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around 3:30 PM.
Oklahoma Cash Grain Prices- as reported
by the Oklahoma Dept. of Agriculture.
Cash price for canola was
$9.25 per bushel- based on delivery to the Northern AG
elevator in Yukon a week ago yesterday. The full listing
of cash canola bids at country points in Oklahoma can
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Daily Market Wrapup from the Radio
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National Daily Feeder & Stocker
Cattle Summary- as prepared by USDA.
National Daily Slaughter Cattle
Summary- as prepared by the USDA.
here is the Daily Volume and Price Summary from
the Texas Cattle Feeders Association.
Latest Farm and Ranch News
Update from Ron Hays of RON
Thursday, November 7,
President Calls for Food Policies Based on Sound
Science, Not Fear and
522, the complicated and costly food labeling
proposal, has been rejected by voters across
Greenwood, President and CEO of the
Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), issued
the following statement in response:
like 27 million voters in California and Oregon,
Washington voters saw how this burdensome and
deceptive labeling scheme would have created more
state bureaucracy, imposed new costs and burdens
on local farmers and businesses, and increased
food prices for Washington families.
labels should convey valuable and accurate
information to consumers. Mandatory initiatives to
label all foods containing genetically modified
ingredients would only serve to confuse consumers
and raise food prices without any additional
"We will continue to explore
solutions that provide consumers with valuable
information about the foods we eat. One example is
the GMO Answers website, where consumers'
questions about GMOs and how our food is grown are
asked and answered in a timely manner. Other
informational resources include statements from
credible scientific groups such as the American
Medical Association and the World Health
Organization, among others."
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Randy Blach Says Trends Favoring Cattle Industry
Now Coming Into Play
trend is your friend. So say commodity traders
and, now, so does Randy Blach of
Cattlefax. He spoke at the Texas Cattle Feeders
Association convention in Forth Worth and said
that trends currently in place are becoming more
favorable to the cattle business. Topping the
list? Falling corn
"It's a big deal.
We've obviously been short on corn over the last
couple of years--over the last several years as
we've had all the demand come in for ethanol. And
then we had the drought on top of that. So, it's
been impossible for the livestock industry to
really catch a big enough corn crop in here to
where we had production costs at levels where we
could really make a living."
Blach said he
believes the price of corn and other grains will
remain relatively low for the near future and that
will be good news to producers.
that will be the case for all these grain markets.
All these markets cycle and they'll cycle back
down to where prices in our grain structure will
be back, basically, at the cost of production for
the next several years. As we go through that
transition we should be able to generate some more
positive operating margins for the next several
years as a result of that."
joins me on the latest Beef Buzz. Click here to listen to our
conversation or to read more of this
and USCA Urge Lawmakers to Cool it on COOL
National Farmers Union and the United States
Cattlemens Association have asked conferees
hammering out the final 2013 Farm Bill to leave
the current Country of Origin Labeling law
conferees, including House Agriculture Committee
Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK), made
comments during the committee's opening remarks
last week that it was their intention to intervene
and legislatively repeal COOL during the farm bill
conference process. The remarks came after
the Canadian agriculture minister threatened trade
sanctions if the U.S. did not repeal its COOL
a statement released to the media, NFU President
Roger Johnson said repealing COOL
after the WTO had affirmed it as being compliant
could seriously damage worldwide trade
threats by the Canadian Agriculture Minister are
unjustified and out of line. As a sovereign
nation, we should not take direction from Canada.
They do not dictate what is compliant, it is the
reason we have the WTO." (Read more from
Roger Johnson by clicking here.)
a letter to conferees, USCA President Jon
Wooster reminded them of the facts
regarding the WTO and its approval of
the WTO compliance panel rules that the U.S.
regulations are compliant with our trade
obligations, no retaliation by our trading
partners is allowed by the WTO. Under the
WTO rules, all parties involved have the right to
appeal the compliance panel report to the WTO
Appellate Body. Even if the U.S. is found to be
non-compliant with our trade obligations regarding
COOL and if Canada and/or Mexico choose to impose
retaliatory sanctions, the amount of retaliation
authorized is subject to arbitration at the WTO.
Thus, the notion that retaliatory sanctions could
happen overnight and without controls is simply
not accurate." (Click here for more from the
Beef Checkoff Dollars Helping Sell Beef Globally
US Meat Export Federation's Strategic Planning
Conference is wrapping up today in Ft. Worth- and
several representatives of the Oklahoma Beef
Council are representing Oklahoma cattle producers
at this meeting.
Director Heather Buckmaster,
along with OBC Board Chairman R.D.
Farr of Bartlesville and Board Member
Becca McMillan of Ardmore, are in
Ft. Worth for the sessions- and Buckmaster told me
on Wednesday that the OBC Board decided a couple
of years ago to dedicate more Oklahoma beef
checkoff monies to the international market
because "96% of the world's population is outside
the United States." She adds that the checkoff
resources are growing smaller because of inflation
and smaller cattle populations- and that the money
invested into the USMEF is leveraged several times
to give the maximum bang for the buck.
Click here to read more about our
conversation with Heather- or you can listen to it
at this link as
Other Universities Develop Livestock and Poultry
Mortality Management Learning
State University, Cornell University and North
Dakota State University recently developed a
livestock and poultry mortality management
learning module for use by educators and ag
This USDA NIFA funded project
was initiated with a focus on young and beginning
livestock and poultry producers and those that
advise or educate them.
includes a short narrative, frequently-asked
questions, (including brief FAQ YouTube videos),
fact sheets, web content, multimedia, quiz
questions, in-class assignments, suggested
contacts and a PowerPoint presentation.
All of these materials can be found by clicking here.
Values Placed on Cull Cows Improves Marketing
Selk, Oklahoma State University Emeritus
Extension Animal Scientist, writes in the latest
caused many cow herds to be culled extensively
over the last two years. However, some culling of
beef cows occurs in most herds every year. A few
cows will become reproductively unsound,
broken-mouths, bad udders, open, and/or just plain
OLD. If feed resources are available, some
producers may wish to market the culls after the
first of the year for tax purposes.
Beef Audits have generally shown that cull cows,
bulls, and cull dairy cows make up about 20% of
the beef available for consumption in the United
States. About half of this group (or 10% of the
beef supply) comes from cull beef cows. Cow herd
budgets often show that cull cows and bulls make
up about 20% of the gross income in a cow calf
operation. Whether we are culling because of
drought or to improve the productivity of the
herd, it is important to understand the values
placed on cull cows intended for slaughter.
The USDA market news service reports on
four classes of cull cows. The four classes are
divided primarily on fatness. The highest
conditioned cull cows are reported as "Breakers".
They usually are quite fleshy and generally have
excellent dressing percentages. Body condition
score 7 and above are required to be
Click here to read
'N' That--Ratcliff Ranches Fall Production Sale
& OSU Livestock Judging Team
Ratcliff Ranches Fall Production Sale is just
around the corner. It kicks off at noon
Saturday in Vinita. They're selling 800 head
including nearly 75 Angus and SimAngus bulls
featuring both heifer and performance bulls.
Also on the showlist are more than 150 head of
consignment heifers, bred heifers, cows and
cow-calf pairs. For more information click here or call Heath
Kohler at 918-244-8025.
a quick email note to pass along from the Coach of
the Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging
team Mark Johnson- Mark writes
"The Oklahoma State University Livestock Judging
team finished second by 7 points to Colorado State
University at the American Royal Contest in Kansas
City. OSU was the high team in the Sheep and Oral
Herren was the Third High Individual
Overall. The team will compete in the National
Championship contest in Louisville, Kentucky on
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