Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

NRCS Forage Field Day
Two hundred producers attended the field day at Kenilworth Farms near Carthage for a tour and program emphasizing proper forage management.
GLCI and local cattlemen's associations sponsored the event.
Regional Simmental Show
The Mississippi Simmental Simbrah Association hosted the Eastern Regional Classic in Hattiesburg last week.
Junior exhibitors from 14 states showed over 100 head of cattle at the event.
Brahman Field Day
Brahman Field Day 2012
Brahman Field Day 2012

Deep South Brahman Association members met at Dyess Farms for their annual meeting and field day.
Joyce and Glenn Dyess hosted juniors at the judging contest and cattle classes in preparation for the national show.
Rankin County Cattlemen's
Drs. Jane Parish and Dan Scruggs provided the program for Rankin County cattlemen. Brandon FFA members prepared the steak dinner for a crowd of 65 who attended the meeting. 
Simpson County Honors
Maurice Layton, who died in 2011, was inducted into the Simpson County Cattlemen's Hall of Fame at their June meeting in Mendenhall. Ann Layton and members of her family accepted the plaque from Price Wallace.

Cattleman of the Year honors went to Ned Walker.

Our sympathy goes out to the family of Dr. L. C. Hinson, 84, of Kilmichael who died yesterday.
Dr. Hinson was a longtime Santa Gertrudis breeder and for many years he sponsored dozens of 4-H and FFA members, helping them with show calves and livestock activities.

National News

YouTube Hit
I'm Farming and I Grow It
I'm Farming and I Grow It

Three farm boys from Kansas have the latest viral video with over 2.6 million hits. This parody music video promoting agriculture prompted plays on several morning shows and an appearance by the Peterson brothers on Fox and Friends last week.
Watch the video and learn more about the Peterson Family by visiting the Peterson Farm Facebook page.
Deadly Drought-Stressed Forages
Following the death of 15 cattle in Texas due to prussic acid poisioning, Dr. Tom Troxel, associate head-Animal Science for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture reports two cows in Van Buren County died from the same cause.
Troxel says the losses point up the deadly nature of drought-stressed forage. The cattle died of prussic acid poisoning, a cyanide compound found in several types of grasses when those grasses are stressed by drought or frost.  
Plants belonging to the sorghum category are most likely to contain potentially toxic levels. Johnsongrass, grain sorghum, sorghum-sudan hybrids and pure sudangrass are most often toxic under these circumstances although the Texas cattle were grazing Bermuda grass.


Mark your calendar for DuPont's
Range & Pasture
Field Days
July 17th in Newton Co. 
August 2nd in Madison Co.  
Contact Matt McGowin at 601-938-3045 for details.


Market  Notes  

June 29, 2012   

Dr. John Michael Riley 


Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle were lower by about one dollar this week, but trade was scarce. Feeders were reluctant to move cattle at these lower prices. In Kansas, live prices were called at $116/cwt. There were not enough sales in Texas or Nebraska for a trend to be called this week. Oklahoma City feeder cattle were $2-$4/cwt lower and calves were steady to $3/cwt lower. In Mississippi markets, steers and heifers were mixed; cull cows were $1-$4/cwt higher; bulls were $2-$5/cwt higher.



Excluding the now expired June contract, which finished at $116.55, live cattle futures improved and feeder cattle futures seemed to not know which direction to go. The blistering heat across much of the U.S. has cattle markets concerned now. A weather premium similar to what is happening in crop markets appears to be in place for cattle as well. Fears of lower gains and increased chance of death loss as a result of the weather pushed prices higher this week. Wholesale beef prices rallied early in the week providing positive news, but dropped hard Friday.
Corn futures surged again this week. Friday's Acreage and Grain Stocks reports from USDA were mostly in line with expectations, but continuing dry, hot weather and outside market forces pushed prices higher. The percentage of the U.S. crop rated poor and very poor increased from 9% the previous week to 14% this week. The U.S. dollar weakened on Friday which added to the positive tone.

Wholesale beef prices dropped hard on Friday of this week but did move higher earlier. Choice wholesale beef finished with a weekly average of $196.58/cwt, down $0.87. Select ended the week at $179.80/cwt, down $0.58. 

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19  Marshall CCA

30  Amite CCA


6  Homeplace Board
        Sale, Hattiesburg

10  Stocker Conference

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Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

680 Monroe St.

Jackson, MS 39202