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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, December 16,
Update: No Date Set Yet for Zilmax
the last 90 days, Merck Animal Health, with the
input and oversight of its Advisory Board, has
worked to implement its Five-Step Plan to Ensuring
Responsible Beef and has made considerable
progress. The findings that come as a result of
the plan will add to the significant amount of
data that already exists for Zilmax® (zilpaterol
hydrochloride), including numerous animal safety
and well-being trials. Zilmax is a feed supplement
approved by the FDA and other regulatory
authorities. While we have made considerable
progress, it is too early to determine when Merck
Animal Health will return Zilmax back to the
market in the United States and Canada.
Merck Animal Health, we continually evaluate our
processes and procedures across the entire company
to ensure that we maintain the best science-based
practices and procedures for the health and
well-being of animals," says K.J.
Varma, BVSc, Ph.D., Senior Vice President
Global R&D, Merck Animal Health. "Our
five-step plan is a direct reflection of that
commitment to science. It also reflects our
commitment to working with our industry partners
to maintain the highest standards of care for the
health and well-being of cattle. We are pleased to
be able to tap into the vast knowledge and
expertise of professionals from throughout the
industry to help us carry out this significant
As part of that plan, Merck
convened an animal health advisory board comprised
of representatives from packers, large,
medium and small cattle feeder operations,
cow-calf producers, veterinarians, academia and
industry consultants. Among the boards objectives
will be a review of animal safety and well-being
research data and a review of the existing Zilmax
quality assurance program.
company has also developed a formal
certification process. As part of the
certification, every feedyard team member,
nutritionist and veterinarian who uses Zilmax or
provides consultative services on feeding Zilmax
to cattle must be trained annually on the proper
use of the product.
In addition to
implementing the certification process, the
company has also worked with its Advisory Board to
develop and finalize the protocol for the field
evaluations for Zilmax-fed and control cattle
which are expected to begin in Q1 2014.
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Foundation CEO Sees Bright Future for Agricultural
passing day seems to bring potential new uses for
unmanned aerial vehicles. Oklahoma is at the
forefront of the development of those technologies
and researchers at Ardmore's Samuel Roberts Noble
Foundation hope to be at the forefront of using
UAVs to advance precision
is the president and CEO of the Noble Foundation.
He spoke recently at the 2013 Oklahoma Unmanned
Aerial Systems Agriculture Summit in Midwest City.
In an interview after his presentation, he told me
that the foundation's namesake, if he were alive
today, would have been very supportive of this new
"Mr. Noble was very
technologically advanced for the time. This was
the turn of the century and he always felt like
technology was going to put him out in front of
his competitors. He could drill faster and tap
into more oil. He was going to do a much better
job. And he believed the same thing about
agriculture and just technologies in general. So,
if he was alive today he would be challenging us
to do more from a technological standpoint to
The Noble Foundation
has already done a great deal to advance precision
agriculture for both farmers and ranchers. The
unmanned aerial vehicle concept opens up new
frontiers in that endeavor, Buckner
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Current Cattle Market Prices Set Stage for 2014,
Derrell Peel Says
numbers are down in the markets as December
rapidly slips by and Oklahoma State University
Livestock Market Economist Dr. Derrell
Peel says he's not expecting any big
moves any time soon.
"We're kind of in this
holiday period now where we're sort of coasting
out the rest of the year I think, so we're not
likely to see any major moves particularly given
the levels where we're at. I wouldn't expect this
market, necessarily, to have a lot of potential to
strengthen, but, at the same time, it's holding
pretty well through this holiday period at the
current levels in terms of both fed cattle prices
and wholesale prices."
Peel says he thinks
the market is well positioned at this time coming
off of a strong fall.
into this tighter supply situation that we've been
looking for for quite awhile. Both cattle
slaughter and feed production are falling sharply
here at the end of the year and that really sets
the tone for the markets, I think, as we move into
joins me on the latest Beef Buzz. You can
listen in or read more by clicking here.
Soy Exports Hit Record for Value in
U.S. soy industry has done it again, exporting an
eye-popping 1.7 billion bushels of U.S. soy to
customers around the world in the 2012-13
marketing year, which ended Sept. 30. The value of
these exports comes to a record of more than $28
billion, a 19 percent increase from
The final figures show farmers
continue to meet customer demand for a reliable
supply of quality products. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, this total includes more than 1.3
billion bushels of whole U.S. soybeans, meal from
454 million bushels of U.S. soybeans and oil from
186 million bushels, which represents 56 percent
of U.S. soybean production from last year.
"The reliability and quality of the U.S.
soy supply are just a few reasons that customers
keep buying U.S. soybeans, meal and oil," says
Jared Hagert, soybean farmer from
Emerado, N.D., and United Soybean Board (USB)
farmer-leader. "Continuing to meet our customers'
needs is very important to U.S. soybean farmers,
and these numbers prove we are doing that."
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Harvested Cotton Acres Projection for Oklahoma
Could be Too High
Boman and Shane Osborne
of the Oklahoma State University cotton extension
program write in the latest Cotton Comments
The December 10 USDA-NASS
Crop Production report indicated that 2013 US
upland cotton production will be 12.4 million
bales, down about 25 percent from 2012. About 10.1
million acres were planted across the Belt, and
harvested acres are expected to be just under 7.8
million. Average yield across all harvested acres
is expected to be 806 pounds per acre, down 81
pounds from 2012. The report also noted that
Oklahoma planted about 185,000 acres in 2013, and
will harvest 170,000 acres. From this harvested
acreage, 200,000 bales will be produced. Average
yield is expected to be 565 pounds per acre, up 34
pounds from 2012.
I believe there is a
notable discrepancy with respect to harvested
acres. NASS has Oklahoma at 170,000 harvested
acres. We believe that we will fail most acres in
Jackson County due to drought. This is because
there was no irrigation water available to the
Lugert-Altus Irrigation District in 2013. This
would indicate that somewhere around 40,000 acres
in Jackson County have failed. Tillman County has
failed a large number of dryland acres. This
number is perhaps 10,000 acres. Harmon County has
also failed some dryland cotton acres. Therefore,
we submit that the failed acres in these three
counties totals about 50,000-60,000. If we go with
the 60,000 failed acres, then based on 185,000
planted, we should be looking at about 125,000
acres standing for harvest. After informal
discussions with our 14 operational gins in 2013,
it is apparent that they are expecting a combined
total of about 120,000 bales. This number is
substantially lower than what USDA-NASS reported
in the December 10 report (200,000 bales). Only
time will tell how this plays out.
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Boman and Shane Osborne.
Cattle Industry Supportive of Judicious Use of
Antibiotics in Cattle
week, the Food and Drug Administation announced
that they were moving forward with their efforts
to limit the use of antibiotics in animals-
particularly the classes of drugs that are also
utilized to fight infection in humans. On
Wednesday, FDA published its Final Guidance 213
and proposed Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) rule.
FDA's Guidance 213 implements a plan to phase out
over a three year period the subtherapeutic use of
medically important antibiotics in food producing
animals. The proposed VFD will ensure that all
antibiotics that are administered to food
producing animals will be done so under the
supervision of a veterinarian.
year, we talked with Dr. Kathy
Simmons, Chief Veterinary Officer of the
National Cattlemen's Beef Association, about the
VFD and Guidance Document 213. As FDA was seeking
public and industry input at that time- Dr.
Simmons indicated that NCBA felt that in general,
this cooperative approach with industry was the
right thing to do.
"We at NCBA have long
supported the judicious use of antimicrobials in
cattle. Since 1987 our Beef Quality Assurance
program has had guidelines for the judicious use
of antimicrobials. We stress the importance to all
our producers of having a strong
veterinarian-client patient relationship.
"We found on our most recent national 2012
national beef audit that it was stated that our
producers, 90 percent of them, reported having a
veterinarian-client patient relationship. And I
think that places us in position to move forward
with FDA to try to prevent antimicrobial
resistance from occurring."
can hear my conversation with Dr. Simmons or read
more of this article by clicking here.
N That- Farm Bill into the Home Stretch, Tulsa
Farm Show Livestock Handling Skills Contest and
Beef Battalion Benefit Today at Oklahoma City
Good with FarmPolicy.Com offers an
excellent Monday morning summary from several
sources of what happened on Friday morning in a
meeting consisting of the Big Four and staff as
the race to a framework for a 2014 Farm Bill heads
into the final turn for the 2013 work on a new
five year farm bill.
Chairman Frank Lucas and
Chairlady Debbie Stabenow were
almost gushing after the Friday morning hour long
meeting- at least that is what David
Rogers of Politico indicated. Rogers
reports that his sources say there will be a
choice for crop producers to make on the type of
safety net program they want to participate in-
and that the CBO Budget Scores are helping fine
tune exactly what Title One will look like.
Ag Committee top Democrat Collin
Peterson apparently got some weekend
homework, according to a Minnesota newspaper that
Keith Good points us to- Peterson saying that the
four leaders are now down to one or two issues-
and that he was assigned one of them to offer a
compromise solution on.
Click here for the full summary
as found on Farm Policy.
to the two teams from the Pawnee
FFA Chapter that won first and second
place at this year's Tulsa Farm Show Livestock
Handling Skills Contest this past Friday at the
20th annual Tulsa Farm Show.
first place Senior Pawnee team
included Morgan Vance, Hayden Skidgel
and Chrisse Collins.
have a picture of the winning team on the story
that we have posted in the Blue Green Gazette as found on
OklahomaFarmReport.Com. We also have a link there
to our FLICKR page of 2013 Tulsa Farm Show photos.
Click here for our listing of the
ten teams that competed in the Friday event and
how they placed.
the fourth year, National Livestock Credit
Corporation and affiliated companies announce
their support for the All American Beef
Late this morning during the
regular Monday feeder cattle auction, the Oklahoma
National Stockyards will auction a calf for the
benefit of the All American Beef Battalion.
The sale will take place at approximately
11:00 a.m. TODAY in the sale arena of the
calf to be auctioned is being donated by 3C Cattle
Feeders and the Clyde Runyan
family of Mill Creek, Oklahoma. National Livestock
Credit Corporation will invoice buyers and collect
Click here to learn more- if you
can't be there, they do stream the regular Monday
auction on the LMA website- click here and select "View Live
Auctions." You can also call National
Livestock to make a donation at 800-310-0220
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