Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

Hay Contest
 hay contest
The deadline to submit hay samples to the MSU Forage Quality Lab has been extended for competitors in the Hay Contest.  Winners in hay and baleage categories will be recognized during the MCA Convention & Dixie National Farm Expo in February..
Cattleman of the Year
County affiliates and breed associations are encouraged to nominate a producer for the Cattlemen of the Year award.
Both commercial and purebred breeders are eligible for the award to be presented at the MCA Convention on February 9.  
Last Week to Win
Recruiters and new members will share in $4,500 in purchase credits available in the  Fall Membership Drive.
Pick your choice from any of the 15 Gold Buckle Farms sponsoring this contest.
The drive ends December 14th.
Scholarship Applications Due 12-17 
Scholarship applications for the CattleWomen's Association and Cattlemen's Foundation are now available.
Applications, complete with all accompanying support, are due by December 17th.
Checklist for scholarships
The Wax Company Scholarship
Mississippi CattleWomen's Association Scholarship
Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation Scholarship 

Holiday Party Appetizers

Mini Merry Meatballs & Cranberry Barbeque Sauce 

The Culinary Innovations Team has two fun recipes and an entertaining tip in its holiday greeting this year.
Happy Holidays from our table to yours!  

Lafayette County  Cattlemen

Delain Green, left, was presented a jacket along with Cattleman of the Year honors by James Redding.
A crowd of 115 attended the meeting last week in Oxford.

Save the Date!
MCA Convention & Farm Expo

February 8 & 9, 2013

Dixie National Farm Expo
"A Taste of Beef"

Annual Meeting
Scholarship Luncheon
County Awards
Western Night Dinner
Dixie National Rodeo
Lamar County Field Day

T3 Brangus hosted a field day Saturday, near Purvis. Producers enjoyed lunch following the AI demonstration.

Food Defense Workshops 

Mississippi State University Extension Service is providing FREE Food Defense workshops for producers, processors, and others involved in the food industry. The primary goal of these workshops is to help participants preclude and better prepare their operations/facilities in the event of intentional contamination and/or natural disasters that could affect the safety of their livestock/products and ultimately consumers.
Workshops are scheduled in Verona, Hattiesburg, Brookhaven and Grenada during January and February.
Click for details.
Washington Update

National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall gives an update on policy issues affecting cattlemen and women nationwide during NCBA's Beltway Beef monthly policy update.


NCBA Monthly Policy Update - November 2012
NCBA Monthly Policy Update - November 2012



Cattle Market Notes 

Dr. John Michael Riley 
December 7, 2012 

Cash Cattle: 
Fed cattle trade remains light and prices have yet to spark a noteworthy ralley. Kansas live cattle traded around $124/cwt, down $1/cwt from last week. Cash trade was too light in other states to call a trend. The 5-area price ended the week down $4/cwt for live and down $5/cwt for dressed. In Oklahoma City, feeder steers were $1-$2/cwt higher, feeder heifers were steady to $2/cwt higher, and calves were $4-$6/cwt lower. Feeder steers and heifers were mixed in Mississippi auctions this week. Slaughter cows were steady and bulls were $1-$3/cwt higher.

Live cattle futures were down this week with the lack of trade in the cash market and slipping beef prices pressuring futures prices. The was very little outside news to help provide direction. On the other hand, feeder futures were sharply higher on the week. The move, for the most part, was due to a big gain on Thursday as corn continues to struggle with slumping exports. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that 146,000 jobs were added, lowering the unemployment rate to 7.7%, from 7.9% last month. Economists had expected gains of 87,000 jobs, so the larger increase pushed most equity markets higher. The boost to the economy should be viewed as a positive for livestock markets.
Corn futures were lower this week as export sales continue to slip. The U.S. economy, while not perfect, is in better shape than many trading partners. This has led to a stronger U.S. dollar, which makes our products more expensive. As a result, export sales have fallen for the past few weeks.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower. Choice finished with a weekly average of $194.47/cwt, down $1.18. Select beef averaged $174.41/cwt for the week, down $0.32.


10 Jasper CCA  

13 Panola CCA

18 Jeff Davis CCA


10 Hancock/
        Harrison CCA


8-9 MCA
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        Dixie National
         Farm Expo 




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Jackson, MS 39202