Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

Welcome Molly!   
We welcome Molly Martin as our summer intern in the Beef Council office. Molly is a junior at Mississippi State, majoring in marketing.

steak kabobs

Here is Molly's Meaty Monday Menu recipe for Beef Steak and Potato Kabobs.

Making Tracks 2012
Junior cattlemen entering the 9th grade or higher are encouraged to send in their application for Making Tracks Camp to be held June 18 - 20 at Mississippi State University. Click here for the nomination form.
Field Days
Several field days dodged rainy weather Saturday to provide interesting educational programs for producers.
In Leake County, cattlemen visited Jimmy Morton's farm to hear Jesse Morrison, MSU graduate assistant, discuss forage management and view Kirby Nazery's "Bud Box" corral.
Malone Tractor & Equipment was the sponsor.

Producers from Pearl River and Stone Counties met at Nick Smith's farm for a program by Dr. Rocky Lemus and Dr. Daniel Rivera.
Dupont sponsored the event.     
Mississippi Angus Association 

The association will hold their Summer Field Day in conjunction with Madison and Rankin Cattlemen's Associations on Saturday, June 2 at Sedgewood Plantation near Canton.
Click here for details.
Neshoba County Meeting
Cattlemen and CattleWomen attending the Neshoba County meeting were treated with a great steak dinner prepared by Harvin Hudson and an update on Beef Council activities by Nancy Strickland.

Save the Date!

Saturday, May 19   Gain-on-Forage Bull Test Field Day, Tylertown
Tuesday, May 22   Cattle Culling Program, Greene County
Thursday, May 31  Native Grass Day, Prairie Research Station
Saturday, June 2    Angus Field Day, Canton

State News

Equine Herpes Cases Reported  
The State Veterinarian's Office was notified on May 9th of two confirmed cases of Equine Herpes Myelitis (EHV).  In addition, four other cases of suspected EHV-1 have also been reported. To date, three of these horses have died or been euthanized and three are ill with neurological disease.  All of the horses recently returned from the Bucksnort Trail Ride held April 23-30 in Humphreys County, Tennessee.  This event drew approximately 100 horses from multiple states.   The Tennessee Department of Agriculture and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have also reported cases in their state related to this same trail ride.
The ill horses in Mississippi have been isolated and are being treated by their attending veterinarian.   All Mississippi Bucksnort Trail Ride participants are being notified about the situation and the necessity for isolation and monitoring horses taken to the event.  The potential for exposure to other horses is also being evaluated.  At this time, there has been no spread to other horses in Mississippi.
Equine Herpes Virus is highly contagious among horses but poses no threat to humans. The symptoms in horses may include fever, nasal discharge, wobbly gait, hind-end weakness, dribbling of urine and diminished tail tone. The virus is easily spread by airborne transmission, horse-to-horse contact and by contact with nasal secretions on equipment, tack, feed and other surfaces. Caretakers can spread the virus to horses if their hands, clothing, shoes or vehicles are contaminated. The virus can cause aborted foals and can be fatal.  
Horse owners should practice good biosecurity such as using their own trailer and equipment, not letting horses touch other people's horses, disinfecting shoes and equipment, washing hands after helping others with their horses and limiting access to the farm. A downloadable brochure about horse biosecurity is available from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services.
Check theBoard of Animal Health website for updates and additional information. 

National News

China, Japan, S Korea Begin Talks

According to The Wall Street Journal, the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea agreed to begin free-trade negotiations this year, opening the possibility of an agreement that could rival the world's largest free-trade zones in size, although it is likely to be far less comprehensive or rigorous.
"The free-trade agreement will unleash economic vitality of the region and boost economic integration," Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said at a news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak, during a three-way summit between the Asian nations in Beijing. The three countries accounted for 19.7 percent of global gross domestic product in 2010, compared with 27.2 percent for the North American Free Trade Agreement, which includes the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and 25.8 percent for the European Union, according to World Bank data.


Stop by these Meridian merchants for this month's MCA discount. 


Wilson Saw
Ed Chaney Tire Center 
Marion Tractor & Equipment 
Lauderdale Co. Farm Supply 
Battery One Source 
United Fence Co. 
Carquest Auto Parts
Click here for a complete list of participating merchants or here for information on joining the Member Discount Program.


Market  Notes  

May 11, 2012   

Dr. John Michael Riley 


Cash Cattle:
Cash fed cattle were slow to move this week and so no trends were called.  The five-area cash price finished the week at $120.88, mostly steady with last week's price of $120.16.  In Oklahoma City, both feeders and calves were called $1-$3/cwt higher for all classes.  In Mississippi marktes, feeder steers were $2-$10/cwt higher and feeder heifers were $2-$5/cwt higher.  Slaughter cows were $1-$3/cwt higher and bulls were steady in Mississippi.   


Live cattle futures were down slightly on the week with nearby contracts ending close to last week's close and more distant month's were down a bit more.  Prices seemed to be on a roller-coaster moving up one day and down the next.  Losses were greatest on Friday as wholesale beef moved lower and news of JP Morgan's $2 billion losses were digested.
Corn futures were lower on the week as the market was rocked on Thursday following USDA's supply/demand report.  One day earlier, on Wednesday, markets dropped on pre-report positioning and demand concerns.  Then on Thursday USDA revealed more corn carry-over from 2011 to this year than expected - 851 million bushels versus 758 expected - as well as more projected corn carry-over for the upcoming marketing year (more detail on the report is here).

Wholesale beef prices were lower.  Choice prices were only down $0.29/cwt at $190.37, but took a sharp dip on Thursday after topping out at $191.51/cwt on Wednesday.  Select was down a bit more at $184.71/cwt, down $1.66. 


15  Noxubee CCA

15  Alcorn CCA

17  Webster CCA

17  Lincoln CCA 

17  Lee CCA

24  Hinds CCA  

 Allied Industry Members

Positive feed
SoTractor              Outback
         Merial color             Alltech

Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

680 Monroe St.

Jackson, MS 39202