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Oklahoma National Stockyards Having a Good Year Says President Kelli Payne

Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:08:16 CDT

Oklahoma National Stockyards Having a Good Year Says President Kelli Payne The Oklahoma National Stockyards is one of only two remaining livestock markets in the country that use the commission firm structure with a live auction selling direct to buyers. The other facility is in St. Joseph, MO., and it is scheduled to soon close, leaving Oklahoma City alone at the top.

On today’s Beef Buzz, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays talks with Kelli Payne, president of the Oklahoma National Stockyards.

Payne first compared the 2021 receipts so far with same period last year.

It’s been surprisingly great, Payne said.

Recent rains have encouraged producers and spurred the grass cattle market as well as the feeder market, Payne said.

We’ve seen an incredible increase in numbers, Payne said, noting they are up 27,000 head compared to a year ago.

Last year started off strong with large numbers in January and February, then the pandemic hit, and the receipts nosedived.

The rich history of the Oklahoma National Stockyards pays credence to the formidable facilities and Payne notes this is the 111th year of service to farmers and ranchers across the country.

This past week we had cattle brought in from Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Kentucky and Wyoming, she said.

Payne said they are adding special sales throughout the year including events in August and December featuring Angus-influenced cattle.

We encourage Angus Link and Angus sourced, she said.

We’ve had three Angus sales so far and each one has doubled in size, Payne said.

Click on the LISTEN BAR below to hear more of Ron’s interview with Kelli Payne.

The Beef buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network and is a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the LISTEN BAR below for today’s show and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.


   
   

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