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A4 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, March 12, 2015 Opinions (C Thank You We would like to express our thanks and appreciation to those who sent cards , food, flowers, plants, and to those who spoke the kindest words that any friend could say during the loss of our Mother, Rose Marie Stan- ton. Special thanks to Walmart Store #0137 on Perkins Road for the food and associates who helped serve the meal that day. We are honored to be a part of the Walmart family. The Stanton Kids - Fred "Leroy," Jim, Terry and families By Charlavan This is what I have been soon. I'll let you know. doing lately. The fact that What I am sure of is this pic is about 50 years that now I have an uncom- old or so shouldn't matter, men appetite. I wake sev- Right? I can come with a eral times during the night lot of reasons for being so and EVERY time I think I lazy but the only one I really should eat a bite (or several) like is "I am big enough to before I go back to sleep. If do whatever I feel like." it were celery and lettuce I I am not really used to wouldn't mention it but it being coldbecausesouthem is Ice cream, candy, half California weather is nor- and half, anything choco- mally more user friendly, late, or the like. There is That plus getting a light- getting to be a bit more of weight electric blanket for me to love. Christmas makes it hard to Since I am normally a very figure out how why I should light eater, the volume I get Out of bed. require right now is impres- This is the first time since sive. All my life I have I was a teenager I haven't stuck to the opinion that held down a job. I am fortu- I can't sleep on an empty nate to live alone and have stomach. (Hey, it is my no one to cook for or clean story.) up after simply justifies my Being at the computer this decision to go back to bed early in the day must mean I where it is warm (and it may be headed for my pre- loves me). set norm. But you can take I will admit though that my word for it when I say I I am a little tired of that am going to need a warm-up nothingness so I am sure my nap pretty soon. lifestyle will change again G-nite. Charlavan at age 30. 1 1 1 TO SUBSCRIBE BY MAIL, fill out this form and mail with i:::!i::: remittance to: The Perkins Journal, P.O. Box 667, lii. !:: :i iiliii I Perkins, OK 74059-0667 :::=:::: ;,",'! Address ............. City State Zip  : .............. I Rate,: One year in Oklahoma.. $30 ::::::::; :: one year out of state ...... S3S li!ii off ofthe rates sted above f you are a current paid subscriber i::iiiii!l Use the form above for your ffriend" and list your name here: I!ili:iiili Extension Corner By Payne County Extension Educators Nathan Anderson, Agriculture Educator Den Rash, FCS Educator Brenda Brantlel/, 4-H Youth Development Keith Reed, Horticulture Educator Suzette Barta, Rural Development http://oces.okstate.edu/payne AG NEWS 2015 Beef Production Smaller Than Expected So Far USDA estimates beef production through the end of February to be down 5.2 percent from the same period last year. Total cattle slaughter is down 7.0 percent year over year including a 6.4 percent decrease in steer slaughter and a 8.7 percent decrease in heifer slaughter. Total cow slaughter is down 6.6 percent including a 4.0 percent increase in dairy cow slaughter and a 17.9 percent decrease in beef cow slaughter. Overall cattle carcass weights are currently 20 pounds above year ago levels. Average cattle carcass weights are a function of both the carcass weights of various classes of cattle and also the composition of slaughter by class of cattlel Currently, steer carcass weights are up 19 pounds over last year and heifer carcass weights are up 15 pounds. Cow carcass weights are up 29 pounds year over year mostly the result of more dairy cows in the cow slaughter total. So far this year dairy cows rep- resent 58 percent of total cow slaughter compared to 52 percent one year ago. Increased steer and heifer carcass weights reflect feedlot response to market conditions the past several months. Feedlot inventories have been slightly above year earlier levels since November, mostly as a result of delayed feed- lot marketings of cattle. Total feedlot placements of cattle the past six months are down 3.8 percent year over year. In the same six months, feedlot marketings are down 7.2 percent, Data from Kansas feedlots shows that feedlots fed cattle an extra 16 days the past six months com- pared to the same period a year earlier. This led to increased final weights despite the fact that placement weights were smaller. Interest- ingly, feedlot perfor- mance was poorer during the past six months with decreased average daily gains, increased feed/ gain ratios and increased death loss. What to expect in the coming months? Fed cattle marketings typi- cally increase seasonally from February to June. Current estimates sug- gest that total marketings wi.ll increase seasonally through May but could be slightly smaller than the same period last year with February and March marketings up slightly year over year and down from year ago levels in April and May. Carcass weights also typically decline to seasonal lows in April or May. While feedlots to have some incentive to feed cattle longer, winter weather may pull cattle and car- cass weights down faster than expected in March. The current cold and snow across much of the country will have impacts in the majority of cattle feeding areas. Winter weather may have also affected Feb- ruary feedlot placements. In Oklahoma, combined auction receipts in Feb- ruary were down 17 per- cent from last year with auc'tion volumes down 47 percent in the last two weeks of February, in part due to adverse weather and road con- ditions. Though some wheat pasture cattle moved to market in late January and early Febru- ary, some wheat pasture cattle may have been pushed into early March. Most wheat in Oklahoma is at or near first hollow stem and cattle need to be removed immediately for grain harvest in dual-pur- pose wheat. Prolapses In Beef Cows Prolapses occur occa- sionally in beef cows. Most prolapses occur very near the time of calving. Two distinct kinds of prolapse exist. Uterine prolapse usu- ally occurs at calving or soon after calving. If the uterus becomes badly traumatized before treating, the animal may die from shock or hem- orrhage. Uterine pro- lapse requires immediate attention and if treated soon, most animals have an uneventful recovery. Some may suffer uterine damage or infection that prevents or delays con- ception and should there- fore be culled. If they subsequently rebreed and become pregnant on schedule, there is no reason to cull animals suffering uterine pro- lapse after calving. Uter- ine prolapse is not likely to reoccur. Female off- spring are not genetically predisposed to prolapses. Vaginal prolapse, how- ever, that which occurs before calving is a herita- ble trait and is likely to reoccur each year during late pregnancy. Such animals should not be kept,in the herd. The condition will eventually result in the loss of cow, calf, or both, plus her female offspring would be predisposed to vaginal prolapse. Call your local large animal veterinarian for proper treatment, or advice about culling of any beef female that has been found to have a prolapse. Research (Patterson, et al, 1981) from the USDA station at Miles City, Montana, reported that 153 calvings of 13,296 calvings from a 14-year span were associated with prolapse of the reproductive tract. Of those 153 prolapses, 124 (81%) were vaginal pro- lapses and 29 (19%) were uterine prolapses. The subsequent pregnancy rate following prolapse among first calf heifers was 28% and the preg- nancy rate among adult cows following a pro- lapsed was only 57.9%. Read more about Calving Time Manage- ment for Beef Cows and Heifers by downloading Oklahoma State Univer- sity Extension Circular E-1006. Checking For First Hollow stem First hollow stem occurs just prior to jointing and is the optimal time to remove cattle from wheat pasture. First hollow stem usually occurs in mid to late February in southern Ollahoma and early March in northern Oklahoma. Grazing past first hollow stem can reduce wheat grain yield by as much as 5% per day and the added cattle gains are not enough to offset the value of the reduced wheat yield. Similar to previous years, we will moni- tor occurrence of first hollow stem in our wheat plots at Stillwater and report the findings on this biog. There is also a new first hollow stem advisor available on the Oklahoma Mesonet that can assist in determining when to start scouting. Checking for first hollow stem is fairly easy. You must check first hollow stem in a non- grazed area of the same variety and planting date. Variety can affect date of first hollow stem by as much as three weeks and planting date can affect it even more. Dig or pull up a few plants and split the largest tiller longitudi- nally (lengthways) and measure the amount of hollow stem present below the developing grain head. You must dig plants because at this stage the developing grain head may still be below the soil surface. If there is 1.5 cm of hollow stem present , it is time to remove cattle. 1.5 cm is about the same as the diameter of a dime. Detailed information on first hollow stem can be found at www.wheat. :' okstate.edu under 'wheat i management' then 'graz ing' Community Develop- ment Events: QR Codes: What you need to know: This lunch program will be held Tuesday March 24 at noon at the Payne County Administration Build- ing. The program will be presented by Payne County Extension Edu- cator, Suzette Barta. If you would like lunch, the cost is $10 at the door, but please RSVP. If you do not want lunch, there is no cost to attend. Basic Customer Service Training (PRIDE Pro- gram): Extension Edu- cator Suzette Barta will offer this popular cus- tomer service program on behalf of the Cushing Chamber of Commerce on Thursday April 2, 9:30am- 12noon. Con- tact the Cushing Cham- ber to register. For more information about any of these pro- grams, contact the Payne County OSU Extension office at 405-747-8320. 1,