Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
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The Deep South Brahman Assoc. annual meeting and field day will be held May 24 & 25 at Rocking B Cattle in Wiggins. A judging contest and junior show will be held Saturday.
Register here to help in planning meals.
Grazing Field Day  
A Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative (GLCI) field day will be held Friday, May 17 at Nas Bolton Farm in George County. Click for details.
Rogers Gelbvieh

Dr. Jim Gibb, Executive Director of American Gelbvieh Association, was keynote speaker at the field day held Saturday near Hattiesburg.  Gibb discussed enhanced EPDs using DNA technology and hands-on demonstrations followed his presentation.
farm families   
The latest issue of the Farm Families of Mississippi newsletter is now available.
Mississippi Braves 
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Mississippi Braves baseball players were treated to a steak dinner following their win over the Tennessee Smokies. The meal was sponsored by the Braves Booster Club, Mississippi Beef Council and the Braves organization.
BCIA Newsletter
The May Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is now online.
Angus Meeting & Sale
Angus enthusiasts turned out in record numbers at Friday night's banquet and the association's annual sale on Saturday.
In the auction held at Hinds Community College, 80 lots averaged $2800.

Making Tracks Camp 
 Sign up today for Making Tracks Leadership Camp at Mississippi State University on June 17, 18 & 19.
EPA Continues to Release Info  

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is appalled to learn that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) continues to illegally release information on cattle operations to the activist groups Earth Justice, the Pew Charitable Trust and the Natural Resources Defense Council. In this latest action, the agency again admitted it had released too much information on livestock producers, specifically producers from Montana and Nebraska. This action happened less a month after the agency found it had released too much information on livestock producers in 10 states.   
NCBA Past President J.D. Alexander, a cattle feeder from Pilger, Neb., and whose information was released to the activists groups in the initial EPA action, said it is clear "someone at EPA is either completely incompetent or intentionally violating federal law. Either way, this action shows EPA cannot be trusted with sensitive information and should not have the authority to procure or disseminate it. NCBA is calling for an investigation by the Office of Inspector General into this matter."
The records released in February by EPA include names of producers and operations, locations and in some cases even personal phone numbers for farmers and ranchers who own beef, swine or poultry operations. Most of the 80,000 facilities listed are not regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA), some having as few as 12 head of livestock. After NCBA and other livestock groups expressed outrage over the initial release of information, EPA conducted a review of the records and admitted it released too much personal information for 10 of the 29 states included in the documents. After a second review, the agency once again said too much information was released for operations located in Nebraska and Montana.

Cattle Market
Dr. John Michael Riley  
May 3, 2013

Cash Cattle:
The five-area cash price ended the week at $129.02/cwt on a live basis, up from $127.25 last Friday. In the Southern Plains, live cattle traded at $128/cwt on Wednesday. In Nebraska, on Wednesday, live sales were at $128.50-$130.50/cwt; on Thursday dressed sales were at $206-$207/cwt. In the Western Cornbelt, live and dressed cattle traded at $128.50-$130/cwt and $205-$206/cwt on Thursday.
In Oklahoma City, feeder steers and heifers were called steady to $2/cwt higher; calves were not well tested. In Mississippi auction markets, steer calves were about $6/cwt higher, heifer calves were about $4/cwt higher, feeder steers were mixed, and feeder heifers were $2-$5/cwt lower. Slaughter cows were about $2/cwt higher, while bulls were mostly steady.

Live cattle futures ended the week lower. Prices attempted a rally mid-week as boxed beef prices inched higher. The deck remains stacked against sustained higher prices, however. The continued cold and otherwise miserable weather appears to be keeping a lid on beef movement. Feeder futurers were much lower with the dip in live cattle futures and higher corn.
Corn futures finished higher. The cold and wet spring continues to delay planting across all of the U.S. Concerns of how this will impact yield has pushed prices higher. The monthly Crop Production report will be released this week and will contain the first USDA estimate of corn yield.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher this week. Choice finished with a weekly average of $198.59/cwt, up $6.96, and Select finished at $188.97/cwt, up $4.73.


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17 GLCI Field Day

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23 Lauderdale CCA

25 Brahman Field Day

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