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$6 - THE STILLWATER JOURNAL, Thursday, November 25, 2010 Back Page Extension Comer By Payne County Extension Educators Nathan Anderson, Agriculture Educator Doa Rash, FCS Educator Brett Morris, 4-H Youth Development Stan Fimple, Horticulture Educator Suzotte Barto, Rural Development http://oces okstate edu/payne Ag News Attention Cattlemen! Payne County Extension Center is actively searching for members of the com- munity that would like to participate in a hands-on Master Cattleman training class. The objective of this program is to enhance the profitability of beef opera- tions and the quality of life of beef cattle producers by equipping them with vital information on all aspects of beef production, busi- ness planning, risk man- agement and marketing. The Master Cattleman program includes an educa- tional curriculum based on the Oklahoma Beef Cattle Manual and a producer certification process. If you are interested in participat- ing in this class please contact the Payne County Extension office for more details about the upcoming organizational meeting. At What Point Do We Run Out of Cattle? The U.S. beef cow herd has decreased 12 of the last 14 years, dropping from a cyclical peak of 35.3 million head in 1996 to the January, 2010 level of 31.3 million head. This represents the smallest beef cow herd since 1963. Com- bined with smaller dairy cow numbers, the 2010 calf crop is expected to be 35.4 million head, the smallest U.S. calf crop since 1950. Total U.S. cattle inventory has decreased by alrnst 10 million headsince 1996 to the Jalevel of ktbe smallest cattle inventory since 1959. In contrast, total beef production has not changed accordingly. In fact, 2010 beef production is projected at 25.9 billion pounds, slightly higher than the 1996 level of 25.4 billion pounds. This leads to two questions: how have we maintained beef production with declining inventories? And can we continue to maintain pro- duction? We have main- tained production thus far in two primary ways. First, decreasing inven- tories allows the industry to utilize that inventory as production while numbers are declining. Secondly, for the decade, between 1996 and 2006, cheap corn allowed the industry to feed animals to ever increasing carcass weights and to feed lightweight calves for many days in feedlots. Feedlot inventories are thus maintained by a slower rate of turnover. Thus, the industry was able to effec- tively turn fewer cattle into more pounds of beef. The situation is now different. Expensive corn forces the industry to feed heavy yearlings and move them through the feedlot faster. Carcass weights in 2010 have been below year ago levels almost all year and high feed costs likely limits carcass weights to little or no trend in coming years. A faster feedlot turnover rate exposes the shortage of cattle quickly as feedlots scramble to find sufficient supplies of feeder cattle to place on feed and maintain feedlot inven- tories. So far, we appear to have been able to do that. Total cattle slaugh- ter for 2010 is running almost two percent above 2009 levels. However, an analysis of the slaughter mix is instructive. Steer slaughter is up less than one percent this year. By contrast, heifer slaughter is up nearly 3 percent and cow slaughter is up 4 per- cent. It is clear that we are maintaining slaughter rates, in the short run, with our females. This is not sus- tainable without accelerat- ing herd liquidation going forward. At some point we will try to stabilize the herd size and then expand a bit. Given the current situation this implies a significant reduction in cattle slaughter in the short run even to hold the cow herd size steady. It seems likely this process will start in 2011. RD News The Extension office is also on the look-out for young entrepreneurs. We are planning some educa- tional activities especially for young entrepreneurs in 2011 and would like to put you (or your parents) on our email notification P.O. Box 842 Stillwater, OK 74076-0842 405-372-3367 Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE) Make sure your bulls are ready for the upcoming breeding season. THROUGH DECEMBER 10, 2010 THE OSU VETERINARY HOSPITAL WILL PROVIDE BSE testing for $25, on BSE plus Trichomonas testing for $70 BOTH INCLUDE: Body condition Score Semen analysis Reproductive tract exam Eye examination Feet and leg soundness evaluation Soundness Certification ' I 'l I" I II i I I 'lll'!![]![l!ll I'lnllgl ' I'll]ll list. If you are under the age of 18 and either have your own business, or are thinking about starting a business, please have your parents contact Suzette Barta at the Extension office, 405-747-8320. The next meeting of the home-based business asso- ciation will be Tuesday, November 23 at 9am at the Payne County Administra- tion Building (corner of 6th and Duck.) Theater direc- tor, Sandra Williams will talk to us about how to best "present ourselves" as busi- ness owners and how to use non-verbal communication to express ourselves. These meetings are free and open to the public. If you are interested in this topic, we would enjoy having you at the program. For more information, email suzette OSU Live00 tock Judging Team named national champs By Donald Stotts LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Oklahoma State Univer- sity's Livestock Judging Team earned top honors at the recent North American International Livestock Exposition's renowned National Collegiate Live- stock Judging Contest in Louisville. "This accomplishment adds to the tradition of national championships awarded to OSU Livestock Judging Team members from the past," said Mark Johnson, team coach and associate professor of animal science. "In addition to the overall championship, our OSU team was also the contest's high-scoring team in the reasons, beef cattle and sheep categories." In a NAILE press release, Steve Spivey, associ- ate superintendent of the national contest, said par- ticipants "must have dedi- cation above and beyond," comparing the involvement level of team members to that of college sports such as basketball or baseball. "The performance of our livestock judging teams reflects the high quality and dedication of our students, the talent and effort of Dr. Johnson in coaching the team and the ability of our program to teach students how to think critically and then orally justify their rankings in a high-pressure environment," said Ron Kensinger, head of OSU's department of animal sci- ence. Team members are all OSU animal science majors. Individual honors and rec- ognition in the contest and its competition categories were earned by: Clint Med- ford, a native of Central Point, Ark., who earned high individual honors in swine, placed third in reasons, fifth in cattle and finished as the contest's second-high indi- vidual overall; Kayle Kerbs, a native of Saratoga, Wis., who earned high individual honors in cattle, placed second in reasons, eighth in sheep and finished as the contest's third-high individual overall; Chase Reed, a native of Winfield, Kan., who placed third in cattle and 10th in reasons; Garrett Knebel, a native of Winamac, Ind., who placed fourth in cattle and sixth in reasons; and Darin Annus- chat, a native of Kingfisher, Okla., who finished as 12th- high individual overall. The OSU Livestock Judging Team also was recognized as having four Academic All-Americans: Knebel; Megan Bryant, a native of Pawnee, Okla.; Jett Eder, a native of Sharon Springs, Kan.; and Michael McCusker-Kinna, a native of Middleton, Md. "As educators, we're always pleased to see the hard work of our students recognized with such tan- gible and visible awards," Kensinger said. Vegetable production educational meeting slated Dec. 16 By Trisha Gedon STILLWATER, Okla. -Oklahoma vegetable grow- ers and gardeners who want to learn more about cucurbit and other vegetable produc- tion should plan to attend the 2010 Oklahoma Cucur- bit Vegetable Production and Marketing Educational Meeting. The event will take place Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 3 Extension Service. Increas- ing interest in local foods and farmers' market means more opportunity for growers. Shrefler said farmers' markets are just one type of outlet in which a grower could establish a niche by offering a selection of dif- ferent and unique varieties of cucurbits and other veg- etables. There are a number of ture, Food and Forestry, Noble Foundation and the National Watermelon Promotion Board. A broad range of topics will include weed control, plasticulture demonstration garden, determining proper produce size for harvest, wildlife pest management, vegetable disease management, food safety and post harvest handling, produce market- p.m. in Chickasha at the specialists who will be on ing and legal and regulatory Grady ,County Fairgrotttlds, hand toshaie ir exlrtise :issues fac producers and:' A:$!,0,rgstration fee::about'the vs aspects of marketerS, resento, nS: required and it covers all meeting literature, lunch and refreshments. Registra- tion deadline is Dec. 8. Mail checks payable to Grady County Extension and send to Grady County Extension Office, 828 West Choctaw, Chickasha, OK 73018. Vegetable production con- tinues to have a significant impact on the Oklahoma agricultural industry, said Jim Shrefler, area horticulture specialist for the Oklahoma State University Cooperative vegetable production. There will be specialists from OSU, USDA, Oklahoma Department of Agricul- I AN|RICAN FARM|ItS & RAItCHI.tS IM IIIMIAIQ 0iR" PERKINS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC, MARY A. MORRIS, AGENT JOSHUA E. MORRIS, AGENT  121 N. Main P,O Box 136 Perkins, OK 74059 on the transition to organic production, Oklahoma Farm Market update, irrigation scheduling for vegetable crops and pumpkin trials and resources for vegetable variety selection will round out the program. "This event should be of interest and value to anyone who grows or markets pump- kins, melons, tomatoes and other vegetables," Shrefler said. 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