Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
|Southern Producers Heifer Sale
A large crowd was on hand Saturday for the Producers Heifer Sale in Hattiesburg where 300 bred heifer sold for an average of $1,810.
Jacob Megehee had the high seller at $2,750 with a b/w Brangus cross heifer and her three-day-old calf.
Extension offices in four coastal counties (Harrison, Hancock, Jackson & Pearl River) closed at 1:00 p.m. today in anticipation of the effects of Tropical Storm Issac.
Nineteen additional county offices located from Hwy 84 south, will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Over 1,800 head of cattle sold in the 5th annual Homeplace Producers Board Sale. The 26 loads of feeder cattle sold in just over an hour, bringing over $1.6 million in total receipts.
The auction was held at Southeast Mississippi Livestock in Hattiesburg with the cattle scheduled to be loaded at several different locations through late October.
Click here for the sale summary.
|Fire Ant-Free Hay|
The Bureau of Plant Industry will inspect and issue certificates for hay being shipped into areas requiring assurance of fire ant-free hay.
Contact Director Kenneth Calcote at 662.325.8488 or Kenneth@mdac.ms.gov for details.
|Learn @ Lunch: Economics
Each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning September 6, cattlemen may attend the free online educational sessions from their own home or office.
Learn @ Lunch sessions provide practical knowledge for beef cattle producers of all types to enhance financial viability and improve farm management decision making.
Click here for speakers and webinar details.
Our condolences go to the family of Bill Graves who died Saturday. Graves grew up in the cattle business around his families' Graves Stockyards in Winona.
He operated one of the last cattle packing plants in the state, was an order buyer and a longtime member of the Miss. Board of Animal Health.
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|RFS Waiver Requested
NCBA stands with other livestock groups and members of Congress in their quest to bring relief to rural America by encouraging Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson to implement a waiver to the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS).
Under the RFS requirements, 13.2 billion gallons of corn-based ethanol must be produced in 2012 and 13.8 billion gallons in 2013, amounts that will use about 40 percent of the nation's corn crop.
Due to this year's crippling drought, some agricultural forecasters now are estimating that just 11.8 billion bushels of corn will be harvested this year, meaning corn-ethanol production will use about four of every 10 bushels.
Tightening supplies have already driven up the price of corn, and the extreme weather being experienced by much of the nation will only further increase prices.
According to USDA, roughly 70 percent of cattle producing regions are suffering from drought conditions - this situation is not isolated to one part of the country.
On Friday, Texas Governor Rick Perry joined governors from 6 other states along with 180 members of Congress asking EPA Administrator Jackson to waive the ethanol mandate.
Governor Phil Bryant has been asked by MCA and other animal agriculture associations to join in the effort by writing the Administrator with a similar request from our state.
We are seeking a level playing field for cattlemen to compete "head-to-head" for a bushel of corn.
August 24, 2012
Dr. John Michael Riley
Cash fed cattle were mostly steady with last week. Live trade in Texas and Kansas was called at $120-$121/cwt and $121/cwt, respectively. In Nebraska, live and dressed sales were at $119-$121.50/cwt and $187-$188/cwt, respectively. Feeder steers in Oklahoma City were steady to $3/cwt lower and feeder heifers were steady to $2/cwt higher. Calves in OKC were steady. In Mississippi markets, feeder steers were called steady and heifers sold mixed. Slaughter cows were $1-$2/cwt lower and bulls were steady.
Live cattle futures were lower for the remaining 2012 contracts but higher after that. Higher corn prices and lackluster outside market news pressured early in the week. Some moderate recovery took place to close the week out.
Corn futures started the week higher but better than expected projected yields from ProFarmer's annual crop tour. Better than expected does not mean good yields. The published yield was between 120 and 121 bushels per acre which is lower than the most recent USDA crop report.
Beef prices cooled this week compared to the past few. Prices were mostly steady throughout the week, which held the average above the previous week. Choice wholesale finished with a weekly average of $193.47/cwt, up $3.25. Select beef averaged $184.77/cwt, up $2.05.
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