~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Oklahoma's latest farm and ranch news
Your Update from Ron Hays of RON for Thursday January 4, 2007!A service of Midwest Farm Shows
-- State Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach in Boise City this Thursday morning.
-- Ranch Wife Jane Apple calls it the worse storm they have faced since 1957!
-- Oklahoma Farm Bureau being represented by excellent YF&R contingent
-- Beef Buzzing today with Dr. Derrell Peel
-- Reports of Korean- US meetings on Beef Bone Chips not correct
-- Texas County Ag Appreciation Day is planned for next Thursday.
-- Laura's Lean has a Cattle Producer meeting planned January 24th in Shawnee.
Here's your morning farm news headlines from the Director of Farm Programming for the Radio Oklahoma Network, Ron Hays. Our email this morning is a service of Midwest Farm Shows, featuring the Southern Plains Farm Show in Oklahoma City April 19-21, 2007, as well as the Tulsa Farm Show held each December. Check out details of both of these exciting shows at the official website of Midwest Farm Shows by clicking here.
Our E-mail the next few days is also being sponsored by Laura's Lean Beef- Laura's Lean Beef Co., a natural beef provider based in Lexington, KY, will hold a gathering 10:00 am Jan 24 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, Ok to introduce local producers to the benefits of raising the lean, heavily muscled cattle that will perform well on Laura's bonus grids. For more information on this meeting- you can can e-mail Beth Whiteford at bwhiteford@LLBcorp.com.
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State Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach in Boise City this Thursday morning.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We talked last night with our State Secretary of Agriculture Terry Peach who flew to Cimarron County yesterday afternoon and surveyed the region via airplane. He told us that the worse areas of deep snow drifts and stranded cattle seemed to be west and north of Boise City, although much of western Cimarron County was hit hard by the second storm in as many weeks.
After he visited with us, the Secretary was scheduled to meet with ranchers from the area to get a feel for how many cattle and the locations of where those cattle are supposed to be- all in preparation for starting to drop hay for the first square meal these critters have had in almost seven days. Working with the Army National Guard, a Chinook Helicopter will be on the scene by around 11 am, and they have located a supply of hay in the Felt area to begin dropping these feedstuffs shortly after they have the helicopter available.
We have a special audio report of our conversation with Terry Peach linked below- take a listen as we describe the state's response to this end of the year surprise blizzard.
Click here for Ron's conversation with Terry Peach of the Oklahoma Dept. of Ag.
Ranch Wife Jane Apple calls it the worse storm they have faced since 1957!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Middle of the day yesterday- we talked with ranch wife Jane Apple who along with her husband Bobbie ranch about three miles east of Kenton. She tells us that they lost power and phone service last Friday during what turned out to be blizzard conditions- and as of that point, they had still been unable to plow out to the road. They were without power for four days and got the phones back Tuesday night.
We have linked below our conversation with Jane, who added that they have about 900 cattle as well as several horses that they were very worried about- and had been unable to get to since last Friday. They are one of the ranch families hoping for a successful hay drop and for a death loss that is not too bad.
She adds that while she was just a young girl at the time- Panhandle veterans say that this storm can only be matched by one that came in late in the season in 1957- and that it took days for the snow to be tamed that time.
Click here for that conversation with Jane Apple of Cimarron County on digging out from the storm.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau being represented by excellent YF&R contingent
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As Oklahoma Farm Bureau members head for Salt Lake City and the annual American Farm Bureau Convention, Oklahoma will be represented in the three Young Farmer and Rancher competitions that will be decided at the meeting.
Mason Bolay of Noble County will be representing Oklahoma in the National Discussion Meet. The YF&R Achievement Award winners at the state level back in November were Monte and Danielle Tucker of Beckham County and they will be in that Achievement competition in Salt Lake City. In the Excellence in Agriculture contest, the Oklahoma entrants will be Ryan and Marcy Luter of Noble County.
These young farmers will be a part of the 80 member delegation of Oklahoma Farm Bureau that will be heading for Boise City this coming weekend.
Beef Buzzing today with Dr. Derrell Peel
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~We had back to back storms with rain, ice and snow hitting feedlots in the Plains- and according to OSU Extension Livestock Economist Dr. Derrell Peel, that does affect cattle performance and as a result the number of pounds of beef that may be put through the pipeline.
With that in mind- we visited with Derrell about the weather and the cattle markets as we begin 2007- and he sees some seasonal strength in this first quarter of the new year. How much could depend on whether we keep getting these winter storms battering feedlot country.
Dr. Peel is our guest today on the Beef Buzz- and we have it linked below for you to take a listen to. The Beef Buzz is one of our regular radio features heard on our radio affiliates of the Radio Oklahoma Network across the state.
Click here to listen to today's Beef Buzz with Dr. Derrell Peel of OSU
Reports of Korean- US meetings on Beef Bone Chips not correct
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~USDA's Dr. Chuck Lambert says that the US is still trying to get meetings lined up with Korea on the bone chip issue- but that reports that meetings will occur next week are, at this point, incorrect. The hope by U.S. officials is that greater latitude can be gained for so called boneless beef shipments which the Koreans have claimed have had small fragments of bone- and as a result, the shipments that have arrived in Korea since this past October have all been rejected. Some of the bone fragments that have been found are smaller than a pea and have been discovered only after Korean inspectors have X-rayed and cut into almost every beef cut in each box of the shipment.
South Korea Vice Agriculture Minister Park Hae-song has told reporters in Seoul that his government would not accept any major changes to the current agreement that allows for boneless beef only. He claims any meetings with the Americans will center around redefining the term "de-boned" as it is stated in the pact.
NCBA Vice President for Governmental Affairs, Jay Truitt, told us earlier this week that their organization is really fed up with the South Korean reluctance to accept our beef- calling it a pure trade barrier issue. He adds the latest nonsense from South Korea is the refusal to even send back samples of the bone fragments supposedly found by South Korean inspectors to be analyzed by USDA scientists. They also have not responded to questions by USDA about the methodology of the tests they say show a high level of dioxin in the last beef shipment sent and rejected- as USDA officials have wondered out loud how these tests came out so different from tests that we regularly do in the U.S. on such substances.
Texas County Ag Appreciation Day is planned for next Thursday.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~A week from today- the annual Texas County Ag Appreciation Day will be held at the County Fairgrounds in Guymon- and we'll have details on their agenda in the next couple of days.
We are pleased to let you know that we will have a chance to be a part of the program on Thursday morning around 11 am, just before their annual lunch and awards presentations. We'll be taking a look at 2007 and offering some "Crystal Ball" thoughts on some of the things ahead for farmers and ranchers.
Laura's Lean has a Cattle Producer meeting planned January 24th in Shawnee.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Laura's Lean Beef Co., a natural beef provider based in Lexington, KY, will hold a gathering 10:00 am Jan 24 at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center in Shawnee, OK to introduce local producers to the benefits of raising the lean, heavily muscled cattle that will perform well on Laura's bonus grids. Producers interested in attending should RSVP to Beth Whiteford at bwhiteford@LLBcorp.com or (859) 685-4406.
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