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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Humane Society Airs
Concerns Over Gestation
called on our newest employee at the Radio
Oklahoma Network, Jim Apel, to step up and cover
what could have been a rather intense story that
was set up by the Humane Society of the US
deciding to hold a media briefing in Oklahoma City
on Tuesday. We were scehduled to head
eastward to Nashville to get set up to begin
coverage from the Cattle Industry Convention and
did an excellent job in presenting the cases made
by both sides on Tuesday- as Paul Shapiro, the
senior director of farm animal protection for the
HSUS, complained to the news media about sows
being held captive in gestation crates. "Getting
rid of gestation crates is one of the most
important reforms that can occur within the entire
agribusiness industry and certainly the most
important reform within the pork industry today,"
The other side of the story
was told by Roy Lee Lindsey of the Oklahoma Pork
Council- and Apel went downtown to the Pork
Council offices and heard the OPC pushing back on
what the HSUS was trying to accomplish. Lindsey
told Apel that his organization has never
been contacted by the humane society regarding the
practices of pork producers in Oklahoma.
said his group would welcome contact with the
society about their views.
"We think it's
much more appropriate for folks if you've got a
concern about what we're doing to ask us and have
a dialog about it than to try and misrepresent who
you are and what you stand for.
got concerns, one of the things we teach all of
our employees as a part of the process of working
on a farm, is if you see something you think is
inappropriate, let us know immediately, because we
can't deal with it if you don't let us know,"
Apel told the story of the day very well- and you
can read his full report- as well as
listen to the audio overview that we have prepared
from comments from Lindsey and Shapiro on the
confrontation over gestation crates- just click
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Foods Offers Rebuttal to HSUS in a Statement on
Farms has released a statement in response to the
claims of abuse by the Humane Society of the US-
saying in part "We've reviewed documented employee
actions alleging abuse and listened to the recent
discussions questioning U.S. industry practices of
sow gestation, swine tail cutting (or docking) and
swine castration, and strongly dispute any
allegations of abuse."
add that "housing for gestating sows, must be
based on sound science while also seeking a
balance with societal concerns. Seaboard Foods'
integrated system uses both stalls and group pens
to house gestating sows. Animal welfare experts
and professional groups have found no one method
for housing gestating sows that is clearly better
than the other when managed
Click here to jump to the compete
statement as released on the company's
website- this in response to the cries of bad
treatment of the sows owned by
Didlot of Oklahoma Becomes President of the
American National Cattlewomen on
of the first meetings each year of the Cattle
Industry Convention are the ones held by the
American National Cattlewomen- and one of the
busiest ladies at this year's gathering in
Nashville at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is Tammi
Didlot of Oklahoma- the incoming President of the
ANCW. She is currently the President of the
Oklahoma Cattlewomen- and will move up in the
national officer chairs later on Wednesday to
become the 2012 President of the national group.
The ANCW has evolved from being at one
time the auxiliary to the National Cattlemen's
Association to having a much more dynamic and
integral role in shaping the beef cattle business.
Didlot says these are not just ranch ladies
gathing at the annual meeting for a lunch or two-
these are women, young and old, who are willing to
roll up their sleeves and be advocates for today's
beef cattle business.
Click here to jump over to our
website for today's Beef Buzz from the Cattle
Industry Convention and Trade Show as we
salute Oklahoma cattle lady Tammi Didlot. The
Oklahoma and Arkansas Cattlemen's Associations
will honor Didlot on Thursday evening with a
special reception here at the 2012 National
Beef Economics Seem to Favor Better
Management of Forage- Because Its Worth More
beef industry is at the beginning of a long-term
economic shift, says Dr. Derrell Peel, livestock
marketing economist at Oklahoma State University.
And it's a shift to -or
maybe back to - forage.
cattle industry from the 1960s to 2006 was based
on cheap grain and cheap energy," he says. "Late
in 2006, the world began to change.
prices doubled in a few months. For almost 20
years, corn prices were about $2 per bushel. The
trading range for corn now is twice to three times
what it was, and it's basically permanent. Feed is
no longer the primary use of
remarks prepared for a "New Age of
Forage" media seminar here sponsored
by range and pasture herbicide manufacturer Dow
AgroSciences, keynote speaker Peel noted that the
cattle market now wants more pounds produced from
attended this pre convention seminar sponsored by
Dow- and talked to Dr. Peel about a theme he has
sounded before- that the market is telling cattle
producers put pounds of gain on with forage- and
you will be rewarded. Click here to read more about Peel's
comments- and to hear our conversation with
him from here in
Raper Tabbed as Senior Director for OSU Ag Field
and Research Service Unit
Oklahoma State University Division of Agricultural
Sciences and Natural Resources found the leader it
was looking for in Randy Raper, who assumed the
position of senior director of its Field and
Research Service Unit in January.
DASNR's statewide Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment
Station system, the FRSU provides the
infrastructure for cutting-edge research conducted
by OSU scientists and engineers, who often work in
cooperation with other public and private agencies
"OSU's state and
federally mandated land-grant mission is to help
Oklahomans solve issues and concerns of importance
to them, their families and communities," said
Robert Westerman, DASNR assistant vice president
for program support. "We're pleased to have been
able to attract a professional of Randy's
abilities and experience to provide key leadership
for many of our agricultural research
Click here for more detailsof
this hire by the Division of Ag at OSU.
Biodiesel Board Wants Tax Incentives to Continue
National Biodiesel Board says the U.S. biodiesel
industry's record growth and resulting job
creation is at risk without immediate action from
Congress to reinstate the industry's tax
incentive. That was the message within
written testimony submitted to the Senate Finance
Committee by the National Biodiesel Board. The
one-dollar-per-gallon biodiesel tax incentive
expired on December 31 for the second time in
her testimony, NBB Vice President of Federal
Affairs Anne Steckel emphasized that when the
incentive was reinstated last year after a lapse
in 2010, it helped boost biodiesel production to a
record volume of nearly 1.1 billion gallons in
2011. That volume - triple the production in 2010
- supported more than 39,027 jobs and 3.8-billion
in Gross Domestic Product, according to a recent
study conducted by Cardno ENTRIX.
projected expansion, with the tax incentive in
place, the industry is expected to support more
than 74,000 jobs by 2015 and some 7.3-billion in
GDP. Steckel says - the biodiesel industry is
poised to continue that momentum so long as
Congress and the Administration continues
supporting strong policies such as the biodiesel
tax incentive. Bipartisan legislation has been
introduced in the House and Senate to extend the
tax incentive for three years.
Watson Lands in Razorback Country
case you missed it- OSU's Division of Agriculture
said goodbye this past month to the head of the
OSU Ag Experiment Station- Dr. Clarence
of Arkansas System Vice President for Agriculture
Mark Cochran announced that Clarence E.
Watson, who served as the associate director
and chief operating officer of the Oklahoma
Agricultural Experiment Station, is
now the new director of the Arkansas
Agricultural Experiment Station.
served as a part of the Dean Bob Whitson team in
Stillwater since 2006. He was associate
director of the Mississippi Agricultural and
Forestry Experiment Station from 2002 to 2006.
Click here to read the University of
Arkansas releaseon the hire of Dr. Watson at
the end of this past month.
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