Southern Oregon Ag Online agriculture in Southern Oregon Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:04:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Shasta livestock sale Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:04:27 +0000 RECEIPTS:                       This Week: 831 Last Week: 1897 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows $4 lower on limited supply. Feeder cows $110-$125. Steers under 650 lbs & heifers under 600 lbs $15-$20 lower. Bigger cattle mostly steady. Off lots and singles $35-$60 below top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 95.00-100.00 101.00-107.00                               Boneing: 90.00-94.00 Heiferettes: 127.00-161.00                               Cutters: 80.00-89.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-125.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxxx to                       303.00 (1 set) Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 262.00 to                       291.00 (few) 500-550 245.00 to                       282.00 550-600 240.00 to                       258.00 600-650 220.00 to                       240.00 650-700 xxxx to xxxx 700-750 212.00 to                       216.00 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 200.00 to                       202.50 (few)  FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxxx to xxxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxxx to xxxx 450-500 241.00 to                       260.00 500-550 225.00 to                       250.00 550-600 215.00 to                       235.00 600-650 214.00 to                       229.00 650-700 xxxx to xxxx 700-750 185.00 to                       205.50 750-800 xxxx to xxxx 800-900 170.00 to                       179.00 (few)                                                        PAIRS: Too few for market test                                             CALVY COWS: Full-mouth cows $2300-$2800; broken-mouth $1600-$2050 Thurs. Jan. 29: 11 AM: Western Video Feeder Sale and Red Bluff Replacement Female Sale                                       at Tehama District Fairgrounds in Red Bluff, CA Fri. Jan. 30: Bred Cow & Pair Special – Expecting 2500 head


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Scholarships available through Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education – – Gmail Sat, 24 Jan 2015 01:31:01 +0000 Scholarships available through the Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education The Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education is pleased to announce that applications are available for two scholarship programs for the upcoming 2015-2016 academic year. Oregon Farm Bureau Memorial Scholarships (OFBMS) with 10-12 awards annually are available to new and continuing full-time students (12 or more hours per quarter or the semester equivalent, must be an Oregon high school graduate or an Oregon home school graduate with a full year, 24 semester or 36 quarter hours, of completed college coursework documented by a transcript and proof of parents Oregon residency (to consist of three consecutive land-based utility (power, sewer, water, or landline phone) bills within the last 6 months.) Students must be preparing for an agriculture or forestry-related career. Students attending institutions outside of Oregon are also eligible. The goal of the OFB Memorial Scholarship program is to “Support students that will have a positive impact on production agriculture and other agriculture-related fields”. The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015. The Oregon Farm Bureau, COUNTRY Insured, Associate Member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial, 1 Award @ $1000 is available to new and continuing full-time students (12 or more hours per quarter or the semester equivalent, must be an Oregon high school graduate or an Oregon home school graduate with a full year, 24 semester or 36 quarter hours, of completed college coursework documented by a transcript and proof of parents Oregon residency (to consist of three consecutive land-based utility (power, sewer, water, or landline phone) bills within the last 6 months.) with an *associate membership (non-farming/non-voting), (or a dependent child of an associate member), in Oregon Farm Bureau preparing to continue his/her education through a junior college, or a four year college or university with intent to seek a bachelor’s degree. Students attending institutions outside of Oregon are also eligible. Employees of Oregon Farm Bureau and COUNTRY Financial and their immediate families are not eligible for this scholarship. The goal of the Oregon Farm Bureau Associate member Scholarship, funded by COUNTRY Financial is to “Help future community and business leaders obtain a baccalaureate education with the aim of strengthening understanding, cooperation, and mutual respect among rural, urban, and suburban Oregonians.” The deadline for applications is March 15, 2015.

via Scholarships available through Oregon Farm Bureau Foundation for Education – – Gmail.


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Farm Bureau hears wolf update Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:20:46 +0000  

In their meeting at the Black Bear Restaurant on January 20, members were introduced to Jenny Dresler, governmental affairs associate of the Oregon Farm Bureau. Dresler is a native of Portland, but took a round-about path leading to her eventual hiring at the OFB two months ago. She will be involved in legislative work and keeping members appraised of bills that will affect them. Currently, there are at least seven bills that could change the minimum wage in Oregon by several dollars. They range in rates from $12 to $15. Readers will remember that Seattle changed their minimum to $15 per hour.

The wolf management plan will also be center stage during this legislative session. Dresler said that the economic forecast is on the upswing.

Also speaking at the meeting was Mark Vargas of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Vargas said the most controversial issue right now is the introduction of wolves into the southern Cascades. ODFW knows of one established pack, that of the infamous OR7, who has found a mate, now has pups. While ODFW believes the pair had three pups, the actual number is not known. Residents of the area have told the Independent that they have been spotted and the actual number may be closer to five pups. Reports of other packs have surfaced, and ODFW has recognized that another wolf has set up shop near Keno on the eastern slope of the Cascades.

Vargas said that only the alpha male and female of the pack will breed, and they will have between two and five pups, usually, but not always, every year. So, theoretically, the pack will never grow by more than five animals per year, at least in most cases. Counting losses due to old age or injury, pack numbers will not grow by very many animals.

Vargas also told about the management plans that are (?) jointly managed by U. S. Fish and Wildlife and by ODFW. Those two agencies have different approaches to the wolf situation and have different goals and even different boundary lines in determining western wolves from the Eastern Oregon packs. The management plan calls for periodic reviews to determine pack strength and numbers, is reviewed in 2005, 2010, and again this year.

As Vargas was making his presentation, he said that “wolves are not compatible with humans.” The difficulties lie with the interaction of the two species. It was this difficulty that lead to wolves being hunted out of the western states. As the number of wolves has grown in Idaho, for instance, they have become so prevalent that the state had difficulty controlling both the number and the depredation they were committing. Idaho established a hunting season, much as British Columbia did some years ago.

The most chilling statement made during Vargas’ presentation was that U. S. Fish and Wildlife wants the wolves and they control the cards in this game. So he basically told the farm bureau that they had better get used to the animals because the feds want them here.

For more information on the wolf issue, visit or read the book The Real Wolf by Ted B. Lyon.


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FFA Leadership Contests – HELP NEEDED! – – Gmail Fri, 23 Jan 2015 03:32:08 +0000 Dear FFA Friends and Supporters, It is once again time to get ready for the annual Klamath Basin FFA Leadership CDEs and the Southern Oregon FFA District Leadership CDEs! The Klamath Basin FFA Leadership CDEs will take place on Wednesday, February 11th at Henley High School. Judges are needed to arrive between 5:30-5:45 PM to begin reviewing score cards and materials. The Southern Oregon FFA District Leadership CDEs will be held at the Klamath County Fairgrounds on Thursday, February 19th. It will begin at 9 am sharp with all judges meeting in the Blue Building. Please plan to arrive by 8:45 am and the contest will conclude by 2:30 pm. Lunch will be provided just as it has been in the past. We will have over 200 FFA students from our 12 FFA chapters in the district competing in leadership activities. Contests at both events include: Creed Speaking, Beginning, Sophomore and Advanced Public Speaking, Extemporaneous Speaking, Beginning and Advanced Parliamentary Procedure, and Job Interview. We would like to encourage you to participate in this very important event by helping to judge these contests. We will provide all the supplies and paperwork; you will supply yourself and your support for these future agriculturalists! No experience is needed! We will help to train you. We will also have some returning judges help to guide you along the way. The students in our agriculture programs have worked very hard to get prepared for this CDE. It is one of the first steps our kids take to qualify for the sectional and state levels. Your willingness to help is very much appreciated. If you could find time in your busy schedule to help us out, please RSVP to me via email. I will send out a follow up reminder as we get closer. Thanks again for your support!!! Meghan BiggsAgricultural Science & TechnologyHenley High School

via FFA Leadership Contests – HELP NEEDED! – – Gmail.


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$18 Million Available to Support Training Tue, 20 Jan 2015 22:47:55 +0000 $18 Million Available to Support Training for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
By Traci Bruckner,, Center for Rural Affairs

The US Department of Agriculture announced more than $18 million in funding available to support training, mentoring, and development of beginning farmers and ranchers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program.


We helped create and advocate for this program in the 2002 Farm Bill. It was finally funded in the 2008 Farm Bill.


The need was clear then and remains so today. A number of beginning farmers and ranchers don’t have direct roots to agriculture. While they yearn for the honest, hard work you find in farming or ranching, they need help learning the ropes.


The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awards grants to organizations implementing programs to train beginning farmers and ranchers. Funding includes support for workshops, farmer-to-farmer mentoring, and technical assistance.


Since the program was first funded and put on the ground in 2009, 145 awards have been made. That’s more than $71 million dedicated to giving the next generation of farmers and ranchers the know-how to succeed.


A focus on projects for veteran beginning farmers and ranchers has been added this time. It joins previous set-asides for socially-disadvantaged, limited-resource, or farmworkers who want a start in agriculture.


Organizations experienced in serving beginning farmers and ranchers must submit their applications by March 13, 2015. If you are a beginning farmer or rancher looking to find training and mentoring opportunities, call us at 402.687.2100 or send an email to We’ll point you in the right direction.


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Shasta Livestock sale January 16 Sat, 17 Jan 2015 16:11:36 +0000 RECEIPTS:                       This Week: 1897 Last Week: 4483 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Slaughter cows and bulls steady. Tough week with lower futures and less demand, esp. on feedlot cattle. Generally $13-$25 below last week’s not market. Off lots and singles $40-$100 lower than top offerings. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 99.00-104.00 105.00-117.00                               Boneing: 92.00-98.00 Heiferettes: 125.00-155.00                               Cutters: 80.00-91.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 99.00-119.00 120.00-126.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 300.00 to                       357.50 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 300.00 to                       358.00 450-500 290.00 to                       342.50 500-550 245.00 to                       285.00 550-600 235.00 to                       271.00 600-650 225.00 to                       260.00 650-700 210.00 to                       244.50 700-750 215.00 to                       223.00 750-800 200.00 to                       212.00 (few) 800-900 180.00 to                       196.00 (few) FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 255.00 to                       309.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 250.00 to                       281.00 (few) 450-500 240.00 to                       280.00 500-550 230.00 to                       260.00 550-600 215.00 to                       244.00 600-650 205.00 to                       229.00 650-700 195.00 to                       213.00 (few) 700-750 185.00 to                       192.00 (few) 750-800 182.00 to                       204.00 (few) 800-900 xxxx to xxxx                                                        PAIRS: Full-mouth pairs $3025-$3450                                           CALVY COWS: Full-mouth $2200-$2800; Broken-mouth $1525-$2350 Jan. 21: Consignment deadline for January 29th WVM feeder sale & Red Bluff Female Sale Jan. 23: Expecting 1200 head at Shasta Livestock Jan. 30: Special Bred Cow & Pair Sale


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Stockmen’s Association meeting Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:12:12 +0000  

Bob Damon has become the new president of the Jackson County Stockmen’s Association. Meeting at the Expo on January 10, Damon was unaimously elected by the Association. Assisting him will be Glen Eary as Vice president, Thomas White as Secretary and Jeremy Kennedy as Treasurer. The entire slate of candidates ran unopposed and chairman of the election committee, Ron Anderson called for a unanimous ballot.

It should be noted that Bob Damon reportedly made a promise of “no one would lose their insurance coverage” if he was elected as president.

The annual meeting of the group gives stockmen a chance to take stock of what is happening around this area. One of the highlights of the meeting was guest speaker, Mark Vargas of ODFW, who spoke of deer migration routes and timing. However, the body was more interested in what Vargas had to say about the wolf population in Jackson County. His comments seemed none to reassuring, especially to individuals who range cattle in the forests.

A highlight of the event was the address by state senator Doug Whitsett’s report from Salem. Whitsett covered many topics, none which seemed to positive. He touched on what he believes will be a new gas tax increase and a push to increase the minimum wage to $12 per hour.

The current administration has been pushing wind and solar energy as the wave of the future, but Whitsett said that wind energy is just 17 percent efficient and solar is even lower at 12 percent. So while hydro has no equal as far as efficiency, the move is to develop power from other sources. That means removal of dams, especially on the Klamath River and that might be precursor to removal of dams on the Columbia River. Those dams provide power to millions of people around the northwest.

Whitsett also cautioned that the move to make rivers scenic would cause major problems because it would designate one-quarter mile on each side of those particular streams as wild and scenic, causing untold problems for those who make a living from their lands.

Finally, Whitsett urged all ranchers to band together to resist legislation that would put them out of business.

County Commissioner Doug Breidenthal gave a recap of county activity, including some information about the controversial Expo. Asked from the audience about a new Fair Manager, he said that the issue was currently in the hands of the Fair Board, who have not yet ormally accepted the resignation of Dave Koellermeier. Breidenthal also said there are plans for an RV park at the Expo which commissioners believe will increase revenue by approximately $1 million.

Ther was a discussion on a “wolf compensation committee” which would be established to compensate ranchers for losses due to wolf depradation.

A regular presenter at the stockmen’s meetings is the state veternarian who spoke almost entirely on the problems with control of Trich in cattles, especially bulls. Cows can actually be vaccinated, but they prove not to be effective in bulls. He urged those who have cattle ranging in the southern counties to be particularly cautious. The issue is particularly costly to owners who might experience a decrease in calf production. Cattle trich is not passed on to humans from infected cattle.

Duane Haas reported just one feeder sale in 2014 with 447 head for a total sale price of $650, 860, netting the organization $3,257.28. Haas expects just one sale in 2015.

The evening closed with a social hour and dinner.


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Shasta livestock sale Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:08:44 +0000 RECEIPTS:                       This Week: 4483 Last Week: 551 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Excellent feeder market for annual Siskiyou Co. Cattlemen’s sale. Very active especially under 725 lbs. All classes much higher; strong feeder cow market. Slaughter cows $3 lower. Off lots and singles $40-$60 below top. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress                               Breakers: 100.00-104.00 105.00-115.00                               Boneing: 92.00-99.00                               Cutters: 81.00-90.00 Heiferettes: 130.00-177.00                                             BULLS 1 & 2: 98.00-119.00 120.00-130.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 330.00 to                       397.50 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 330.00 to                       371.00 450-500 300.00 to                       364.00 500-550 280.00 to                       320.00 550-600 255.00 to                       296.00 600-650 245.00 to                       286.00 650-700 230.00 to                       260.00 700-750 215.00 to                       250.00 750-800 208.00 to                       228.00 800-900 204.00 to                       217.00 FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 280.00 to                       341.00 Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 280.00 to                       339.00 450-500 270.00 to                       308.00 500-550 245.00 to                       280.00 550-600 230.00 to                       257.00 600-650 225.00 to                       246.50 650-700 212.00 to                       236.00 700-750 204.00 to                       217.50 750-800 200.00 to                       218.00 800-900 191.00 to                       207.00                                                        PAIRS: 1 set of pairs at $3350                                             CALVY COWS: Full-mouth, running-age cows $2400-$2750; Broken-mouth $1500-$2125


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Reducing size and severity of rangeland fires Wed, 07 Jan 2015 02:11:59 +0000 Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today issued a Secretarial Order
calling for a comprehensive science-based strategy to address the more frequent and intense
wildfires that are damaging vital sagebrush landscapes and productive rangelands, particularly in
the Great Basin region of Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and California.
The strategy will begin to be implemented during the 2015 fire season. Goals include reducing
the size, severity and cost of rangeland fires, addressing the spread of cheatgrass and other
invasive species, and positioning wildland fire management resources for more effective
rangeland fire response.
“Targeted action is urgently needed to conserve habitat for the greater sage-grouse and other
wildlife in the Great Basin, as well as to maintain ranching and recreation economies that depend
on sagebrush landscapes,” said Secretary Jewell. “The Secretarial Order further demonstrates our
strong commitment to work with our federal, state, tribal and community partners to reduce the
likelihood and severity of rangeland fire, stem the spread of invasive species, and restore the
health and resilience of sagebrush ecosystems.”
The Secretarial Order establishes a top-level Rangeland Fire Task Force, chaired by Interior’s
Deputy Secretary Mike Connor, includes five assistant secretaries, and lays out the goals and
timelines for completing the Task Force’s work.
The Task Force will work with other federal agencies, states, tribes, local entities and nongovernmental
groups on fire management and habitat restoration activities. This includes
enhancing the capability and capacity of our partners’ fire management organizations through
improved and expanded education and training. The Task Force also will encourage improved
coordination among all partners involved in rangeland fire management to further improve safety
and effectiveness.

The Order builds on wildland fire prevention, suppression and restoration efforts to date,
including the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy, which provides a roadmap
for achieving “all hands—all lands” cooperation, and the President’s wildland fire budget
proposal to change how fire suppression costs are budgeted to treat extreme fire seasons the way
other emergency disasters are treated. The budget proposal would provide greater certainty in
addressing growing fire suppression needs while better safeguarding prevention and other nonsuppression
programs, such as fuels reduction and post-fire rehabilitation.
The accelerated invasion of non-native grasses and the spread of pinyon-juniper, along with
drought and the effects of climate change, increased the threat of rangeland fires to the sagebrush
landscape and the more than 350 species of plants and animals, such as mule deer and
pronghorn, that rely on this critically important ecosystem. The increasing frequency and
intensity of rangeland fire in sagebrush ecosystems has significantly damaged the landscape on
which ranchers, livestock managers, hunters and outdoor recreation enthusiasts rely. This
unnatural fire cycle puts at risk their economic contributions across this landscape that support
and maintain the Western way of life in America.
Efforts to conserve and protect sagebrush habitat are the centerpiece of an historic campaign to
address threats to greater sage-grouse prior to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s court-ordered
2015 deadline whether to propose the bird for Endangered Species Act protection.
Secretary Jewell is working with Western governors to improve wildland fire-fighting capacity at
all levels, highlighting the proactive voluntary partnership with ranchers, farmers and other
landowners to conserve the sagebrush landscape on private and public lands. Interior’s
November 5-7, 2014, conference in Idaho, The Next Steppe: Sage-grouse and Rangeland Fire in
the Great Basin, brought together fire experts and land managers at the federal, state and local
levels who underscored the need for a comprehensive, landscape-scale strategy to rangeland fire
suppression and prevention.
At the December 6, 2014, Western Governors’ Association winter meeting, Jewell directed her
Department’s leadership to develop a comprehensive strategy to fight rangeland fire with an eye
toward protecting rural communities, sagebrush landscapes and habitats essential to the
conservation of the sage-grouse and other wildlife.
“These efforts will help Governors, state, tribal and local fire authorities, and those landowners
on the ground – including rangeland fire protection associations and rural volunteer fire
departments – make sure they have the information, training and tools to more effectively fight
the threat of rangeland fires,” said Jewell. “To protect these landscapes for economic activity
and wildlife like the greater sage-grouse, we need a three-pronged approach that includes strong
federal land management plans, strong state plans, and an effective plan to address the threat of
rangeland fire.”
Because about 64 percent of the greater sage-grouse’s 165 million acres of occupied range is on
federally managed lands, Interior’s Bureau of Land Management and the Department of
Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service are currently analyzing amendments to existing land use plans

to incorporate appropriate conservation measures to conserve, enhance and restore greater sagegrouse
habitat by reducing, eliminating or minimizing threats to the habitat.
State and private lands, which make up a significant portion of the priority and general habitat
for the greater sage-grouse, are also critical for the species. As a result, the Department is
working in an unprecedented partnership with the states to provide strong habitat protection and
conservation measures on the lands they administer. As part of her efforts with Western
governors, Secretary Jewell encouraged, assisted and highlighted the proactive, voluntary state
and federal partnership with ranchers, farmers and other landowners to conserve the sagebrush
landscape on private and public lands.
The rangeland fire Secretarial Order will help frame the third part of the greater sage-grouse
conservation strategy by encouraging further federal, state, tribal and local protection for those
vulnerable sagebrush lands in the Great Basin states.
Greater sage-grouse once occupied more than 290 million acres of sagebrush in the West, but the
bird, known for its flamboyant mating ritual at sites called leks, has lost more than half of its
habitat since then. Settlers reported that millions of birds once took to the skies; current estimates
place population numbers between 200,000 and 500,000 birds. The species now occurs in 11
states and two Canadian provinces. More information on the greater sage-grouse and the
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January 2 Shasta livestock sale prices Sat, 03 Jan 2015 18:52:11 +0000 RECEIPTS:   This Week: 551 Last Week: 2183 COMPARED TO LAST WEEK: Happy New Year! Slaughter cows mostly steady. Small run of feeders, so tough to quote the market, plus a lot of volatility in the market from two weeks ago. SLAUGHTER COWS: High Dress Low Dress           Breakers: 102.00-107.00 108.00-123.00           Boneing: 96.00-101.00           Cutters: 83.00-95.00 Heiferettes 135.00-185.00                         BULLS 1 & 2: 100.00-125.00 FEEDER STEERS: 300-400 xxx to xxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 xxx to xxx 450-500 280.00 to                     327.00 500-550 270.00 to                     304.00 550-600 xxx to xxx 600-650 243.00 to                     245.00 2 sets 650-700 212.00 to                     242.00 700-750 xxx to xxx 750-800 xxx to xxx 800-900 xxx to xxx FEEDER HEIFERS: 300-400 xxx to xxx Top Offerings/Pen Lots 400-450 270.00 to                     285.00 2 sets 450-500 270.00 to                     282.00 2 sets 500-550 230.00 to                     245.00 550-600 xxx to xxx 600-650 xxx to xxx 650-700 xxx to xxx 700-750 xxx to xxx 750-800 xxx to xxx 800-900 xxx to xxx                                                      PAIRS: No Test                        CALVY COWS: $2525.00-$3250.00


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