Mississippi Cattlemen's Association


Cattlemen's College, August 28, 29    
Watch this video on Stockmanship & Stewardship
Watch this video on Stockmanship & Stewardship

Watch "The Angus Report" tonight at 8:30 on RFD-TV to see Ron Gill and Curt Pate explain the importance of the Stockmanship & Stewardship program.
Then attend Cattlemen's College on August 28 or 29 to see the live demonstration by these two cattle handling experts.
Visit the new MCA website and pre-register now to join us at Cattlemen's College .
White Sand Field Day            
The White Sand Unit Field Day will be held tomorrow, August 13
,at the MAFES station near Poplarville.
The program will start at 9:00 a.m.
Livestock Judging Camps    
judging camp  
A combined total of 57 youth attended the two livestock judging clinics held at Mississippi State University.
MSU judging team coach Brett Crow provided instruction on all contest species with both classroom and live evaluation during the three-day events.
Freezer Beef            
The MSU Livestock Judging Team has a top quality fat steer available for purchase. He is a show calf weighing 1300+ that has been fed to choice grade and will make excellent beef for your freezer.
The steer will sell for $1.25/lb. live and processing can be done at the MSU meats lab at the buyer's expense. Proceeds from the sale will fund team travel expenses.
For details, contact Kipp Brown, kippb@ext.msstate.edu, 662-417-4393.
Homeplace Board Sale 
On Monday August 5, another successful Homeplace Feeder Calf Board Sale was held at the Hattiesburg Stockyard. A total of 18 load consisting of approximately 1,350 head of cattle  in lots of varying weight, type, and management sold in approximately 1 hour.
The cattle brought receipts approaching $1.3 million, and most lots brought well over local market price.
Stocker Meeting in Collins           
Stocker operators are invited to a meeting at the Collins Civic Center on August 21st.
Extension and industry speakers will outline many aspects of managing stockers.
 Click for details.
Super Sloppy Joes w/Broccoli Slaw    

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Serves: 6
Cattlemen's Field Day    

Town Creek Farm will host a field day on September 21st at their new sale facility near West Point.
Contact the farm for details and to pre-register for the event.
BCIA Bull & Heifer Sale    
Nominations for the 2013 Miss. Beef Cattle Improvement Association Bull and Heifer Sale are being accepted now.  The sale is slated for November 14 at the Hinds Community College Sale Facility.
For more information, go to the BCIA website.
Angus Preview Show               
The Mississippi Angus Auxiliary is making plans for the 2013 Mississippi Angus Preview Show to be held at the Mississippi State Fair on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 7:30 AM.
For details, contact Melanie Kiani 601-214-0408 or Pam Copper 601-559-7235.
Tyson to Block Some Cattle              

Following last Tuesday's announcement by Tyson Fresh Meats, that they would no longer process cattle after Sept. 6 that had been fed the beta-agonist, Zilmax, the company cited animal welfare concerns about the product.
In response, NCBA CEO Forrest Roberts issued the following statement:
"Cattlemen and women believe in the right of farmers and ranchers to responsibly use FDA-approved technologies. We also believe in Tyson's right to make individual company decisions that they feel are in the best interest of their business. We do not have all the details regarding the animal welfare concerns cited by Tyson in the letter to their cattle suppliers. However, we take every report of animal welfare issues very seriously.
We have expended significant resources to address questions about the use of beta-agonists relative to animal welfare concerns. We convened experts across the beef supply chain who have conducted extensive research on beta-agonists and engaged cattle feeding and animal health experts who have many years of experience using these products. We will continue these efforts until we have solid answers to these questions. In the meantime, we believe these products can be used responsibly when managed properly."

Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
August 9, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash market trades remained limited through mid-afternoon Friday (similar to previous weeks and very much becoming the norm).  The five-area cash steer price ended the week higher at $122.37 on a live basis, up $2.85 from last week, and dressed sales averaged $193, up $2.82. All state/regional markets had not seen enough volume to report prices.
In Oklahoma City, feeder steers and heifers were $1-$3 higher, calves were higher on a light test. In Mississippi auction markets feeder steers were $2-$5 higher, steer calves were $5-$15 higher, feeder heifers were steady to $4 higher, and heifer calves were $3-$12 higher. Slaughter cows in Mississippi sold steady to $1 higher and bulls were $1-$4 higher.

Live  and feeder cattle futures started the week fairly steady. Then, on Wednesday, the market learned that Tyson Fresh Meats had sent a letter to feedlots stating they will no longer purchase cattle fed zilpaterol, the primary ingredient in Intervet's Zilmax feed supplement, after September 6, 2013. Tyson indicated a recent influx of non-ambulatory cattle, which their animal health experts attributed to the supplement. They directly stated the stoppage was not linked to international trade, but given the flare up a few months ago related to beta agonists in cattle, this could be an underlying reason. Many live cattle futures contracts neared daily limits on Wednesday and Thursday due to the expectation that pulling Zilmax out of feedlot diets will reduce carcass weights and decrease beef supplies in the future. Feeder cattle had an opposite reaction to the news. Removing the supplement from feed will decrease the feeding efficiency of cattle and therefore make them less economical.
Prices continued their downward slide for corn this week. Favorable weather has helped to keep new crop corn and soybean conditions rated 60-65% good or excellent. Meanwhile, many producers continue to empty grain bins with the expectation of an abundant harvest this year. Corn harvest is expected to begin in parts of the Southeast over the next couple of weeks, which should add some supplies to the tight market. Monday's supply and demand report (and crop production report) will be under the microscope as it will provide the first objective look at the nation's summer crop potential, using field data from early test plots along with surveys and trend models.

Wholesale boxed beef prices moved higher and MIGHT have turned the corner (one week is too little evidence to say for sure and Select prices are still lower). Choice carcasses finished the week $1.24 higher at $187.92. Select's slide continued though, finishing at $181.43, down $0.16.
Note: Unless noted otherwise, all prices quoted are dollars per hundredweight for cattle and beef and dollars per bushel for corn.


13 Area Leaders Mtg

13 White Sand Field
     Day, Poplarville

13 Kemper CCA

15 Area Leaders Mtg

21 Stocker Meeting

28 Cattlemen's College

29 Cattlemen's College

31 Producers Heifer
        Sale, Hattiesburg

31 Area Leaders Mtg

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