Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Celebrate National Ag Day
Tomorrow is National Agriculture Day across the country with Mississippi activities slated to begin at the Farmers Market in Jackson.
The Beef Council will participate with exhibits and educational programs for elementary classes.
Started in 1973, the day is dedicated to increasing the public awareness of agriculture's vital role in our society. 
Learn more about Ag Day online.
Spring Break Tour  

MJCAtourA group from the MSU Collegiate Cattlemen's and MJCA toured ranches in Texas and Louisiana last week with stops at Genex Cooperative and Sam Kane Beef Processors.
Ranch visits included King Ranch, A1 Land & Cattle and V8 Ranch.

Beef Agribition  
The Mississippi Beef Agribition Sale will be held Saturday, March 23rd at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona.
Cattle viewing begins Friday evening at 6 and the sale starts Saturday at 12:30 p.m. Show prospects, bulls and commercial heifers will be offered.
Oktibbeha County Award
Wayne Gentry, right, was presented Oktibbeha County's Cattleman of the Year award by MCA President Jacob Megehee.
Save the date  
Begin making plans to attend one of the Beef Cattle Boot Camps to be held April 12th on the MSU campus in Starkville and April 19th at Brown Loam Experiment Station near Raymond.
Agriculture & Forestry Museum 

SmallTown Take your family to visit one of our state's great treasures and a super value as well.
Museum site.

Heart Association Certification
The Beef Checkoff Program announced today that three additional fresh beef cuts are now certified to display the American Heart Association's Heart-Check mark. Retailers now have the opportunity to market six different extra-lean beef items to their shoppers using one of the most trusted nutrition icons on food packaging today.
The extra-lean beef cuts that meet the American Heart Association's criteria for heart-healthy foods as part of an overall healthy dietary pattern, and are certified to display the Heart-Check mark include:

*    Sirloin Tip Steak (USDA Select grade)
*    Bottom Round Steak (USDA Select grade)
*    Top Sirloin Stir-Fry (USDA Select grade)
*    Boneless Top Sirloin Petite Roast (USDA Select grade)
*    Top Sirloin Filet (USDA Select grade)
*    Top Sirloin Kabob (USDA Select grade)

"Having the American Heart Association certify three additional extra-lean beef cuts is yet another important milestone in the Beef Checkoff's efforts to help consumers understand the positive health and nutritional benefits of beef," said Jeanne Harland, beef producer from Illinois and chair of the checkoff nutrition and health subcommittee. "Using strong science-based guidelines and criteria, the American Heart Association has now certified six different beef cuts and we will continue to support and apply scientific evidence to show consumers how they can eat healthfully with extra-lean beef."
To learn more about receiving the American Heart Association's certification, please visit www.BeefRetail.org.
BVD Surveillance       
NCBA introduces the first national BVD Surveillance Program
Enrolling in NCBA's BVD Surveillance Program will ensure that you are protecting your animals from the devastating losses associated with the BVD virus.
Who knew? 
Will cattlemen someday measure their animals' breaths and belches to determine feed efficiency or whether they're getting sick?
Inforum.com reports that a South Dakota company has developed and is marketing a system called GreenFeed - a sort of computerized "breathalyzer" that measures the methane and carbon dioxide output in cattle and other ruminants.
They say the equipment can be used to monitor cattle health and efficiency.
Cattle Market

Dr. John Michael Riley
March 15, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash trade slowed this week on the heels of strong prices last week. Packers are assumed to be working off contracts for this week's slaughter and staying on the sidelines for the time being in the cash market. In the Central and Southern Plains (Kansas and south) the volume of trade was light but called at $127/cwt on a live basis. In Nebraska live and dressed cattle were lower at $126-$127/cwt and $201/cwt, respectively. In the rest of the Western Cornbelt, trade was light at $124-$125/cwt on a live basis and $200/cwt for dressed cattle.

Live cattle futures were lower this week. Carry-over from last week was seen early in the week. A surge in cash prices helped buoy prices to close out last week and many expected the trend to continue. However, cash trade did not develop for the most part and by mid-week concern was mounting. This became more evident as the week ended with Thursday and Friday providing the major blow to prices. Those with long (a.k.a. "bought") positions started selling to exit those positions which pushed prices lower.
Corn futures were higher this week as the market rallied on last week's supply/demand report, which revealed total domestic corn use higher by 100 million bushels stemming from the feeding industry (higher imports and lower exports left the amount expected to be carried over unchanged at 632 million bushels).

Wholesale boxed beef prices continue to march higher. Choice finished with a weekly average of $196.75/cwt, up $1.73, and Select finished at $195.27/cwt, up $2.39, and leaving the Choice-Select spread at a very narrow $1.47/cwt. The current value of Select boxed beef sets a new (non-inflation adjusted) record previously set in early March of last year. Both Choice and Select are up approximately $15/cwt over the past three to four weeks.can be expected.


19 Pontotoc CCA

19 Lowndes CCA

19 Prentiss CCA

19 Noxubee CCA

19 Rankin CCA

21 Webster CCA

21 Franklin CCA

21 Hinds CCA

21 Lee CCA

21 Covington CCA

21 Simpson CCA


28 Walthall CCA

28 Neshoba CCA 

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