Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 11/7/2019, 5:13 AM

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We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.

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Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.

OKC West ended up with 10,545 cattle being sold this week- Yearling and calf prices were both steady to higher compared to last week- click or tap here for the complete USDA Market News Report from El Reno this week.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures- click or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- the report from Wednesday, November 6, 2019 
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, November 7, 2019 
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story: September 2019 Beef Export Numbers Level With 2018- Pork Higher Than a Year Ago

September exports of U.S. beef were steady with last year in volume but export value trended lower, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Pork exports were above year-ago levels in September but pulled back from the large totals posted in June, July and August.

September beef exports totaled 109,799 metric tons (mt), essentially even with last year, valued at $661.3 million (down 4%). Through the first three quarters of the year, beef exports were 2% below last year's record pace in both volume (991,325 mt) and value ($6.1 billion).

September pork exports increased 13% from a year ago in both volume (202,248 mt) and value ($532.2 million). These results pushed January-September export volume 5% ahead of last year's pace at 1.9 million mt, while value increased 2% to $4.89 billion.

"While red meat exports face obstacles in some key markets, global demand dynamics are strong and we see opportunities for significant growth in the fourth quarter and into 2020," said USMEF President and CEO Dan Halstrom. "Progress is being made on market access improvements and this makes for a very positive outlook going forward."

Details of how both beef and pork did in September are in our full length story on our website- click or tap here to jump there.

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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve tribes' and tribal members' access to farm conservation programs to advance conservation in Indian Country. The MOU was signed in Catoosa, Oklahoma, where USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey was joined by BIA Director Darryl LaCounte at the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance - National Tribal Conservation Districts Conference, organized by the Indian Nations Conservation Alliance.

The MOU enables USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) to partner with BIA to improve assistance to American Indians and Alaska Natives in identifying and addressing the agricultural, conservation and economic needs of tribal communities on Indian lands. This creates a foundation for improved coordination, training, planning and implementation of USDA programs on tribal lands.

"We believe that providing greater efficiency and access to conservation programs, while limiting redundancies, is crucial to helping tribal communities maximize their agricultural production," Northey said. "Tribal landowners and land users play an important role in the management of agricultural land, and USDA looks forward to partnering with BIA to support the economic stability of tribal lands."

Click or tap here to read more about this historic agreement. 

If it says U.S. Beef on the Package, is it really U.S. Beef? Montana Rancher, Leo McDonnell of the U.S. Cattlemen's Association believes "Basically, if you are going to use the label U.S. BEEF, it better be U.S. BEEF, which means born, raised, and slaughtered here in the U.S." McDonnell talked with me this past Sunday at the American Angus Association Convention in Reno.

McDonnell contends that today's Beef labeling rules are misleading. The goal in truth and labeling is to give consumers more accurate information about what we see on the grocery store shelf, and to showcase how U.S. beef really is the best in the world. He adds that many people promote Made in America Products, but they aren't actually made in America, so the goal is to make sure that if people are using that nomenclature, (U.S. Beef, or Made in America) it has to be a product that came from the U.S. Cattle herd.

McDonnel says, "Since the repealing of COOL, (Country of Origin Labeling) they went back to the old guidelines, which allows you to call anything U.S. beef that was slaughtered in the U.S., or if its been imported beef it could have been cut up, or ground up and packaged here they can still call it U.S. Beef."

Click or tap here to read more- and to listen to McDonnell lay out his case for what he calls truth in labeling. 

Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine received a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture Veterinary Services Grant in excess of $235,000. The funds will be used to create an Integrated Beef Cattle Program for Veterinarians to enhance practice management and services.

"Oklahoma has 1.6 million beef cows, yet lacks the veterinarians necessary to service the cattle operations," explained Rosslyn Biggs, DVM, assistant clinical professor, beef cattle extension specialist and director of continuing education at the College of Veterinary Medicine and project co-lead. "This reduces opportunities for rural prosperity and economic development. The shortage will likely increase as veterinarians retire and producer needs change from individual medicine to herd health management."

To counteract this problem, OSU seeks to offer intervention strategies for rural sustainability by expanding veterinary skills and knowledge of herd health, nutrition, forage management, reproductive management, veterinary practice management and other common needs of beef producers.

We had the chance to get details of this grant from Dr. Biggs- you can hear her comments and read more by clicking or tapping here. 

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Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., a Gentry, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,071,397 pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Wednesday.

The poultry items were produced from Oct. 21, 2019 through Nov. 4, 2019. This spreadsheet contains a list of the products subject to the recall.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number "P-1949," "P- 486" or "P-5837" inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

Read more about this huge recall by clicking or tapping here. 

Dr. Glenn Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus Extension Animal Scientist, offers herd health advice as part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Derrell Peel and Dr. Selk. Today, Dr. Selk looks at the amount of hay that a typical mama cow may require over the winter season.

October snowfall in several Oklahoma counties has served as a reminder that hay feeding season is already upon some cow calf operations and will arrive for most of Oklahoma soon.

Estimating forage usage by cows is an important part of the task of calculating winter feed needs. Hay or standing forage intake must be estimated in order to make the calculations. Forage quality will be a determining factor in the amount of forage consumed. Higher quality forages contain larger concentrations of important nutrients so animals consuming these forages should be more likely to meet their nutrient needs from the forages. Also cows can consume a larger quantity of higher quality forages.

Read more about these calculations from Dr. Selk by clicking or tapping here.

Michael Kelsey, the Executive Vice President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association offered an editorial in the most recent issue of The Oklahoma Cowman, which is the official publication of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association.  Here's some of the key points that he lays out in what he calls- "mCOOL- the Silver Bullet?"

"In the fantasy world, the only thing that can kill a werewolf is a silver bullet. While it is unclear if this reason is the origin of the phrase, we all know 'silver bullet' is used in reference to a clear and easy solution. Generally speaking though, there are few if any silver bullets. Within the beef industry, I have yet to find any!

"Lately however, I have heard from a few people the idea that mandatory Country of Origin Labeling is the solution to all that ails the cattle market. More than one person has called asking, "Does OCA support mandatory Country of Origin Labeling?" That is a good and fair question. In my 21 years of service to our industry in association work, I have not seen a more divisive issue than mCOOL. So in the spirit of unity, let's define what we agree on before we discuss what might be disagreement.

"No matter the opinion held on mCOOL, every, and I mean every, cattle producer that I have spoken with about this issue is very proud of their beef and their involvement in the United States beef industry. We all take great pride in producing the highest quality, best tasting, most nutritious animal protein product available on the market. We love our industry and we love that can enjoy it with our families while having a close Providential connection to the land and animals which we count as blessings.

"OCA membership based policy has long supported voluntary labeling programs that producers can participate in by choice to help add value to their cattle. Additionally, OCA policy has long been opposed to mandatory marketing programs. Mandated programs force producers into one-size-fits-all plans that almost always cost more than any value (if any exists) is recognized. Multiple peer reviewed and government sanctioned research projects have shown just this with mCOOL - more costs for producers (and consumers in some cases) with no recognized payback or value."

Click or tap here to read the rest of Michael's editorial laying out the mandatory vs voluntary case on Country of Origin. 

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