Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Save the Date!     
Cattlemen's College  
Zoetis Cattlemen's College will be held August 28th at Cain Cattle in Pickens and on August 29th at JRW, LLC near Seminary.
The program will include the Stockmanship & Stewardship Tour sponsored by NRCS.

August 28 or 29, be there!

Charolais Association 

The Mississippi Charolais Association is reorganizing and will meet Saturday, June 8th in the MCA office at 3:00 p.m. 
Anyone interested in helping to promote Charolais cattle and youth activities is invited to attend.

Interested in forages?

If you have an interest in the forage industry in Mississippi, please let your voice be heard by becoming an active member of the Mississippi Forage and Grassland Council (MSFGC).
MSFGC will be hosting a membership meeting update on June 21, 2013 at 9:00 AM at the Mississippi Cattlemen Building in Jackson. 
If you are member, but has not paid your dues yet, please fill out the membership brochure.  I have also attached the letter and flier related to the June 21st meeting.
If you cannot join us in Jackson, but would like to participate via Video Conference, please contact your local county Extension Office to get added to the list of remote locations.
Remember that MSFGC is a producer driven organization and your inputs are very valuable.  For more information about MSFGC, visit the website.

Stocker Conference  

Georgia is hosting the annual Deep South Stocker Conference in Watkinsville on August 8th and 9th. Topics will be of interest to both stocker and cow/calf operators.
If interested in group travel leaving from Meridian, contact Dr. Brandi Karisch at bkarish@ads.msstate.edu 
 Brahman Field Day Video
Brahman Field Day 2013 
Brahman Field Day 2013
BCIA Newsletter 

The June 2013 issue of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is now avaliable online.
Total recipe time: 30 minutes

Makes 4 servings


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You can now join or renew your membership online using your credit card.

Good News on BSE Classification    

The beef industry received positive news last week when it was announced that during the 81st general session of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the Scientific Commission voted to upgrade the risk status of U.S. cattle for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from "controlled" to "negligible." Under the OIE code, negligible is the lowest risk level.  
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the following statement about notification received today from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) upgrading the United States' risk classification for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) to negligible risk:
"I am very pleased with OIE's decision to grant the United States negligible risk status for BSE. This is a significant achievement that has been many years in the making for the United States, American beef producers and businesses, and federal and state partners who work together to maintain a system of interlocking safeguards against BSE that protect our public and animal health. This decision demonstrates OIE's belief that both our surveillance for, and safeguards against, BSE are strong. U.S. beef and beef products are of the highest quality, wholesome and produced to the highest safety standards in the world."

Cattle Market
Dr. John Michael Riley  
May 31, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle sold mostly steady this week. The five-area live and dressed price stood at $124.81/cwt and $199.06/cwt on Friday, respectively up 36 cents/cwt and down 79 cents/cwt. These are up compared to last year when live and dressed prices were at $121.90 and $194.78. In the Southern Plains live prices were at $124/cwt on Friday. In Nebraska, live sales were at $125/cwt, while dressed cattle in the Western Cornbelt were at $198-$200/cwt.
In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers were called steady and feeder heifers were called $2-$8/cwt higher. Cull cows were steady and bulls were mixed.

Live cattle futures finally bucked the general lower movement and finished the week higher. Prices worked higher Tuesday and Wednesday (markets were closed Monday for the holiday), led by higher boxed beef prices and a rather significant discount for futures compared to cash prices (i.e., live cattle basis is quite positive). A lack of cash cattle trade through Thursday had futures nervous with cash bids and asks about $4/cwt apart. Feeders held strong and some trade took place around $124-$125/cwt on Friday, which pushed futures prices higher.
Corn futures finished higher on the new crop contracts. Rains across the Midwest left planters in the shop. Prevented planting dates have passed for much of the deep south, and while calendar days are still available in the Midwest these are fast approaching. If acres are not covered before these dates they could switch (likely to cotton in the south and beans in the Midwest). Some are projecting two to three million corn acres are in jeopardy. Collectively, this helped prop up new crop prices.

Wholesale boxed beef prices fell off their lofty perch as record setting prices for Choice beef began to cool following the Memorial Day weekend. In spite of the decline, Choice prices remain at elevated levels. Choice finished with a weekly average of $208.32/cwt, down $2.15, and Select finished at $189.14/cwt, down $2.97.


3 Jasper CCA

6 Covington CCA 

8 Lowndes Hay Day,
       Crossville, AL

8 Charolais Assoc.
        3:00 MCA

15 JRW Field Day

17-19 Making Tracks

21 MSFGC meeting

27 Smith CCA


9 Simpson CCA


28 Cattlemen's College

29 Cattlemen's College

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