Man uses cattle prod to rob Fort Pierce gas station – Local 10

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – A 21-year-old man used a cattle prod to rob a Fort Pierce gas station in order to get money to see his son, city police said. 

Middleton Henderson walked into a Citgo gas station at about 10:19 a.m. in the 4100 block of Okeechobee Road and asked the victim for a bathroom key, police said. When he was told that the bathroom was out of order, Henderson left the store and loitered outside for an extended time. 

He then walked back into the store with a cattle prod in his hand and shocked the victim with it, police said. He then jumped over the counter and took money from a drawer before punching and kicking the victim. 

Henderson left the prod on the floor as he left the store, and the victim, who had injuries to his eyes, hands and body, called police. 

Shortly after the incident, an officer spotted a man matching Henderson’s description inside an abandoned house in the 2300 block of South 29th Street.

Henderson was taken into custody shortly thereafter, and police found a large sum on money in his right back pocket, police said. 

After being read his rights, Henderson agreed to speak to police. 

When asked why he was arrested, Henderson said, “Armed robbery, I’m guessing,” according to an arrest report. 

He then said that he hadn’t seen his son in weeks and thought that if he could get some money then he would be able to see him, the report said. Henderson went on to say that he recently lost his house, car and job and had been homeless. 

Henderson told police that he waited a while before going inside the store with the cattle prod and that his plan was to shock the clerk and stun him — leaving him with enough time to grab the money and go, the report said. 

Things didn’t go Henderson’s way when the clerk fought back, according to the report, and that’s what caused Henderson to take the money and run. 

Henderson was arrested on charges of robbery with a weapon and aggravated battery causing bodily harm. 

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AG CORNER: Understanding feeder cattle price slides – Stillwater News Press

Feeder cattle prices depend on the weight of the cattle with lightweight cattle typically having the highest price per pound (or hundredweight) and lower prices for heavier cattle. Not only do prices vary across cattle weights but the size of the price adjustment depends on the weight of the cattle.

Price slides are a measure of the amount of price adjustment as weight changes from a base weight.

Price slides have a number of uses, the most common of which is adjusting the price of forward contracted cattle if actual weight is different from the specified base weight.

Price slides are also useful for producers to evaluate price changes for the weight gain of calves in a preconditioning or short backgrounding program or perhaps the additional weight from creep feeding calves. Prices slides are often stated in terms of traditional rules of thumb, e.g. a 10 cent slide on calves or a 6 cent slide on yearlings.

The price volatility of recent years has shown that these rules of thumb using absolute levels are inadequate to accurately capture price adjustments over a wide range of price levels.

Price slides depend on the price level and thus are more accurately stated as a percent of the base price. Table 1 shows annual average and monthly average price slides for selected weights of steers and heifers. It is apparent that price slides are not only different for different weights but also vary for steers and heifers and at different times of the year. As an example of how to use these price slides, suppose the base price of 575-pound steers is $150/cwt.

The annual average price slide is 6.7 percent, which results in a price adjustment of $10.05/cwt. If the steer actually weighs 30 pounds more or 605 pounds, the price would be adjusted down by $3.02/cwt ($10.05 x 0.3 cwt.) to $146.98 ($150-$3.02). In this example, the price slide is close to the traditional 10-cent slide.

However, while the percent price slide is constant, the absolute price adjustment depends on price level. Thus, the 575-pound steer would have a price slide of $8.04/cwt. if market price was $1.20/cwt. or $12.06/cwt if the market price was $180/cwt.

It is evident from Table 1 that the percent price slide for heifers is generally lower compared to steers for the lighter weights but is roughly equal to the steer price slide for heavy feeders. It is also apparent that price slides for both steers and heifers vary across months.

Price adjustments can be fine-tuned using the monthly average price slides. In general, price slides are relatively constant across months for light weight calves and for the heavy feeders.

Price slides in the middle feeder weights (575-725 pounds for steers, 550-700 pounds for heifers) have wide variation across months. For example, 675-pound steers have an annual average price slide of 4.0 percent, which varies from 8.2 percent in March to essentially zero in October.

Price slides expressed in percentages adjust automatically and appropriately to changing market prices. Understanding price slides can help producers improve cattle marketing and evaluate feeder cattle production alternatives. 

Poor temperament adversely affects profit

October is a traditional weaning and culling time for spring-calving herds. Weaning for value-added calf sales is already underway. This is a time when producers decide which cows no longer are helpful to the operation and which heifer calves will be kept for future replacements. Selecting against ill-tempered cattle has always made good sense. Wild cattle are hard on equipment, people, other cattle, and now we know that they are hard on the bottom line.

Mississippi State University researchers (Vann and co-workers. 2006. Southern Section of American Society of Animal Science) used a total of 210 feeder cattle consigned by 19 producers in a “Farm to Feedlot” program to evaluate the effect of temperament on performance, carcass characteristics, and net profit.

Temperament was scored on a 1 to 5 scale (1=nonaggressive, docile; 5=very aggressive, excitable). Three measurements were used: pen score, chute score, and exit velocity. Measurements were taken on the day of shipment to the feedlot.

Exit velocity is an evaluation of temperament that is made electronically by measuring the speed at which the animal leaves the confinement of the chute. Exit velocity and pen scores were highly correlated. As pen scores increased, so did exit velocity. As pen score and exit velocity increased, health treatments costs and number of days treated increased, while average daily gain and final body weight decreased. This outcome makes perfect sense. Other studies have shown that excitable temperament can diminish immune responsiveness, with more temperamental calves having a reduced response to vaccination compared to calm calves.

In the Mississippi study, as pen temperament score increased, net profit per head tended to decline. Pen temperament scores and net profits per head were as follows: 1=$121.89; 2=$100.98; 3=$107.18; 4=$83.75; 5=$80.81. Although feed and cattle price relationships have changed since this data was collected, one would expect similar impacts from the temperaments of cattle under today’s economic situation.

“Heritability” is the portion of the differences in a trait that can be attributed to genetics. The heritability of temperament in beef cattle has been estimated to range from 0.36 to 0.45. This moderate level of heritability indicates that real progress can be made by selecting against wild cattle. Whether we are marketing our calf crop at weaning or retaining ownership throughout the feedlot phase, wild, excitable cattle are expensive.

Payne County Extension Educators Nathan Anderson, Dea Rash, Suzette Barta, Keith Reed and Summer Riggins contributed to this report.

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Cattle Hit 1-month High Ahead of USDA Data, Hogs Extend Losses –

U.S. live cattle futures jumped to the highest levels in over a month on Friday, lifted by technical buying and expectations for bullish government supply data that was due after the close of trading.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Cattle and Feed report, however, was deemed bearish by analysts, and that could pressure futures come Monday.

Chicago Mercantile Exchange October live cattle rose 1.475 cents to 111.575 cents per pound while the most-active December contract was up 1.225 cents to 117.425 cents.

CME October feeder cattle were up 0.225 cent to 156.100 cents per pound.

The trading session finished less than an hour before the USDA said ranchers placed 1.93 million cattle in U.S. feedlots in August. That was an 3 percent increase over August 2016, when analysts had predicted a decrease of nearly 3 percent.

“It’s a negative report … and most negative for the February and April time slots,” said U.S. Commodities analyst Don Roose, adding that futures could open on Monday 0.500 to 1.000 cent lower.

In a separate monthly cold storage report, USDA said 476.26 million pounds of beef were in storage as of Aug. 31. That is up from 431.84 million pounds at the end of July and topped estimates from a few analysts for 426.5 million pounds.

Pork in cold storage totaled 575.681 million pounds, up from 554.854 million pounds at the end of July and was just above estimates for 573.5 million pounds.

CME lean hog futures extended their decline under pressure from abundant U.S. supplies and weakening wholesale pork prices amid record-high slaughter rates.

Front-month CME October hogs sank to a lifetime low for the second straight session, finishing 1.625 cents lower at 55.700 cents per pound. Most-active December hogs were down 1.175 cents at 56.625 cents per pound.

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Tulia cattle auction report – High Plains Journal

The Tulia Livestock Auction, Inc., Tulia, Texas, reported receipts of 2,420 head on Sept. 14, compared to 1,311 head last week and 1,091 head last year, according to the USDA Market News Service, Amarillo, Texas.

Compared to a week ago, the feeder steers and heifers were firm to $5 higher. The trade was active on good demand. Summer-like temperatures returned to the Panhandle. Recently planted wheat pastures are in much need of a rain. The slaughter cows and bulls were steady to $2 lower. The slaughter cows and bulls made up 1% of the sale, 0% were replacements and 99% were feeders. The feeder supply consisted of 68% steers and bulls and 32% was heifers. Nearly 87% of the run weighed over 600 pounds.

Steers: Medium and large frame 1, 300 to 400 lbs., 182.00 to 206.00; 400 to 500 lbs., 168.00 to 172.00; 500 to 550 lbs., 150.00 to 157.50; 600 to 650 lbs., 155.00 to 156.00, 600 to 700 lbs., calves 141.00; load 720 lbs., 158.25, lot 715 lbs., fancy 161.00, 700 to 750 lb. calves 135.00 to 143.00; 750 to 800 lbs., 146.50 to 153.50, load 758 lb. calves 143.50; load 803 lbs., 153.75, 800 to 850 lbs., full 138.00 to 140.00; 850 to 900 lbs., 143.00 to 144.50; 900 to 1000 lbs., 130.00 to 138.50. Medium and large frame 1 to 2, few 426 lbs., 169.00; 500 to 600 lbs., 153.50 to 158.00; 650 to 700 lbs., 145.00 to 148.50; lot 710 lbs., 156.00, lot 715 lb. calves 137.50, lot 727 lbs., fleshy 125.00; 750 to 800 lbs., 148.50 to 151.50; 800 to 850 lbs., 143.00 to 144.50; lot 990 lbs., 133.50; lot 1005 lbs., 119.00. Medium and large frame 2, few 463 lbs., 145.00.

Feeder bulls: Medium and large frame 1, few 425 lbs., 169.00; 500 to 600 lbs., 132.00 to 145.50; few 606 lbs., 128.50.

Heifers: Medium and large frame 1, 300 to 400 lbs., 155.00 to 165.00; 450 to 500 lbs., 140.00 to 151.50; 500 to 600 lbs., 133.00 to 142.00; 600 to 700 lbs., 145.00 to 149.50, calves 125.00 to 132.50; 700 to 800 lbs., 136.50 to 140.50, calves 131.00, fleshy 120.00; lot 802 lbs., 133.50; 900 to 1000 lbs., full 114.00 to 118.50. Medium and large frame 1 to 2, few 519 lbs., 138.50; 600 to 700 lbs., 140.00 to 148.00; load 762 lbs., 138.00; lot 829 lbs., 134.00; lot 932 lbs., full 107.00. Medium and large frame 2, few 419 lbs., 135.00.

Slaughter cows: Breaking, 75 to 80% lean, 1400 to 1800 lbs., 55.00 to 56.00. Boning, 80 to 85% lean, 1000 to 1400 lbs., 60.00 to 63.00; low dressing, 57.50. Lean, 85 to 90% lean, 800 to 1200 lbs., 60.00 to 62.50; low dressing, 55.00 to 58.50.

Slaughter bulls: Yield grade 1 to 2, individual 1990 lbs., 80.00; low dressing, 1320 to 1610 lbs., 72.50 to 75.00.

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Feature: Malawi tribe bemoans lost glory of cattle rearing – Xinhua

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by Gloria Nazombe

LUSAKA, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) — Rearing cattle amongst the Ngoni people in Malawi, once a pride custom, is prone to extinction.

As per custom, a Ngoni man’s riches and power is determined by how many cattle he has unlike other tribes and culture where houses, money and cars are the determinants of success.

According to the tradition which dates back from the 19th century, the Ngoni people always brought home cattle from every tribe they conquered. It is believed that they are warriors and the cattle symbolized their power.

Inkosi ya Makosi (King of kings) Mbelwa IV is one of the dignified Ngoni chiefs from Malawi.

“Milk and meat is a symbol of prosperity. Cattle provide the best and large quantity of milk and meat. Therefore, if one has cattle and a number of them for that matter it only implies one thing, the man is filthy rich,” the traditional leader said.

According to him, an Ngoni man with a head of cattle signifies what a great warrior he is and that it is easy for such a man to attract women.

According to Ngoni tradition, during coronation, the would-be-chief is anointed with a bull’s bile on his forefront, a move that symbolizes power descending to his whole body from the ancestors.

The same is done when he dies and it shows that the spirit is still powerful and will also be transferred to the next king.

According to one Ngoni woman, Mandlase Jere from Edingeni in Mzimba district, an area where the Ngoni people are highly concentrated, Ngoni women like powerful men. “Any man who brought cattle home from war gave us hope for our safety. So we flock to such a man,” Jere said.

She added that it was a source of pride for women when their men give cattle as dowry to the woman’s family unlike other cultures where a woman is exchanged with a chicken. She says this shows how significant and worthy an Ngoni woman is.

However, over the years, the custom has gradually degraded.

“Indeed many Ngonis nowadays don’t have kraals in their homes especially in town except for the chief. This is because most of them have realized that money could buy a cow within the shortest time especially in this civilized era,” said Ndabazake Aupson Thole, the tribe’s historian.

“However you will notice that at any big Ngoni function, a cow is slaughtered and we continue to bury our chiefs in a cattle skin and cover any Ngoni’s coffin in the grave with a cattle skin. This means that our cattle are hidden in a monetary form,” he added.

Meanwhile, Thole has said that due to the seemingly extinction of the cattle rearing custom which has mainly been caused by lack of land for grazing, an alternative solution to revamp the culture is yet to be implemented.

“Cattle rearing is a serious business and it needs dedication. It needs herd boys, most of whom are now in school,” he said.

The other reason is that there is no grazing spaces in town where most of the Ngoni people have settled.

But he noted that plans are underway to improve the system of keeping cattle through paddock grazing.

“This will increase our cattle rearing again,” Thole said.

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CAB Insider: 80% Choice & Prime; Herd Expansion Slows –

Weakness remains the theme in the fed cattle market as last week’s average came in just under $105/cwt., a $2 decline from the week prior. The total federally inspected harvest was smaller than expected at 622K, 2.7% smaller than the week before but 1.5% larger than the same week a year ago. Most of that reduction in processing came from a truncated Saturday harvest, estimated at 41K head compared to 56K head on the previous Saturday. The weekly cash market has led the recent downtrend while Live Cattle futures prices remained more resilient. Even with futures moving to a position of par, or above the cash market, cattle feeders have continued to sell cattle more willingly than some expected. Analysts are calling for a steady fed cattle market this week.

In the meantime, the national average Choice quality grade share two weeks ago was 74% with Prime coming in at 5.98%. The combined Choice and Prime grades for the last two reported weeks came to 80%, which is 4 percentage points higher than the same period a year ago. Steer carcass weights increased just 2 lb. in the last report to 884 lb. (about a 1,392-lb. live equivalent), which brings hanging weights to 9 lb. less than last year’s weight for this period but 2 lb. heavier than the 5-year average. Much attention will be given to the rate of progression of carcass weights from here until November, as a gauge of market currentness relative to head count and product tonnage.

Last week’s boxed beef spot market activity also showed continued negativity with the decline a bit slower than the prior two weeks. The CAB cutout was lower by $1.89/cwt. to average $201.53/cwt. while Choice boxes were down just 32¢/cwt. and Select down 14¢/cwt. CAB subprimals showed some mixed price direction across the carcass, most of the supportive pricing coming from the chuck complex with chuck rolls, square cut chucks, clods and flap meat. From the loin, there was improved interest on 0x1 strips and tri-tips as both of these items had recently dipped to prices below a year ago. Continued price pressure was noted on ribeyes as no price bump occurred in August, which was the case in each of the last five years excluding 2014. Ribeyes are now priced at 2013 levels on the wholesale spot market with an attractive value in last week’s average at $7.17/lb. The 5-year average indicates a fall beef cutout price bottom in the first part of October with the exceptions being 2014 and 2015. 

Prime numbers justify the records  

A year ago at this time in the Insider, we took a look at seasonality of the Prime cutout premium over the Choice cutout. Good old-fashioned supply and demand tend to create some seasonality with the highs and lows of the Prime/Choice premium spread, seasonal changes in harvested cattle and quality-grade dynamics impacting supply a fair amount. The share of fed cattle grading Prime tends to hit the annual low in the last week of June, a couple of weeks after the premium in the Prime cutout begins to build steam, headed toward the annual high in late July, where it remains elevated until the end of September. In the latest 5-year average, this increase has shown a move in the Prime premium from the low of $25/cwt. to the high of $38/cwt.

Yet this year the premium, which was rather lackluster from Jan. 1st to mid-May, cruised higher from that stagnation near $20/cwt., on up to an amazing $63.52/cwt. for the week of Aug. 21st—easily the largest Prime cutout premium over Choice on record. It has also been said that one large retailer’s advance purchase of a large volume of Prime ribeyes for delivery through the summer was a major factor in that pricing anomaly. The explanation seems plausible because it would take such a major factor to override the annual improvement in Prime supplies culminating over the past handful of years to the 2017 YTD increase in Prime tonnage. That’s estimated up 9%, with weekly Prime grading percentages the highest in modern history, averaging 5.5% of the fed cattle harvest since January 1st compared to 2015 at 4.76% and 2016 at 5.28% for the same inclusive period. Prime supplies will loosen up moving into October and November; grading will continue to build a richer carcass mix with heavier carcass weights and ample head counts. Packer grid premiums for Prime grading carcasses in the latest 4 weeks’ reports indicate an average premium of $19.60/cwt. with a range of $10 to $35/cwt. at the various firms. 

Breeding herds put the brakes on expansion  

Federally inspected cattle harvest this year is up 6%, with fed steers and heifers comprising 80% of that mix, as they have since 2014. The current increase in fed heifers is notable, with a YTD increase of 11.4% over 2016. Notable on a couple of fronts: First, the larger heifer count is in contrast to their steer counterparts, estimated at just 3.4% more numerous this year in the gender comparison. This generates a faster turnover rate of feedlot pens because heifers finish at lighter carcass weights than steers by a margin of 66 lb. so far this year. A growing national cow herd provides for more heifers that could enter the fed cattle mix, skewing a percentage increase comparison, but the much smaller growth in steer numbers makes for an easy contrast and an indicator that heifer retention in breeding herds has greatly slowed.

Similarly, the increase in the U.S. beef cow harvest over a year ago is rather stark with an uptick of 10.8% in 2017. Again, the January 1st Beef Cow Inventory Report suggested a 2.97% increase (+ 900K head), so the year-on-year increase of 5,046 head per week to this point would just remove 262K head from the cow herd by year’s end if the trend remained. However, in the past 6 weeks we’ve likely seen some effects of drought in the Northern Plains states of Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota as the year-over-year change for those weeks accelerated to 6,460 head per week. Fall pregnancy checks of those spring calving herds will likely see the trend only increase as producers make the tough decisions to sell more cows than they’d like to, faced with restricted winter feed resources. 

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Cattle Slide to 9-month Low on Technicals, Weak Cash Markets … –

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle futures eased to the lowest levels since November on Thursday, pressured by technical selling and weaker cash cattle prices, traders said.

The most-active CME October live cattle contract knocked out its lows from last week, triggering selling that brought prices to fresh multimonth lows before they recouped a portion of their losses by the end of the session.

October cattle settled down 0.725 cent at 105.400 cents per pound. The settlement was nearly at parity with cash cattle trades in the southern U.S. Plains of $105 per cwt, which was down from sales last week of $106 to $107.

The August cattle contract expired at midday 1.025 cents lower at 104.525 cents. Cattle on a continuous chart declined 6.7 percent for the month, the fourth consecutive monthly decline.

“The market structure is not bullish … the chart continues to trend lower and needs to be respected,” said Top Third Ag Marketing broker Craig VanDyke, adding that cattle supplies were ample and beef production expected to increase in the fourth quarter.

Feeder cattle futures also eased, tracking declines in live cattle. Rebounding corn futures could also raise costs for fattening cattle, potentially eating in to profit margins and reducing demand for cattle feedlots.

Most-active CME October feeders finished 0.825 cent lower at 143.300 cents per pound while August feeders expired down 0.l75 cent at 142.725 cents.

Lean hog futures were mostly higher, extending gains from the previous session after hitting roughly nine-month lows on Tuesday. Short covering continued to buoy prices despite weakening wholesale pork and pork belly prices.

Front-month October hog futures finished 0.050 cent higher at 61.400 cents per pound and December hogs up 0.825 cent to 58.025 cents.

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US & Canadian Cattle Inventory – 8/22/17 – Lancaster Farming

Washington, D. C.

Aug. 22, 2017

Report Supplied by USDA/NASS

Inventory Up 4%

All cattle and calves in the United States and Canada combined totaled 116 million head on July 1, 2017, up 4 percent from t he 111 million head on July 1, 2015. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 46.6 million head, were up 5 percent from 2015.

All cattle and calves in the United States as of July 1, 2017, totaled 103 million head, 4 percent above the 98.2 million head on July 1, 2015. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 41.9 million head, were up 5 percent from 2015.

All cattle and calves in Canada as of July 1, 2017, totaled 13.0 million head, up slightly from the 12.9 million head on July 1, 2016. All cows and heifers that have calved, at 4.74 million head, were up 1 percent from a year ago.

Released August 22, 2017, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

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Cattle thieves – Enid News & Eagle

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Thumbs up for astute ag investigators cracking down on modern-day cattle rustlers.

Cattle rustling may remind you of a nostalgic plot from a Western motion picture, but the crime remains extremely lucrative in the 21st century.

“Where other stolen items are sold for pennies on the dollar, cattle are worth the same price whether sold by the owners or thieves,” said Jerry Flowers, chief of the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture Food and Forestry special agents, in Raney Rapp’s Farm Talk story published in the News & Eagle.

They’re the real deal. An elite team of nine — all of them a trained law enforcement officer and experienced cattleman — investigate about 2,000 head of cattle stolen annually.

That adds to a combined $3 to 4 million in ag equipment and cattle, and their recovery rate is a whopping 87 percent.

Flowers advises using “common sense” to protect livestock with tight fences, cattle counts and penning calves away from main roads.

Never buy online cattle sight-unseen, and be wary of buying lots of cattle with varying age discrepancies — those can be red flags for stolen stock.

More thumbs up to a craft show in Enid gaining traction at Oakwood Mall the last several months. 

Sweet Bling Events was started by Crystal Brown and Barbara Phillips in April.

The show plays host to a variety of small businesses.

The first event had around 16 vendors, and it’s growing.

Sweet Bling Events is based out of the old Buckles space in the mall, and also has expanded into the former Foot Locker store. The show is held two days every month. 

Brown said any vendors interested in joining the craft show can call her at (580) 747-8438. 

Last, but not least, thumbs up to the newest Enid Police Department K-9.

Fett and his handler, Officer Cody Smith, already have hit the streets of Enid.

Fett was purchased from Nightwinds International, of Arizona.

Fett passed and received his National Police Canine Association certification Aug. 9 and passed and received his Oklahoma Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training certification June 1.


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