Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 1/23/2020, 6:02 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.

Superior Livestock will hold their every other week Thursday Video Auction today- starting at 8 AM Central- Superior Sunrise rolls a half hour before that at 7:30- click here for the Superior website- details of today's sale is there on the front page- 29,060 head will be offered.

At OKC West in El Reno feeder steers sold 3.00-5.00 lower, feeder heifers traded 1.00-3.00 lower - click here to review the complete sale report from the USDA. 

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.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture- as of Wednesday afternoon, January 22.
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, January 23, 2020

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Multiple state cattlemen's organizations from major beef producing regions have partnered together to form U.S. CattleTrace, a disease traceability initiative. The goal is to develop a national infrastructure for disease traceability and encourage private industry's use of the infrastructure for individualized management practices.

The new U.S. CattleTrace initiative combines the efforts of CattleTrace, which includes multiple partners, including the Kansas Livestock Association and others in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Oregon and Washington, as well as traceability pilot projects underway in Florida and Texas. Those projects are facilitated by Florida Cattlemen's Association, Texas Cattle Feeders Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and Kentucky Cattlemen's Association.

"With producers and industry stakeholders working together from across the country, the U.S. CattleTrace partnership will be a catalyst to build upon the CattleTrace foundation we established the past few years," said Brandon Depenbusch, CattleTrace board of directors chairman. "We encourage other state organizations and individual producers to join our efforts in building a nationally significant animal disease traceability system for the United States. By working together, we will build something that works for the industry."

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Two US Pork Checkoff Report- African Swine Fever Will Continue to Plague China for Years

The latest bulletin from the Pork Checkoff shows little hope for China to make major progress in rebuilding their hog herd that has been cut in half by African Swine Fever. From the Foreign Animal Disease Preparation Bulletin released on Wednesday- here's the update on China:

"Despite 2019 having been China's official "Year of the Pig," things could not have been much worse for the nation's swine herd, its farmers or the country's 1.4 billion consumers who have a strong preference for pork as a protein.

"On a positive note, official reports of African swine fever (ASF) outbreaks in China were more of a trickle in the second half of last year compared with the prior nine or so months. However, many industry experts believe that the country has little hope to rebound its ability to produce more pork in 2020. The main reason? The breeding herd. Last year, every province officially became ASF-positive. This resulted in the country losing about half of its swine herd, which equates to roughly one-quarter of the world's swine herd.

"According to Dave Pyburn, the Pork Checkoff's chief veterinarian, China's ASF woes are many.

"We continue to monitor the situation closely here and hope that China will see some relief," Pyburn said. "But it's not looking very promising with reports of ongoing ASF outbreaks and no real sense that an overall control strategy is being adhered to in the country. Without a stringent control methodology that's fully implemented, ASF will continue to plague China for years."

Click here to read more on this latest update on African Swine Fever- a disease that has impacted much of global agriculture- and will continue to do so in 2020. 

One of the breakout sessions at this year's American Farm Bureau convention down in Austin, Texas, was looking at the "Changing Lifestyle in the Meat Aisle." Alisa Harrison, Vice President for Global Marketing and issues Management for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association was on the panel. She talked specifically about what some folks like to call fake meat, alternative meat products that are right now available to consumers.

She says the key as far as NCBA is concerned, is to make sure those offering plant-based proteins are being truthful, "From our standpoint, we're not against these products, we're not against technology. We think being innovative and using technology is just a part of all of agriculture. What we do have concerns about, especially with some of the newer products that are out there, when you have them marketing it and disparaging beef at the same time, that's where we have a concern. The CEO of one of the companies has publicly stated that his whole goal is to do away with animal agriculture, and as you can imagine, that kind of gets under our skin a little bit. They are marketing it based on what we think are false narratives as far as the sustainability study, the nutrition part of, trying to give consumers all of these reasons to choose their product, and they're either using some data and some information that is just not true. So our work is on this has focused primarily on getting the right facts out in a very positive, proactive way, and also making sure that consumers understand the comparative data on it."

Angus producers competed for top honors during the 2020 National Western Stock Show (NWSS) Angus Carload & Pen Show, Jan. 18 in Denver, Colo. Four carloads and 26 pens-of-three were showcased in the Yards during the 114th NWSS.

Kevin Gallagher, Buda, Texas; Doug Schroeder, Clarence, Iowa; and Kevin Yon, Ridge Spring, S.C., evaluated the bulls and heifers before selecting champions.

Express Angus Ranches, Yukon, Okla., claimed grand champion carload, with 10 January 2019 bulls sired by Deer Valley Growth Fund, Stevenson Big League 70749, Bar R Jet Black 5063, Jindra Acclaim, EZAR Gold Rush 6001, EXAR Monumental 6056B, EXAR Bottom Line 5002B and Casino Bomber N33. The group weighed an average of 1,431 pounds and posted an average scrotal circumference of 37.5 centimeters.

Freys Angus, Granville, N.D., exhibited the reserve grand champion carload with January and February 2019 bulls sired by Freys Presence, KR Outfit, HA Cowboy Up 5405 and Freys Appearance. The ten bulls posted an average weight of 1,350 pounds and an average scrotal circumference of 37.6 centimeters.

Express Angus Ranches showcased the grand champion pen of three bulls with February 2019 sons of Stevenson Big League 70749, Jindra Acclaim and EXAR Monumental 6056B. The trio posted an average weight of 1,320 pounds and an average scrotal circumference of 36.3 centimeters. The bulls first won early calf champion.

Sponsor Spotlight

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will share insight on issues of concern to cattlemen and women at the 2020 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 5, 2020. Perdue will participate in the Opening General Session of the event, being held Feb. 5-7, 2020 at the San Antonio Convention Center. Among topics he is expected to address will be recent trade developments, markets, farm bill implementation and other issues affecting the state of American agriculture.
The convention is the largest gathering of cattle industry professionals in the country. The NCBA Trade Show will feature about 350 exhibitors on more than 7 acres. Annual meetings of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, the Cattlemen's Beef Board, American National CattleWomen, CattleFax and National Cattlemen's Foundation will also be held at this event.

The folks from Allendale have released their pre report guesses for this coming Friday's USDA Cattle on Feed Report.

According to Allendale, "December placements are expected 4.1% over last year at 1.839 million head. It would be the largest December placement in 14 years. This would mark four months in a row of higher than last year placements. December placements supply a portion of the July through October finished cattle supply. Kansas State University estimates fed cattle breakevens for that time at $120 - $123 per cwt.

"Allendale anticipates a Marketing total in December 3.9% over last year at 1.089 million. The original estimate was increased 2.2% due to the calendar adjustment.
"Total Cattle on Feed as of January 1 is 2.5% over last year at 11.987 million. This estimate is the largest in twelve years for this period."

The report will be released on Friday afternoon at 2 PM Central from USDA.

Seven I.C.Y.M.I Make Plans for the 24th Annual Winter Conference of No Till on the Plains

Earlier this month- I talked with Steve Swaffer about the 24th Annual Winter Conference for No Till on the Plains coming up this coming week, "We really try to put out information and have speakers available for our attendees that are producing some of the best information, and the best results on their farms. From implementing soil health systems and producing crops that are healthy and productive and helping the bottom line, just as much as anything."

This event started in Salina. Swaffer says the event came about because producers wanted soil health help, "24 years ago, a group of producers who were disturbed by the amount of soil they were losing off of their field, tried to put together a group of speakers and experts that could help producers understand how the basic switch to no-till farming could help them reduce their soil erosion losses, and eventually that would result in better crops and better profits on their farms.

The move to Wichita happened as the conference simply outgrew the facilities available in Salina,

Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K Equipment, AFR Insurance, 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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