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Forage Tour at MSU         
hay contest  
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.
Registration is free and early registration is encouraged for meal purposes.
Visit the forage website for details and online registration.
BCIA Newsletter   
The July 2013 issue of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is now available online.  


Total recipe time: 25-30 minutes

Makes 4 servings







Simmental/Simbrah Field Day
Simmental Field Day Video
Simmental Field Day Video

 Simmental enthusiasts gathered at JRW Farms in Covington County for their annual field day and junior show.
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 you are interested in traveling with a group leaving from Meridian, contact Dr. Brandi Karisch at bkarish@ads.msstate.edu 
Cattlemen's College, August 28, 29   
  Scott George
 Scott George, President of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association will speak at both sessions of Cattlemen's College.
George is a dairy and beef producer from Cody, Wyoming.
Join us at Cattlemen's College on Wednesday, August 28 at Cain Cattle in Pickens or Thursday, August 29 at JRW Simmentals in Seminary.
Simpson County Field Day
Simpson County Cattlemen's Association invites all producers to attend a weed management field day on the Price Wallace Farm, July 9th.
Call 601-847-1335 by July 3rd to help in planning the meal.
Supply and Demand Report  

USDA released their monthly World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates report showing total beef production for the current year was raised from 25.107 billion pounds to 25.437 due to an increased number of cattle and cows being fed for slaughter. The drought appears to still have a grasp on portions of the U.S. In addition, exports were lowered to 2.312 billion pounds, down 100 million. Higher beef prices and a stronger U.S. dollar has put a damper on trade in 2013.
Domestic consumption was incased to 57.1 pounds per person. This is largely a function of more beef that has to be consumed - from higher production and lower exports - since storing beef for long periods of time is, well, not possible.

Area Leaders Meetings  
Meetings for county cattlemen's association officers, membership committee members and Extension Agents are scheduled in 6 locations.

July 11             Booneville, Prentiss County Extension office

July 23             Jackson, MCA office

August 1          Batesville, Extension Building

August 13        Starkville, MSU Bull Barn

August 15        Brookhaven, Civic Center, Fairgrounds

August 31        Hattiesburg, Southeast Stockyard


Farm Bill      

The passage of a five-year Farm Bill remains a top priority for NCBA and our membership throughout the Country.  NCBA and our members have worked the past three years to develop a five-year Farm Bill, albeit not perfect, did address programs important to the beef industry.  Our top priorities for the farm bill included:

1.    Elimination of the livestock title, which was achieved in both the House and Senate farm bills
2.    Maintaining conservation programs important to cattlemen and women, which the House farm bill provided
3.    Restructured agricultural research programs to better reflect priorities on livestock production and health issues
4.    Authorized disaster assistance programs to provide a safety net for producers affected by natural disasters including drought, floods, freezes and wildfires.  This also included maintain the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP).

Cattle Market
Dr. Brian Williams   
June 28, 2013

Cash Cattle:
The five-area cash price ended the week at $120.69/cwt on a live basis, a slight drop from last Friday's $121.37. The five-area dressed price ended the week at 186.05. In Texas, live cattle traded at $119/cwt on Thursday while Kansas and Nebraska live cattle trade was too light to call.
In Oklahoma City, feeder steers were $1-$4/cwt higher, while heifers sold $1-$3/cwt higher. Demand was strong for all weights despite the very warm temperatures this week. In Mississippi auction markets, feeder steers and heifers were trading $2-$5/cwt higher. Slaughter cows were $1-$2/cwt higher, while bulls were mostly steady.

Live cattle futures finished higher on the week. Prices climbed most of the week Wednesday with a bullish demand outlook and tight supplies expected in the second half of the year. August live cattle closed down 70 cents on what appears to be an end of the month selloff. Lower beef prices combined with higher pork and poultry prices is expected to stimulate beef demand while the stock market also appears to have stabilized after last week's shakeup.
July corn futures finished the week 18 cents higher at $6.79. New crop corn futures finished the day sharply lower on Friday in response to a much higher than expected acreage report. The USDA estimated planted corn acres at 97.4 million acres compared to an expected 95.3 million acres.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were mixed this week, hitting a low on Wednesday before recovering slightly toward the end of the week. Choice carcasses finished the week $2.19/cwt lower than last week with an average price of $197.64/cwt. Select finished at $186.76/cwt, up $1.72. The difference between Choice and Select has decreased by $3.91/cwt to a spread of $10.88 this week.


8 Smith CCA

9 Simpson CCA

11 Area Leaders Mtg

13 Forage Tour, MSU

23 FB Commodity

23 Area Leaders Mtg
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28 Cattlemen's College

29 Cattlemen's College

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