Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 3/16/2020, 6:26 AM

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   Monday, March 16, 2020 

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Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

Here is the official statement from the Oklahoma Youth Expo as of 7:25 pm Sunday evening regarding the cancellation of the remainder of the 2020 event:

"Since the start of the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo, balancing the continuation of our event while prioritizing the health and safety of our exhibitors and their families has been our top concern. Late this afternoon, a State of Emergency was announced in Oklahoma City by Oklahoma City Mayor, David Holt.

"As part of the state of emergency, the city is restricting public gatherings with 50 or more participants at city-operated facilities and city-owned facilities operated by a private contractor. As a result, we are having to cancel the remainder of the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo as of Sunday evening, March 15, 2020.

"The Oklahoma Youth Expo has been the centerpiece for Oklahoma agriculture for 105 years. Having to close our doors early is extremely difficult for all exhibitors and their families along with our staff.

"We look forward to the 2021 Oklahoma Youth Expo where The World's Largest Junior Livestock Show will continue to inspire and encourage the development of key skills like leadership, a strong work ethic and problem solving, which helps 4-H and FFA members reach goals far beyond the showring."

Editors Note- The decision was made to allow the Commercial Ewes to show Sunday evening following the Purebred Breeding Ewes.(They were already on the grounds at that time) Earlier in the evening, the Purebred and Purebred Influence Heifer show was completed. No Market animals were able to be shown. The Night of Stars Gilt Sale set for Tuesday evening will continue as an "on-line" only event but will be held on Tuesday evening.  We expect to have an online catalog of the animals available sometime on Monday.

The OYE staff worked closely with the OKC Fairgrounds to ensure a safe departure of all those on the grounds as of Sunday evening.  Exhibitors were told that they needed to be gone by Monday afternoon at 5 PM.

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Two Breeding Animals Were Shown Over the Weekend at the OYE- Here's Some of Champs 

Here are some of the results from the breeding animals that were shown at the Oklahoma Youth Expo before things were shut down on Sunday evening.

On Saturday- Supreme Champion Commercial Gilt--Dusti Gregory, Prague 4H
Reserve Champion Commercial Gilt--Paige Day of Mulhall Orlando FFA-

On Sunday evening- a full day of showing Purebred Heifers ended with these animals named as the best of the show- 

Supreme Influence Breeding Heifer-Finley Yocham-Sapulpa FFA-Simmental Influence

Reserve-Devin Morton-Maintainer-Stratford

Bronze- -Carson Bailey-Simmental Influence-Hyrdo-Eakly 4H

Supreme Champion Purebred Heifer- -Madison Fraiser, Meeker FFA (Champion Chianina)

Supreme Reserve Champ- Carley Harris- Sterling FFA (Champion Limousin)

Bronze -Chancee Clark- Muldrow 4-H (Champion Polled Hereford)

More results from the breeding shows will be available over the next couple of days.

Our thanks to ITC- Great Plains for their support of our coverage of the 2020 OYE.

To see all of our pictures- jump over to our FLICKR album by clicking or tapping here. 

In recent days- we had the opportunity to sit down and talk  with Randy Blach, CEO of CattleFax. Blach said the beef market has been transformed from a supply driven market 40 years ago to a demand driven market today.

Prior to the 1980's the beef market was not differentiated, Blach said. It was basically just beef, no specific brand names, no organic or grass fed, etc. He noted this has been good for the market as it has opened many new marketing opportunities.

One concern is adequate price discovery.

"Price discovery is adequate today," Blach said. "We do not need 100 percent of these cattle traded in a cash market. There is a great deal of differentiation taking place."

He said on any given day there is a $4-500 per head difference in quality of the product on animals going through the packing plant.

"We've got a lot of data to use to bolster price discovery," he said. "I think 20 percent of the cattle trading in the cash market is adequate. What we have to be worried about is it shrinking to 10 percent. That's probably getting a little thin."

"There is a great deal of uncertainty about the ongoing impact of Coronavirus on the beef industry and the United States as a whole. At this time, it's impossible to measure the full effects of the virus or determine how it may continue to unfold.

Although the full beef supply chain is being challenged by the outbreak, all segments of the industry are working closely together and must continue to do so. The current uncertainty facing beef producers is shared by all of agriculture and every American. By working together, we will overcome these obstacles.

"As Coronavirus has spread in the United States, NCBA has been in daily communication with participants from every sector of the beef supply chain. We're working closely with cow-calf producers, stocker operators and feedlots. We're also communicating regularly with packing sector participants, restaurant and retail operations.

Every one of these operations is facing unique challenges and many shared burdens. As we continue to work through this crisis, we must do everything in our power to safeguard every sector of the business from disruption while ensuring cattle and beef continue to move in an orderly manner.

"In addition to working within the beef community, NCBA is working closely with Congress, USDA and many other regulatory agencies to remove possible barriers to beef production. Our work in Washington, D.C., will help keep the supply chain full and create the necessary food security required by consumers through the entirety of this event.

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On today's Beef Buzz, I talk with Dr. Kathy Simmons, chief veterinary officer for the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, about the great success story of how producers have reduced the use of antibiotics.

The common practice of using antibiotics in food animal production has evolved from the standard treatment of all animals to now only treating animals that are sick or at risk of becoming ill.

"We don't tell our good story on antimicrobial use often enough," Simmons said.

She points to the expanded BQA certification program as the main factor in reducing antibiotics.

Participation in the Center for Disease Control's antimicrobial resistant challenge in recent years has shown phenomenal results, Simmons said, as the BQA certification of producers has increased 400 percent. The BQA program stresses the proper use of animal health products, including antibiotics.

On the international level, Simmons notes rapid changes are occurring there also, as the U.S. ag animal industry has been working on a satisfactory international food safety standards document.

Thanks to innovation and continuous improvements, U.S. hog farmers are the world's leading suppliers of high-quality, safe and affordable pork. However, America is in danger of losing its leadership standing due to significant flaws in its current approach to regulating emerging animal breeding technologies, Iowa Pork Producers President Dr. Michael Paustian testified this morning before the Senate Agriculture Committee. Oversight should be under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), not the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Gene editing technology, which allows for precise changes within an animal's own genome, offers tremendous promise to combat animal disease while producing safe food in a more sustainable fashion. "Livestock producers need access to these technologies. While countries like China, Canada, Brazil and Argentina are moving quickly to gain a competitive advantage in the market, the U.S. is falling behind," said Paustian, a hog farmer from Walcott, Iowa, testifying on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).

Despite no statutory requirement, the FDA currently claims regulatory authority over gene editing in food-producing animals. FDA oversight will treat any gene-edited animal as a living animal drug - and every farm raising them a drug manufacturing facility. Under FDA regulation, gene editing faces an impractical, lengthy and expensive approval process, threatening hundreds of thousands of jobs.

"I want to be very clear that we are not advocating for de-regulation of these new technologies," said Paustian. "Farmers support scientifically sound, transparent, risk-based regulations that ensure that these new tools are effective and safe for both animals and consumers. Our concern is not if this technology should be regulated, but rather by who and under what authority," he told the committee.

GiltsAnd Finally- Night of Stars Gilt Sale Happening Tuesday Night- Now On Line Only

PLEASE NOTE- the decision to continue the Night of Stars Gilt Sale on line only was made Sunday evening after the City of Oklahoma City announced a state of emergency and called for no gatherings of more than 50 at city owned facilities operated by private interests (Which includes State Fair Park). Earlier on Sunday- we had talked with Blake Kennedy about the sale- that conversation references live and on line- which was modified Sunday evening- more details are expected to come out later this morning. 

Here's our earlier story:

The very best gilts shown at the 2020 Oklahoma Youth Expo will be sold Tuesday evening in this year's edition of the Night of Stars Gilt Sale- live from State Fair Park in Barn 8.

That sale is expected to kick off on CCI.Live at 8 pm Central time on Tuesday evening. 

Click here to listen to our visit with Blake Kennedy of Kennedy Ventures who is helping to coordinate the sale. 

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