Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 8/29/2019, 5:10 AM

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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.
At OKC West feeder steers traded mostly 1.00-2.00 lower with trades of heavy cattle steady to weak, feeder heifers sold 2.00-3.00 higher - click or tap here to view the full report from the USDA. offered 734 head of cattle with 432 head actually selling in their Wednesday, August 28th sale of finished cattle - click here to view the sale report. 
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Wednesday, August 28th.
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, August 29, 2019

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement regarding the beef processing facility in Holcomb, Kan.: 

"As part of our continued efforts to monitor the impact of the fire at the beef processing facility in Holcomb, Kan., I have directed USDA's Packers and Stockyards Division to launch an investigation into recent beef pricing margins to determine if there is any evidence of price manipulation, collusion, restrictions of competition or other unfair practices. If any unfair practices are detected, we will take quick enforcement action. USDA remains in close communication with plant management and other stakeholders to understand the fire's impact to industry.

I have spent this summer visiting with cattle ranchers across the country, and I know this is a difficult time for the industry as a whole. USDA is committed to ensuring support is available to ranchers who work hard to the feed the United States and the world."

Several cattle groups were quick to applaud the Secretary for this move.

National Cattlemen's Beef Association President Jennifer Houston
 issued a statement in response to Secretary Perdue's announcement. 

"Today's announcement by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue demonstrates the government's understanding of the extreme strain placed on the cattle industry by the plant fire in Holcomb, Kansas.

"We encourage USDA to look at all aspects of the beef supply chain and to utilize internal and external expertise in this investigation. We believe it adds transparency that will help build confidence in the markets among cattlemen and women."  

Michael Kelsey, Executive President of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association also commented on the announcement. 

"We appreciate Secretary Purdue's recognition of the extreme volatility and uncertainty in the cattle and beef markets. We encourage USDA to be swift yet thorough in this investigation."

Lastly, Missouri Cattlemen's Association President Bobby Simpson issued a statement about Secretary Perdue's statement.(Perhaps the most thoughtful comments we saw in the reaction that came out Wednesday- click on the link to read it all) 

"We applaud U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue for listening not to conspiracy theories or charts and graphs of economists. He leaned on the expertise of the men and women who have successfully made their living in the cattle business through mercurial markets, regulatory uncertainty, unpredictable weather and much more.

"These producers - from the cow/calf operator to the backgrounder to the feeder to the livestock market - understand the markets. They are good at what they do and when the overwhelming majority speak, we listen and this administration does as well." 

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Continuing its march across the continent, African swine fever (ASF) now has claimed its seventh asian country, Myanmar, which is west of the most previous known cases. If you include the Asian portion of Russia in this count, there are eight Asian countries battling ASF. According to the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), two far eastern provinces (not far from the Chinese border) have recently reported new cases of the disease on farms. While ASF had been found in eastern Russia before, these provinces had not reported cases previously. This marks the first cases in Eastern Russia since late 2017. 


In the recent United Nation's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report, the ministry of agriculture, livestock and irrigation confirmed that the country's first ASF outbreak occurred in a village in Mongla Township, Kengtung District, Shan State, on Aug. 1. This is in the northeast part of the country near the Chinese border. From there, new ASF outbreaks occurred in Panghseng, Matman District, and Mong Yawng, Tachileik, Shan State, on Aug. 10 and 11, respectively, also in the northeast .

The other countries included in the list are: Mongolia, North Korea, China, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Each of these countries have had multiple reports of the disease. With some countries pig herds dropping by as much as 32%. 

Click or tap here to read more about the continuing outbreak of ASF in Asian countries. 

Cattle producers who take advantage of the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network program need to take note of a few changes that have been put in place for the 2019-2020 selling season. 

"In previous years, some producers have found it difficult to attend a certified sale because of inclement weather or other unfavorable conditions," said Jeff Robe, Oklahoma State University animal scientist and OQBN program coordinator. "This year OKC West Livestock Market in El Reno will hold weekly OQBN certified sales on Tuesdays at noon beginning Sept. 17 and continuing through Jan. 14. That should make things more convenient for producers."

Producers are required to deliver cattle by noon the day prior to their sale date. All Vac-45 protocol and program ear tags will still be required for participation in the value-added program.

"The OQBN Vac-45 program has provided increased flexibility for producers, allowing the use of a killed viral component vaccine when using the Option 2 protocol, found on the pre-weaning and weaning part of the verification form," Robe said. "It's still important to establish the proper calf health management system through the recommended veterinarian-client-patient relationship. A local veterinarian is a fantastic resource in helping to design the best possible system for a producer's specific operation."

You can read more about the changes to the 2019-2020 OQBN program, by clicking or tapping here

Vesicular Stomatitis is continuing to spread. As of last Friday there have been 851 affected premises in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. 554 premises have been released from quarantine so that means 297 are still active. Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, Utah, Nebraska, and Wyoming have found new cases in the last week.

The quarantine of the premises in Oklahoma in Tillman County in a horse has been released as two weeks passed with no other animals becoming symptomatic. 

I sat down with OSU Beef Cattle Extension Specialist and Veterinarian Dr. Rosslyn Biggs to talk about VSV- and her concerns about the disease are featured in today's Beef Buzz.

Dr. Biggs says that this is a disease that has been found most often in horses, but beef cattle also can "catch" the virus and spread it as well. The symptoms of Vesicular Stomatitis are very similar to FMD, Foot and Mouth Disease, and that makes it a disease that everyone in animal agriculture needs to be very aware of. 

Dr. Biggs says that if your county comes up with a case of VSV, that will mean extra work for any livestock producer wanting to move horses or cattle. Oklahoma State rules say "Livestock or horses traveling from a County that has had VSV diagnosed within the past 30 days (30) days or a county that contains a premises quarantined for vesicular stomatitis shall be accompanied by a certificate of veterinary inspection dated within five (5) days of entry containing the following statement: "All animals identified on this certificate of veterinary inspection have been examined and found to be free from signs of vesicular stomatitis and have not originated from a premise which is under quarantine for vesicular stomatitis."

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

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NCGA is sponsoring a meeting this week attended by more than 400 plant breeders from industry and academia. The group, which will play a key role in the future of new corn varieties, are gathered at the 2019 National Association of Plant Breeders Annual Meeting in Pine Mountain, Georgia, to discuss cutting-edge research advances important to the breeding community.

While corn is just one of many crops represented at the meeting, the common language and goals of plant breeding means that advances in other crops can be shared and provide benefits broadly. The meeting includes updates from USDA programs, field and facility tours at University of Georgia campus, and many opportunities for students and early career faculty to develop professional networks. NCGA is proud to be among the sponsors of the NAPB meeting.

"Events like these provide invaluable opportunities to share our perspective with those developing the next generation of varieties our growers need to continue growing a plentiful and safe source of food, feed and fuel for the world," said Robyn Allscheid, NCGA director of research & productivity. 

Click or tap here to read more about the 2019 National Association of Plant Breeders Annual Meeting. 

Peanut growers attending Oklahoma State University's Caddo Research Station Peanut and Cotton Field Tour on Sept. 19 will be getting a firsthand look at the new peanut variety Contender, the first high-oleic Virginia-type peanut adapted to the southwestern United States.

The Caddo Research Station is located just east of Highway 9 in Ft. Cobb. The tour will take place from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. There is no cost to attend. Dinner will be provided to participants free of charge after the tour, thanks to the generosity of a number of sponsors.

Released jointly by USDA's Agricultural Research Service and OSU's statewide Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station system, Contender is the result of a cross between the high-oleic Virginia cultivar Brantley and high-oleic runner cultivar Red River Runner. Kelly Chamberlin and Rebecca Bennett of USDA-ARS will be on hand to share insights about what goes into peanut variety development, with an emphasis on the Contender variety.

"Growers also will want to bring in samples for hull blasting at the afternoon maturity clinic, which will begin at 2:30 p.m.," said John Damicone, OSU Cooperative Extension vegetable and field crop specialist. "Gauging harvest timing this year will be especially important for producers given the unusual season we've had in 2019."

You can read more about the upcoming tour at the Ft. Cobb Research Station, by clicking or tapping here.
Seven Join the Oklahoma Angus Association for Their 20th Annual "The Gathering" Sale This Saturday

This coming Saturday- the 20th Annual "The Gathering Sale" will kick off at 12:00 Noon at the H2 Cattle Company, located just east of Perkins, OK, on Hwy. 33 (formerly home of Limestone, LLC)

Over 80 Registered Female Lots Sell Plus 5 Commercial

Fall Bred Females & Pairs
Spring Calving Bred Heifers & Cows
Fall Yearling & Spring 2019 Open Show Heifer & Brood Cow Prospects
These consignments coming from many of Oklahoma's top Angus Breeders 

The sale manager is Matt Sims- you can call or text him at 405-641-6081.

Sale catalog can be found at the MCS Auction website- click or tap here or you can also jump over to the Oklahoma Angus Association website by clicking or tapping here..

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance,  Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling Company, National Livestock Credit CorporationOklahoma Beef Council, Oklahoma AgCreditthe 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!

We also appreciate our Market Links Sponsor - OKC West Livestock! 
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