Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

Happy New Year!
from the MCA officers and staff 
Top Recruiters
Thanks go to everyone who worked in this year's membership drive.
Winners of the Gold Buckle awards were:
1st Wayne Gentry
2nd Brandon Leslie
3rd Ricky Ferguson
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.  
 Homestyle Corned Beef
 Total Recipe Time:  2 3/4 to 3 3/4 hours

Makes 6 to 8 servings

In Memoriam

We extend our sympathy to the family of Billie Banes who passed away December 20th. A longtime member of the staff at Hinds Community College, Banes was inducted into the Cattlemen's Hall of Fame in 1994.
Memorials may be made to the Billie Banes Scholarship, Hinds Community College Foundation, P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, MS 39154.  

Herb Robertson, 87, died December 23rd after a lengthy illness.
Mr. Herb was a member of the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions Promotion Committee for 40 years and served 25 years as its president.

Traceability Rule Announced

NCBA Chief Veterinarian Kathy Simmons reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a final rule establishing general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock moving interstate. The final rule f is expected to be implemented on February 26, 2013.
The final rule for animal disease traceability applies to sexually intact bison and cattle over 18 months, dairy cattle of any age, event and rodeo cattle of any age, cattle and bison of any age used for shows or exhibits when they move into interstate commerce. USDA APHIS gives authority to States and Tribes for what they accept within their jurisdiction in order to meet interstate requirements.

*    Beef cattle under 18 months of age, unless they are moved interstate for shows, exhibits, rodeos or recreational events, are exempt from the official identification requirement in this rule. The specific traceability requirements for this group will be addressed in separate rulemaking.
*    Accepts the use of brands, tattoos and breed registration as official identification when accepted by shipping and receiving States or Tribes.
*    Maintains the use of backtags as an alternative to official eartags for cattle and bison moved directly to slaughter (for slaughter in 3 days).
*    Accepts movement documentation other than an Interstate Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (ICVI) for all ages and classes of cattle when accepted by the shipping and receiving States or Tribes.
*    Clarifies that all livestock moved interstate to a custom slaughter facility are exempt from the regulations.
*    Extends the phase-out period for manufacturer-coded Animal identification numbers ( AINs) from 12 months to 24 months from rule publication to make the transition less burdensome for producers.
*    Revises the official eartag and adding a new definition of official eartag shield. These changes will allow the State or Tribal postal abbreviation or codes within the US Route Shield in lieu of "US".

NCBA will continue to carefully analyze the final rule for animal disease traceability (ADT). NCBA called for a final ADT rule that minimizes costs to the producers, does not hinder the speed of commerce, does not replace or impede existing State and Tribal brand inspection activities and maintains producer confidentiality. At this time, it seems that the final ADT rule, as announced, achieves many of these goals.



Cattle Market Notes 

Dr. John Michael Riley  

Cattle on Feed Report: 
USDA released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday, Dec 21.
The report revealed that 11.328 million head of cattle were in feedlots with 1,000 head capacity or greater on Dec 1. This was a 6% decline from Dec 2011 and 3% below the five-year average. Pre-report expectations were looking for a 6.6% drop from the previous year and above the high end of the range (based on a tight range of expectation).
Placements during November were 5.6% lower than 2011 and 3.7% below the five-year average at 1.923 million head. This number was well above expectations of an 8.8% decline and outside the high end of the range (-6.6%). When assessing placements by weight, most states saw a decline across all weights under 800 pounds with the exception of Texas, which was higher in all weight categories over 600 pounds. Given the cost of gain, holding cattle outside of feedlots for an extended period of time is likely the more economical option and this is apparent in the recent report. With respect to Texas, November 2011 placements had been decimated by strong placements in earlier months as a result of their severe drought. When compared to it's five-year average across weight groups over 600 pounds, Texas' placements are lower by -36%, -50%, and -38%, respectively for 600-699 lbs, 700-799 lbs, and 800+ lbs groups.
Marketings in November were 0.7% below a year ago at 1.774 million head but were 3.6% higher than the five-year average. The volume of marketings was smaller than expected but within range.
The heavier pace of placements, which added more head to feedlots inventories than was expected, will not be viewed positively. Tight supplies have been priced into the market and fairly steady demand that has been experienced in light of high prices at the beef case was helping to prop up prices. With the added amount of cattle that will be marketed in four to six months (likely on the short end since most were heavy weight placements) prices in late Spring and Summer will suffer in the holiday shortened week ahead.


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