Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
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|Register for Convention Today
Registration Form - February 8 & 9, 2013
For rooms, contact Hampton Inn & Suites, 601-352-1700 or Jackson Hotel (soon to be Holiday Inn Express again) 601-948-4466 and ask for the "cattlemen's block of rooms".
Rooms are limited and will not be held after January 16th.
Friday, February 8
Dixie National Farm Expo
"A Taste of Beef"
Saturday, February 9
Western Night Dinner
Dixie National Rodeo
|Forage & Grassland Council|
Thirty proponents of grazing improvement met today to discuss reorganization of the Mississippi Forage & Grassland Council for producer-driven programs.
A steering committee was formed to identify new objectives and nominate officers.
Anyone interested in more information is urged to contact Dr. Rocky Lemus at Mississippi State University.
|Ag Secretary Appoints Committee
Dr. Byron Williams, MSU research professor, joins 16 other members of the National Advisory Committee on Meat and Poultry Inspection (NACMPI) for the 2012-2014 term.
Last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of members to the committee that meets on food safety concerns and advises the Secretary on matters affecting federal and state inspection program activities. It also contributes to USDA's regulatory policy development.
Smoky Chipotle Pot Roast with Cornbread
Chuck Shoulder Pot roast, one of the top-selling cuts in the country, is an affordable lean cut that's perfect for comfort food classics.
For less than $1.00 per 3 oz. serving, plus a few ingredients from your pantry, you can serve our hearty Smoky Chipolte Pot Roast with Cornbread
- a simple slow cooking recipe that will make your taste buds tingle.
Total Recipe Time: 2-1/2 to 3-1/2 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings
|Practicing for Roundup|
FFA & 4-H members around the state are preparing for district livestock shows slated for later this month. Those qualifying at the district shows in Verona, Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Jackson and Batesville will compete in the Dixie National Junior Roundup, January 30 - February 7.
Condolences go to the family of J.D. Rankin who died January 9th.
Rankin, 85, was MCA President in 1971 and represented Mississippi on the National Livestock & Meat Board from 1971 through 1976.
In addition to several business and farming interests, he maintained a large herd of commercial cattle on his Double R Ranch in Rankin County.
|Proposed Estate Tax Legislation
New York Congressman Tim Bishop has introduced legislation that would exempt farms and conservation lands from estate taxes as long as they remain in those uses.
NCBA is hailing the move and their Vice President of Government Affairs Colin Woodall says although it doesn't permanently eliminate the estate tax like they wanted, it's at least a major step in the right direction.
Woodall also thinks that there will be widespread bi partisan backing for Bishop's legislation bringing in a lot of urban support.
He says because Bishop isn't normally known for his support of agriculture and is sponsoring this measure means its chances for passage are good.
|Crop Prices Advance as Supply Shrinks|
Bloomberg reports that crop prices rose in Chicago, driving corn toward the longest rally since February, as U.S. government estimates showed shrinking stockpiles after the worst drought since the 1930s seared fields across the Midwest.
Corn inventories on Dec. 1 were 8.03 billion bushels, 17 percent less than the year-earlier 9.647 billion, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said in a report on Jan. 11. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg expected 8.219 billion. Wheat reserves on May 31, before the 2013 harvest, will be 716 million bushels, down 5 percent from a December estimate and less than the 741 million expected by analysts..
Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
January 11, 2013
After some slow movement to close out last week, sales were more robust this week. The five-area price was mostly unchanged at $126.37/cwt. In Texas and Oklahoma, Thursday's trade was at $126/cwt for live cattle. In Kansas trade was at $126/cwt on Thursday and at $125/cwt on Friday. Live and dressed cattle in Nebraske were called at $125/cwt and $201-$203/cwt, respectively on Friday. The Western Cornbelt reported similar prices with live at $125/cwt and dressed at $202-$203/cwt.
Feeder steers were $2-$3/cwt higher than pre-Christmas trade (with 750-800 lb M&L #1 steers at $151.31) in Oklahoma City. Feeder heifers in OKC were steady to $2/cwt higher than two weeks ago (with 750-800 lb M&L #1 heifers at $139.37). Finally, in OKC, steer and heifer calves were $2-$4/cwt higher (with 500-550 lb M&L #1 steers at $179.27). In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers and heifers were $5-$10/cwt above pre-Christmas trade (with 700-800 lb M&L #1-2 steers at $131.50). Cull cows and bulls were called steady compared to two weeks ago.
Live cattle futures finished the week lower. Cash prices moved lower and concern of slipping demand both led to the drop. Smaller paychecks are believed to slow traffic in restaurants and possibly limit purchases at the meat case. Feeder cattle took a double shot to the chin with lower live cattle and higher corn doing a number on feeder futures this week.
Corn futures were higher this week. Exports continue to weigh on the market and most likely this will remain to be the case with South American prices at a discount to the U.S.
Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed this week as Select gained on Choice and thus narrowed the spread. Choice finished with a weekly average of $193.81/cwt, down $0.51, and Select finished at $183.38, up $1.09. This narrowed the Choice-to-Select spread just a bit from $12.03 last week to $10.43 this week.
17 Stone CCA
17 Lee CCA
24 Wayne CCA
24 Marshall CCA
25 Hinds CCA