Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Legislative Cookout

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A crowd of over 200 attended last week's cookout for the Mississippi Legislature and their staff. MCA members were able to visit with their elected officials about issues important to their operations.
Bull Sale Results   
Bulls coming off the Hinds Community College Bull test averaged $2,715 on 47 lots with the top seller at $7,250 coming from Cooper Farm in Potts Camp.
In the Beef Cattle Improvement Association Sale, 27 bulls averaged $2,667 and 8 bred heifers averaged $1,819. Two bulls brought $3,500, one from Monogram Farms and the other from Phil Slay Farms. Top-selling heifer, at $2,050, was consigned by Gaines Farms.
Fed Beef ChallengeFed Beef  
There is still room for a few more heifers or steers in the Fed Beef Challenge at Mississippi State University. Carcasses will be evaluated, judged and then processed to your specifications.  Cattle must be delivered on March 26th or 27th.
Contest details and entry form are available online. 

Heifer Development Workshop  
A Heifer Development Workshop will be held tomorrow, March 12 from 9:00 until 3:00 at the Bost Theater on the MSU campus.  
The program will also be available over the interactive video system in Oxford, Hattiesburg, Raymond and MSU.  
This website includes the registration form and information about the workshop.

Vests, Caps, Shirts, etc.  

Cabela's has a full line of apparel and gifts available with the MCA or MJCA logo at the NCBA Store.
Pics from Dixie & Convention   

Pictures from Dixie National & MCA Convention
Pictures from Dixie National & MCA Convention

Proposed COOL Rule     
National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) President Scott George, a cattleman from Cody Wyo., issued the following statement regarding the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) proposed amendment to the mandatory Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) rule:
"NCBA has maintained that there is no regulatory fix that can be put in place to bring the current COOL rule into compliance with our World Trade Organization (WTO) obligation or that will satisfy our top two trading partners; Mexico and Canada. With the amended rule, the USDA has proven that to be true.
The proposed amendments will only further hinder our trading relationships with our partners, raise the cost of beef for consumers and result in retaliatory tariffs being placed on our export products. The requirement that all products sold at retail be labeled with information noting the birth, raising and slaughter will place additional recordkeeping burdens on processors and retailers, contrary to the administration's assertion.
Moreover, this combined with the elimination of the ability to comingle muscle cuts, will only further add to the costs of processing non-U.S. born, raised and slaughtered products.
The end result will be hesitancy to process imported product and increased instances of less favorable treatment of foreign product, giving our trading partners a stronger case at the WTO."
Market Highlights

March 8, 2013

The fed cattle market was steady to
instances of $1 lower this week. In the
South cattle traded hands at $128, while
sales in the North were collected at $203
to tops of $204. Boxed beef values were
sharply higher this week, fueled by light
production over the last couple of weeks
due to the recent storms, as well as a
start to spring grilling demand. Feeder
cattle prices were quoted steady to $2
higher, while calves were steady to $5
firmer. Slaughter cows were even to $4
higher. Light supplies and the higher fed
cattle market a week ago helped firm
feeder cattle prices. Recent moisture in
the Central Plains increased interest for
lighter weight cattle as turnout nears. Corn
prices were lower on the week as demand
remains slow.

Bred Cow Update
It is calving season for the majority of the industry so activity is light at best. Domestic beef cow slaughter continues to slow relative to a year ago, which is not bad news. Recent bull sales have been robust - a good foreshadow if moisture cooperates. Moreover, some winter moisture is certainly not bad news; however, more moisture is needed for female values to outperform feeder cattle and fed cattle values.
If Mother Nature cooperates, females are likely to be $300+/head higher than they are today following calving season.
Unfortunately the fed cattle and cull cow markets have clearly been underperforming futures market expectations. Values are expected to remain above year-ago levels, but without moisture disappointment can be expected.


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19 Pontotoc CCA

19 Lowndes CCA

21 Webster CCA

21 Franklin CCA

21 Hinds CCA

23 Beef Agribition


28 Neshoba CCA 

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