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Baylor Bonham of
Newcastle FFA Captures Grand Champion Steer Honors- Tops Sale of
Champions Today at 4 pm
After seventeen thousand entries and thousands of animals that were
actually paraded or led in front of a world class judge, there are 211 animals that
remain and will be groomed one more time to be led
into a sale ring at the 2016
Oklahoma Youth Expo. These animals will not be offered
to buyers outright- but those who bid are offering their support to
that young 4-H or FFA member as a reward for excellence.
These 211 animals will make up the Premium Sale of Champions that
officially concludes the 2016 Oklahoma Youth Expo, often called the
World's Largest Junior Livestock Show. The sale order has been set
and can be reviewed by clicking
here for the PDF file. The show will be led off by the four
Grand Champions that were selected on Thursday evening in the State
Fair Arena by the judges who had worked in the market animal divisions
of that species.
Those champions include:
Grand Champion Steer- Baylor
Bonham, Crossbred Steer- Click
here to read more about Floyd the Steer and hear our quick
conversation with Baylor and Floyd.
second animal to sell will be the Grand Champion Market Barrow, owned
and shown by Karli
Schwerdtfeger from the Stratford 4-H clubs- Karli won
the 2016 Barrow Show with her Champion Hampshire.
The third animal to sell on Friday afternoon will be the Grand
Champion Market Lamb- which this year is the 2016 Crossbred Champion
and owned and shown by Makensie
Goggin of the Bethel 4-H Club. The Lamb will be
followed by the Grand Champion Market Goat, which was the Division II
Market Wether Goat Champ that was shown by his owner, Megan Greathouse
of the Fort Gibson FFA.
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By the way- the Sale of
Champions begins at 4:00 PM.
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Eight FFA Members Named
All State Scholarship Winners at OYE
One of the most impressive elements of the Oklahoma Youth Expo is the
emphasis on scholarships that are given to the young people who are
involved in the Expo and showing one of the species that are a part
of the experience.
In 2016, over $180,000 in academic educational scholarships to 72
students that come from all over the state of Oklahoma.
The Academic All
State Program honors the top eight Oklahoma Youth
Expo scholarship applicants. The Academic All State Program is
designed to model athletic all-state programs in which a select few
are recognized for their outstanding achievement and dedication to
success. Each of the eight Academic All State members have been
awarded a $5,000 educational scholarship. The Academic All
State members were chosen based upon an application and interview
process. The top four All State ranking
applicants receive a $5,000 Express Ranches Scholarship, sponsored by
of Express Ranches.
Baker, Dibble FFA; Ridge Hughbanks, Alva FFA; Jordan Harbison Storey,
Valliant FFA and Grant
Wilbur, Cherokee FFA.
Another four scholarships are considered to be part of the All State
Program- the Donors and the Honorees include:
Justin Whitefield Memorial Scholarship:
One, $5,000 scholarship is provided by the Oklahoma Youth Expo in
memory of Mr. Justin Whitefield, former Executive Director of the
Oklahoma Youth Expo. In 2016- it goes to Logan Holt, Shattuck FFA
Oklahoma State University Scholarship: Two $5,000 scholarships are
provided by Oklahoma State University and The Oklahoma Youth Expo. In
2016- these scholarships go to Lauren
Lacy, Edmond FFA and Braden Foley, Kingfisher FFA.
One $5,000 scholarship is provided by Southwestern Oklahoma State
University- the winner in 2016 for this scholarship is Shelby Schulte,
Into the Oklahoma Panhandle- Now Eight Percent of State in Moderate
Drought has invaded the Oklahoma Panhandle, according to the latest
Drought Monitor. According to Gary
McManus, State Climatologist, "That's right,
we're now up to 8% of the state in moderate drought, and 34% in at
least abnormally dry (D0) conditions. And the divide between the NW
and SE is fairly stark."
The drought that is now in place includes the small area in Roger
Mills and Ellis Counties that was in moderate drought last week and
now includes most of Cimarron and Texas Counties and a piece of
To view the Drought Monitor Map released yesterday morning- click
or tap here.
Latest OSU Food Demand
Survey Shows Willingness to Pay for Steak and Chicken Breast Up in
The latest Food Demand Survey has been released by the Ag Economics
Department of Oklahoma State University. According to the lead on the
project, OSU Ag Economist Dr.
Jayson Lusk, the March Study offers the following
highlights from the regular tracking portion of the study:
Willingness to pay for steak and chicken breast was up; willingness
to pay for pork chops and ham was down
Consumers expectations for beef and pork price increases are markedly
lower than was the case a year ago.
There was an increase in awareness and concern for animal welfare
issues this month, particularly battery cages; E. coli was less
visible in the news this month and less of a concern this month
compared to last.
here to read more- including details of this month's Ad Hoc
questions- and we have links on our webpage for this month's complete
study and links to the archives of previous studies as well.
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of Antibiotic Resistance Takes Center Stage Online at D.C. Forum
Pork Board joined with Atlantic LIVE earlier this
week to bring together experts to discuss the challenge of responsible
antibiotic use in the 21st century. At the event, leading
stakeholders - from farmers to physicians - shared what is being done
to address concerns of antibiotic resistance, which the U.S. pork
industry is doing by continuously improving on-farm practices.
"Antibiotics are a critical tool to treat and prevent disease in
both humans and animals," said John Johnson, chief operating
officer of the National Pork Board. "The U.S. pork industry is
committed to ensuring responsible use of these medicines in animals
to protect their efficacy for both humans and animals. Through a
science-based approach, we must all work together to better
understand and address the potential impact of antibiotic
The pork industry was able to showcase some of the positive things
that animal agriculture is doing to handle antibiotics in a
responsible way- click
here to read more and to explore a video link we have in our
story that will take you to several highlights of the presentation
that was seen live in Washington as well as around the world via the
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Wheat, Cattle, Cotton and
Peanut Meetings Next Week in Oklahoma Worth Checking Out
We have multiple meetings to mention to you for this coming week that
you may want to put onto your calendar-
On Monday, March 21st- Dr.
Bob Hunger will be at the Geary Chamber of Commerce
at 11:30 AM talking wheat fungicides and where we are on wheat
diseases this spring- check with Kyle Worthington in the Canadian
County Extension Office for details- his number is 405-262-0155 or
email him by clicking here.
On Tuesday- there is another meeting that Kyle is involved with- a
Cotton and Early Soybeans Production Meeting at the Canadian County
Fairgrounds- it starts at 9 AM and runs through early afternoon- they
ask you RSVP by end of business today- the 304-262-0155 works just
fine for that. Speakers at this meeting on Tuesday will include Dr. Josh Lofton
and Dr. Randy
Boman among others.
On Thursday the 24th- the Oklahoma Peanut Expo is planned for this
year in Altus. Dr.
Ron Sholar is the executive Director of the Oklahoma
Peanut Commission and he promises a really good informative day of
presentations from a whole host of folks- Registration begins at 9 AM
and the program starts just before 10 AM and goes through lunch into
the afternoon. The Expo is happening at Western Oklahoma State
College in Altus- click
here for a complete rundown of the day.
For our cattle folks- the Oklahoma
Cattlemen's Association has several district meetings
this coming week- On Monday in McAlester,
on Tuesday in Purcell
and on Thursday in Claremore-
click on the city to find out details for each location.
This N That- Dairy
Leaders Named, Lucas Town Halls and OYE Pictures
We work quite a bit with DAIRY
MAX- the group that represents dairy producers in
central and western Oklahoma- as well as in Texas, New Mexico and
parts of southwestern Kansas. But, the Midwest Dairy Association
folks do promotional work on behalf of dairy producers in eastern Oklahoma-
and at their recent meetings, Alfred Million of Tahlequah was
named Treasurer of the Ozarks Division of the checkoff group.
Messer, a dairy farmer from Richardton, N.D. was
reelected to serve as Chairman of the group for another year.
Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy farmers in a
10-state region, including Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota,
Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern
Congress has now escaped Washington for the next two weeks for the Easter
Holiday- and Congressman
Frank Lucas has three Town Hall Meetings planned in Fairview,
this coming week.
Click on the name of the city for details about each of these events.
It will take us a into the weekend before we have all of the pictures
from this year's Oklahoma
Youth Expo up for you to view and enjoy.
As we mentioned in the Thursday email, we appreciate the help that we
had this year in snapping lots of photos from Macy Griswold,
who is a Junior this year at OSU with a major in Ag Communications.
here for the FLICKR album for the 2016 OYE and we will offer a
directory of what photos are where in the album once we have
everything loaded. You are welcome to download your favorites
for personal use- please drop me an email if you need anything that
you would like to publish.
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