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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday July 25, 2011A service of Johnston Enterprises, P & K Equipment/ P & K Wind Energy and American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company!
-- Governor Fallin Allowing Wider Loads of Hay on Oklahoma Roads
-- United States Cattle on Feed Up 4 Percent & Cattle Inventory Down 1 Percent
-- American Farmers and Ranchers Discuss Issue of Oklahoma Drought with British Broadcasting Corporation
-- Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Preparing for Upcoming Summer Conference
-- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA Working Towards Breaking Down Trade Barriers
-- Record-setting Beef Sales for Certified Angus Beef in June
-- OSU Hosting Northwest Oklahoma Drought Meetings
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Governor Fallin Allowing Wider Loads of Hay on Oklahoma Roads
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin today signed an executive order allowing haulers of hay to carry larger loads in their trucks. The order comes in light of the ongoing drought, which has left some farmers without access to hay for livestock.
Current rules restrict haulers of hay to dimensions of 11 feet in width. Governor Fallin's executive order increases those limits to 12 feet. Because a standard hay bale is six feet in width, this change doubles the amount of hay bales capable of being hauled per truck without a permit.
Additionally, for those vehicles transporting hay to livestock, the
executive order temporarily suspends the requirement for an oversized
vehicle permit within these limits.
Fallin said she encourages drivers to be patient and careful when on
the road with these trucks.
Both the American Farmers & Ranchers as well as the Oklahoma Farm
Bureau were quick to praise the move by the Governor. Terry Detrick,
President of AFR told us "This is a terrific example of Oklahomans
efficiently working together to form a common sense solution." Terry adds
AFR thanks the many state officials who took part in this timely
United States Cattle on Feed Up 4 Percent & Cattle Inventory Down 1 Percent
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~United States Cattle on Feed Up 4 Percent Cattle and calves on feed for slaughter market in the United States for feedlots with capacity of 1,000 or more head totaled 10.5 million head on July 1, 2011. The inventory was 4 percent above July 1, 2010. The inventory included 6.52 million steers and steer calves, up 4 percent from the previous year. This group accounted for 62 percent of the total inventory. Heifers and heifer calves accounted for 3.89 million head, up 3 percent from 2010.
Placements in feedlots during June totaled 1.70 million, 4 percent
above 2010. Net placements were 1.63 million head. During June, placements
of cattle and calves weighing less than 600 pounds were 460,000, 600-699
pounds were 380,000, 700-799 pounds were 420,000, and 800 pounds and
greater were 435,000.
Click on the LINK below for more from Ed Richards and Tom Leffler, who break down the COF and Inventory numbers. Also, you can see all of the data from the Cattle on Feed report and Cattle Inventory report.
American Farmers and Ranchers Discuss Issue of Oklahoma Drought with British Broadcasting Corporation
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A news crew from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) program BBC World News covering the state drought and current agriculture economics wrapped up production Monday following a southwestern Oklahoma tour with American Farmers & Ranchers (AFR) leadership and staff.
Business reporter Paul Mason, based in London, along with a video journalist and senior news producer, visited the farm of AFR member Brett Porter, west of Hobart, viewing cotton and hay crops and seeing first-hand the drought toll on State cattle producers. Mason interviewed Porter and his family, who have already sold part of their herd and intend to sell additional cattle next week.
Porter primarily sells his calves to Premium Natural Beef in Hobart but recently has sent some of his core herd to the sale barn because of lack of forage and little hay supplies. AFR President Terry Detrick was also interviewed on the Porter farm.
"This was an opportunity for us to tell the world how agriculture in Oklahoma is coping with changing weather, economics and politics," said Detrick. "Our members were able to tell that story on a very personal basis and how all of the issues are impacting them. The crew was particularly interested in the political environment in Washington, D.C. and how future policies may impact state producers."
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Preparing for Upcoming Summer Conference
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom has been busy with many activities over the summer months and just recently finished up their summer bus tour across northern Oklahoma. The group of teachers participating in the bus tour covered many different agricultural areas around Ponca City, Bartlesville and Perkins.
The first stop on the bus tour was the Cimarron Valley Research Station, which is a diverse research station with research on livestock and a multitude of crops. Dana Bessinger, with Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom, coordinates the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom teacher training and said the stop at the research station was a great opportunity for teachers to learn about fresh fruit and vegetables and discuss eating healthy.
Bessinger said the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is also preparing for their upcoming summer conference on July 29 in Oklahoma City. There are over 500 teachers registered for the summer conference, which is titled "Roots, Shoots, Buckets and Boots." The theme for the conference came from a children's gardening book written by Sharon Lovejoy, who will be a speaker at the conference.
Click on the LINK below to listen to the rest of our interview with Dana Bessinger on Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom and their many summer activities this year.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says USDA Working Towards Breaking Down Trade Barriers
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agriculture Secretary Vilsack recently released this weekly message discussing what the USDA is doing to help farmers, ranchers and prodcuers strengthen American agriculture. This is an editorial offered to us by the USDA and Secretary Vilsack.
A few of Secretary Vilsack's comments are listed below.
"At the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we are looking for new ways to
help America's producers succeed every single day. We want farmers and
growers with operations of all sizes to be profitable and to make the
decisions that are best for their land and their families.
Click on the LINK below to listen to the rest of Secretary Vilsack's comments on the USDA's work to break down trade barriers.
Record-setting Beef Sales for Certified Angus Beef in June
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Although beef prices have been relatively high this spring and summer, many consumers and chefs are continuing to look for high-quality cuts. The Certified Angus Beef ® brand sold 70 million pounds in June, the highest volume month in the company's 33-year history, 4.3% above the previous June and some 10 million pounds better than June 2009.
This milestone, with three months to go, moves the company one step closer to a sixth consecutive fiscal year of sales gains.
"The real reason for this record goes beyond sales to the dedication of our licensed partners," says John Stika, company president. "They have committed to putting product in front of consumers even with high-priced beef, which further drives home the importance of quality in the price/value relationship. With strong cattle prices at the same time, pull-through demand is creating success at all levels."
The share of Angus-influenced cattle qualifying for the brand in June was 24.8%, nearly 4 percentage points higher than summer 2009. Sales gains came from foodservice, which has experienced significant recovery the past 12 to 18 months despite higher cattle and beef prices. Retail continues to carry the bulk of brand sales, with seasonally strong summer demand in full swing.
OSU Hosting Northwest Oklahoma Drought Meetings
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Cattle and forage producers looking to make best use of management practices for fighting the drought should register now to attend one of two Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service Northwest Oklahoma Drought Meetings taking place in early August.
"In addition to attending program sessions, participants can bring in forage samples for a quick nitrate test or for sending off to the laboratory," said Greg Highfill, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area livestock specialist. "Think of the meetings as one-stop shopping."
The first meeting will take place from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, at the High Plains Area Vo-Tech, located at 3921 34th St. in Woodward. Lunch is free to participants who pre-register. To register, contact the Woodward County Extension Office by email at email@example.com or by phone at 580-254-3391.
The second meeting will take place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Friday, Aug. 5, at the Northwest Stockyards, located at 11802 W Owen K Garriott, seven miles west of Enid. Lunch is free to participants who pre-register. To register, contact the Garfield County Extension Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 580-237-1228.
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