Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
  Miss. Beef Agribition Sale
A large crowd was on hand to bid on over 100 lots at Saturday's Beef Agribition in Verona. Bulls averaged $2,350 with the top seller coming from Southern Shine Pastures for $3,200.
Whitlock Angus consigned the high selling show heifer at $5,700 and the top pen of bred heifers from Houlka Hill Brangus averaged $2,650.

Dieticians Annual Meeting  

State dieticians met last week in Oxford to review the latest information on healthy eating and nutrition.
The Beef Council helped sponsor the event where Nebraska dietician Shelly Asplin spoke on behalf of the beef checkoff.
Other talks included one sponsored by Vegetarian DPG.
Steer Drawing 
Tickets are still available for this Dixie National steer, to be given to one lucky MCA member. Returned tickets must be postmarked by April 15th.
Cool-season Forage Tour   
A Cool-season Forage Tour will be held Tuesday, April 30th on the MSU South Farm in Starkville. This tour will cover some of the ongoing cool-season forage research, demonstrations and variety testing.
Registration is free and early registration is encouraged for meal purposes.
Registration information is attached.
Angus Queens 
Angus queens
South Miss. Angus Queens and Princesses are: Hayden Neal, Forest; Sophie Wilkerson, Pulaski; Emree Sifford, Terry and Hannah Beatty, Morton.

Agriculture & Forestry Museum 
Take your family to the annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 30 from 9:00 a.m. until noon. And while there, enjoy an ALL-BEEF HOT DOG, courtesy of the Mississippi Beef Council.
Museum site.

Making Tracks 2013   

Mississippi Junior Cattlemen's Association's Making Tracks Leadership Camp will be held June 17 - 19 on the Mississippi State University campus.
For the 21st consecutive year, the camp is sponsored by The Wax Company.
Horse Plant Opening

Bloomberg News reports that a New Mexico meat plant that wants to be the first to slaughter horses in the U.S. since 2007 may be operational in three weeks.
The plant may eventually have about 100 employees processing as many as 100 horses a day for export, he said.
The company is one of several that have applied to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to slaughter horses, a practice that ended in 2007 after Congress defunded government inspections at the facilities. That measure lapsed in 2011.
The USDA, which would regulate the plant, didn't immediately comment on the assertion. The agency this month said that once the company meets technical requirements and inspector training has taken place, "the department will legally have no choice but to go forward with inspections."
Four lawmakers last week introduced legislation that would ban horse-killing for human consumption in the U.S. and prohibit transporting the animals outside the country for slaughter. The USDA this month said it encouraged Congress to reinstate the ban on funding inspections.
Cattle Market

Dr. John Michael Riley
March 22, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Yet another week of slow fed cattle trade was seen this week. Lower prices appear to have both sides now waiting on the other to budge. In Texas, live cattle traded at $125/cwt late in the week. In Nebraska, live cattle sold between $124-$125/cwt. The five area region average price for live and dressed cattle on Friday was $124.77/cwt and $197.71/cwt, down $1.74 and $5.14, respectively.
Feeder steers and heifers were $1-$3/cwt lower in Oklahoma City, while calves were $3-$6/cwt lower in a light test. In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers and heifers were $5-$10/cwt lower. Cull cows were $2-$3/cwt lower and bulls were steady.

Live cattle futures managed to move into positive territory this week. Following last Friday's large drop, Monday hovered around those same levels for most contracts. Tuesday brought about more negative movement as continued concerns about beef consumption ruled the day. A few things were in play Wednesday to help create a turnaround. First, positioning ahead of Friday's Cattle on Feed report brought about some buying. Second, thoughts that market had moved too low also added some buying power. Weakness in beef and cash fed prices left the market steady to close the week. Feeder futures were lower this week as live cattle futures held onto small gains versus last week, corn was higher, and cash feeder markets were lower in many locations throughout the week. The Cattle on Feed report was released Friday (March 22) and revealed fewer cattle than expected were placed and, as a result, fewer were on feed March 1. For more on the report visit here.

Wholesale boxed beef prices slid this week and the spread between Choice and Select further narrowed. Choice carcasses averaged $193.57/cwt, down $3.18. Select carcasses averaged $193.18/cwt, down $2.09. This leaves the spread at 39 cents per hundredweight!



28 Walthall CCA

28 Neshoba CCA


1 Amite CCA

2 Board Sale, Winona

11 Magnolia Beef &
          Poultry Expo,

12 Boot Camp, MSU

19 Boot Camp,
          Brown Loam

Alltech              Outback




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