Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
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
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"
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.
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|
Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
December 7, 2012
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.
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.
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.
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