Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 11/27/2019, 6:40 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 or tap 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 is closed for this Thanksgiving Holiday week- they return next Monday, December 2nd with their cow and bull turn- click here for their sale report of last week. 

The Oklahoma National Stockyards did operate this week- Monday's final total was 5,483 with Yearlings and Calf Steers were steady to a dollar higher- click here for their full report from USDA Market News.

Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futures-click here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM- his analysis from Tuesday, November 26th.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Tuesday, November 26th.
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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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving!!!!
We will return Monday, December 2, 2019- have a safe holiday!

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
One Featured Story:

Tis the season to #GiveAHam and we have been challenged to do just exactly that by Michael Kelsey of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association- He was challenged to #GiveAHam by Roy Lee Lindsey of okPork- who was challenged by President of okPork, Cathy Vaughn.

I ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE- and will be announcing who I will be giving a ham to very soon- but his morning I wanted to put my CHALLENGE out to two outstanding leaders in Oklahoma Ag- the President of the Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Rodd Moesel and the President of the American Farmers and Ranchers, Scott Blubaugh

Rodd and Scott- YOU ARE BOTH CHALLENGED TO #GiveAHam!!!

I am also challenging our many listeners of our radio programs and readers of our Daily Email to step up and #GiveAHam as well- if you do- please email me at and let me know what cause you are supporting- and who you want to challenge! We will do our best to publicize that here in the Daily Email after Thanksgiving leading up to Christmas.

How to do it- Decide you want to help someone or some charitable cause this year. Pledge to #GiveAHam and pick your recipient. Once that's done- let me know- and let me know who you are challenging to do the same. 

By the way- while the Pork folks have kicked this off and they are giving hams- if you are a cowboy and have no desire to give a ham- DO NOT let that stop you- Michael Kelsey and other cattlemen are participating as they are giving HAMBURGER- and that's perfectly fine!!!  Just, resolve to show your thankfulness for your blessings by helping others!!!!!! 

Here's a video that helps explain my picks to challenge- thanks in advance for showing your generosity this holiday season!

2019 #GiveAHam Challenge by Ron Hays
2019 #GiveAHam Challenge by Ron Hays

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Selecting a target is critical. Oklahoma's conservation partnership identified two locations to pilot control of feral swine; Western Red River (Harmon, Jackson, Cotton and Tillman Counties) and Kay County.

These areas were selected with great thought and input: Kay County where the goal is to keep the feral swine population in check and reduce the chances of feral swine from migrating into Kansas, and the Western Red River watershed in a multi-state effort in conjunction with Texas conservation partners to significantly reduce the feral swine population where the invasive species have created substantial economic losses. A goal of the latter is also to create a "feral swine free zone" along the Red River.

The Oklahoma Conservation Commission (OCC) submitted the successful proposals, totaling $1.04 million, to lead both pilot efforts.

"Oklahoma has struggled with the invasion and exponential growth of feral hogs for years now," said Trey Lam, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. "Crops and pastures are being destroyed. Water quality of our streams and lakes are being degraded. Wildlife and its habitat are being destroyed. This USDA grant will provide funds and manpower from state and federal partners to target feral swine in specific geographic areas. Our emphasis will be on keeping the eradication locally directed by utilizing local Conservation Districts working through their cooperating farmers and ranchers."

Click here to read more from the Oklahoma Conservation Commission regarding the pilot project for feral hog control. 

Here in Oklahoma and across the southern Plains, they say if you don't like the weather, wait 24 hours, and you'll get something different. We all know that to be very true, and while it's hard on the residents, it's also hard on livestock. Dr. Peggy Thompson, a Cattle Professional Services Veterinarian for Boehringer Ingelheim, says it's a challenge for our beef cattle, "It's very challenging when we have those weather swings. Just those weather swings in themselves can lend cattle to getting sick. It's very important for producers to consider pre-conditioning those cattle, so at least when we have those weather swings that their immune systems are up to par in case they run into any of these viral diseases that can cause respiratory disease. If we can get those cattle vaccinated before we actually wean them, then it's actually less stress on that calf certainly, and they can respond better to those vaccinations. and hopefully, combat that disease a little faster."

Thompson also believes vaccinations in the cattle industry are a hugely valuable tool for our cattle producers, but she reminds producers, it's just a tool, "It's very important to have good nutrition, it's very important on how you manage those cattle and how you manage those yards. If those cattle are standing in mud up to their bellies those vaccines are not going to help that, but certainly we do know these cattle can run into these diseases when they leave operations and go to a sale barn or go to a feedlot, so having those vaccinations on board where we can create that immune response before they go to those challenging operations would be the best bet."

One Bovine disease that cattle producers must pay attention to is BVD, "Yes, the Bovine Viral Diarrhea virus is one of those diseases that can be really silent, but it can cause you issues. A lot of the issues we see with BVD are subclinical, and what that means to a producer is that he's not going to see anything."

You can listen to the entire conversation between Thompson and I on Tuesday's Beef Buzz - here

Securing zero-tariff access to China for U.S. pork would be an economic boon for American agriculture and the country, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC). Based on an analysis by Iowa State University (ISU) Economist Dermot Hayes, NPPC says unrestricted access to the Chinese chilled and frozen market would reduce the overall trade deficit with China by nearly six percent and generate 184,000 new U.S. jobs in the next decade. NPPC today launched a digital campaign to spotlight the importance of opening the Chinese market to U.S. pork as trade negotiations continue.

"Were it not for China's tariffs that are severely limiting access to American goods and other restrictions, including customs clearance delays, U.S. pork could be an economic powerhouse, creating thousands of new jobs, expanding sales and dramatically slashing our nation's trade deficit. China's actions would unleash tremendous benefits to U.S. pork producers, our nation and Chinese consumers who rely on this essential protein," said Hayes.

According to Dr. Hayes' analysis, U.S. pork sales would generate $24.5 billion in sales if U.S. pork gained unrestricted access to the world's largest pork-producing nation over 10 years.

"The U.S. pork industry is missing out on an unprecedented sales opportunity in China when it most needs an affordable, safe and reliable supply of its favored protein," said NPPC President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. "The United States is the lowest-cost producer of pork in the world, but with 72 percent tariffs we are not nearly as competitive as Europe, Brazil, Canada and other nations."

You can read more from NPCC on how U.S. pork can reduce the overall trade deficit with China, by clicking or tapping here

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Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the things we are most thankful for and to enjoy a delicious meal with loved ones. Some take the lead for meal preparation while others share the responsibility. No matter how your meal comes together, everyone must work together to prevent foodborne illness.

"With large meals come food safety risks, so when I prepare my family's Thanksgiving dinner, I keep food safety in the forefront," said Dr. Mindy Brashears, the USDA's Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety. "Washing hands properly, keeping the raw turkey away from other ingredients, cooking turkey to a safe internal temperature of 165°F, and promptly refrigerating all of our leftovers within 2 hours after mealtime are all ways we keep our meal safe." Follow these tips from USDA to ensure a food safe meal this Thanksgiving.

Tip 1: Wash your hands
Tip 2: Prevent cross-contamination
Tip 3: Cook the turkey to 165°F
Tip 4: Follow the two-hour rule
Tip 5: Ask you questions!

Click here to read more from the USDA regarding safety during the holidays. 

When the last bite of turkey is consumed and the plates are cleared, the next item on the Thanksgiving agenda is a nap. Because turkey makes you sleepy, right?

Darren Scott, food scientist at Oklahoma State University's Robert M. Kerr Food & Agricultural Products Center, debunks this myth.

"It's not really the turkey that makes us sleepy," Scott said. "It's reputed to be the Tryptophan instead. There's really not that much more Tryptophan in turkey than in other poultry."

Scott said there is approximately a quarter of a gram of Tryptophan per 100 grams of poultry.

"Tryptophan is an essential amino acid, which means it's a nutrient we cannot normally produce in our body," he said. "We have to get it from the foods we eat."

You can read more from Scott regarding the actual reason you get sleepy after eating Thanksgiving Dinner, by jumping over to our website

The Thanksgiving holiday became a permanently bittersweet one for me back in 2012 when my Mom crossed over to heaven on the morning of that Thanksgiving- we were thankful her pain was gone and that she was being welcomed by her Lord- but still sad to know that we would not see her smile again on this earth- nor hear her quiet but yet strong voice of encouragement in this lifetime. 

That year was a tough one for many in the agricultural community- and I wrote about that in my Wednesday email ahead of Thanksgiving 2012- I was reminded of that by Facebook this past weekend as I was in my birth state of Kentucky catching up with the relatives I have remaining there- and paying me respects to my Mom and Dad in the cemetery there- the problems of that year was drought- and if you substitute some of the problems of this year for that- the advice I was impressed to write still stands.

Take a look- knowing this was written in 2012:

For many folks in agriculture- it's been a difficult year. Our friends in the so called "corn belt" have faced a once in a multi decade drought- and we have all felt the impact of that- we have reported on that many times this year.

Obviously, here in the Oklahoma- it's actually year two of drought for many farmers and ranchers- and that has taken it's toll- even with a decent 2012 wheat and canola crop for many which was produced with just enough rain at just the right time- which is something to be thankful for in and of itself.

Yet, the miracle of agriculture- seeds being sown, sprouting and producing in a bountiful way- and animals giving birth and a tiny new life coming into this world- these miracles have been repeated over and over again this year as they have for thousands of years- and we have enjoyed a front row seat as we watch and participate in God's way to provide food and clothing for a ever more populated world. It's worthy of praise and something to be constantly thankful for.

It's easy to focus on the difficulties. Wild fires, dry ponds, elections not going your way, the threat of war and so much more may be weighing on your mind and perhaps your heart as we arrive here at the 2012 Thanksgiving season. Your focus may be more personal- the loss of a loved one over this past year- or maybe you are walking through that valley as Thanksgiving arrives this year.

Yet- for those that have a faith to undergird them- these difficulties are not the focal point of our lives. Rather, when things get tough- there is a source of strength that can flow through our lives. A guy by the name of Isaiah many years ago penned a great word of encouragement for even today- "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength, They will soar on wings like eagles, They will run and not grow weary, They will walk and not faint."

Isaiah's advice about soaring like eagles still holds- as does the God who loves each of us- and is eager to have a relationship with each of us.  

My Thanksgiving hope for 2019 for each of you- be thankful for all that God has done in your life- and express that thankfulness to those who are around you- work associates, family, friends and even a stranger who needs a smile! 

I'm always glad to hear from you- let me know how we can help as you do life- and on this Wednesday, November 27th- Happy Thanksgiving!

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, Oklahoma Pork Council, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Stillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCredit, Oklahoma Ag Mediation Program, Inc.the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association, and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

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