Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

National Agriculture Day
At last week's National Agriculture Day celebration in Jackson's Farmers Market,
Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Billy Hudson greeted FFA members from Brandon High School.
Win this Champion
The Dixie National Grand Champion Steer will be given away to a lucky ticket holder in MCA's annual fundraiser. The beef will be custom processed at Wilson's Meat House in Crystal Springs.
Contact the office for tickets.
Man of the Year
AlliedIGary Estis was recognized as Allied Industry Man of the Year for his many years of support for local and state cattlemen's association activities.
Estis is sales representative for Ridley Block, maker of Crystalyx and Sweetlix supplements. 
Beef Council Program

Second and third graders attending National Agriculture Day activities learned about the many ways beef plays a part in our lives  besides being a great meal.
The classes enjoyed hamburgers, milk and sweet potato fries after the program.
Mississippi Beef Agribition

The 15th Annual Mississippi Beef Agribition Sale will be held Saturday, March 24 in Verona.
The offering will include 19 bulls (11 Angus, 4 Charolais, 2 Hereford, 2 Ultra Blacks).
Also 65 pairs & 35 heavy bred heifers & 3 open heifers will sell, along with 5 show calves. 
Pike County Field Day

Pike County will host a beef field day at the fairgrounds on Saturday, March 31st beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Topics will include heifer selection, pasture weed control, hay testing and herd health. Click here for more information.

National News

Pink Slime is a Myth

Several stories done by ABC News have continued to spur media attention and online interest around the topic of lean finely textured beef, often referred to as "pink slime."

Top 7 Myths of Pink Slime website

Meat Mythcrushers video

Food Inc rebuttal video

Food Safety News article

Questions and Answers About Lean Finely Textured Beef article

Statement From H. Russell Cross, Ph.D.
Professor and Head of Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University
"As Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) in the early 90s, I and my staff evaluated numerous research projects before approving lean, finely textured beef as a safe source of high-quality protein. The FSIS safety review process was and is an in-depth, science-based process that spans years, many research projects and involves many experts across all levels of the agency-and in this case, the process proved the product is safe."
"Approving lean finely textured beef as safe was the right decision, and today, it remains a safe way to meet the nutritional needs of a growing population. All beef is a good or excellent source of 10 essential nutrients including protein, iron, zinc and B-vitamins.
"Finely textured lean beef helps us meet consumer demand for safe, affordable and nutritious food."


Proposed BSE Rule Announced

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Friday that the agency will publish in the Federal Register a comprehensive rule for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Comments on the proposed rule must be submitted within 60 days. National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Associate Director of Legislative Affairs Kent Bacus issued the following statement regarding the USDA announcement.
"NCBA has been pushing for this rule since the first case of BSE was detected in the United Stated in December 2003. This has been a long time coming and we certainly welcome USDA's announcement. Quite simply, this proposed rule will show the United States is willing to talk the talk and walk the walk with regard to following international standards developed by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).
"Non-tariff trade barriers hinder our ability to expand U.S. beef exports with many of our global trading partners. Cattlemen need our trade negotiators to eliminate these barriers by requiring our global trading partners to make science-based decisions regarding U.S. beef. Along those lines, it is also important for the U.S. government to take all necessary steps to properly address risk related to BSE by adopting this proposed comprehensive rule.
"It is very difficult for the United States to demand our trading partners follow OIE standards when we are not here at home. The comprehensive BSE rule will change that and will solidify the United States' commitment to basing our trade relationships on internationally-recognized, science-based standards. We stand ready to work with members of Congress and the administration to finalize this rule." 


3 Chances to Win
 maroon tag 
Your choice of a MCA Cap, Tag or T-Shirt.

If you attended any part of the MCA Convention & Dixie National Farm Expo, fill out the survey and you will be entered in a drawing for 1 of 3 prizes.
Your response will help us find ways to make next year's event even better! 



Market  Notes

March 9, 2012
Dr. John Michael Riley 


Cash Cattle:
Cash fed cattle trade slowed mid week as futures and wholesale beef started falling. Transactions were about $3/cwt lower in the Southern Plains at $126. In Nebraska, live sales registered at $126/cwt as well and dressed trade was at $202/cwt. In Oklahoma City, feeder steers and heifers were steady and stocker steers and heifers were $1-$3/cwt higher. Steer calves were $4-$8/cwt higher and heifer calves were $1-$3/cwt higher in OKC.  Feeder steers and heifers were $1-$5/cwt lower; slaughter cows and bulls were $1-$2/cwt lower.


Live cattle futures were lower this week. The week started on quite a sour note as futures were sharply lower both Monday and Tuesday. Very weak equity markets coupled with a stronger U.S. dollar early in the week added pressure to a market already concerned about future demand. Improvements in equity markets along with strong trade numbers allowed for a positive move mid-week, but the sentiment ended Friday as markets were down again. Losses for live futures were less  as contracts moved further out.


Wholesale beef prices were lower this week.  Choice finished the week at $196.65/cwt, down $1.86 from last week.  Select ended the week at $194.27/cwt, down $0.29.


Bull Sale
March 17th

15  Webster CCA

15  Hinds CCA

15  Simpson CCA

15  Copiah CCA

15  Franklin CCA

15  Lee CCA

19  Panola CCA

20  Tippah CCA

22  Madison CCA
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