Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

Champion Auctioneers
Southeast Miss. Livestock in Hattiesburg hosted today's regional World Livestock Auctioneer Championship semifinals.
Twenty-one contestants from 13 states competed for a chance to enter the final round next summer.
The competition was recorded and will be run on a continuous loop at the Livestock Marketing Association's website  beginning at noon Wednesday.   
Beef Council Officers
Congratulations to the new Mississippi Beef Council officers: Joe Johnson, President; Mike McCormick, Vice President; Mike Pigott, Sec/Treas.
The eighteen-member Council oversees the collection of beef checkoff dollars in the state.
Beef Ambassador
Our best wishes go with Claylee Chism, 2012 Mississippi Beef Ambassador, as she competes in the Nation Beef Ambassador Contest this week in Sacramento, California. 
Claylee is from Pontotoc and exhibits Santa Gertrudis cattle.

Vote for Jessica AGAIN and AGAIN!
Pearl River County 4-Her Jessica Smith made it to the Top 4 in the nation in the FMC National Anthem Singing contest.  It is time for the second round of voting and it resumes today. 
Jessica needs your vote and support since the contest is won by popular vote.
Watch her new video here and vote!
Jessica will need your votes every day until October 19 to be selected as winner of the $10,000 grand prize!
Scholarship Applications
Applications for the 2013-2014 scholarships offered through the Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation will be available October 1st at www.mscattlemen.org or by contacting the MCA office.
The Wax Company, Mississippi CattleWomen's Association and Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation each have a different application and requirements. We encourage students to apply for all three.
Applicants are urged to read the checklist and fill out the forms completely, being careful to include the required letters, essays and transcripts for each of the applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered by the judges, so make sure that the application is complete before it is mailed.
Deadline is December 16th and all information must be submitted together.   
burger ribbon   
A printable flier is now available for restaurants to display in their establishment announcing the Best Burger Contest and encouraging their customers to vote for them.

If you haven't voted for your favorite burger restaurant, DO IT NOW!
Learn @ Lunch: Economics

Only two Learn at Lunch sessions remain in this series. On Tuesday and Thursday, 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.
Checkoff-sponsored BQA Video

BQA Cattle Handling Tips
BQA Cattle Handling Tips
Featuring Temple Grandin & Curt Pate
In Memoriam

We extend our condolences to the family of Art Higbie, 92, who died Saturday.
Higbie served MCA as Executive Vice President in 1969 and 1970. 


Register Today! Your Vote Counts
As we near the date of the 2012 election, registering to vote and getting out to the polls are more important than ever. This election will be a critical turning point in our country's political future, and we must ensure that more members of Congress are elected who truly understand and support the beef industry. This is a crucial time for cattlemen and cattlewomen to make an impact and support those candidates who realize the importance of having a strong U.S. agricultural economy, and who will work to make it happen. We must increase our participation in the political process to preserve the future of the cattle industry.
It all starts with you!  NCBA strongly encourages all cattlemen and cattlewomen to register to vote.
You can register to vote by clicking here.
If you're already registered, make sure you vote on Nov. 6, 2012.



Market  Notes  

September 21, 2012   

Dr. John Michael Riley 


Cash Cattle:
Fed cattle were slow to move this week in the cash market. Most locations were too light to call a trend, but the reported five-area price was mostly steady with last week.  In Texas, Kansas, and Nebraska a few live sales traded at $126/cwt on Thursday and dressed sales in Nebraska were at $195/cwt on Thursday. Limited cash trade in Iowa and Minnesota were reported at $124-$125/cwt for live and $194-$195/cwt for dressed. In Oklahoma City feeder steers were $2-$3/cwt higher, while feeder heifers were steady to $2/cwt higher. Feeder steers and heifers in Mississippi auctions this week were mixed and slaughter cows and bulls were $1-$2/cwt lower.  



Live cattle futures started the week lower as some selling of last week's gains took place. Fairly steady movement the remainder of the week took place though as traders positioned ahead of the Cattle on Feed report, released Friday afternoon (Sep 21). The dip was most pronounced on the nearby (October) live cattle contract and less severe for more distant months. Feeder cattle prices tended to slip lower as the week progressed, until Friday, as the weakness in live futures which offset a bit by lower corn prices early in the week.
Corn futures were hit hard on Monday. After months of detrimental weather throughout the Corn Belt, harvest has begun those states - some earlier than expected as corn dried down faster. The recent spell of favorable weather was seen as a positive and resulted in lower prices for all grains and oilseeds on Monday. Prices picked up on Wednesday as Wall Street rallied, but the movement was short lived.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher this week. Choice finished with a weekly average of $194.11/cwt, up $2.61. Select beef averaged $183.71/cwt for the week, up $3.67.   

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25 Madison CCA

25 Simpson CCA

25 Alcorn CCA

27 Noxubee CCA


3 - 14 State Fair

11 Lauderdale CCA

16 Kemper CCA

25 Marshall CCA

25 Chickasaw CCA 




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