~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Wednesday March 16, 2011A service of Producers Cooperative Oil Mill, Midwest Farm Shows and KIS Futures!
-- Court Slaps Down EPA Over CAFOs and Clean Water Act
-- 4-Her Ty Goss Will Lead Off Night of 100 Stars Junior Breeding Hog Sale on Saturday at OYE
-- Angus Champ Captures Supreme Beef Heifer Championship at OYE
-- Over 300 Pictures and Growing
-- House Ag Committee Calls Current Budget Situation an Opportunity to Make Federal Programs More Efficient
-- Do the Math- Lighter Weight Cattle Being Sold Out of Feedlots Means Fewer Pounds of Beef Per Animal
-- We NEED Horses for Southern Plains Farm Show!!!!!!!!!
-- Let's Check the Markets!
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Court Slaps Down EPA Over CAFOs and Clean Water Act
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~In a unanimous decision issued Tuesday, a federal court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cannot require livestock operations to obtain Clean Water Act (CWA) permits unless and until they have a discharge of manure into a waterway of the United States. The decision is a major victory for pork producers, said the National Pork Producers Council.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit in New Orleans said that EPA exceeded its statutory authority in requiring concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) that propose or that might discharge to apply for CWA permits.
"NPPC is very pleased with the 5th Circuit's decision," said NPPC President Doug Wolf, a pork producer from Lancaster, Wis. "The court recognized a clear limit on EPA's authority and required the agency to comply with the clean water law."
Click on the LINK below for the rest of the story on this decision by the New Orleans Federal District Court- considered great news in calling our EPA over their interpretation of the Clean Water Act.
Click here for more on the Federal Court repudiation of the EPA over CAFOs and the CWA
4-Her Ty Goss Will Lead Off Night of 100 Stars Junior Breeding Hog Sale on Saturday at OYE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~The Supreme Champion Commercial Gilt was selected Tuesday evening at the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo- and one of the smaller exhibitors came out big in the final drive of the three division winners. Young Ty Goss of the Canute 4-H won with his Commercial gilt that features Warfare x Space Monkey breeding and was bred by Randy Shepherd. Goss wins a $3,000 Scholarship and will sell first in the Saturday night gilt sale at the OYE- called the "Night of 100 Stars."
We have a great picture in our webstory of Ty shaking hands with the judge after getting the nod that his gilt was Supreme Champion.
Reserve Supreme Commercial Gilt was shown by Micah Lovelady of the Cement FFA- his gilt having Super Monster x Super 7 bloodlines and was bred by TKO Genetics. Micah's Gilt will sell second in the Saturday night sale.
We have the FULL sale order and details of the breeding animals to be sold for the Saturday Night "Night of 100 Stars" available for you to download in our webstory- just click on the LINK below to get to our story and the chance to download the list of 100 breeding gilts that will sell this Saturday night at State Fair Park.
Click here for the SALE ORDER and details of the Supreme Commercial Gilt Competition.
Angus Champ Captures Supreme Beef Heifer Championship at OYE
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Over a thousand beef heifers were judged on Monday and Tuesday at the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo- and when the final selection for Supreme Champion was made- the two judges that were working the show agreed on four finalists among the Beef Breed Winners- and then a final two- and upon an extended time of discussion- agreed that the Angus Champion Heifer shown by Kolby Shepard of Perkins-Tryon 4-H was the Supreme Champion for the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo.
Young Shepard wins a $5,000 scholarship for his efforts. The other animal that the judges talked about at lengeth was a classy Maine Anjou heifer that was the Champion of her breed- and shown by Cole Moore of Madill FFA- who wins a $3,000 Scholarship for Reserve Supreme.
We have details of the Purebred Beef Heifer Competition- click
here for that story.
Click here for full details of the Beef Heifer "Influencer" Supreme Championship- won by Bailey Buck of Madill.
Over 300 Pictures and Growing
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We continue to add pictures to our photo gallery from the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo- with over 300 pictures now online that date back to the weekend.
Click on our link below and go to our FLICKR page where the pictures are located and relive the shows and events that have happened thus far.
We will continue to add pictures daily through the end of the event next Monday, March 21.
Click here for our FLICKR page of pictures from the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo
House Ag Committee Calls Current Budget Situation an Opportunity to Make Federal Programs More Efficient
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Tuesday, the House Agriculture Committee adopted the budget views and estimates letter which outlines the committee's budget recommendations for the agencies and programs under its jurisdiction for fiscal year 2012. The letter will be submitted to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.
Chairman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma stated at the beginning of the business session "I view our current budget situation as an opportunity to make our agriculture policy even more efficient while allowing farmers and ranchers continued access to the risk management tools vital to producing the safest, most abundant, and most affordable food and fiber supply in the world. While streamlining our programs, we must be careful not to jeopardize the stability of the agricultural industry, which will play a key role in feeding an estimated 9 billion people by the year 2050."
Click on the LINK below for more on this letter sent to Ryan and the Budget Committee- and in fact a chance to read the full letter.
Click here for more on the House Ag Committee Positioning on the FY2012 Budget.
Do the Math- Lighter Weight Cattle Being Sold Out of Feedlots Means Fewer Pounds of Beef Per Animal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Despite the uncertainty in the futures markets thus far this week because of the failure of the Japanese government to contain radiation from seeping into the atmosphere from the damaged nuclear reactors in northeastern Japan- cash cattle prospects still appear to be fairly good as they may fly in the face of the limit down performance by Live Cattle futures on Tuesday.
After trading in record territory last week at $118- we dropped four dollar down to $114 in moderate volume yesterday according to the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
On this Beef Buzz, Livestock economist Darrell Mark of the University of Nebraska analyzes the record-setting cattle prices in last week's trade, driven by positive developments on both the supply and demand sides. Dr. Mark believes that feedlots have sold well ahead of just being current this past week as they have few if any cattle that are fully market ready this week. The rush to sell- especially this past week when we saw cash cattle trade at $118 has meant lighter weight cattle being bought- which translates into fewer pounds of beef per animal.
Click on the LINK below for more on this analysis of the marketplace- and a chance to hear comments from cattle market watcher Darrell Mark.
Click here for more on current cash cattle market fundamentals.
We NEED Horses for Southern Plains Farm Show!!!!!!!!!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~It's time to tell me about a horse or horses that you have that you would like to nominate for a free training session with Scott Dailey at the 2011 Southern Plains Farm Show. The 2011 Show happens April 7-9, 2011 and we are looking for several horses for Scott to be able to work with in his twice daily sessions at the show.
In checking with John Sampson, Marketing Manager for Midwest Farm Shows- he says that Scott is willing to work with you on a variety of issues that you may be having with your horses. They need to be halter broke- but rather they are bucking the second you try to put a saddle on their back or they have a bad attitude about being worked with- Scott will look forward to the challenge.
Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about your horse, the issues you are having and confirm that you will be able to get them to the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City on those days. You can also call my direct office number and leave a detailed message about your horse- give me a phone number in either the email or in a phone call- and we will get back with you!
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Let's Check the Markets!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We've had requests to include Canola prices for your convenience here- and we will be doing so on a regular basis. Current cash price for Canola is $9.00 per bushel, while the 2011 New Crop contracts for Canola are now available are $10.00 per bushel- delivered to local participating elevators that are working with PCOM.
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