Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
|2012 Beef Ambassador
Claylee Chism is this year's Beef Ambassador and will promote our product at various events around the state.
If you attend next week's Dairy Field Day in Verona, stop by the Beef Council booth and let Claylee tell you about the 29 lean cuts of beef.
Shoppers at a dozen Kroger locations across the state were treated to steak samples in their grocery store last weekend as part of the Beef for Father's Day promotion.
This checkoff-sponsored event kicks off the grilling season campaign.
|Save the Date!
The fourth annual Deep South Stocker Conference returns to Mississippi on August 10th. This year's conference will be held at Kahlmus Auditorium on Mississippi State University's Meridian campus.
This conference is a joint effort between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.
Click here for more information.
|State FFA Convention|
Molly Martin represented beef producers at the recent State FFA Convention in Starkville.
Kristen Bishop of Nettleton will serve as president of the organization for the next year.
|Grazing School in Verona
The North Mississippi Grazing School will be held in Verona on June 29th.
Topics will include:
* Rotational Grazing Demonstration
* Electric Fencing
* Financial Assistant Programs for Grazing
* Weed Control
* Nutrient Management
* Animal Nutrition
* Hay and Beef Cattle Marketing
There is no cost for the program, but pre-registration is required.
Click here for more information and to register online.
|Beef for Breakfast|
Try Molly's Meaty Monday recipe for Beef Sticky Buns for a great change of pace.
The filling can be prepared the night before for a quick and easy morning treat.
Hinds County Cattlemen's Association will sponsor a blood drive on June 19th to benefit Butch Withers, retired head of the MSU R&E Center in Raymond.
Butch has a serious blood disease and anyone able to donate blood is encouraged to donate.
Stop by the Raymond R&E office Tuesday between 10 and 2:00 to donate and enjoy a great Ribeye Steak Sandwich, complements of the Hinds County cattlemen.
|Weaning Day at Bozeman Farms|
We join the Bozeman family and their friends on a beautiful spring morning for the annual weaning and sale day.
|EPA Proposes Dust Standard
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on June 15, 2012, proposed its long awaited dust standard that sparked controversy within the agricultural community. The controversy arose when EPA staff announced the administrator would be "justified" in doubling the stringency of the current, so-called dust standard, officially known as the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for coarse particulate matter.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) welcomed news from EPA that it plans to retain the current standard, however; the issue involving farm dust is far from over, according to NCBA Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald.
"We learned from the last two reviews of this standard that a final standard can look very different that the proposal. It is important to note that EPA's action today is simply a proposal from the agency and not the final standard," said McDonald.
The final standard is scheduled to be released by EPA in December of this year. McDonald said NCBA encourages EPA to stick with the proposed standard and not lower the final standard. She said lowering the standard would throw a large section of the country into non-attainment.
McDonald said cattlemen are really in search of certainty when it comes to rules and regulations being promulgated by EPA and other agencies. This is why NCBA fully supports the Farm Dust Regulation Prevention Act introduced by Senator Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) and Congresswoman Kristi Noem (R-S.D.). The legislation would provide permanent relief and regulatory certainty by exempting the agricultural community from EPA dust regulations.
"The fact is, farmers and ranchers want and need certainty about this issue. Regulatory uncertainty is unnecessary and unproductive," said McDonald. "If EPA follows through and does not revise the dust standard, such an action would only provide us with certainty for five years and provides no relief to those producers who are spending more than $1,000 per day on dust control measures right now."
NCBA is pleased with EPA's plan to retain the current standard, but will continue working with Congress to move towards a more permanent solution
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June 15, 2012
Dr. John Michael Riley
Cash cattle were lower this week. Cash fed cattle were down about $3-$5/cwt. In Texas, live prices were called at $119/cwt on Thursday. In Nebraska on Thursday, live and dressed prices were called at $119-$119.50/cwt and $190-$192/cwt, respectively. Oklahoma City feeder steers and heifers were steady again this week. Steer calves were steady to $2/cwt lower and heifer calves were $1-$3/cwt lower. In Mississippi markets, steers were called mixed and heifers were steady. Cows were $3-$5/cwt lower and bulls were $2-$3/cwt lower.
Live and feeder cattle futures got rocked this week. Early week drops were mild compared to Wednesday through Friday. Lower cash cattle prices started the tumble and nothing outside of steady Choice beef came across the wire with a positive spin. Weakness in global economic conditions continue to keep demand expectations low despite a strong week for U.S. equity markets. On Thursday beef exports showed signs of cracking, but cumulative volume in 2012 remains above year ago levels.
Corn futures were hit hard on Tuesday when USDA's monthly supply and demand report made only minimal changes to old crop and new crop corn estimates. Pre-report expectations were for corn stocks to tighten. A more detailed write-up on the report can be found here. Rains across the Corn Belt and weaker than expected export sales added further pressure.
Wholesale beef prices were mixed again this week. Choice wholesale beef finished mostly steady with a weekly average of $197.82/cwt, up $0.72. Select slid each day and ended at $182.20/cwt, down $2.27.
18 Panola CCA
19 Kemper CCA
19 Hinds Blood Drive
19 Covington CCA
21 NRCS Field Day
28 Rankin CCA