Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
|Troop Appreciation Dinner|
MCA, Miss. Beef Council and Jones County Cattlemen's Association sponsored a steak dinner for National Guard troops being dispatched to Afghanistan.
The soldiers were completing agricultural classes provided by MSU Extension Service preparing them to help farmers during their year-long deployment.
|Benton County Cattlemen|
MCA President Steve Elgin and Area Vice President Paul Whitlock met with producers in Benton County to help reorganize their county cattlemen's association.
Extension Agent Michael Pruitt reports that Mitchell Ormon is the new president and plans are moving forward for local activities.
|School Field Day in Yazoo
The Beef Council provided part of the program for the Student Ag Day in Yazoo City. Norway Farms hosted the event for 120 students from Veritas School.
|Mississippi Angus Association |
A large crowd was on hand for the Miss. Angus Association Sale that averaged $2,612.
The association will hold their Summer Field Day in conjunction with Madison County Cattlemen's Association on Saturday, June 2 at Sedgewood Plantation near Canton. Contact 601-879-9927 for details.
|Field Day Season is Here!|
Saturday, May 12 Leake CCA, Carthage
Saturday, May 12 Stone/Pearl River CCA, Wiggins
Saturday, May 19 Gain on Forage Bull Test Field Day, Tylertown
Wednesday, May 30 GLCI Field Day, Carthage
Saturday, June 2 Angus Assoc Field Day, Canton
|Miss. BCIA Newsletter|
The May 2012 issue of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is now posted online.
|Cattle Futures Rebound |The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. cattle futures are starting to rebound from a spate of bad news in the beef industry, including a case of mad-cow disease and controversy over an additive derided as "pink slime."
Live-cattle futures have climbed 3 percent since late last month, when rumors of the discovery of mad-cow disease in the United States jolted markets a few hours before government officials confirmed the case.
Futures have risen from the April 24 low of $1.12 a pound thanks to an uptick in demand for beef from U.S. consumers, strong export sales and tight domestic cattle supplies.
"The market reacted to it more than the consumer," said Troy Vetterkind, president of Vetterkind Cattle Brokerage in Chicago. "Beef demand isn't stellar, but it's sure not hurt."
|Clifford Provides Update on BSE |
Cattle Network reports that as the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and other officials continue their investigation of the BSE case discovered in California last month, Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinary officer for USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, spoke with Agri-Talk Radio's Mike Adams last Thursday.
Clifford verified that two dairies currently are under quarantine, a routine procedure during a BSE investigation. USDA and California Department of Agriculture officials are examining records at the two farms to determine whether the herds include any birth cohorts of the BSE cow. Once they complete that determination, the general quarantine would be lifted and only the birth cohorts would be subject to quarantine.
Officials also investigated the cow's offspring from the past two years. One calf was stillborn, and the other was located in an unidentified dairy. USDA purchased that animal, euthanized it and sent samples to the APHIS laboratory in Ames, Iowa for testing. Those tests confirmed the animal was negative for BSE.
Asked whether the agency can rule out feed as a potential cause of the BSE case, Clifford says that while these rare "atypical" cases of BSE are not well understood, there is no evidence feed is involved. Sporadic forms of spongiform encephalopathy diseases similar to BSE have been identified in humans and in sheep as well as cattle, with genetics a possible factor. About 60 cases of atypical BSE have been identified worldwide.
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May 4, 2012
Live Market Highlights
The fed cattle market was steady to $2 higher this week. In the north, cattle traded hands at $190 to $195 dressed and $120 to $123 live. As we go to press trade is occurring in the South at $120. Trade volumes are light to moderate. Boxed beef values were basically sideways for the week as demand remains sluggish and production levels begin to ramp up. Movement on the week was light to moderate. Feeder cattle prices were $2 to $3 lower for the week, while calves were $3 to $8 softer. As feedlot losses begin to mount, buyers of replacement cattle look to cut back on purchase prices. Slaughter cows were steady to as much as $4 higher, reflecting strong lean trimming demand. July and December 2012 corn futures prices ended the week lower, declining $0.05/bu. and $0.14/bu., respectively.
Slaughter Cow Update
Female activity should not be exciting given that calving season is over with. Looking forward it is hard not to be optimistic given reduced beef cow slaughter and robust calf prices. Southern buyers looking to re-stock inventory after the drought will mostly likely pay a hefty premium if rain continues. Recent bull sales have been solid, which also supports a good female market going forward. Rain will obviously play a roll going forward. Finally it is worth mentioning that many females continue to be exported to Russia.
8 Attala CCA
10 Yalobusha CCA
10 Jones CCA
12 Stone/Pearl River
12 Leake Field Day
17 Webster CCA
17 Lincoln CCA