Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/14/2020, 6:06 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.

The Oklahoma National Stockyards had 11,200 cattle on hand for the Monday trade- Compared to last week: Feeder steers steady to 2.00 higher. Feeder heifers steady to 3.00 lower. Demand for feeder cattle is moderate to good as cattle futures trading lower. Stocker steers and steer calves 4.00-11.00 higher. Stocker heifers and heifer calves under 500 lbs 3.00- 6.00 higher; over 500 lbs 4.00 lower.- Click or tap here for the full report from the USDA Market News. 

At OKC West in El Reno slaughter cows sold steady to 5.00 lower on a lighter test, slaughter bulls sold 3.00-4.00 higher - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. has 744 head of cattle on their showlist for the upcoming Wednesday, January 15th sale of finished cattle - click here to jump over to the website. 

The Joplin Regional Stockyards had 6,263 cattle for Monday, January 13- Compared to last week, steers under 650 lbs 2.00 to 5.00 higher, steers over 650 lbs and heifers (all weights) steady.- click here for the report compiled by USDA Market News 

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 on Monday, January 13th.
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
   Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
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In 2019 Agriculture producers faced many challenges, from severe Weather to lack of labor resources, among others. Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture, Blayne Arthur says this year they are focused on doing the best job they can as a regulatory agency to handle those challenges, "You know some of those are animal health issues, some of those are just the Weather that happens here in Oklahoma and how can we interface with our customers to navigate through those. What we're trying to focus on goal wise, though, is a lot of focus on the Made in Oklahoma program and value-added processing here in the state of Oklahoma. We think that that's going to be very important to bring both domestic and international dollars into the state. Rural Economic development opportunities and giving a chance for folks to stay in rural areas if they want to."

Arthur said they are hearing from a lot of producers that labor continues to be a struggle, "So having lots of conversations with Higher Ed, with career tech, with agribusinesses, about how the department can help facilitate that discussion so wanting always to do our regulatory job but then also looking at ag promotion opportunities so that we can grow agribusiness in the rural parts of the state."

Animal Traceability has been a hot topic this year, and Arthur said they are working on a pilot cattle trace program with Kansas Department of Agriculture. So far, they have put two readers in Oklahoma. One is at the Cherokee Sale barn and the 2nd in OKC West in El Reno. Arthur says the goal is to identify the gaps so they can get a good handle on this challenging issue, "What we want to be able to do, certainly from Dr. Hall's perspective is, if we have a disease issue, the more information that we're able to access and utilize, that's a better opportunity for producers. Because then we can find that particular animal or that group of animals, and eliminate others that are not part of that group. So it's trying to find a balance between understanding how animals move, the importance of protecting that information to the producer, but then also letting us as a regulatory agency do the job that we need to do in regards to protecting herd health."

You can listen to the whole conversation between Secretary Arthur and I, by clicking or tapping here

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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 gives an update on Austrailia Cattle and Beef.

The ongoing wildfires in Australia represent the latest in nearly a decade of environmental challenges the country has faced. This has prompted questions about the impact of the fires on Australian cattle and beef production and trade. This article was compiled from several Australian reports and other media and data sources.

Wildfires have burned over 15 million acres, an area the size of West Virginia, and are not yet under control as of January 10. Roughly nine percent of the Australian cattle herd is in areas significantly impacted by the fires with another 11 percent in regions partially impacted by the fires.

You can read more from Peel in his weekly analysis, by jumping over to our website

The National Western Stock Show is in Road Gear up in Denver- and two Oklahoma Teams were on fire during the Meats Judging Contest- Both of the teams that represented Oklahoma won the Reserve National Championship in their categories- FFA and 4-H.

The Tuttle FFA team placed second in Meats Judging behind a team from Texas- Team members are;  Taylor McGill High Individual of the contest, Kim Boyer 3rd High Individual, Brianna Pearson 11th High Individual and Madde Tinder.

On the 4-H side of the ledger, the team from Porter, Oklahoma took the Reserve National Championship in the same contest- members of the team included Kinzee Todd being 4th high ind. Laura Lumpkins being 5th. Andrea Rush was 8th. Allie Brown was the 4th member.

Click or tap here for the JudgingCard results for the Meats Judging Contest from the National Western. 

Paul Dykstra, Beef Cattle Specialist, with Certified Angus Beef, says there continues to be a premium for cattle that meet the standard of Certified Angus Beef, "So they pay a premium to the feed yard, or the retained owner of cattle through the finishing phase for each of those carcasses that makes it into our brand. As a result, there's a profit-driven motive for producers to participate, even as recently as last few weeks. Certified Angus beef brand carcasses have been worth around $100, Believe it or not, per head over the market average in the given week. So you know it's a real market signal, and in times when margins in the beef sector may not be what we'd all like to be. It's a pretty significant boost to the bottom line for folks trying to stay in business."

Dykstra says his advice for anyone looking to increase their cow/calf herd is to look closely at the selection of bulls and genetic selection, but also to put some emphasis on marbling, "We know that genetic selection needs to be a balanced-trait scenario, but at the same time we also have many very good examples of commercial producers that are putting some emphasis specifically on that marbling EPD to increase the share of their calf crop that is going to potentially end up into our brand, and I will go so far as to say those very progressive breeders that are creating more certified Angus beef brand prime carcasses now upwards of 20% maybe even 40% of their cattle making that grade, well the profitability associated with that is pretty phenomenal today."

Dykstra says producers who are looking for that prime result must do a great job managing those cattle. He suggests you strive to keep your cattle healthy, provide the nutritional background they need, and to keep an eye on marbling that those cattle may have, "You know, the days that they are exposed to a high starch diet, we're talking about high-quality, U.S., corn fed beef. You know days on feed is going to become a factor, as is finished weight. So the cattle have an advantage from a days on feed are going to have a higher propensity to make it in. We don't want to over implant cattle, we want to kind of be in a moderate strategy from an implant standpoint to best protect the innate marbling that each of those individuals may have."

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

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President Donald J. Trump, for the third year in a row, will speak at the AFBF Annual Convention. The address is scheduled for January 19 in Austin, Texas, at the Austin Convention Center.

"The American Farm Bureau is honored President Trump will return for a third consecutive year to speak with farmers and ranchers who work tirelessly to produce the quality food and fiber our country needs," said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. "We are grateful that he has made agricultural issues a priority and look forward to welcoming him to Austin at a time when there is much to talk about, from trade progress to important regulatory reforms."

Click here to read more about Trump attending AFBF convention this year. 

The Beef Quality Assurance program continues to grow significantly, with more than 100,000 cattle producers now certified through its online learning system. The online option was introduced by the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, in early 2017. Since the BQA program was initiated in the early 1990s hundreds of thousands have become BQA-certified through in-person and online training, with an estimated 85 percent of the U.S. fed beef supply now touched by BQA-certified operations.

The Beef Checkoff-funded BQA program is a nationally coordinated, state implemented program that provides systematic information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how commonsense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge to raise cattle under optimum management and environmental conditions. BQA guidelines are designed to make certain all beef consumers can take pride in what they purchase - and can trust and have confidence in the entire beef industry.

Online BQA training provides 24/7 access to the program through a series of videos and animations. While in-person training is still available through numerous sessions conducted by in-state BQA coordinators throughout the country, online certification provides a chance for certification at any time. Three courses are available (cow/calf, stocker/backgrounder and feedyard) to deliver a program that most closely aligns with the individual's operation. The tools are also available in Spanish. BQA Transportation training for professional cattle haulers and farmers and ranchers is also available through the platform.

You can read more about the growth by the Beef Quality Assurance program, by clicking or tapping here

I had the opportunity to sit down with the Executive Director of OK Pork, Roy Lee Lindsey, to get an update regarding where we stand on keeping African swine fever out of the United States successfully.

Lindsey says, "Well, again, as we begin any conversation about African swine fever, we start with the notion that this is a disease that only affects Swine. It does not impact human health. Pork is safe to eat, prepare it properly, it's safe to eat. Again no impact on human health, from African swine fever, so just always start with that notion to remind folks. But in terms of the disease itself the mortality rate amongst pigs that get it is 95%, we've talked about that previously. So, if you get it, you're basically going to figure that every pig in your herds gonna die. There's no vaccine. While we're researching vaccines and, you know, I think making progress on vaccines, were still 10 to 20 years from having a commercially viable vaccine. That's a long time in terms of how diseases spread, etc. So really the only thing we can do is to try to keep the virus out of the U.S. hog herd. We're very diligent, very stringent, very adamant about how we do that. I Saw a story just this week about one of the Beagle brigades, one of the dog teams at an airport, identifying meat that was being brought into the country illegally. You know it's illegal to bring meat from other countries into the United States through the airport. Can't bring it into the airport, can't bring into your cruise ship, can't carry across the border. You know, if you've been over to visit Mexico or whatever you can't just pack a sausage and bring it home.

And again, all of that is to protect herd health. We know one of the ways this disease has spread through China is taking meat from animals that were infected and feeding that meat to other animals because Swine can get the virus. The virus can live in the meat product you feed to your pigs out back, then you've infected your pigs out back. So we know that's one of the ways the diseases continue to spread through China. So very, very adamant. We're very excited that Congress approved additional funding this fall for 600 new inspectors, and customs, and Border Protection Ag inspectors to watch folks as they come in and out of the country. To do investigations as you've come through. We would encourage anybody that's traveling, if you're traveling abroad, whether you're a hog farmer, cattle farmer, sheep farmer, doesn't make any difference. If you're traveling abroad, and you visit farms, or you're around livestock anywhere during your trip. When you come back to the country customs is going to ask you, have you been around livestock? Have you been on a farm? Please answer that question, yes. And then answer their questions fully. This is not about interrogating you. This is about protecting the health of our livestock, our swineherd, or cattle, or sheep are protecting our plants as well, because they have diseases in other parts of the world we don't have, and nobody wants to be responsible for bringing that in.

Click here to listen to the whole conversation between Lindsey and I regarding AFS. 
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