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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
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here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
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Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Wednesday, May 22,
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist writes in the latest
Cow-Calf Newsletter (adapted from D. W. Smith,
Extension Safety Program Specialist, Texas
Spring time is thunderstorm
season across the Plains. As we observed this
week, spring storms occasionally bring severe
winds or even tornadoes. Cleaning up after a
severe storm is difficult enough. Losing valuable
cattle brings additional financial hardship to the
can occur in several scenarios. Livestock may be
killed, lost, or stolen during a stormy situation.
An accurate accounting of livestock and property
is essential to a cattle operation's storm
preparedness. Keep a CURRENT inventory of all
animals and the pastures where they are located.
Individual animal ID tags on all animals have
several other purposes, but can become extremely
valuable if cattle become scattered or even
stolen. If these records are computer based,
consider having a "back-up" copy stored at a
neighbor's or a relative's house.
up-to-date immunization program for your cow herd
can be doubly important if a storm hits your area.
Cattle that are intermingled with animals from
other farms and ranches may become exposed to
pathogens that generally have not been a problem
on your operation.
sure livestock have plenty of water and food that
have not been contaminated by pollutants. In some
cases, it is necessary to truck in water and food,
or to remove livestock from contaminated areas.
and immediately dispose of dead carcasses. If
rendering plants are still available in your area,
they may process some dead animals. Those not
processed should be buried away from water bodies
at least 3 to 4 feet deep and covered with
quick-lime to accelerate decomposition.
You can read more tips for keeping your
cattle safe and find a link to a Texas Extension
Disaster Education fact sheet by clicking here.
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Shoulder Nearly $17 Billion in Losses in
farmers received a single dime in crop insurance
indemnity payments, they shouldered $12.7 billion
in losses as part of their deductibles to crop
insurance policies, according to a guest editorial
published by Tom Zacharias,
president of National Crop Insurance Services
"When combined with the $4.1
billion farmers paid out of their own pockets to
purchase crop insurance last year, total farmer
investment neared $17 billion," explains Zacharias
in the May 6 edition of Roll
Zacharias noted that it was
important to get those numbers out because of the
ongoing assault on the "the men and women who put
food on our tables and clothes on our backs" over
their purchasing of crop insurance. "Critics
called crop insurance a farmer bailout and said
things like farmers were 'laughing all the way to
the bank' and were 'praying for drought, not
praying for rain,'" the article notes. "Farmers
even have been compared to cheap drunks at an open
bar and told to pay their fair share."
Click here to read
Davis Professor Says U.S. Livestock Producers Have
Made Great Strides in
Frank Mitloehner from the University of
California at Davis, says that "sustainable
intensification" is the way of the future in
animal agriculture. He spoke at the Alltech
International Symposium in Lexington, Kentucky,
this week. He also talked about the concept with
me on how American farmer and ranchers have made
great strides in this area, and how he thinks
animal agriculture in this country will continue
to reduce its environmental footprint. While here
at the Alltech event- we talked with Dr.
Mitloehner about sustainability and how the US
beef industry is doing in this arena.
important aspect of reducing the environmental
footprint is to become very efficient. The more
efficient you are, the fewer animals you need. And
we've known this for a long time. Intensification
is really aiming at improving efficiencies and
optimizing efficiencies and we have done a pretty
good job in this country of doing that.
"This is really one of the big success
stories throughout the world: we have doubled
livestock production with half the number of
animals now versus 50 years ago. That is exactly
the direction we have to go worldwide."
can listen to our full interview or read more
of this story on our website. Please click here to go
Opines on Farm Bill, Senators Praise Stabenow
& Coalition Battles to Protect Crop
following editorial was written by Senator
Debbie Stabenow, Senate Committee
on Agriculture, Nutrition and
May 21, 2013 Last year, in
the middle of a hard-fought election, the Senate
Agriculture Committee came together in a
bipartisan way to craft a new kind of farm bill -
one with major reforms and tens of billions of
dollars in spending cuts, a bill that media
outlets called a "landmark shift" and "one of the
biggest policy changes in generations."
However, even though last year's farm bill
passed the Senate with overwhelming support from
both sides of the aisle, House leadership
prevented the bill from getting a vote, and the
There can be no more kicking
the can down the road. We must pass a farm bill
this year to provide certainty to the 16 million
Americans whose jobs rely on agriculture. We must
cut unnecessary spending. And we must ensure that
consumers will continue to have a safe, healthy
and affordable food supply.
can read Sen. Stabenow's full editorial by clicking here.
Farm Bill Notes:
Senate Ag Committee has compiled a set
of comments praising Chairlady Stabenow and
Ranking Member Cochran for the measure brought to
the Senate Floor this week- Click here and notice
neither of Oklahoma Senators have joined
in on this "adoration fest."
Coalition of farm groups and conservation groups
that agreed to back conservation compliance on
crop insurance and to reject any other
demands like means testing has its work
cut out for them- a multitude of
amendments eyeing the pot of money associated with
Crop Insurance have been introduced- and
at least one of these- the so called Durban-Coburn
amendment- garnered 66 votes in the Senate in
2012. This amendment would reduce premium
support for crop insurance participants with an
Adjusted Gross Income of more than $750,000 by 15
percent for all policies beyond catastrophic
Click here for a full rundown of
these amendments as provided to us by the
National Corn Growers Association- one of the farm
groups who are a part of the coalition.
the Floor on Tuesday- SNAP was the
Senate has rejected an effort to increase the cut
in food stamps in the Agriculture Reform, Food and
Jobs Act of 2013 from four-billion dollars to
31-billion. The vote was 40 to 58. Kansas
Senator Pat Roberts offered the amendment that
would have ended the use of energy assistance as a
basis for food stamp eligibility and eliminated
categorical eligibility, a training program and
grants to the states for good performance in
managing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program. According to Roberts - the amendment
would have helped rein in the largest expenditure
in the USDA budget. Ag Chair Debbie Stabenow
strongly opposed the amendment. The Senate then
moved to an amendment on the opposite end of the
spectrum - as New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand
tried to eliminate the SNAP cut in the bill
altogether by cutting crop insurance. The
amendment was rejected by a vote of 26 to
Exports Important, Depend on Quality
to global competitors, U.S. beef is not cheap.
Dan Halstrom of the U.S. Meat
Export Federation says that presents both
challenges and opportunity.
majority of our competition is grass-fed beef, not
high-quality in any sense of the word as we define
it. Not to say there isn't a taste for grass-fed
around the world and their interpretation of what
is value might be different than ours. But what we
try to do is to show the distinguishing
characteristics of U.S. grain-fed beef and the
high quality definition of that is very, very
important and really sets us apart in a lot of the
parts of the world. Even though our prices may be
higher, there's a definite, growing demand for
that high-quality beef."
From the Middle East to
the recently-reopened Japanese market, Halstrom
says the future of U.S. Beef Exports looks
promising and that's good news for the ranchers
and feeders raising it.
about $215 for every head slaughtered is
attributable to the export business. And this has
seen dramatic growth in the last few years and
we're going to continue to see that grow
especially with the recent announcement on Japan.
We figure that's another $20 a head incremental,
so were up to $235-$240 a head for 2013 which we
think is phenomenal."
Click here for more of this
Pork Board Comments on Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea
National Pork Board confirms the USDA has reported
the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) in the
United States for the first time through testing
at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory.
This is not a new virus, nor is it a
regulatory/reportable disease. Since PEDV is
widespread in many countries, it is not a
trade-restricting disease, but rather a
production-related disease. PEDV may appear
clinically to be the same as transmissible
gastroenteritis (TGE) virus with acute diarrhea.
Producers will need to work with their herd
veterinarian with if any TGE-like symptoms appear
and as always, maintain strict biosecurity
--PEDV has been identified in
the United States in a small number of herds. The
virus is not a new virus as it was first
recognized in England in 1971. Since then, the
disease has been identified in a number of
European countries and Canada, and more recently
in China, Korea and Japan.
Animal Health Officials, the American Association
of Swine Veterinarians and veterinarians at the
National Pork Board are actively monitoring this
disease and will make recommendations to producers
--PEDV does not affect
pork safety. Pork remains completely safe to
can read more by clicking
and That- Help for Tornado Victims, Big Iron and
World Pork Expo Cometh
of the locations in the Oklahoma City area where
you can drop off items that can of help to those
who have been hit hard by the tornadoes of this
week is on North Stiles across from the State
Capitol- at the state headquarters of the Oklahoma
Farm Bureau. Click here for details on their
plans to receive items in the days ahead.
the Radio Oklahoma Network is a part of the effort
by Griffin Communcations to accept contributions
at our studio location- 7401 N Kelley in
OKC. Items needed include water, gloves,
boots, toiletries, power bars and Gatorade. Cash
will also be accepted.
will turn donated cash over to the Red Cross and
target it to Oklahoma Relief. Checks must be
written to Oklahoma Relief - Red Cross. This will
ensure that the money stays in Oklahoma.
you are out of the area- and prefer donating money
to someone other than one of the national groups-
one that has an excellent track record is the
Baptist Disaster Relief
Team. Every dollar you give goes
straight to helping those who are hurting in the
Moore-Newcastle area. None of the money goes for
administration. Click here for details and how
you can donate.
Wednesday- and that means its time for us to
remind you of the closing of the auction- a few
items at a time- for Big
Iron. This week- there are 309
items this week (with an even bigger auction
planned for next Wednesday- 477 items to be
closing next on May 29)- and you can learn more about Big Iron by clicking
here- read some of the tips on how to use Big
Iron and then proceed on at the link on that page
to this week's auction items. Our page
includes an interview we did recently with Mike
Wolfe about how Big Iron can work for both the
buyer and the seller.
marks the 25th anniversary of World Pork
Expo - which will take place June 5th
through the 7th at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in
Des Moines, Iowa. The Expo offers the world's
largest pork-specific trade show, educational
seminars and breeding stock shows and sales.
National Pork Producers Council President Randy
Spronk says there is something for everyone at
World Pork Expo. He says folks can fill their days
gathering information at seminars, visiting with
fellow producers or investigating new technologies
and products. Nearly 20-thousand pork producers
and industry professionals from 38 countries were
on hand for the 2012 Expo. A similar showing is
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