~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Monday January 17, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and Big Iron OnLine Auctions!
-- Gary Sherrer Chosen to Serve as Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment by Governor Mary Fallin
-- US Beef Exports Surging While Pork Paces Ahead of Year Ago- November Numbers Released by USMEF
-- Uncle Sam and Ag Futures on Holiday Today- MLK Day.
-- Can wheat grain protein levels in Oklahoma be predicted ahead of time?
-- American Farmers & Ranchers Set 106th Annual Meeting February 18-19 in Norman
-- Research Can Yield a More Efficient and More Humanely Treated Pig
-- South Korea FMD Outbreak Has Resulted in Nearly 2 Million Animals Culled
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Gary Sherrer Chosen to Serve as Oklahoma Secretary of the Environment by Governor Mary Fallin
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Governor Mary Fallin announced on Friday she has selected Gary Sherrer to serve as secretary of environment.
Sherrer, a former state representative from southeast Oklahoma, served as caucus chairman, assistant floor leader and chaired the House Agriculture Committee during his tenure in the Legislature. He served as secretary of environment under former Governor Frank Keating and also was appointed the state's first secretary of agriculture by former Governor David Walters.
"Gary Sherrer brings with him to the job a wealth of experience and I
know he's a tireless advocate for all of Oklahoma," Fallin said. "I look
forward to having Gary serve in my administration as secretary of
Sherrer currently serves as assistant vice president for external relations in Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. He will remain employed by OSU.
Click on the LINK below for the rest of the release from the Governor's
office- he was selected early on to be on a special transition taskforce
for then Governor Elect Fallin after her election in November.
Click here for more details of Governor Fallin's Choice to be her Secretary of the Environment- Gary Sherrer.
US Beef Exports Surging While Pork Paces Ahead of Year Ago- November Numbers Released by USMEF
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~November exports of U.S. pork and beef reached their highest monthly volumes in more than two years, according to results compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation.
Pork exports totaled 177,203 metric tons valued at $443.4 million - increases of 5 percent in volume and 15 percent in value over November 2009. For January through November, exports were up 2 percent in volume (1.73 million metric tons) and 10 percent in value ($4.34 billion). The cumulative value total is just 4 percent below the all-time record pace set in the first 11 months of 2008. For the year, exports accounted for 23.6 percent of production with a per-head value equivalent of $43.61 ($44.80 in November alone). For the same period in 2009, exports equated to 22.5 percent of production with a per-head value of $38.42. In the record export year of 2008, the per-head value was $42.30.
The Beef export numbers are once again amazing. Beef export value in November was $389.5 million, an increase of nearly 50 percent over November 2009. By volume (101,323 metric tons), beef exports exceeded the year-ago level by 32 percent. For the first 11 months of 2010, exports were 18 percent above 2009 in terms of volume (964,369 metric tons) and 30 percent higher by value ($3.67 billion). The value total is about 1 percent ahead of the 2003 pace when beef exports went on to set a single-year record of $3.86 billion. Exports accounted for 11.6 percent of production with a per-head value equivalent of $150.36 ($178. 20 in November) - up dramatically from the 2009 totals of 9.8 percent and $117.80.
"November was clearly one of the best months on record for U.S. meat
exports," said USMEF President and CEO Philip Seng. "With economies
improving throughout the world, U.S. pork and beef are well-positioned for
strong growth. We worked through some very difficult economic
circumstances in 2009, but we're now seeing those persistent marketing
efforts pay big dividends as exports are adding more and more value to
every animal produced."
Click here for our full story about the November meat export numbers from USDA.
Uncle Sam and Ag Futures on Holiday Today- MLK Day.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's a Federal holiday in observance of the birthday of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King. That means most Federal government employees will be off today- as will the equity markets and the ag futures market.
Some of our livestock markets that normally operate on Monday will be open- and we anticipate market information to be flowing from those markets about as normal.
Ag Futures will have overnight trading resume this evening and open outcry kicks back in on Tuesday morning.
Can wheat grain protein levels in Oklahoma be predicted ahead of time?
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~There are several outstanding articles in the latest Plant and Soil Science Newsletter that was sent out on Friday from the OSU Division of Ag Department- but the one that caught my eye is the one that had the title that I used in the headline for this story about protein levels. It was written by a team of OSU folks with the lead author Brian Arnall. They make reference to the Kansas City Board of Trade announcing a discount for low protein back in November of this past year. And they have good news for producers in how they answer the question that is above.
"Wheat protein is affected by weather, variety, and nitrogen fertility. Weather is beyond our control and variety is locked in at this point, so what can be done midseason to address grain protein? The answer is adequate nitrogen fertility. If N is not limiting, grain protein levels (even when yields are high) will not be below 11%."
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American Farmers & Ranchers Set 106th Annual Meeting February 18-19 in Norman
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The 2011 meeting of the AFR promises to be a spirited event, with Director elections drawing multiple candidates in all districts that are up for election. There are four candidates for the at-large spot on the Board. Current AFR Secretary Bobby Green is unopposed in his bid to be reelected- and the office of President is not up for election this year as Terry Detrick will continue as President for another year.
Perhaps the most interesting race to watch at the 106th Annual Meeting of the AFR/OFU will be the seat for the Northwest District Board Member. Three members are running- including former state Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach. Running against Peach is Eric Bilderback of El Reno and Duane Shanks of Waynoka.
Considering and adopting policy will again be a top priority at the annual American Farmers & Ranchers Convention to be held February 18-19, 2011 in Norman. Serving on the AFR Policy Committee this year are Chairman Dustin Tackett, Ft. Cobb; James Covey, Custer City; Dwayne Danker, Wellston; Randy Gilbert, Tecumseh; Willa Mae McClure, Calvin; Norville Ritter, Alva; Marion Schauffler, Porter; Jeremy Scherler, Walters; and Jo Terry, Mangum. They will bring recommendations for the delegates to consider during the annual meeting.
Click here for more details and a link to a full schedule of the 2011 AFR meeting coming next month.
Research Can Yield a More Efficient and More Humanely Treated Pig
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Dr Paul Sundberg is the Vice President for Science and Technology for the National Pork Board. Sundberg is responsible for coordinating all work on science and technology issues within National Pork Board and the pork industry. Sundberg works to represent the industry's concerns to researchers, industry and government officials for pork safety, pork quality, swine health, animal care and human nutrition programs including PRV eradication, animal health and welfare policy development, food safety, HACCP, PRRS research, emergency preparedness and more.
We talked with Dr. Sundberg while he was in Oklahoma City this past week during the January board meeting of the National Pork Board about several of these areas that he has responsibilities in. One area that is of concern to Oklahoma pork industry interests is transporting piglets from Oklahoma to other states to be fed out. Oklahoma moves as many as 100,000 pigs each week out of state from our sow farms- and the talk in Europe of limiting how far a truck loaded with livestock can travel in one day before having to stop is of concern to Oklahoma producers.
Dr. Sundberg says that it's important that for this issue- and any issue having to do with animal agriculture- that we have sound science and a bit of common sense applied to the discussion. He cites a situation with pigs being transported in Europe. He told us about a animal welfare rule that was introduced that mandated a limited number of pigs that could be loaded into a truck and moved. The animal welfare advocates had no research backing their position of wanting to have fewer animals in the truck to limit crowding. Sundberg says that the problem was that the animal welfare position went too far the other direction. When they put a camera into the back of the truck it was found that the animals were bouncing around with every stop and start of the truck- and around every curve. There were not enough pigs in the truck to help brace them from the normal movement you would find in a transport vehicle. He says the bottom line is that sound science was not allowed to work out the right number- a number was picked out of the air and then applied to the situation- not knowing what the impact on the animals would be.
Click here to jump to our webstory to hear this story- and the rest of our conversation with Paul Sundberg of the National Pork Board.
South Korea FMD Outbreak Has Resulted in Nearly 2 Million Animals Culled
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~According to the News Agency Xinhua- "South Korea said on Monday it has culled and buried nearly two million livestock as it grapples with the severest outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). A total of 1,986,987 animals, including cattle, pigs, goats and deer, from 4, 155 farms nationwide have been culled and buried as of Monday, the Ministry for Food, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said.
"The outbreak of FMD, first confirmed in Andong on Nov. 29 last year, is estimated to have inflicted losses of more than two trillion won (1.8 billion U.S. dollars)."
The report also updates the effort to vaccinate most of the remaining
animals at risk in the country. "The country had moved to vaccinate a
limited number of animals on Dec. 25 after initial quarantine efforts
proved inadequate to contain the outbreak that has spread to most parts of
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