|Beef for the Troops
Again this year, the checkoff program will send beef jerky snack packages to Mississippi troops stationed overseas. If you have family or friends stationed overseas, send their address to the Mississippi Beef Council to have them included in the snacks being mailed next month.
County associations interested in labeling and mailing packages to the troops from their area should contact the MCA office.
|Scholarship Deadline Approaching|
Applications for scholarships presented by The Wax Company, CattleWomen's Association and Cattlemen's Foundation are due December 16th.
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And the winners are...........
The polls have closed and we congratulate the TOP 10 restaurants in our "Best Steak in Mississippi" contest.
Dukes Steak House, Pelahatchie
Huck's Place, Columbus
Russell's Beef House, Corinth
The Caboose, McComb
The Porter Ave. Bistro, Ocean Springs
The Veranda, Starkville
Two Rivers, Canton
Wynndale Steakhouse, Terry
Judges will now visit the top restaurants anonymously to sample their steaks and the overall winner will be announced at the MCA convention.
Thanks to all the great restaurants and to everyone who voted.
Bus Tour to Nashville
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Attend the 2012 Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show with the MCA Bus Tour. Ticket includes registration, admission to the trade show and dinner at the Grand Ole Opry.
|Vacation Drawing Winner |
While competing in the junior show at the State Fair, Stanley Brewer purchased the ticket that was drawn last week for the MCA Gulf Coast vacation and fishing trip. With children ages 5, 11 & 15, this Perry County family is sure to enjoy their win.
Thanks to the Herringtons and to everyone who purchased tickets.
|Copiah County Cattlemen|
After enjoying a steak dinner sponsored by Southern Tractor, 90 producers attending the Copiah County Cattlemen's Association meeting honored their 2011 Cattleman of the Year.
President Don Lee presented the award to "cattleman" Lovene McCarty.
|Johne's Disease |
|U.S. Might Appeal WTO Ruling|
U.S. trade officials say they might appeal the World Trade Organization's decision that U.S. meat-labeling policies violate international trade rules.
The WTO found in a ruling Friday that while the United States can require country of origin labeling on meat products, the design led to livestock from Canada and Mexico being treated less favorably than domestic beef and pork products.
"We are pleased that the panel affirmed the right of the United States to require country of origin labeling for meat products," said Andrea Mead, press secretary for the U.S. Trade Representative.
"Although the panel disagreed with the specifics of how the United States designed those requirements, we remain committed to providing consumers with accurate and relevant information with respect to the origin of meat products," Mead said.
The U.S. has 60 days to appeal the WTO's panel on the "country of origin" labeling rules (COOL).
NCBA backed the WTO's decision, saying that U.S. livestock producers "have yet to see any financial benefit" and urged the USTR not to appeal the ruling.
Rather, they insisted that U.S. trade officials and involved organizations work together to "apply pressure on Congress to bring the United States into WTO compliance across the board."
"We must act quickly before U.S. farmers and ranchers once again face unnecessary and unfortunate retaliatory tariffs on their products," said Colin Woodall, vice president of government affairs at NCBA.
"This ruling solidifies our concerns that COOL would have extensive trade implications as NCBA expressed during 2008 farm bill deliberations," he said.
Another trade group said the ruling would lead to greater public scrutiny of global trade pacts.
"Today's ruling makes very clear that these so-called 'trade' pacts have little to do with trade between countries and a lot to do with our major agribusiness corporations being free to sell mystery meat in the United States, with neither consumers nor our elected representatives in Congress able to ensure its safety, much less even know where it is from," said Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch.
The USTR said it will continue to review the panel reports and will work with the Agriculture Department to help ensure that U.S. consumers are provided with accurate and relevant information on the origin of beef and pork products they buy. source: The Hill
Dr. John Michael Riley
November 18, 2011
Live cattle in the Texas Panhandle sold for $122.50/cwt. Kansas cattle sold at $122-$123/cwt live. Live and dressed cattle sold for $123-$123.50/cwt and $196/cwt, respectively, in Nebraska. Feeders steers in Oklahoma City were $1-$2/cwt higher; feeder heifers were steady to $3/cwt higher; steer calves under 500 pounds were $6-$10/cwt higher and heifer calves under 500 pounds were $3-$5/cwt higher. Steer and heifer calves over 500 pounds in OKC were both steady to $2/cwt higher. Feeders in Mississippi auctions were $5-$10/cwt higher and cull cows and bulls were $1-$2/cwt higher.
Live cattle futures were slightly lower on the week and were down hard on Friday. Prices surged Tuesday as export sales continue to impress. Feeder cattle were higher despite lower live futures. Strong sales throughout the nation along with lower corn helped provide support. Corn futures were lower this week taking quite a hit on Thursday following news of weak export sales.
Wholesale beef prices were much higher this week. Choice beef was up $4.60/cwt at $194.52 and Select beef was up $5.32/cwt at $176.75. With Select rising a tad faster that Choice on the week, the Choice-to-Select spread was down compared to last week at $17.77/cwt.
22 Leake CCA
29 Claiborne, Jefferson,
Warren Joint Meeting
29 Oktibbeha CCA
29 Union CCA
30 Jones Blood Drive
December1 Simpson CCA
6 Tate CCA
8 Lafayette CCA
8 Perry CCA
8 Yalobusha CCA
10 Perry Blood Drive
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