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A6 - THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, October 28, 2010 Farm & Ranch ixtension Comer Runner wins showmanship By Payne County Extension Educators Nathan Anderson, Agriculture Educator Dea Rash, FCS Educator Ilmtt Morals, 4-H Youth Development Start Fimple, Horticulture Educator Sugntte Badn, Rural Development http://oces.okstate.edu/payne Ag News Payne County Cattle Producer's Annual Trade- show and Banquet This year's event will be held on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at the Payne County Expo Center in Expo Hall. The tradeshow will begin at 5:00 pro. Membership is $15.00 annually for the Cattle Producer's Associa- tion. Reservation deadline is MONDAY, OCTOBER 25, if you would like to attend this event, please contact the Payne County Extension Office at (405) 747-8320. The meal will be catered by the Steer Inn, Cushing, and has a cost of $17.50 per person. We invite all parties interested in this event to contact our office. Take a Second Look at Background- ing Calves This Fall Often a cattle producer can make the best return when you can do what the market needs done at a time when it is difficult for anyone else to do it. Right now, the market wants feeder cattle to have additional weight before going to the feedlot. This has been the general tendency for some time but is enhanced even more with the recent jump in corn prices. Stocker producers normally oblige the market by putting on the additional weight but winter time is more tricky than summer when there is lots of green forage. In the southern plains, graz- ing winter wheat usually provides a home to many feeder calves being mar- keted in the fall run. However, the lack of rain for the past month means that very little wheat pasture is available or likely to be available very soon. As a result calf prices have dropped more than previously expected due to the lack of stocker cattle demand. This sets up a situation where cow- calf producers should consider the feasibility of implementing some sort of backgrounding program for I AMEmCAN FAI & IE.CHI.cS III1V IllltMC= 0Ilff" 2010 LEA,';E AUCT ONS PERKINSINSURANCE AGENCY, INC. MARY A. MORRIS, AGENT JOSHUA E. MORRIS, AGENT 121 N. Main" P.O. Box 136 Perkins, OK 74059 weaned calves. Retained ownership allows cattle producers to change the timing of animal sales which may have mar- keting advantages. I don't often recommend using retained ownership strictly as a marketing tool. After all, holding calves into a stocker or background- ing program means that the producer is taking on a new cattle production activity. It has to work and be feasible from a produc- tion standpoint before it can help with marketing. This means evaluating the resources required; feed, facilities and labor, to be sure you can manage the health of the animals and put together a nutritional program that will provide acceptable gains. This may involve standing forage or hay along with some supplement. It might be grazing, semiconfinement or a drylot situation. If it is feasible, this may be the ideal time to consider retaining calves. The addi- tional weight gain is needed and the stocker industry does not have the forage to do it as easily as usual. The value of gain provides the incentive to look at more creative stocker or backgrounding programs. Last week in Oklahoma, 519 pound steers were priced at $115.07/cwt. and 680 pound steers had a price of $110.34/cwt. This means that the value of an extra 161 pounds of gain on the steer was $0.95 per pound. Can you design a backgrounding program to put weight on and provide a decent return relative to this value? Of course, the market price may change before we actu- ally have the extra weight gain. It is not without risk but it is a calculated risk. Corn is likely to stay high and the value of the weight gain will remain strong. If it rains soon in the south- em plains, the demand for stocker may rebuild and one could choose whether to continue with the back- grounding program or go ahead and sell the animals. Either way there is rela- tively little downside risk in putting on another 100 to 300 pounds on weaned calves. The futures market is volatile but does provide an opportunity to lock in the margin on weight gain and reduce the price risk for feeder cattle. A little creativity in designing a backgrounding program could be worth the effort this fall. RD NEWS It is time to register for the 2nd Annual Micro Busi- ness Conference to be held October 28 at the Stillwater Community Center. This year's keynote speaker is Start Clark, owner of Eskimo Joe's. A motivating speaker, Clark will share his experi- ences of opening and grow- ing a business in Stillwater. Clark will speak at 9am and registration will begin at 8: 30am. Following Clark's presentation, there will be several concurrent session on topics such as Market- ing, Websites, Start-up Funding, and more. Marcy Luter of Meridian Technol- ogy Center will facilitate a session on "how to net- work." Our lunch program is a Parade of Resources in which 8-10 resources pro- P.O. Box 842 Stillwater, OK 74076-0842 405-372-3367 I MONDAY NOV. 1 * 10:00 AM Pa Courtw FairRrotlnds, COnllntllljW Bui]djflg (3 miles east ofna Rd. on I 51) Stillwater, OK mteUI tmllll'/, 1 NOllE CQUIITY, 12 LEASES PAWIE COUNTY, 1 LEASES PAYI COWITY, 15 LEASES Benefiting Ok/a/xnna ,cbool Children Lease AuctiotL in 33 Oklahoma Counties (Oct. 18 tbru Nov. 1) fir f.arming, gancb am1 Hunting www.clo.ok.gov For idditioiral tt a.d locaties, call: 1-8835-11ds (1-UlF355-71 r (405) S21 llLIOI/tCIIII IMD lllUSTJ Perkins-Tryon 4-H and FFA Booster Club Students of the Week Riley Wilson Joe Preston Colby Hutson Sr. 4-H Reporter FFA Reporter Jr. 4-H Reporter Pork Chop Supper & Auction Saturday, November 13 Meal 5:00 pm--Au(:ti0n 6:30 p.m. I Hanna Runner was chosen as the champion inte sheep showman at the 2010 Tulsa State Fair. She competed against forty thirteen to fifteen-year old participants. viders will speak for about 3-4 minutes each regarding their services. The cost to register is $25 and that includes lunch. The confer- ence will conclude at lpm. Contact Suzette Barta, suzette.barta@ okstate.edu or 405-747-8320 to regis- ter. You can also register on the Stillwater Chamber's website: www.stillwatercha mber.org. The Payne County Home Based Business Association will meet on Tuesday October 26 at 12 noon at the Payne County Administration Building (comer of 6th and Duck in Stillwater). This month's speaker is Amber Ritter of Computer iGeeks. Ritter share with us how to take better care of our home computer. These meetings are free to the public. If you have an interest in the topic. you are welcome to attend. New people attend every month. may be to a cure. Cancer Society: i:free.  deductible, and will help us Cancer research, educa- tion, advocacy and patiient services. 1-877-999-CARS / www.cancer.org /, a INSTANT COMFORT. 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