Mississippi Cattlemen's Association


Forage Meeting Friday       
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 Friday, June 21 at 9:00 AM at the Mississippi Cattlemen's building in Jackson.  
If you are a member, but have 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 input is very valuable.  For more information about MSFGC, visit the website.
Cattlemen's College  

 Montana rancher Curt Pate will demonstrate BQA cattle handling techniques during Cattlemen's College at Cain Cattle in Pickens and JRW Farms in Seminary, August 28 & 29.
Pate, who consulted on the 1998 Robert Redford film "The Horse Whisperer," has been traveling the country for more than a decade teaching ranchers to think like cattle and use low-stress methods of handling livestock.

Balsamic Marinated

Total recipe time: 30 minutes

Makes 6 servings






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.
Farm Fact: 
For every farmer under 35 years of age, there are 6 over 65.
Warm-season Forage Tour 
  Forage Tour
The Mississippi University Forage Extension Program along with the Oktibbeha County Extension Office will be hosting  warm-season forage tour at the Henry H. Leveck Animal Research Farm (South Farm) in Starkville, MS on July 13th (Saturday), 2013 from 7:30 to 11:00 am. This tour will cover some of the ongoing warm-season forage research, demonstrations and variety testing. Please pass this information along to friends or forage/livestock producers that might be interested on attending. Registration is free and early registration is encouraged for meal purposes.
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Rural Youth Loans  

The Farm Service Agency makes loans to eligible rural youth to establish and operate income-producing agricultural projects in connection with 4-H, FFA and other agricultural groups.
Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience.
The maximum loan amount is $5000. For more information, stop by your FSA county office.
Online Membership
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You can now join or renew your membership online using your credit card.

Senate Passes Farm Bill      

The U.S. Senate in a 66 to 27 vote passed the 2013 Farm Bill (S. 954) last Monday evening. The legislation, which sets food and agriculture policy for the nation, will be on the House of Representatives floor later this month.
Passage of the farm bill drew praise from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), whose president said cattlemen and women have been asking Congress to pass a farm bill which not only provides certainty for agricultural producers nationwide, but also incorporates priorities important to the cattle industry.
"We commend both Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for their leadership on this very important piece of legislation," said NCBA President Scott George. "In this legislation there is not a livestock title, conservation programs are maintained and the research title is sustained. We are also pleased that disaster assistance programs are included in this legislation which is a positive step toward providing a strong safety net for our producers." Federal agriculture policy is currently operating under an extension of existing policy, which was extended by Congress during the fiscal cliff negotiations at the beginning of the year. George added that passage of the 2013 Farm Bill is not only important to agricultural producers, but to Americans nationwide who enjoy a safe, abundant and affordable food supply.
"We support the Senate's passage of this legislation and will continue working with the House as they bring their version of the farm bill to the
House floor this month," he said. "As Congress moves forward with the 2013 Farm Bill I urge family farmers and ranchers to continue their grassroots efforts and remain involved and engaged in this process."

Cattle Market
Dr. John Michael Riley  
June 14, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle were lower this week. In the Southern Plains live sales were at $120/cwt. In Nebraska and Iowa, dressed sales were at $195/cwt.
Feeder steers and heifers in Oklahoma City were $1-$3/cwt higher. In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers were mixed and feeder heifers were called steady. Cull bulls were steady and cows were $2/cwt lower.

Live cattle futures finished the week lower, while feeder futures were higher. Prices moved sharply higher on Tuesday as an uptick in beef prices provided support. Two other fundamental factors currently in play are the current basis levels and higher temps for the major feeding region. Cash prices had been about $3-$4/cwt above the June contract, but they are slowly converging as the June contract moves toward expiration (at the end of the month). Increasing temperatures are expected to decrease gains and lower total production, which should add support. The week ended with lower prices as cash sales came in lower for the week.
Corn futures finished lower. Wednesday's supply and demand report was rather bearish for corn (for a detailed recap of the report for crops click here). Many expected a downward adjustment in total acres due to the cold and wet spring. The report did not make any adjustments (which is typical from USDA this early in the season without some hard evidence to support this hypothesis).
Wholesale boxed beef prices slid again this week. Choice finished with a weekly average of $201.62/cwt, down $2.59, and Select finished at $184.01/cwt, down $0.45.


17 Panola CCA

17-19 Making Tracks

18 Calhoun CCA

18 Kemper CCA

20 Lee CCA

20 Greene CCA

21 MSFGC meeting

25-26 Dairy Field Days

27 Smith CCA

27 Covington CCA
         Blood Drive


9 Simpson CCA

23 FB Commodity


5 Homeplace Board

28 Cattlemen's College

29 Cattlemen's College

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