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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday August 28, 2008!A service of American Farmers & Ranchers, Johnston Enterprises and National Livestock Credit!
-- USDA Plans Complete Ban on "Downer" Cattle
-- The High Price Tag of Biotech
-- On the Road- Putting Geary and Stillwater into the GPS
-- No Laughing Matter- the 2008 Version of Candid Camera in the Livestock Industry.
-- From the Calendar- TCFA Offers Training in Case Candid Camera Checks Your Operation Out.
-- Late Word on a Sesame Field Day on Friday- Plus a Reminder for Wheatland Stocker Conference.
-- Next Wednesday- the Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale in Waukomis
-- Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
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USDA Plans Complete Ban on "Downer" Cattle
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday a proposed rule to amend federal meat inspection law to include a complete ban on the slaughter of cattle that become non-ambulatory after initial inspection. The proposed rule follows Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer's announcement on May 20 to remove the provision that directs FSIS inspection program to determine the disposition of cattle that become non- ambulatory disabled after they have passed ante- mortem, before slaughter, inspection on a case-by- case basis. Under the proposed rule, all cattle that are non-ambulatory disabled at any time prior to slaughter, including those that become non- ambulatory disabled after passing ante-mortem inspection, will be condemned and properly disposed of, officials said.
"To maintain consumer confidence in the food supply, eliminate further
misunderstanding of the rule and, ultimately, to make a positive impact on
the humane handling of cattle, I believe it is sound policy to simplify
this matter by initiating a complete ban on the slaughter of downer
cattle," said Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer.
Under the proposed rule, cattle that become non- ambulatory disabled
from an acute injury after ante- mortem inspection will no longer be
eligible to proceed to slaughter as "U.S. Suspects." Instead, FSIS
inspectors will tag these cattle as "U.S. condemned" and prohibit them
from proceeding to slaughter. Establishments will be required to notify
FSIS personnel when cattle become disabled after passing ante-mortem
The High Price Tag of Biotech
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2009 growing season will have row crop producers facing extraordinary costs to put a crop into the ground. Add to the higher diesel and fertilizer costs- the price of seed- especially if you plan on growing a genetically modified crop from Monsanto. Monsanto officials are confirming at the Farm Progress show in Boone, Iowa this week the expectation that a single bag of triple stack corn could set you back $300- about 35% higher than comparable seed in 2008. One bag of seed corn can plant about 2.7 acres.
Monsanto's Phillip Miller told Stewart Doan of AgriPulse at the Farm Progress show that they will look at the additional yield that a trait can provide a farmer- and then price that new technology so that the farmer can share a significant portion of that gain. It's important to note that the biggest price jumps are for the newest technology- seed with traits that have been on the scene will likely be higher- but the costs of the "older" technology will not rise nearly as much.
We have an audio overview with a couple of folks from Monsanto commenting on the higher prices that the newest and latest biotech seed will command- click on the link below.
On the Road- Putting Geary and Stillwater into the GPS
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We'll be busy traveling to cover several in state events over the next couple of days before we break for the Labor Day holiday. Speaking of Labor Day- there will be no email although we will have a few Monday morning radio updates to be heard on the Radio Oklahoma Network across the state.
Later this morning,we plan on heading to Geary and the Carbon Offset signing Ceremony between Western Farmers Electric Cooperative and Conservation groups. The, we'll dash on to Stillwater for the 2008 Junior Wheat Show Awards Banquet- and we'll have the top award winners' names and stories for you tomorrow.
And speaking of tomorrow- we plan on heading to catch a part of the Wheatland Stocker Conference in Enid. Along the way, if you see us, be sure and say howdy. It's always our pleasure to meet and greet with you.
No Laughing Matter- the 2008 Version of Candid Camera in the Livestock Industry.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At the end of the various Candid Camera scenes on our TV screens of long ago- people would laugh as they were told to "Smile, you're on Candid Camera." Well, the modern day version of Candid Camera is no fun those involved in animal agriculture as the hidden cameras are controlled by the undercover investigative team employed by the Humane Society of the US. Their job is to find video to make US animal agriculture look as evil and inhumane as possible.
On our Thursday Beef Buzz, we wrap up a conversation with David Martosko of the Center for Consumer Freedom, and he says the key for cattle producers- and others in the cattle industry- get educated about PETA and HSUS- especially HSUS. He claims that his group is the number one "push back" organization in the US in raising arguments against HSUS and PETA on behalf of animal agriculture.
We also hear from Terry Stokes of the NCBA on how they are working with
our marketing partners to make sure they don't get embarrassed by the
hidden camera game.
From the Calendar- TCFA Offers Training in Case Candid Camera Checks Your Operation Out.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Oklahoma Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Goodwell is the location for a Texas Cattle Feeders sponsored seminar on Animal Care and Handling. They acknowledge that the HSUS with their teams of "investigators" is one good reason to come to a course like this to make sure that we are using correct animal handling techniques.
At least one set of video pictures that the HSUS has trumpeted comes from the livestock auction in Clovis, New Mexico in the TCFA footprint.
This seminar kicks off at 10:00 AM and is one of several things going on between now and the Labor Day weekend. We have the link to details about this seminar linked below- check it out.
Late Word on a Sesame Field Day on Friday- Plus a Reminder for Wheatland Stocker Conference.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We got word yesterday about a Sesame Crop Tour planned for tomorrow in the Seiling area, being put on by Wheeler Brothers and by Sesaco.
The starting point at 10:00 AM is at the Jay Weeks farm, 2.5 miles east of Seiling on Indian Road. There is a lunch planned at the Seiling Community Center after you have a chance to see how the Sesame crop has fared here after the hot weather of July and then somewhat cooler conditions in August.
If you want more information- contact Shawn Colvard at Wheeler Brothers in Seiling- that phone number is 580-922-7391.
Meanwhile, we remind you about the OSU Wheatland Stocker Conference in Enid that happens on Friday at the Cherokee Strip Conference Center. We have details of that event and other calendar items as well on our website at the calendar link below.
Next Wednesday- the Pollard Farms Angus Production Sale in Waukomis
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Pollard Farms are the anchor event of a series of gatherings and celebrations for the Angus industry in the state of Oklahoma starting Saturday night. On Saturday evening, there will be a big Angus Foundation Fundraiser planned for the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
The starting Sunday, several Angus seedstock sales are planned, including the Express "Big Event" on Labor Day and culminating with the Pollard Farms Production Sale Number 11 at the ranch in Waukomis on Wednesday September 3 at 11:00 AM. The Pollard family will be offering 77 lots of some of the best genetics available today in the Angus breed.
Both the Pollard and the Express Sales have links for more information on our Auction webpage. We have it linked below- we have some great low cost ways to get involved with our website, this email as well as our radio reports heard across Oklahoma. Drop Ron an email if you have interest.
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Looking at our Agricultural Markets...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Slightly over 31,000 head of slaughter cattle were reported sold by the TCFA on Wednesday afternoon at $99- generally steady with the better prices of this past week. The $99 is a dollar cheaper than what feedlot operators had been hoping for this week, but sharply lower Live Cattle futures in Chicago on Wednesday prompted the cattle owners to take the $99 price level.
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