Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
|Livestock Break-even Calculator
Dr. John Michael Riley and other MSU Extension personnel have a Livestock Break-even Calculator for iPhones, iPads, iPods and other iOS devices.
The free application is available from iTunes.
The tool is currently not available for PCs and other devices.
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.
T3 Brangus Field Day
|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
Burger Contest Nominees
Where do you find the best burgers?
Visit any of the 150 restaurants receiving votes in our Mississippi's Best Burger Contest.
The overall winner will be announced at the Dixie National Farm Expo on February 9th.
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.
|EPA Retains Dust Standard
Last Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would retain the coarse particulate matter (PM) National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS), eliciting a positive response from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) on behalf of cattle producers across the country.
"NCBA is pleased that EPA has decided to retain the current coarse PM standard and did not make a bad situation worse," said NCBA Deputy Environmental Counsel Ashley McDonald. "Unfortunately, cattle producers did not get the permanent certainty they were seeking in the form of legislation and will again face a review of this standard within five years. But for today, NCBA is relieved that EPA listened to rural America and realized that further tightening the dust standard would have disastrous effects on America's agricultural economy."
The PM standard, commonly known as the dust standard, remains one of the most important environmental issues facing cattle producers. Under the Clean Air Act (CAA), EPA is required to review the dust standard every five years to evaluate its protection of public health. Despite the lack of any scientific evidence finding any harm to human health from rural dust at ambient levels, agricultural operations in arid parts of the country have a difficult time attaining compliance with the dust standard at its current level, and must implement costly practices in order to mitigate dust.
Under the current review of the dust standard, EPA proposed in June of this year to retain the coarse PM standard, and NCBA, state cattlemen's associations and members submitted comments encouraging EPA to make that proposal final. McDonald made it clear that if the PM standard had been tightened, it would have been virtually impossible for current agricultural operations to demonstrate compliance, subjecting them to fines under the CAA of up to $37,500 per day.
"A stricter PM standard would have an impact that would cause most of cattle country, including the entire Midwest, West and Southwest, to be out of compliance or at the brink," McDonald said. "For now, 15 mile-per-hour speed limits on dirt roads, paving dirt and gravel roads and a prohibition on harvesting or tilling during the day are not regulatory requirements in most states, but could easily become a reality if EPA continues to regulate farm dust."
McDonald added that until legislation is passed by Congress giving cattle producers permanent relief from dust regulations, NCBA will continue to fight EPA's dust standard.
Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
December 14, 2012
Cash fed cattle were mostly steady this week. Fed cattle trade in Texas was at $124.50/cwt. In Kansas, live cattle traded around $124-$124.50/cwt. Live and dressed cattle in Nebraska sold at $124/cwt and $196-$198/cwt, respectively. InIowa/Minnesota, live sales were from $125-$126.50/cwt and dressed sales were $196-$198/cwt. In Oklahoma City, feeder steers and heifers were steady to $2/cwt higher, steer calves were steady to $2/cwt lower, and heifer calves were steady to $1/cwt lower. Feeder steers were $1-$3/cwt lower and heifers were steady in Mississippi auctions this week. Slaughter cows and bulls were steady.
Live cattle futures were higher this week shaking off some early week bearishness. On Monday, it was reported that Russia would ban imports of U.S. beef and pork that been provided Ractopamine (wanting all imports tested). While Russia represents a small market for U.S. beef, 6.6% of exports landed in Russia from January through September 2012, it has been a area of recent growth. The same day, it was reported that Japan was shutting off all imparts of Brazilian beef due to a case of BSE. Of Japan's imports, Brazil represents just 0.3%, so the news was not particularly market moving, but further bans for the largest beef exporter could be newsworthy. And all of that was just Monday! The remainder of the week was less exciting. Tuesday saw markets maintain their strength despite the negative news from the previous day. Tightening supplies and steady consumer demand helped overcome the bears. Some off-and-on profit taking was seen in the days that followed.
Wholesale boxed beef prices were mostly steady as the weekly average price for Choice and Select was up a mere $0.57/cwt and $0.38/cwt, respectively. Choice finished with a weekly average of $195.04/cwt and Select finished at $174.79. This leaves the Choice-to-Select spread at a relatively high level of $20.25/cwt. The spread is typically high this time of year as demand for Choice and Prime beef are high, but the difference between Choice and Select the past few weeks has been above normal levels.
Corn futures were slightly lower this week. Tuesday brought about the final supply and demand report of the calendar year (even though the marketing year runs through July). No changes were made for corn as ending stocks are still projected at 647 million bushels.
Pre-report expectations looked for ending stocks to be higher at 663, so it would suggest a spark for higher prices. One the other hand, wheat stocks were much higher than expected and the potential for feeders to incorporate more wheat into rations was noted. This negated any potential gains on the day and the market closed down a few cents.
The remainder of the week continued to move lower until Friday when prices surged. Exports continue to be sluggish but a strong cash market on Friday led to the rally.
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