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The October 2011 issue of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is online now.
Past issues of the MBCIA newsletter are available online at http://msucares.com/livestock/beef/mbcia/mbcianews.html.
|Angus Preview Show |
The Mississippi Angus Association will hold their Preview Open Show on Sunday, October 9, 7:30 a.m. on the State Fairgrounds.
|State Fair Beef Barn|
MCA members will be serving the best "fair food" on the Midway every day of the Mississippi State Fair from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. If you haven't volunteered yet, several cooks and servers are still needed for the afternoons of Oct. 9, 10 and 15.
A lot of work and a lot of fun, so join us at the Fair.
|Brahman Association Meeting Saturday |
The Deep South Brahman Association will meet Saturday, Oct. 8 at 11:00 in the State Fair Sale Arena.
|Stone County Field Day|
The Grazing Land Field Day will be held Friday, Oct. 7 at Cobb's Farm near Wiggins. Program highlights will include presentations on hay production, weed ID, sprayer calibration, and soil fertility. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Click here for the full agenda.
|Bangs Found in Montana|
The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) reported last week that a suspected case of brucellosis in Park County has been confirmed.
Six bred heifers from a 150-head herd were determined to have reacted positive to initial screening tests in mid-September.
Park County, along with portions of Gallatin, Madison and Beaverhead counties, make up Montana's "Designated Surveillance Area," or DSA, which has special testing regulations in place to control the spread of brucellosis due to the region's proximity to Yellowstone National Park.
According to USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), elk and bison in the Greater Yellowstone Area represent the nation's last remaining natural reservoir of brucellosis. Despite ranchers' efforts to eradicate the disease in their herds, transmission from wildlife to cattle in this region has been an ongoing issue.
|Positive Move on Trade Agreements|
The recent U.S. Senate passage of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) legislation, which included a version of Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), gave the three pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea a jolt of momentum that National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Manager of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus said was encouraging.
Bacus said renewal of TAA is one condition the president has demanded before sending the agreements to Capitol Hill. He said it is now time for President Obama to keep his word and send the agreements to Congress for immediate consideration.
|1,773 Days and Counting|
As the committee with jurisdiction over trade, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means has been keeping track of the time that has elapsed since the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement was signed and the impact that waiting has had on exports.
Currently, the tally stands at 1,773 days and more than $3.8 billion in tariffs imposed on total U.S. exports to Colombia.
September 30, 2011
The fed cattle market was $5 higher this week as the bulk of the trade occurred at $121 live. On a dressed basis, sales occurred at $189 to $190. Trade volumes were moderate. Boxed beef values closed the week softer as domestic demand has remained limited. Asking prices were raised past midweek as it became apparent that fed cattle prices would be higher this week. Boxed beef volume was light to moderate this week. Feeder cattle values were steady to lower on the week while calves traded sideways. Lower corn prices and higher fed cattle prices improved buyer interest as the week developed. Slaughter cow prices dropped another $2 to $3 as supplies remain ample nationwide. Corn prices worked lower into Thursday then dropped sharply lower Friday as the quarterly Grain Stocks report indicated that corn stocks were larger than expected.
High Beef Prices Drive Promotion of Chicken, Pork
U.S. supermarkets increased chicken and pork promotions to exploit their price advantage over most fresh beef cuts. Average prices this week for each of the three meats were above a year ago. Yet chicken and pork showed gains of 17 cents and 16 cents a pound, while beef cuts were up 52 cents a pound.
5 - 16 State Fair
6 Grenada CCA
13 Clay CCA
18 Ag Summit,
20 Hinds CCA
22 Clay CCA Blood Drive