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A big run ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday week at the Oklahoma National Stockyards
saw 13,400 head being offered- Feeder steers and heifers steady to 2.00 lower. Steer calves 1.00-4.00 higher- click here
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in El Reno- the cow and bull turn saw higher prices for slaughter cows and bulls with 983 on hand- click or tap here
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Joplin Regional Stockyards
saw a run of 7,812 head on Monday- Compared to last week, steer and heifer calves and yearlings steady to 3.00 lower- Click or tap here
for the complete report from 11/18/19 as compiled by USDA Market News.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019
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Following the August 9 fire that disrupted operations at its Holcomb, Kansas beef complex, Tyson Fresh Meats, the beef and pork subsidiary of Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN), today announced reconstruction of the facility is near completion. Efforts to resume harvest operations will begin the first week of December, with intentions to be fully operational by the first week of January.
"We recognize the disruption the fire caused for our suppliers and our customers and are more than pleased to announce we are in the final stages of reconstruction," stated Steve Stouffer, group president, Tyson Fresh Meats. "Our team is ready to begin the process of ramping back up, recognizing that there will be testing and adjustments over the first few weeks to ensure equipment functionality while maintaining our commitment to team member safety and food safety."
The fire severely damaged a critical part of the plant containing the hydraulic and electrical systems that support the harvest floor and cooler areas. Reconstruction included completely replacing support beams and the roof, hydraulic piping and pumps, installing over 50,000 feet of new wiring and the reconstruction of all new electrical panel rooms and equipment.
You can read more from Tyson regarding the operations being resumed in December for Tyson beef plant in Kansas, by jumping over to our website.
Midwest Farm Shows is proud to produce the two best Farm Shows in the State of Oklahoma annually- the Tulsa Farm Show each December and the Oklahoma City Farm Show each April.
They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2019 Oklahoma City Farm Show.
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2019- the dates are December 12th, 13th, and 14th.
Now is the ideal time to contact the Midwest Farm Show Office at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2019 Tulsa Farm Show. To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.
|The United States Department of Agriculture released its latest Crop Progress Report on Monday, November 18, 2019. According to this week's report, harvest of the corn crop remains well behind the five year average but still there was continued harvest progress. Focusing on corn, harvested came in at 76% this week versus 66% last week, the five-year average at this time is 92%. Soybeans harvested this week came in at 91%, versus 85% last week, the five-year average is 95% at this time. Harvest of the 2019 Cotton crop is just ahead of the five year average at 68% versus 66%.In the southern plains- the 2020 winter wheat crop is struggling- with Oklahoma's crop called 46% good to excellent, Kansas 47% good to excellent and Texas at 30% good to excellent-with 31% of the Texas crop actually called poor to very poor. The Oklahoma crop is 6 points under that of the good to excellent number in 2018 while Kansas is actually four points better than at this point last year. The three southern plains hard red winter wheat states are in worse condition compared to the national good to excellent number of 52%. Click here to review the complete USDA Crop Progress Report from Monday, November 18, 2019.
From a pasture and range perspective, conditions in Oklahoma this week are reported at 12% poor to very poor, 46% fair and 42% good to excellent. To review the full Oklahoma Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
In Kansas, pasture and range conditions rated 13% poor to very poor, 33% fair, 54% good to excellent. To review the full Kansas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
Finally, across Texas, pasture and range this week rates 15% good to excellent, 35% fair and 50% poor to very poor. To review the full Texas Crop Progress Report for this week, click here.
A legal challenge to Initiative Petition 420 has been filed, which seeks to create State Question 804 and establish an "independent commission" to create new legislative districts. According to spokesman Alex Weintz, this is a "proposal to radically change how legislative districts are drawn in Oklahoma is clearly political in nature and driven by liberal activists funded by out-of-state groups."
The Oklahoma Farm Bureau has joined the coalition filing the two challenges to the Initiative Petition with the Oklahoma Supreme Court- and Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Rodd Moesel says the delegates at their just concluded state convention passed a resolution stating the general farm organization's opposition to State Question 804. He adds that their Legal Foundation has made a contribution to the legal efforts opposing IP 420.
Moesel says that they believe that this complex proposed state question will be tossed by the Supreme Court because of the Single Topic Rule that says State Questions can only address one topic- saying that there are multiple decisions all rolled into one if State Question 804 would be allowed onto the ballot next November.
Click here to read more- and to listen to our conversation with Rodd Moesel from Monday afternoon on this Challenge that has been taken to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Mondays, Dr. Derrell Peel, Oklahoma State University Extension Livestock Marketing Specialist, offers his economic analysis of the beef cattle industry. This analysis is a part of the weekly series known as the "Cow Calf Corner" published electronically by Dr. Peel and Dr. Glenn Selk. Today, Dr. Peel talks about how The Cattle industry focuses on animal health and how it begins at the ranch.
"The U.S. beef and cattle industry has increased production and productivity in many respects in the past several decades. Total beef production in 2020 is projected at a record 27.3 billion pounds. Cattle carcass weights have increased an average of 5 pounds per year for the past 25 years. Beef production per cow has increased over 100 pounds per cow over the same period.
"However, animal health is one area that has actually gotten worse in the past 25 years, with respiratory disease the biggest health problem in the beef industry. Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) causes 70-80 percent of feedlot morbidity and 40-50 percent of feedlot mortality. Feedlot survey data from Kansas shows that average feedlot death loss has nearly doubled from 0.82 percent in 1995-1996 to 1.60 percent in the most recent 24 months. Respiratory disease is a significant source of animal morbidity and mortality at the stocker and cow-calf levels as well."
To read all of Dr. Peel's analysis click or tap here.
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I caught up with Don Close, Animal Protein Analyst of Rabo Agri-finance, at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters in Kansas City to talk about the impact of African Swine flu on the beef cattle industry here in the US and globally. African Swine flu remains a big topic for producers and has had a big impact on not just the pork industry, but for all the meat complex including our beef cattle producers.
There have been reports from 50 to 60 percent of the swine herd being gone, but Close believes the rate of erosion has leveled off "Once you get to 55% or greater of your live hog inventory gone there's less there to lose, but we are also starting to see efforts to repopulate those facilities in China." However, the disease is still spreading in places like Indonesia. Close says, "It continues to spread, and its going to continue to be the central focal point of the market through 2020." Close goes onto say that while we are not seeing that much additional loss in hog numbers, but it is all the countries that have the potential to export pork, "So many of those countries are starting to be in over-subscribed position that they have over sold what they can sell so that leaves the U.S. as about the only supplier left in a global market that has a supply capable of export. That supply side is becoming much tighter."
So how long will we continue to see the repercussions of African Swine flu? Close believes it will be closer to 2025, "We had been looking at it from probably a 5-year view, and clearly in that time span we will have seen the Chinese pork industry totally restructured. When this started, we were estimating that 45% of that production was back yard hog production, those guys will essential be taken out of the market over this rebuild and it will be with new facilities, new construction, and a new location. So, it will totally restructure China's pork industry."
You can listen to the entire conversation between Close and I on Monday's Beef Buzz - here.
American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) President Scott Blubaugh voiced his disappointment recently regarding recipients of the most recent Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments. A report published by the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry has confirmed significant inequities in payments.
MFP was designed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to assist farmers and ranchers affected by international trade disputes. The program has compensated most commodity grain producers based on a single county rate per planted acre. Although farmers in the North, Midwest and West have experienced the greatest harm from trade disputes, 95 percent of counties receiving the highest payment rates are based in the Southeast.
"While all market assistance is appreciated, the significant disparities from county to county create winners and losers and do not address the inadequacies that are preventing American farmers and ranchers from healing from the international trade wars," said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. "We encourage Congress to become proactively engaged on this issue and assist in making our nation's agricultural producers whole again."
You can read more from Blubaugh and AFR/OFU regarding the MFP payments thus far, by clicking or tapping here.
America's 60,000 pig farmers are dedicated to raising healthy animals to ensure a safe food supply. Today, that commitment means placing a high priority on using antibiotics responsibly for the health of people, pigs and the planet. As this year's U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week, Nov. 18-24, gets underway, America's pig farmers want to highlight their ongoing efforts to achieve excellent antibiotic stewardship and their determination to always seek improvement.
"Using antibiotics responsibly is something that pig farmers are doing every single day," said David Newman, a pig farmer from Arkansas and the National Pork Board president. "Antibiotic Awareness Week is a good time to reinforce this stewardship by reviewing herd-health plans and the best practices found in the Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) certification program. It's also a good time to involve all animal caretakers and continue to raise their awareness about the role they play in responsible antibiotic use."
Directed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the annual U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week raises awareness of antibiotic resistance risks and the importance for all sectors - human health, animal health and the environment - to use antibiotics responsibly. An estimated 300 organizations participate in Antibiotic Awareness Week, including federal agencies, health departments, professional societies, corporations and advocacy groups. The CDC's year-round effort includes its education program - Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care - that addresses all antibiotic uses (#BeAntibioticsAware).
Click here to read more from the National Pork Board regarding antibiotic use.
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