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Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Announces Fall Calf Sales

Wed, 06 Aug 2014 10:45:46 CDT

Oklahoma Quality Beef Network Announces Fall Calf Sales

Gant Mourer, Oklahoma Beef Value Enhancement Specialist, writes in the latest Cow-Calf Newsletter.

Once again the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN) is preparing for fall sales. Last winter proved to be challenge for many in the state due to lack of rain, but thankfully many parts of the state received starting in late spring and continuing through the summer. Pasture conditions are in good shape and we have only seen a handful of days over 100 degrees. At this point many producers are deciding how to market calves this fall. With the record high cattle prices the decision to precondition calves prior to shipping will be much harder for some. Many management options exist and even with increased prices those management options are still valuable to producers and may have more value than we think.

The Oklahoma Quality Beef Network (OQBN) is available to aid producers in making preconditioning decisions and capturing value of preconditioned calves when it becomes time to market. OQBN is a program, which began in 2001, and is a joint effort by Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association. At its core, OQBN provides improved communication among producers of all segments of the beef industry and allows for increased education while providing tools to improve access to value-added programs. One way in which this is done is through the OQBN Vac-45 health verification program. Cattle meeting the management requirements are verified through OCES and can be marketed as OQBN Vac-45 cattle. Once verified producers have the option but are not obligated to market cattle in a certified OQBN sale.

The program benefits both buyers and sellers in several ways, including reduced shrink, improved immune system, and weight gain during the weaning period increased market demands and feedlot performance. In addition to healthier, heavier calves when sold, sellers may earn higher prices per/cwt. In 2012, OQBN participants realized almost $9/cwt premium over cattle that had no weaning or health history. Light weight calves realized a record high premium at over $20/cwt. As cattle prices increase so does risk and buyers are willing to spend 60-70$ more a head to decrease the risk of health problems on those calves.

The following is a list of several OQBN sales scheduled this fall across the state. For a producer to take advantage of these value-added opportunities, the cattle must be enrolled in the OQBN Vac-45 program, follow one of three health protocols, weaned by the deadline, and third party verified by extension personnel.

Cherokee Livestock
Contact - Tim Starks
Sale Date - October 29, 2014
Wean Date - September 14, 2014

McAlester Stockyards
Contact Lindsey Grant
Sale Date - November 4, 2014
Wean Date - September 20, 2014

OKC West
Contact - Bill Barnhart
Sale Date - November 5, 2014
Wean Date - September 21, 2014

Elk City Livestock
Contact - Brandon Hickey
Sale Date - November 7, 2014
Wean Date - September 23, 2014

Pawnee Livestock
Contact - Calvin Buchanan
Sale Date - November 15, 2014
Wean Date - October 1, 2014

South Coffeyville
Contact - Jim Folk
Sale Date - November 21, 2014
Wean Date - October 6, 2014

Blackwell Livestock
Contact - Gary or Grady Potter
Sale Date - November 22, 2014
Wean Date - October 7, 2014

Tulsa Stockyards       
Contact - Joe Don Eaves
Sale Date - December 1, 2014
Wean Date - October 17, 2014

OKC West
Contact - Bill Barnhart
Sale Date - December 3, 2014
Wean Date - October 19, 2014

For additional information or questions about the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network, contact your local OSU Extension Office or Gant Mourer, OQBN Coordinator at 405-744-6060 or at gantm@okstate.edu. Click Here for additional information.



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