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Update from Ron Hays of RON
Monday, August 11,
Pork, Beef Exports on Record Pace Through
pork and beef exports remained strong in June,
pushing export value for both products to a record
first-half pace according to statistics released
by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat
Export Federation (USMEF).
June pork exports totaled 181,531
metric tons (mt), up 7 percent from a year ago,
while export value increased 25 percent to $585.1
million. In the first half of 2014, pork export
volume (1.15 million mt, +9 percent) and value
($3.4 billion, +17 percent) achieved record highs.
Beef exports were up 5 percent in
volume (106,609 mt) in June and set a new monthly
value record of $631.7 million (+12 percent).
First-half export value also set a new record of
$3.27 billion (+16 percent). Export volume was
585,953 mt in the first half, up 8 percent from a
year ago but trailing the 2011 record.
Despite intense competition, U.S. pork
performing well in Asia
value per head slaughtered was a record-high
$72.24 in June, up $15 from a year ago. The
percentage of U.S. production exported was 25
percent for muscle cuts and 29 percent when
including both muscle cuts and variety meat - up
from 24 percent and 28 percent, respectively, in
With European pork absent
from the Russian market for the past six months
due to an impasse over African swine fever,
competition has intensified in key Asian markets.
But U.S. pork still achieved first-half increases
in South Korea and Japan.
Click Here to read more about
growth of US pork, beef and lamb exports in 2014.
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Phil Seng Says Retaliation on COOL Will Be Wakeup
Call for Congress
of America's best export customers for US beef are
next door with Canada to the north and Mexico to
the south. The continued heartburn that Canada and
Mexico have with the US over Country of Origin
Labeling has not gone unnoticed by the
organization responsible for promoting beef and
pork into those countries. US Meat Export
Federation President and Chief Executive Officer
Phil Seng says the divide over
COOL will impact beef exports into those nations.
"This is a major issue that's out
there and obviously from the standpoint what this
means to the US its very important that this is
addressed and from the USMEF standpoint we're very
interested in making sure we are as WTO consistent
as possible," Seng
visited with Seng at the Summer Cattle Industry
Conference in Denver and these comments in this
latest Beef Buzz comes from that
conversation. Looking ahead, USMEF's biggest
concern is trying to avoid any retaliation from
Mexico and Canada. Any retaliation will have an
impact on US exports. Seng believes retaliation
will be a wake up call for Congress. Mexico is the
largest export beef market for the United States
and Canada is in the top five. Seng said both of
these countries are critical as a export
destination. Both of these countries are also beef
producers as well.
"Mexico is an
exporter of beef, but their beef exports this year
are down four percent, so .......they need the
product and they need our product and our
proximity to both countries is very advantageous
for us," Seng said. "The more that we can have a
harmonious working relationship with these
countries the better its going to be."
Get this Beef Buzz by going here to
listen to Seng's comments on
how retaliation of COOL could impact exports
in the near future.
Stomatitis Increasing Concern For Oklahoma
and Colorado are seeing a growing number of cases
of Vesicular Stomatitis in predominately horses
and cattle. The first case was diagnosed on May
23, 2014 by the National Veterinary Services
Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa. The lab
confirmed a vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV)
infection (New Jersey serotype) on an equine
premises in Kinney County, Texas.
date, a total of 110 VSV-positive premises have
been identified in Colorado (69 premises) and
Texas (41 premises). In the latest report from the
US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant
Health Inspection Service 173 cumulative positive
cases have been identified and there have bee
3,726 cumulative susceptible cases in Colorado and
Texas. Of that total of susceptible cases, 1,564
are horses, 2,054 are cattle, three are hogs, 48
are sheep, 49 are goats and 8 are other ruminants.
Oklahoma State Veterinarian
Dr. Rod Hall released a statement
on the state's regulations on livestock from
states with VS are: Livestock (equine, bovine,
porcine, ovine, caprine, or cervidae) entering
Oklahoma from a county where Vesicular Stomatitis
has been diagnosed within the last 30 days or a
county that contains a premises quarantined for
Vesicular Stomatitis shall be accompanied by a
Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) dates
within five (5) days of entry containing the
following statement: "All animals identified on
this certificate have been examined and found to
be free from signs of Vesicular Stomatitis and
have not originated from a premises which is under
quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis.
Click Here to learn more about VS
and for the link to the latest APHIS report.
Edwards Says Planting Wheat for Maximum Forage in
Fall Takes Different Mindset
Saturday, Extension Small Grains Extension
Specialist Dr. Jeff Edwards faced
a different audience than he usually faces in
extension meetings that he holds across the state.
The meeting was the 24th Annual Southern Plains
Beef Symposium in Ardmore and the room was filled
with cattle producers from southern Oklahoma and
northern Texas. But Dr. Edwards won them over
rather easily as he talked about the value of
wheat forage, which many of them already knew- and
offered some very practical things that can be
done to maximize wheat forage as early as possible
for cattle producers who have little interest in
harvesting for grain next June.
says that it all starts with the planting rate.
One bushel is simply not enough if you are going
for early forage production for your cattle.
Ninety pounds is better, but Dr. Edwards told
producers that he thinks that two bushels per acre
is probably the sweet spot in planting
Dr. Edwards talked with us about a
number of forage producing strategies for those
planting wheat in the coming weeks across the
region. You can hear our full conversation by jumping to our featured story from
the Southern Plains Beef Symposium found here.
Conference 2014- Planting Decisions with Mike
and researchers alike learned a lot about growing
canola during the trying year of 2014. Speaking at
the recent 10th Annual Canola Conference, Kansas
State University Canola breeder Mike
Stamm said this past year presented a
unique challenge with one of the coldest winters
on record along with extreme drought conditions.
He told us that he believes there is enough winter
hardiness already bred into varieties, but farmers
will be have to be more selective in choosing
varieties that have proven winter hardiness.
"I am pretty confident that we do have
levels of winter survival that will get us through
the winter, we just need the moisture in addition
to the hardiness when we have years like we just
had," Stamm said.
planting and in the early part of the growing
season are critical to the crop. Fall rains are
imperative to the shallow seeded crop in getting
the crop established.
moisture in the planting zone is very important,"
Stamm said. "For canola to get through the winter
it needs six to eight inches of top growth and six
to eight true leaves that help it store up
carbohydrates within the plant tissue and those
carbohydrates help it get through the winter
Click Here to read or to listen
to Stamm's about some new varieties coming out
from K-State and his recommendations for planting.
Aerial Vehicles Advance Agriculture
By Corey Moffet, Research
agronomist and assistant professor as part of the
Agricultural Division's Agricultural Research Team
at The Samuel Roberts Noble
aerial vehicles (UAVs), more commonly referred to
as drones in a majority of media outlets, have
played an important role in U.S. military
operations. These sophisticated flying machines
have proven their utility in this arena, albeit at
a huge price. Now the UAV industry is looking to
expand into the civilian world, and the
agricultural sector is expected to play a large
role in this expansion.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is
determining how unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)
might be safely integrated into the national
airspace system. The FAA uses the acronym "UAS" to
include the UAV and all the associated support
equipment, such as control stations, data links,
telemetry, communications and navigation
equipment. Often the image that comes to mind when
thinking about UAVs or drones is something like
the iconic Predator with its nearly 60-foot
wingspan and a loaded weight of more than 1 ton.
This type of UAV will occupy the same airspace
routinely used by general and commercial
The challenge the FAA has in
figuring out how to safely integrate these large
UAVs into the national airspace is not trivial.
However, agriculture can benefit from UAVs much
smaller than the Predator. A system with a takeoff
weight less than 55 pounds is classified as a
small UAS by the FAA, and the agency has made it a
priority to propose new rules governing their use.
These UAVs are more of the scale and type that are
legally flown now at elevations of 400 feet above
ground level and lower by hobbyists for
recreational purposes. Many of these UAVs, like
the one pictured, can be easily disassembled and
transported in a case the size of a large
Click Here to read more how UAV's
will be adopted to aide agriculture in the
Farmers Promoting Soy Nutrition in Africa
conjunction with last week's Africa Summit, in
which leaders from 51 African nations gathered in
Washington to discuss the continent's economic
advancement potential, representatives from the
American Soybean Association's World
Initiative for Soy in Human Health
program (WISHH) met with key officials to
detail the successful work of the program to date
in Africa, and new projects on the horizon.
WISHH Executive Director Jim Hershey
met with U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign
Agricultural Service officials focusing on
agricultural development in Africa and discussing
the future of projects and larger efforts through
which U.S. farmers help to sustain and develop
emerging markets in Africa.
of the summit was the U.S. Africa Business Forum,
at which the White House underscored the
importance of trade with Africa and the
significant potential that fast growing economies
and talented entrepreneurs represent for U.S.
goods and jobs. Speakers at the summit encouraged
the expansion of trade to more African countries
through trade missions, financing programs and
larger teams on the ground to facilitate business
between the U.S. and Africa.
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about WISHH is helping provide improved
nutrition in Africa.
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