65th Annual Convention
& Dixie National Farm Expo
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The MCA Convention kicks off on Friday evening, February 8th with "A Taste of Beef" and Auction, at the Mississippi Agriculture Museum.
Sample great beef dishes from some of Jackson's finest restaurants, and then enjoy the fast-paced benefit auction.
An eclectic mix of items will help support MJCA, MCW and MCA activities. Prints, collectables, toys, vacation package and much more.
This handcrafted welcome bench would look great beside your door. Made by Charles Scoggins, it is solid red oak from the trunk of a giant tree felled by Hurricane Katrina.
buy one, get 2 free
Start (or complete) your collection of Ole Miss footballs with this once-in-a-lifetime offer.
The winning bidder for the Hugh Freeze signed football will get the Nutt Ball and Billy Brewer ball FREE!
CVM Dean to Lead National Organization
Dr. Kent Hoblet, dean of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been selected president-elect for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
Hoblet will serve in this role until he becomes president of the association in July 2013. The AAVMC coordinates the affairs of all 28 U.S. veterinary medical colleges, all five Canadian colleges of veterinary medicine, nine U.S. departments of veterinary science, eight U.S. departments of comparative medicine, eight international veterinary schools, three veterinary medical education organizations, and four affiliate international veterinary schools. The association represents more than 4,000 faculty, 5,000 staff, 10,000 veterinary students, and 3,000 graduate students at these institutions.
Over 1,200 Mississippi youth will begin coming to Jackson this weekend to compete in the Dixie National Junior Roundup.
Activities will culminate February 7th with the Sale of Junior Champions.
Mississippi Junior Cattlemen's Association members will meet in the Sales Arena on February 3rd. That evening, the association will sponsor a dance for junior exhibitors.
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.
New Online Videos
Visit the Mississippi State University Extension Service Beef Cattle YouTube channel where a variety of brief educational videos are posted on beef cattle production topics.
|Mineral and Vitamin Feeding Management|
Report Expected to Decline
Experts agree that the upcoming USDA report on the nation's cow herd will reflect another decline in numbers. While last summer was better in some regions of the Southwest, the devastating drought of 2011 and current conditions have prevented much recovery in their cow herd.
In the central U.S., the widespread drought conditions of 2012 prompted downsizing of many herds in that region.
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Jason Cleere says that after the worst drought on record in 2011, the biggest challenge is going to be what the future holds from the standpoint of weather.
"A lot of producers really took a big hit, to try and make it through that, and a lot of cash reserves were spent, and they're trying to build that back up, and they're also a little bit cautious about what the weather will be over the next few years."
Cleere says that even though 2012 was a much better year in terms of rainfall, rebuilding takes time.
"The question is when do we rebuild, and I think we need to have a number of fairly normal rainfall years where we continue the forage recovery, and producers become a little more confident in what the forage production will be because we get some rainfall. If they do that, then we can begin to add more numbers out there with a little more confidence."
"If we keep a replacement heifer today, it's going to be another two years before she essentially can contribute to the production of our system, and so in the beef industry we're looking long term out, and in reality, we're probably another three to five years before we really see some numbers to come back."
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 25, 2013
Live cash prices moved lower for the second week in a row, while dressed cattle held mostly steady. In Texas and Kansas, live prices were at $122/cwt on Wednesday. On Thursday, live cattle in Nebraska were called at $122-$124.50/cwt; however dressed prices looked to hold steady at $198-$199/cwt. Western Cornbelt fed cattle sold at $123-$124/cwt and $198-$200 for live and dressed respectively. The five-area price was at $122.53/cwt on a live basis and at $197.93/cwt for dressed.
Feeder steers and heifers were $3-$5/cwt lower in Oklahoma City, while calves were called steady to $2/cwt lower. In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers and heifers were called steady. Cull cows sold $1-$2/cwt lower and bulls were called steady.
futures finished moderately higher this week. Following the declines of last week, the market decided a low had been set and it was time to buy. The 'overbought' sentiment continued to rally prices the remainder of the week becuase there was very little support elsewhere in cash markets. Fed trade was roughly $3/cwt lower than last week and boxed beef prices slid all week long. The week closed with the release of the monthly Cattle on Feed report (link) which should be viewed as bullish for next week's trade. The positive tone in the live cattle pit coupled with lower corn prices helped to give feeder futures a strong week.
Corn futures moved slightly lower this week. Heavy selling on Wednesday brought prices down and Friday's export report showed slowing demand on the global market.
Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower this week with Choice carcasses taking the brunt of the blow, dropping $3.73/cwt compared to last week, while Select dropped $1.86/cwt. Choice finished with a weekly average of $188.96/cwt and Select finished at $182.71/cwt.
29 Alcorn CCA
29 Calhoun CCA
8 - 9 MCA