~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday November 4, 2010A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Multiple Events Arrive on Campus in Stillwater This Friday
-- Stabenow eyes Lincoln's Chairmanship on Agriculture Committee
-- Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Set to Begin
-- Draxxin Goes to Work
-- Do 45 Days Matter When You Are Talking About Value Added Calves?
-- Tomorrow at OKC west in El Reno- OCA's Fall Board Meeting and their 2010 Edition of the Fall Cattle Drive.
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Multiple Events Arrive on Campus in Stillwater This Friday
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Agricultural leaders, lenders and others interested in learning about trends and expectations regarding the rural economy and agriculture should register now to attend Oklahoma State University's Rural Economic Outlook Conference Nov. 5 in Stillwater.
The conference will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wes Watkins Center, located on the corner of Hall of Fame Avenue and Washington Street on OSU's Stillwater campus. Cost is $40 if registering prior to Nov. 4, and $50 at the door. Click here our full story on this event, which has the link for registration to see if that means signing up today still earns you the ten dollar break or not.
We are looking forward to our part in the morning's program- as we will
be moderating a round table discussion of where we are, economically
speaking, down on the farm and ranch in the state. OSU Ag Economists
Derrell Peel, Kim Anderson and Phil Kenkel provide the expertise- our job
is to moderate the discussion and perhaps stir the pot- just a bit.
Also on Friday- the 17th Annual Totusek Lectureship is planned on the same day as the Outlook Conference- and the Animal Science folks are bringing in a major player in the US cattle feeding industry to Stillwater. This year's lectureship will feature speaker Mike Thoren who has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC since the Company's inception. From 2003 until 2005, Thoren was the President and CEO of ContiBeef LLC, a former wholly owned subsidiary of Continental Grain Company.
JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding LLC (Five Rivers) is a wholly owned
subsidiary of JBS. Five Rivers has a combined feeding capacity of more
than 839,000 head of cattle with locations in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas,
Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Wisconsin, and Ohio.
Stabenow eyes Lincoln's Chairmanship on Agriculture Committee
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to Politico, "One woman's loss is another woman's gain." Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln's loss at the polls Tuesday night opens up her spot as chairman of the powerful Senate Agriculture Committee, and Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow now has put her hat in the ring to run the panel.
Stabenow issued a statement on Wednesday after the Lincoln defeat. "I am saddened by Chairwoman Blanche Lincoln's loss of her Senate seat. Senator Lincoln is a dear friend and her leadership on the Senate Agriculture Committee will be greatly missed. As colleagues on the Committee, we worked closely together for over nine years and passed two Farm Bills that were important to Michigan and our country."
"As Michigan's second largest industry, agriculture is critical to our
economy and employs thousands of people. Michigan is second only to
California in our agricultural diversity including our leadership in the
production of many fruits and vegetables. With over 19.3 million acres of
forest land, we are also leaders in forest products and practices.
Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections Set to Begin
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Francie Tolle, executive director for Oklahoma Farm Service Agency (FSA), announced that the 2010 FSA county committee elections ballots will be mailed to eligible voters on November 5th. The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices will be December 6, 2010.
"The FSA county committee system is unique among government agencies, because it allows producers to make important decisions concerning the local administration of federal farm programs," said Tolle. "I urge all eligible farmers and producers, especially minorities and women, to get involved and make a real difference in their communities by voting in this year's elections."
Committee members apply their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on disaster and conservation payments, establishment of allotments and yields, producer appeals, employing FSA county executive directors and other local issues. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. To be an eligible voter, farmers and producers must participate or cooperate in FSA programs. A person who is not of legal voting age, but supervises and conducts the farming operations of an entire farm, can also vote. Agricultural producers in each county submitted candidate names during the nomination period held last summer.
Eligible voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can obtain ballots at their local FSA office. Dec. 6, 2010, is the last day for voters to submit ballots in person to their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6th. Newly elected committee members and alternates take office Jan. 1, 2011.
Click here for more on the FSA County Committee Election Process
Draxxin Goes to Work
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~To demonstrate the benefits of DRAXXIN's 14 day PTI for treatment and control of Bovine Respiratory Disease, Pfizer Animal Health created the DRAXXIN Injectable Solution Goes to Work promotion and searched for a progressive cattle operation that has successfully implemented DRAXXIN into its management protocols. The Pfizer folks chose the Triple Heart Ranch of Wanette, Oklahoma and in late October, pulled up early one morning to spend the day with Brock and Sheila Karges- planning on helping them work cattle that had been received.
They invited members of the media along for the event- and we enjoyed seeing this tremendous cattle operation just east of Purcell a few miles where Brock and Sheila Karges received truck loads of cattle almost everyday as they process 20 to 25,000 cattle annually.
Click on the LINK below to jump to our webstory where we have an audio conversation that we had with Rob Kelly, head of US Cattle Operations for Pfizer Animal Health- you can also go to the ranch and see what was going on that day with a video that we have produced and posted on our YouTube Channel, RonOnOklaFarmReport.
Click here to check out our video and more of our time on the Triple Heart Ranch in Wanette, Ok.
Do 45 Days Matter When You Are Talking About Value Added Calves?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~At this time of the year, we see quite a few valued added calf sales that will feature calves that have been, among other things, weaned for at least 45 days before brought to the sale ring. Included in the sales that make this claim are the auctions lined up this fall for the Oklahoma Quality Beef Network.
According to OSU Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Glenn Selk, most of the "Value-Added" calf sales require that the calves are weaned at least 45 days prior to sale date. Some cow calf producers may wonder why the post-weaning period needs to be so lengthy. Data from Iowa from over a nine year period in a couple of their feedout tests compared the health status of calves weaned less than 30 days to calves weaned longer than 30 days. Data from hundreds of calves were summarized. Calves that had been sent to a feedlot at a time less than 30 days had a higher incidence of bovine respiratory disease (28%) compared to calves weaned longer than 30 days (13%). The percentage of calves that required 3 or more treatments also was significantly different (6% versus 1%) in favor of calves that had been weaned more than 30 days. In fact the calves weaned less than 30 days were not different in health attributes than calves that were weaned on the way to the feedlot.
Dr. Selk provides us a LINK to the full study put together by Iowa State University- you can click on that LINK below to review the extensive results which seem to have a pretty powerful message. Dr. Selk says of those calves that are in such programs "Certainly part of the "value" in value-added calves can be attributed to properly applied vaccinations. However, there is little doubt that a portion of the improved health is due to the length of time between weaning and the movement of calves to the next owner."
Click here for the study from Iowa State that is pretty convincing in what 45 days of weaning can mean to the value of a calf.
Tomorrow at OKC west in El Reno- OCA's Fall Board Meeting and their 2010 Edition of the Fall Cattle Drive.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A pair of Board Meetings, an excellent Ribeye lunch and a great set of replacement females to auction off are a part of the lineup for this Friday, November 5th at OKC West in El Reno.
Board meeting number one is the quarterly board meeting for the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association, which starts at 10 AM. The Oklahoma Cattlewomen's Board will also meet separately at 10 AM as well. A ribeye Lunch will be available from the Oklahoma Cattlewomen at noon, and then the 12th Annual OCA Fall Cattle Drive Sale begins at 1 PM.
Consignments continue to come in and there are some tremendous females set to be sold next Friday afternoon. Click on the LINK below for the full listing to date of these replacement females.
Click here for the full consignment list to date for the Fall Cattle Drive of the OCA
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Let's Check the Markets!
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