Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
MSU ADS Show Team     
MSU's Animal & Dairy Sciences Dept. brought 14 first-time exhibitors and 14 dairy heifers to the State Fair to compete in the Open Dairy Show.
Their honors included one champion, one reserve champion and several class winners.
Last chance!
Voting Ends Tomorrow       
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Vote today and if your favorite steak restaurant places in the top 10 on October 15th, you might win a $100 beef certificate.
Today's top vote-getters.
Anthony's, West Point
Beechwood Inn, Vicksburg
Como Steak House, Como
Maisano's, Ocean Springs
Nails One Stop, Stewart
Shapley's, Ridgeland
Sonny's Smokehouse, Ackerman
The Caboose, McComb
Two Rivers, Canton
Wynndale Steak House, Terry
Beef Barn A Banner Beef Year  
The State Fair Beef Barn enjoyed a record year in sales of ribeye steak sandwiches, beef burgers and hot beef sundaes.
Our thanks goes out to all the volunteers who grilled and served thousands of hungry fairgoers.
The Beef Barn was winner of "Best Overall Design" among all vendors at the State Fair.
Record Dairy Show 
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Entries in the dairy show were at a 15-year high with 240 head in the open show and 145 in the junior competition.
The Prettiest 
Maylee Aldridge of Lee County topped 18 entries in the State Fair Pretty Cow Contest.
The winning theme was "A child without milk is like a fish out of water".
Beef Checkoff Displays 
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Fairgoers received beef recipes and nutrition information at the Beef Council display in the Trade Mart and kids visiting the Children's Barnyard learned about beef and its by-products.
Yummy Mummy Beef Pizza 
Total recipe time: 25 to 30 minutes 
Makes 4 servings   

Forage Field Days 
Forage field days will be held in Petal on October 25 and in Batesville on November 1.
These events are in collaboration with the Mississippi Forage & Grassland Council, NRCS Grazing Lands Coalition Initiative, Mississippi Soil & Water Conservation Commission, and the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association.  
The events are free to the public, but registration is required for meal planning.
Forage Bull Test Deadline Nears               
Nominations for the South Mississippi Gain on Forage Bull Test in Tylertown are due by October 15th.
Details are available online.
Early Blizzard Kills 100,000 Livestock  
Estimates of losses from a winter storm that ravaged western states the weekend of Oct. 4 are still coming in.
South Dakota and surrounding areas were hit with heavy rains followed by falling temperatures, high winds and snow accumulations of up to 2 ft.
The South Dakota Cattlemen's Association estimates that 75,000 cattle or 5% of the herd in the western part of the state may have been lost.
South Dakota Cattlemen's Association, South Dakota Stockgrowers Association and South Dakota Sheep Growers Association established the South Dakota Rancher Relief Fund with the Black Hills Area Community Foundation to provide support and relief assistance to those in the agriculture industry impacted by the blizzard of Oct. 4-7, 2013.  
The fund will be administered for the direct benefit of the livestock producers impacted by this devastating blizzard.
Beef Quality

Cattle Market
Dr. John Michael Riley
October 11, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Dressed fed cattle were reported around $198-$200 on Friday in Nebraska. Beef Magazine's Wes Ishmael provides further highlights of the market this week (link).

In Oklahoma City, feeder steers and heifers were called $2-$3 higher. Steer and heifer calves called $6-$8 higher. Southeast Mississippi Livestock Auction's report sheet has 400-500 pound steers from $160 to $195, heifers from $142 to $165; heavier 600-700 pound steers from $138-$147 and heifers from $135 to $143. 


Live cattle futures ended the week mostly steady (outside of the nearby October and December contracts). Prices dipped mid-week on reports of request by contract holders to deliver cattle, which typically does not happen. The lack of market news is a likely reason. Also, on Wednesday, South Korea suspended some beef shipments after detecting zilpaterol (the primary ingredient of the beta agonist feed additive Zilmax). Reports of discussions happening to end the government shutdown and to come to terms on the looming debt ceiling issue helped pull markets up as the week closed. Feeder futures continued to march higher as corn fell again this week.

Corn continued to drift lower. Harvest is progressing (it's speed and progress is unknown to me since USDA reports are not published) and, according to private reports, yields are better than expected (our very own Dr. Brian Williams echoed these notions based on his recent trip home to Nebraska). USDA did not release it's monthly supply and demand report scheduled for Friday. The expectations leading into the report were for both corn and soybean production to be on par with the September report, but ending stocks to grow based on last week's Grain Stocks report (released just before the shutdown began) that indicated more corn and beans in storage than previously expected as of September 1, 2013 (but still 17% below year ago levels).


According to Brugler Marketing & Management commentary, the Urner Barry yellow sheet beef prices ended the week at $192.14 for Choice and $177.44 for Select. This would put the Choice-Select spread at $14.70 as we head into the fall and right on pace with normal conditions this time of year.

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 13 BCIA Educational  Meeting, Raymond

 14 BCIA Fall Bull &
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