Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
From: Ron Hays <>
Date: 4/26/2017 6:59 AM

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We invite you to listen to us on great radio stations across the region on the Radio Oklahoma Network weekdays- if you missed this morning's Farm News - or you are in an area where you can't hear it- click here for this morning's Farm news from Ron Hays on RON.
Let's Check the Markets! has a total of 5,448 cattle on their showlist for the today's sale of finished cattle-the sale starts at 10 AM this morning- click here for more details.
OKC West Reported 3,000 Head of mostly calves on Tuesday- Calf Trade Showed Higher Undertone- click or tap here for the report.

Today's First Look:
mornings with cash and futures reviewed- includes where the Cash Cattle market stands, the latest Feeder Cattle Markets Etc.
Each afternoon we are posting a recap of that day's markets as analyzed by Justin Lewis of KIS futuresclick or tap here for the report posted yesterday afternoon around 3:30 PM.
Okla Cash Grain:  
Daily Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture on Tuesday, April 25th.
Futures Wrap:  
Our Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio Oklahoma Network - analyzing the Futures Markets from the previous Day.
Feeder Cattle Recap:  
The National Daily Feeder & Stocker Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
Slaughter Cattle Recap: 
The National Daily Slaughter Cattle Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
TCFA Feedlot Recap:  
Finally, here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.

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Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 
SonnyAllDayFeatured Story:
Day One for Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Ag Includes Stops at the Supreme Court, USDA's Whitten Building and the White House
The weather forecast did not matter- it proved to be a Sonny Day ALL DAY in our nation's Capitol on Tuesday- starting with the swearing in of Sonny Perdue to be our 31st US Secretary of Ag- the ceremony performed at the Supreme Court by Justice Clarence Thomas- then on to USDA's Whitten Building on the National Mall where Secretary Perdue greeted career employees of USDA and called them family and promptly took off his suit coat and rolled up his sleeves and said he was ready to get to work to serve farmers, consumers and taxpayers.

In the Afternoon- it was off to the White House where Perdue sat next to President Donald Trump who signed an Executive Order that proclaimed his desire to see prosperity in Agriculture and Rural America.

Note that the President(and his aides) are smart- they positioned Central District Vice President of the National FFA, Valerie Earley of Minnesota to his left- she shows up in most of the photos shot on this historic day.

You can read more about Sonny's first day as USDA Ag Secretary by clicking or tapping here.

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TrumpEOPresident Trump Issues Executive Order Promoting Agriculture and Rural Prosperity in America 

President Trump's Executive Order that was signed yesterday afternoon declared a desire to see prosperity in rural America saying  "A reliable, safe, and affordable food, fiber, and forestry supply is critical to America's national security, stability, and prosperity.  It is in the national interest to promote American agriculture and protect the rural communities where food, fiber, forestry, and many of our renewable fuels are cultivated.  It is further in the national interest to ensure that regulatory burdens do not unnecessarily encumber agricultural production, harm rural communities, constrain economic growth, hamper job creation, or increase the cost of food for Americans and our customers around the world."

The EO established an Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity that has multiple goals- including these top three:

(i) remove barriers to economic prosperity and quality of life in rural America;
(ii)    advance the adoption of innovations and technology for agricultural production and long-term, sustainable rural development;
(iii)   strengthen and expand educational opportunities for students in rural communities, particularly in agricultural education, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics

Click here for the complete EO- and you can watch the President as he addresses the farmers and Secretary Perdue at theAg Roundtable Event:

BuzzUSMEF Gives New Secretary of Ag Sonny Perdue Its Stamp of Approval as an Advocate for Trade 

Late yesterday afternoon, the Senate finally confirmed former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue as the next Secretary of Agriculture in a landslide bipartisan vote. One of the many people giving Perdue two thumbs up is Phil Seng, president and CEO of the US Meat Export Federation. He told me that Perdue will bring to the office an understanding of the value export markets have in the agricultural industry.

"Agriculture has been one of the stellar industries where we've been in the black for the last 42 years as far as agricultural trade," Seng said. "We want to continue in that tradition and I think Sonny Perdue has given us a lot of reason to believe that he is going to continue to believe in that tradition, extolling the virtues of trade and globalization."

Seng says he is looking forward to begin working with Perdue as soon as possible. He insists, too, that the new Secretary will serve as a staunch advocate for the ag industry and will use his influence within the Trump administration to seek opportunity for trade expansion.

"I really sense that he understands what trade is all about and what it means to the producer," Seng imparted. "So, having him appointed and being confirmed is huge as far as US agriculture is concerned."

Listen to my full conversation with Seng about his thoughts regarding USDA's new Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.

In a joint statement made yesterday, Tyson Foods and AdvancePierre announced that the two companies have entered into a merger agreement, provided Tyson pay up to acquire AdvancePierre's available stock, which has been valued at $4.2 billion, or $40.25 per share.

Tyson President and CEO Tom Hayes said, "We are very pleased to announce this combination with AdvancePierre. The AdvancePierre leadership team has created significant value through the implementation of a new business management model, focus on quality and service and attention to the growth opportunities in convenience foods. The addition of AdvancePierre aligns with our strategic intent to sustainably feed the world with the fastest growing portfolio of protein packed brands."

AdvancePierre President and CEO Christopher D. Sliva followed Hayes, insisting the company "couldn't be more delighted to join Tyson."

The boards of directors of both companies have approved the negotiated amount, determined based on the company's equity and debts.

As the two entities begin the process through the red tape, both Hayes and Silva agree there are many mutual benefits to the merger. Read the full story on our website to find out what value they hope to bring their consumers and shareholders via this merger, by clicking here.

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They would like to thank all of you who participated in their 2017 Oklahoma City Farm Show. 
Up next will be the Tulsa Farm Show in December 2017- the dates are December 7th, 8th and 9th.  Now is the ideal time to contact Ron Bormaster at 507-437-7969 and book space at the 2017 Tulsa Farm Show.  To learn more about the Tulsa Farm Show, click here.  



In this week's article published in the Cow/Calf Corner newsletter, Glenn Selk offers some tips to producers to help them brush up on their Beef Quality Assurance guidelines, reminding them of the proper injection sites to administer vaccines while working calves this spring.

"Correct administration of any injection is a critical control point in beef production and animal health," he writes. "There is a negative relationship between meat tenderness and injection sites, including injection sites that have no visible lesion. In fact, intramuscular (IM) injections, regardless of the product injected, may create permanent damage regardless of the age of the animal at the time of injection. Tenderness is reduced in a three-inch area surrounding the injection site. Moving the injection-site area to the neck stops damage to expensive steak cuts. Therefore, cow/calf producers should make certain that their family members, and other hired labor are sufficiently trained as to the proper location of the injections before the spring calf-working begins.

"Give injections according to label instructions. Subcutaneous (SQ) means under the skin, intramuscular (IM) means in the muscle. Some vaccines (according to the label instructions) allow the choice between intramuscular (IM) and subcutaneous (SQ). Always use subcutaneous (SQ) as the method of administration when permitted by the product's label. Remember to "tent" the skin for SQ injections unless instructed otherwise by the manufacturer."
For more of Selk's advice on proper BQA standards for vaccinating cattle, click here and read his full article.
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In the Blue Green Gazette of our website, we highlighted Ashton Hawkins of the Lindsay FFA Chapter yesterday as we continue our coverage of the FFA District Stars. Hawkins represents the Central District as its Star in Production Agriculture this year.

"I started as a sophomore in high school starting off with production cattle and have transitioned into show cattle," she said. "I've grown up in a very ag-related family and I've been involved my whole life with Angus cows and watching my family raise them and it was a passion that was passed on to me and I love doing it."

In addition to learning life lessons on the farm, she's also learned many practical skills as well, preparing her for future employment on the career path she's headed.

"I have learned how to artificially inseminate cattle and how to use the knowledge of embryos and different things like that," Hawkins said, adding that it has helped her produce the kind of cattle she wants for her operation. "I've been able to pinpoint exactly what every single cow needs and have access to anything I want in my herd."

Click or tap here to read more- and to have a chance to listen to our visit with Sarah during the judging of the State Stars a couple of weeks ago.

Our salute of the 2017 District Stars of the Oklahoma FFA is brought to you by American Farmers & Ranchers, proud to support Oklahoma's youth. Visit the AFR website by clicking or tapping here to learn more on how AFR supports the young people of Oklahoma, and how AFR can provide you with quality insurance for your home, auto, farm, and life.

Prime. It was once referred to as a "happy accident." Today it's a logical target for cattle producers.

"We used to think 2-3 percent of cattle would grade Prime and maybe we couldn't predict that. That was just kind of a random occurrence," said Mark McCully, vice president of production for Certified Angus Beef LLC. "I think what we've learned really in the last five or ten years is in fact that we're today up 5 percent and 6 percent of all our cattle are grading Prime on a national average. We're finding sets of cattle, herds of cattle, breeders that have, cattlemen, that have focused on that target that are able to achieve 30 percent and 40 percent and 50 percent prime, so levels that we really never thought were possible before with today's genetics certainly are."

Data show most super-high-grading cattle excel in other productions traits, too. Long-held myths don't play out in real life.

"We know in fact today those are cattle that grow and perform and convert as good or better than your average cattle for sure. They're heavier," McCully said. "You can have that high level of carcass merit and marbling in particular without sacrificing performance, without sacrificing maternal function all the things that we know are economically relevant to cattleman as well."

When cattlemen sell on a grid, Prime carcasses routinely earn $10 to even $30 per-hundredweight over Choice. That can add $100 to $300-per-head bonuses for hitting the mark.

Click here to continue reading this story and find out how you can start producing prime beef and add those profits to your bottom line.
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