Subject: Oklahoma's Farm News Update
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Date: 10/26/2017 6:23 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 Carson Horn on RON.

Let's Check the Markets!  

OKC West is our Market Links Sponsor- they sell cattle three days a week- Cows on Mondays, Stockers on Tuesday and Feeders on Wednesday- Call 405-262-8800 to learn more.
Finished cattle prices 
remained untested this Wednesday on - 897 cattle were offered with no sales reported. Click here to see their complete market results.
OKC West reported yearlings sold 6.00 to 8.00 higher Wednesday, 
compared to a week ago - click or tap here for a look at the October 25th sale results.   

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 Wednesday, October 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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Oklahoma's Latest Farm and Ranch News
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON
   Thursday, October 26, 2017
Howdy Neighbors! 

Here is your daily Oklahoma farm and ranch news update. 

-- Secretary Perdue Challenges FFA Members to be the Source to Truth to Skeptical Consumers

Featured Story:
NobleNoble Research Institute Supports the Implementation of Proposed State Oklahoma Beef Checkoff 

In regards to Oklahoma beef producers' opportunity to vote on whether or not to approve the proposed Oklahoma Beef Checkoff program, the Noble Research Institute released a statement yesterday, expressing its support for the initiative.

"The Noble Research Institute, the nation's largest nonprofit agriculture research organization, supports the Oklahoma Beef Checkoff and encourages beef producers across the state to vote YES," the statement read.

If passed, this state-level checkoff will help to fund the Oklahoma Beef Council's efforts to promote, market, research and educate the public and consumers about beef and beef products.

The program will be managed by the OBC and will cost producers $1 per head, as is done in the federal program. However, this program differs in that 100 percent of the funds collected stay here in the state and are not shared with the federal program. Also, any producer not wishing to participate, may request a full refund.

"The checkoff offers Oklahoma producers a greater ability to market their products, defend beef from misleading claims and activists - something that producers cannot do on an individual basis - and provide invaluable public education about this heritage industry," Noble states.

Any beef producer, regardless of age, who will be required to pay the assessment, is eligible to vote in the referendum. Producers will have the opportunity to vote in-person on Nov. 1 at any county extension office during their normal business hours.

According to a recent economic impact study, for every dollar invested in the checkoff program, there is an estimated $11.20 return.
For more information, click here to jump to Noble's original statement.

Sponsor Spotlight

It's great to have the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards as a sponsor for our daily email.  The eight Commission firms at the Stockyards make up the exchange- and they are committed to work hard to get you top dollar when you consign your cattle with them.  They will present your cattle to the buyers gathered each Monday or Tuesday at one of the largest stocker and feeder cattle auctions in the world.
Click here for a complete list of the Commission firms that make up the Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards- still the best place to sell your cattle- and at the heart of Stockyards City, where you can go around the corner enjoy a great steak and shop for the very best in western wear. 

The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives urged Congress to finish the next farm bill on time after releasing the organization's farm bill priorities on Tuesday.


NCFC President and CEO Chuck Conner noted the "challenging price environment" farmers are dealing with in explaining the need for a timely farm bill.


The council's framework outlines eight general principles that the organization is advocating to be included in the next farm bill. Those principles include a focus on promoting farm cooperatives and "their abilities to enhance competition in the agricultural marketplace by acting as bargaining agents" for cooperative members.
The organization also called for the expansion of all US agriculture exports, support for strong safety net programs and an assurance that farmers and ranchers will have access to needed labor.


The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives has supported farmer cooperatives since 1929 and represents more than 2,000 local farmer cooperatives throughout the nation. Click here to read the complete statement released earlier this week by the NCFC.

A topic over the use of stem cell therapy in the equine industry, is what propelled Weatherford FFA member, Reagan Stephens, to the National Final Four of the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking contest. Stephens heard the news that she had advanced out of the Wednesday rounds last night.  I was there to speak with Stephens about the topic that she says she is very passionate about.

"I love getting to tell people about stuff that I'm passionate about. I kind of see it as a challenge to learn as much as I can on my topic. I think it's important, too, that people know that stem cells aren't always what the media makes them out to be," Stephens said. "A lot of people think it's embryotic stem cell research - we're killing people - when, really, there's a totally different side of it that's ethical and has quite a bit of success that they don't hear about."

Stephens, a High School Junior, held her own against College Freshmen as she impressed the judges with her knowledge of her topic- she speaks later this morning against speakers from Michigan, Texas and Tennessee.

To hear our complete conversation and to read more about Stephens' speech, click here

Meanwhile- another great story line was playing out for Kyle Young of Owasso FFA, who was not supposed to be here in Indy representing Oklahoma FFA.  Young placed second in the Oklahoma Extemp contest earlier this year- but Anna Crosswhite of Kingfisher withdrew and the state FFA office made arrangements for Young to take her place.  Kyle had less than four weeks to prepare- but has rolled through the first two rounds to reach the National Finals of the Extemp contest. 

He also speaks this morning- facing off against speakers from Ohio, West Virginia and Kansas.

The Announcement of who wins the national championship comes Friday evening at the General Session here in Indy.

One other advancement note- the Ag Issues team from Stillwater FFA advanced out of their first round on Wednesday- they find themselves in the National Semis later this morning.
Special thanks to our sponsors ITC, Oklahoma FFA and the Oklahoma FFA Alumni Association for making our convention coverage possible.

SonnyPerdueSecretary Perdue Challenges FFA Members to be the Source to Truth to Skeptical Consumers

On Wednesday, Secretary Sonny Perdue arrived in Indianapolis, Ind., for the 90th National FFA Convention. He had several stops throughout his day: presenting a workshop, interacting with FFA members and providing remarks at the opening session.

Perdue wholeheartedly embraced the convention's theme "I Can. We Will." in his message to FFA members. His speech was forward-thinking, focusing on the impact that FFA members can make across the country, just by sharing their stories. "As young agriculture leaders, you have the opportunity to grow and develop as truthful and bold communicators," Perdue said. "You will be the source of truth for skeptical consumers."

Read more and you can also listen to Perdue's address to the National Convention by clicking or tapping here.

Sponsor Spotlight
We are pleased to have American Farmers & Ranchers Mutual Insurance Company as a regular sponsor of our daily update. On both the state and national levels, full-time staff members serve as a "watchdog" for family agriculture producers, mutual insurance company members and life company members.

Click here to go to their AFR website to learn more about their efforts to serve rural America!

BUZZSupplementing Herd's Fall Grazing with Sweetlix Mineral Blocks Can Add Up to 10% More Daily Gain

While wheat pastures continue to green up, cattle producers are beginning to think about stocking up on nutritional supplements to offer their cattle in addition to grazing forage this season. I caught up with Mark Stinchcomb, a Sweetlix representative, to talk about the different solutions that Sweetlix has available for producers.

"We have the Sweetlix Rumensin block, the Sweetlix Bloat Guard block, that are two of the favorite choices of cattlemen, going on fall pasture, whether it be wheat pasture or permanent pasture," Stinchcomb said. "They do a very good job of preventing bloat, increasing gains, increasing immune response - just good overall health and soundness for the animal."

Stinchcoomb says Sweetlix blocks are the best choice for producers because of their molasses technology. It is carefully formulated to help the block weather well and maintain its integrity to allow cattle full advantage of its nutritional value, specially crafted to spoon feed the exact nutrient amount each animal requires. Depending on a producer's nutrition strategy, Stinchcomb recommends setting out a block for every five head, about one to two weeks before turning cattle out to pasture to allow enough time for their systems to acclimate to the supplement. He also cautions producers not to use any other salt or mineral blocks, to avoid decreased consumption and loss of performance. And, not only do these blocks have the potential to increase cattle's daily gain by ten percent, he says, it is also a supplement that cattle want to eat, but not over eat.

"Consumption, particularly predictable consumption, is what we hang our hat on at Sweetlix with our products, to make sure we have the best self-fed product that we can offer cattlemen," he said. "We are very particular to make sure we have this product consistent year after year.

Listen to Stinchcomb and Hays discuss the full range of benefits producers can expect from feeding cattle Sweetlix brand nutrient supplements, on yesterday's Beef Buzz - click here.
And for more information on their products or to learn how to contact your local provider, click over to their website at
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SuperiorPreview Today's Superior Livestock Video Auction Offering More Than 18,000 Head of Cattle

Superior Livestock's next video auction is happening today, on DISH Network Channel 232 and

Today's sale, being broadcast live from Superior's studios at the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards in Texas, offers a total 18,200 head of cattle featuring 325 Holsteins;  2,650 yearling steers; 2,000 yearling heifers; 11,125 weaned calves; 1,550 calves on cows and 550 bred stock.

Superior Sunrise begins at 7:30, followed by the video auction at 8:00 a.m.

If you would like to know the estimated time a lot will sell of to preview the video on a specific lot, visit their website at OR call (800) 422-2117.  
To see a catalog or for more information on how to register for you buyer number, click over to the calendar page on our website.

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service fact sheets cover everything from selecting the right lawn grass for your home to nutrition to water measurement units and common diseases of tomatoes. The information always has been there, but now it is in the palm of everyone's hand.
"The mobile-friendly fact sheets are a great example of taking science-based information and literally putting it into people's hands," said Tom Coon, vice president of Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. "This new service will be a great resource for everyone from hobbyist gardeners to beef producers who need accurate information delivered to them in the most timely manner possible."
Since the beginning, in 1914, Extension has generated and disseminated fact sheets, originally called bulletins, to the general public. These fact sheets are research-based, peer-reviewed, unbiased and oftentimes Oklahoma-focused bits of information delivered through any means possible.
Extension fact sheets have been available online since 1997 through the OSU Print on Demand system. However, the transition to the mobile-friendly site will allow for a much more enjoyable and effective user experience. The mobile-friendly documents include links to helpful websites and provide direct interaction with the authors, who are OSU experts, via email.
Each piece of literature is frequently updated to keep the most current and accurate information available to the public, and is available to the public at no cost.
For more information on how you can harness all of OSU's expertise collected over the years, click here.
Our thanks to Midwest Farms Shows, P & K EquipmentAmerican Farmers & Ranchers, Oklahoma Beef Council, Livestock Exchange at the Oklahoma National Stockyards, Oklahoma Farm BureauStillwater Milling CompanyOklahoma AgCreditthe Oklahoma Cattlemens Association and  KIS Futures for their support of our daily Farm News Update. For your convenience, we have our sponsors' websites linked here- just click on their name to jump to their website- check their sites out and let these folks know you appreciate the support of this daily email, as their sponsorship helps us keep this arriving in your inbox on a regular basis- at NO Charge!

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