Mississippi Cattlemen's Association


Simmental Field Day Saturday      
JRW Farms in Seminary invites all cattlemen interested in Simmental or Simbrah cattle to attend the association's field day at their farm this Saturday.
Registration at 8:00 a.m.
Contact 601-441-0539 for details.
Livestock Judging Camps 
Mississippi State Universityıs new livestock judging team coach, Brett Crow, invites young people and coaches interested in sharpening their livestock judging skills to one of two camps.
The first will be a three-day camp for young people ages 14 and up on July 29 - 31.
A one-day camp for children ages 9 to 13 and any interested adult or coach will be held on August 1.
Details are available online.

 Madison County Field Day
Homeplace on Farmweek    
Farmweek will rebroadcast the feature story on the Homeplace Board Sale during this week's show.
The show will air on RFD-TV channel 345 Friday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m. and again Saturday at 3 a.m.
Mississippi Public Broadcasting Television will air the show on Saturday, June 15, at 6:30 p.m. and Monday, June 17 at 6:00 a.m.
This year's Homeplace Board Sale will be held Monday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. at Southeast Livestock Producers Stockyard in Hattiesburg. 
Junior Livestock Shows Listed
A partial list of dates for county fairs and jackpot livestock shows is now available online.
Also included is a list of all sanctioned shows for the 2013 MCCA junior show circuit.

BCIA Newsletter 
The June 2013 issue of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is now avaliable online.

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

Washington Update from NCBA     

Last Monday the House passed the Animal Drug User Fee Act reauthorization with a vote of 390-12 and it is awaiting the President's signature.  NCBA supported passage of this bill without amemdments.

Senate Farm Bill
Tomorrow around 5:00-5:30 the Senate will vote on final passage of their farm bill.  On Thursday, the Senate reached cloture with a vote of 75-22.  When cloture was filed it meant that the non-germane amendments would not receive a vote - which also included the Grassley/Donnelly EPA FOIA amendment that NCBA strongly supported.  It also meant that other potentially problematic amendments would also NOT be considered.  
The senate may also vote on a broadband access amendment for rural areas that was filed by Senate Leahy in addition to final passage.  We expect the farm bill to pass and appreciate everyone's help in maintaining NCBA's membership priorities in the 2013 Farm Bill.

House Farm Bill
Last week NCBA also met with House Leadership about the House consideration of their Farm Bill.  They would like NCBA's help (along with other ag groups) to start "whipping" votes to support the farm bill.  Timing is unclear but it's expected to be considered by the House during the last two weeks of June.  

NBAF Funding
The U.S. House of Representatives last week passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, including $404 million for the National Bio- and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) in Manhattan, Kansas. Prior to the vote, members opposed to the NBAF plan tried to remove those funds from the bill.
Kansas Representative Lynn Jenkins said, "Not only will the NBAF accelerate America's ability to protect ourselves, our food supply, and the agricultural economy from biological threats, it will also be the world's premier animal health research facility and further solidify our nation's place as the international leader in animal health," she said in a news release. "The NBAF is needed to replace the obsolete and increasingly expensive Plum Island Animal Disease Center. This lab was built in the 1950s and has reached the end of its life. The facility does not contain the necessary biosafety level to meet the NBAF research requirements, and it never will. Any attempts to upgrade Plum Island would cost more than building the NBAF."

Cattle Market
Dr. John Michael Riley  
June 7, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle sales were light through Friday afternoon. The five-area live fed steer price ended the week at $123.40.cwt, down $1.41 from last week, and the dressed price was down even more at $195.80/cwt, down $3.26. Cash market cattle in the Western Cornbelt did see some action at $196/cwt dressed.
Feeder steers and heifers in Oklahoma City were $3-$6/cwt above two week ago levels. In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers were steady to $4/cwt higher and feeder heifers were steady to $4/cwt lower. Steer calves were steady and heifer calves were $3-$12/cwt lower in Mississippi markets. Cull cows were steady and bulls were $2/cwt lower.

Live cattle futures finished the week lower. Losses were lower as the contract month moved further out, with the nearby June down $1.35 on the week, while February was off only $0.20/cwt.  Prices slid most of the week in spite of the improved consumer sentiment. Declining boxed beef prices and a lack of cash trade set the tone early. Mid week news that Memorial holiday weekend retail beef sales were lackluster added to the negative market. Key areas suffered cold and wet weather over that weekend which likely kept grills covered. The cold, wet spring is something the beef industry can not seem to shake. Friday brought about the release of the May jobs report from the Bureau of Labor. The report revealed 175,000 jobs were added in May but that unemployment grew from 7.5% in April to 7.6% at the end of May.
Corn futures finished mostly steady. Planting is very near complete and condition ratings are currently pegged at 63% good or excellent. Expectations are surfacing for the upcoming supply/demand report (to be released Wednesday June 12). Many are looking for a four to five million acre drop in corn acres as a result of the dismal spring weather that pushed planting back.

Wholesale boxed beef prices continue to drop. Choice finished with a weekly average of $204.21/cwt, down $4.11, and Select finished at $184.46/cwt, down $4.68..


15 JRW Field Day

17 Panola CCA

17-19 Making Tracks

21 MSFGC meeting

25-26 Dairy Field Days

27 Smith CCA


9 Simpson CCA


5 Homeplace Board

28 Cattlemen's College

29 Cattlemen's College

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