- Wheat Crop Prospects Continue to Slide Lower
-- Better Late than Never- A Rally for Cattle Markets
-- The 2009 Oklahoma FFA Convention Rolls Into Gear Today in Downtown Oklahoma City.
-- All About Swine Flu- from a Beef Industry Perspective
-- Gold Standard Labs Expand East of the Mississippi
-- Kervin Hall Coyote Hills Female Sale Set for This Saturday
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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From Washington Watch- Wayne Pacelle of HSUS Says His Group and the Issue of Animal Rights Are Not Going Away
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The President of the Humane Society of the United States, Wayne Pacelle, told the National Association of Farm Broadcasters last night that he believes his organization is a voice nationally to speak for dignity of animals- to make sure that all animals are treated humanely and that they have "a chance to live a decent life." He adds that his group is being unfairly portrayed by agricultural groups and the ag media. Pacelle contends that the recent ballot initiative victories in California, Arizona and other states prove that the general public also wants better treatment of farm animals.
HSUS policy is set by their board of directors- and he told us in a
question that we raised that they do not consider sound science research
when they set policy for how they want animals to be cared for.
We have a very interesting audio overview with Pacelle on our website as our top ag story this morning. The link to that story and audio is linked below. This is "must hear" audio if you have animals on your farm or ranch or if you eat meat- HSUS is interested in interested in driving the policy agenda for livestock agriculture for the forseeable future- and Pacelle's comments provide a flavor of what he wants accomplished.
Wheat Crop Prospects Continue to Slide Lower
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The latest Oklahoma Crop Weather Update shows that Mother Nature has been battering Oklahoma in multiple ways during April. "Heavy rain, hail, and high winds were experienced last weekend across much of the State. Two twisters hit Enid and Kremlin on Saturday and another two tornadoes struck in Western Oklahoma on Sunday. Sustained rains in Western and Northern Oklahoma caused flooding in some low-lying areas. Hail damage to small grain and alfalfa fields was reported in Northern and Western Oklahoma. Small grain freeze damage is still thought to be moderate to heavy in West Central, Southwest, Central, and South Central districts."
In the description of the small grain crops-"Producers continued evaluate the damage to their small grain crops after the freeze experienced three weeks ago. Wheat and rye continued to deteriorate and remained mostly in poor to very poor condition but oat conditions slightly improved and rated mostly in the fair to poor condition. Crop insect activities continued to range mostly in the light to no activity range. Winter wheat jointing was nearing completion at 98 percent, only one percentage point ahead of the five-year average. Wheat heading took a 28 point jump from the previous week to reach 59 percent, four points behind normal. Nine percent of the State's wheat crop was in the soft dough stage."
On the Row Crops- "Due to high winds earlier in the week and heavy rain last weekend, seedbed preparation was slowed. Corn seedbed prepared was at 93 percent, two percentage points behind the five-year average. Corn planted was at 45 percent, up 12 points from the previous week, but 12 points behind normal. Nineteen percent of corn had emerged by week's end. Sorghum seedbed prepared was at 53 percent, four points ahead of normal. A small percentage of sorghum was planted by week's end. Soybeans seedbed prepared was at 49 percent, nine points behind normal. Six percent of soybeans have been planted. Seedbed prepared for peanuts was at 72 percent with a small percentage of peanuts planted. Cotton seedbed prepared was three-quarters complete, four points behind normal."
Better Late than Never- A Rally for Cattle Markets
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~OSU Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell Peel offers these comments in the latest Cow-Calf Newsletter. "After watching cattle and beef markets collapse counter-seasonally through the first quarter of the year, April has not only brought showers but a slightly delayed rally to markets. Wholesale beef led the rally with a $12/cwt increase in Choice boxed beef in the past two weeks. Much of this is fueled by seasonal demand for grilling as retailers prepare for beef featuring leading up to Memorial Day. A recent decline in carcass weights has also tightened up beef supplies. The key, from the broader beef demand perspective, is whether the market will be able to hold most of the recent gains into and past Memorial Day. It appears the rally has likely peaked for now although retailers will continue buying seasonal features for another couple of weeks. It would not be surprising to see boxed beef drop back a bit in the second half of May. The question is how much it will weaken and what happens going into June. If Memorial Day beef movement is strong, there is a much better chance of maintaining market momentum through the summer and into the second half of the year.
"As expected, stronger boxed beef translated immediately into higher fed cattle prices. Fed prices have increased roughly $5/cwt. in the past two weeks. From this point on fed prices will once again take their cue from boxed beef and are likely to follow a more seasonal pattern through the summer. The unusual 2008 midsummer peak in fed prices is not likely to happen again this year, although improvement in the general economic outlook could offset some of the normal summer price seasonality.
"In Oklahoma, feeder cattle prices have regained levels similar to this time last year. There has been some seasonal strength building for the past month (except for the unusual snow storm in late March). That seasonal strength advanced solidly this past week on the heels of higher fed cattle and beef prices. More typically we would be on the back side of the spring highs at this time and I do not expect to see feeder prices continuing to increase like the last couple of weeks. However, forage green up is well underway and recent moisture makes summer forage prospects look reasonably good in many parts of Oklahoma. That may help feeder prices hold onto recent gains. Depending on how much moisture various areas of the southwestern part of the state received- better prospects for summer pasture may happen in that part of the state as well."
The 2009 Oklahoma FFA Convention Rolls Into Gear Today in Downtown Oklahoma City.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It will be a busy day at the 83rd annual Convention of the Oklahoma FFA Association in downtown Oklahoma City. On of the highlights of the day comes tonight when the Stars Over Oklahoma will shine and the three top Ag Programs in Oklahoma FFA will be honored. Those honors will include the Star Farmer of Oklahoma, Star Agribusinessman and Star in Ag Placement. We'll have complete profiles of all three winners tomorrow morning for you on our website and here in this daily email.
Lawmakers are being involved in bigger numbers than ever before at this
year's State FFA Convention. Among those who are stepping up and helping
in a big way is State Representative Skye McNeil of Creek County. Rep.
McNeil will be judging the state speech finals later today at the
convention and she will also be sponsoring the State Chorus at the State
Capitol tomorrow at 1:30 p.m., and introducing them on stage at the
convention tomorrow evening at 6:30 PM.
All About Swine Flu- from a Beef Industry Perspective
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Today's Beef Buzz comes from our Nation's Capitol and the annual Washington Watch event that we attend with other farm broadcasters from all across the United States. We visit with Gregg Doud, Chief Economist of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association with Swine Flu emerging as the top of mind topic even talking with a cattle industry representative. Doud says that the decision by Russia to suspend not just pork exports from the US, but also beef and poultry exports, is almost beyond belief. He says this latest joker in the deck is one more piece of evidence that we have to deal with lots of factors that go well beyond the basic fundamentals.
You can hear our conversation with Gregg Doud- at least part one of it- by clicking on our link to our story with him below. The Beef Buzz is a regular feature as heard on great radio stations all across the state of Oklahoma that are a part of the Radio Oklahoma Network family.
Gold Standard Labs Expand East of the Mississippi
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Gold Standard Labs, the leading private diagnostic laboratory for testing cattle to detect those persistently infected (PI) with Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD) virus, this week opened its fifth facility - this one located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The other four labs are located in Hereford, Shiner and Schwertner, Texas, and in Garden City, Kansas.
"Our decision to establish a lab east of the Mississippi was, in part, a response to the needs of feed lot owners on the High Plains," explains Chris McClure, manager of Gold Standard Labs. "The Bowling Green area is central to many cow-calf operations. By locating a lab here cattle can be tested prior to shipping on to the stocker or feeder phase. This should benefit the cattle industry by minimizing the spread of BVD."
The new lab can test cattle of all ages, says McClure. "By testing to
detect PI individuals, our labs help identify those animals, in order to
isolate them - thus safeguarding the health of the rest of the herd and
Kervin Hall Coyote Hills Female Sale Set for This Saturday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Kervin Hall Coyote Hills Female Sale is set for this Saturday May 2, 2009 at 1:00 PM on the Coyote Hills Ranch in Chattanooga, Ok. The sale will feature 183 HEAD AS 103 LOTS.
Included in the offering:
For more information on this outstanding set of cattle to be offered- you can call 580-597-3006, or go to the link below for a look at the catalog online and more sale day information.
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There was a total of 9500 cattle on Monday at the Oklahoma National Stockyards. According to the market news reporter, "Demand for feeder cattle moderate to good. Stocker cattle and calves lightly tested and steady with very good demand. Quality plain to average with several Brahman cross cattle included." For the rundown on prices from Monday in Oklahoma City, click here for the full Oklahoma National Stockyards report from the USDA.
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