Wheels for Bucks is back!
Again this year, Merck is offering our association cash for each empty Ralgro wheel turned in at the Dixie National Farm Expo.
Drop your wheels by the office, give them to any association officer or bring them with you to the Expo on February 8 & 9 and help grow MCA.
Register for the Convention Today
Join us February 8 & 9
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.
Friday, February 8
Dixie National Farm Expo
"A Taste of Beef"
Saturday, February 9
Western Night Dinner
Dixie National Rodeo
National Beef Cook-off Contest
Calling all home cooks to start grilling, broiling, roasting, stir-frying and stewing on your healthy beef menu ideas for our 2013 recipe competition.
Home cooks can submit their best beef recipes online
for a chance to win $25,000 and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C.
Food Defense Workshops
Three opportunities remain to attend the FREE Food Defense workshops for producers, processors, and others involved in the food industry sponsored by Mississippi State University Extension Service.
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.
Register today for sessions in Hattiesburg on January 29, Brookhaven on February 7 or Granada on February 21.Click for details.
Johne's Disease Newsletter
New Online Dues Payment
You may now pay your MCA dues online using a credit card.
Return your dues statement, use the printable form on the website or pay with a credit card online
FSA Microloan Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering a new loan program to assist beginning farmers, veterans and smaller farm operations.
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack announced the new microloan program
, stating that it will provide loans for under $35,000 to help launch start-ups and provide needed resources and increased equity so farmers can graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations.
Ag Census Due Soon
Farmers and ranchers are urged to complete their their Census of Agriculture
and return it as soon as possible.
Accurate data is critical for programs and policies supporting agriculture and the rural economy.
| Cattle Market Notes|
Dr. John Michael RileyJanuary 18, 2013
Cash prices moved lower throughout the week. In Texas and Kansas, prices were at $125/cwt on Wednesday but moved lower to $123/cwt on Friday in Kansas. Live cattle in Nebraske were called at $123-$125/cwt and dressed prices were much lower compared to last week at $198/cwt. The five-area price was also lower at $124.20/cwt versus $126.36 last week.
Feeder steers and heifers were $2-$5/cwt lower in Oklahoma City, while calves were called steady. In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers and heifers were mixed. Cull cows sold $1-$2/cwt lower and bulls were called steady.
Live cattle futures finished the week much lower. Lower cash prices, concerns related to demand, and higher corn all played into the weakness. While the new tax laws have been in the books since January 1, this past week marked the first payday for many Americans and these individuals most likely had a case of 'sticker shock'. The flu epidemic is also believed to be impacting beef demand by lowering foot traffic in retuarants and diminshing any robust appetites. Finally, the news of a slaughter facility in Texas suspending operations (a Cargill plant) was seen as a negative since the reasons stated were razor thin margins in the face of tight supplies. The high corn prices along with weakness in the live cattle pits pushed feeder cattle lower.
Corn futures were higher again this week. Early in the week contracts were still on the euphoria of last week's USDA reports. A stronger than expected export report on Thursday was seen as a positive (although the market was down on the day) and could be a turn in what has been rather weak exports for the past six weeks.
Wholesale boxed beef prices were once again mixed this week with Select gaining another $2.32/cwt on Choice and thus narrowed the spread further. Choice finished with a weekly average of $192.68/cwt, down $1.13, and Select finished at $184.57, up $1.19.
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