Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Scholarship Applications     
Printable applications for convention scholarships are now online at the MCA website.
The Wax Company scholarships are made possible through the sale of Marshall and Jackson Ryegrass.
The "cattleman's" car tag funds the scholarships presented by the Cattlemen's Foundation and CattleWomen's scholarships are made possible through association fundraisers.
And the winners are.......        
Voting has closed in the "Best Steak Contest" and judges will now sample the top finishers to determine the winner of the title and a $1,000 advertising package sponsored by the Mississippi Beef Council.

Beechwood Restaurant, Vicksburg
Como Steakhouse, Como
Cowbells Sports Grill, Starkville
Dukes Steakhouse, Pelahatchie
Golden Horn Restaurant, Columbus
Maisano's By the Glass, Ocean Springs
Nail's Deli, Stewart
Shapley's Restaurant, Ridgeland
Two Rivers Restaurant, Canton
Wynndale Steakhouse, Terry
Fall Garden Days 
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CattleWomen's Association members served 600 samples of beef stew and passed out recipes to many more of the 4,700 visitors to the MAFES  Experiment Station in Crystal Springs.
Beef Council staff will be back Tuesday and Wednesday for "Kids Days" at the station.
Arby's Smokehouse Brisket
What's smoked low and slow for 13 hours & stacked with Brisket? Survey says: Arby's new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich! It's the first-time for Arby's to feature Brisket and it's only available now through November.
The Beef Checkoff is partnering with Arby's on their new Smokehouse Brisket promotion. The checkoff acknowledgement will be included on in-store promotion materials in all 3400+ Arby's locations in 48 states.
State Fair Beef Barn Video 
Thanks to everyone who helped.
Thanks to everyone who helped.

Miss. BCIA Events  
Members and prospective members of Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association are invited to a dinner and educational program on Wednesday, November 13 prior to the Thursday bull and heifer sale at Hinds Community College.
Grilling Champions 
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The US96.3 radio team won this year's State Fair Grilling Contest followed by teams from WAPT TV, WLBT TV and Miss 103 radio.
Judges for the event were Beef Council President Joe Johnson, State Veterinarian Dr. Jim Watson and Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney.
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.
Monster Mash Meatball Soup 
Total recipe time: 25 to 30 minutes 
Makes 4 servings   

Beef Quality

Cattle Market Notes 

Dr. John Michael Riley
October 18, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Trading in the Southern Plains on Wednesday saw live sales at $129. Thursday, in Nebraska, live and dressed cattle sold at $129-$131 and $204, respectively. Similarly, in the Western Cornbelt, live and dressed were at $129 and $204.
Feeders in Mississippi this week ranged from $140-$160 and $130-$143, respectively for 600 to 700 pound steers and heifers. Calves were $165-$190 and $147-$160, respectively for 400 to 500 pound steers and heifers. Not surprisingly, compared to three weeks ago calves were much higher (approximately $8-$15 for steers and $3-$10 for heifers) while heavier calves were up about $10.


Both feeder and live cattle futures were making headway throughout the week until Thursday when prices rose and then fell. A lot of positive news started the day off with the U.S. Congress passing measures to shore up the debt issues (for now) as well as a budget that brought federal workers back to their tasks. This pushed equities and futures markets much higher. However, the sentiment quickly fell apart and prices began to suffer as the market began to become nervous about beef demand in light of competition from other proteins. I suspect the flush cheeks and fluttering hearts of traders that got swept up in the post shutdown market soon became nervous of too much happening too fast and then began pumping the brakes. A mild recovery was seen on Friday.
Corn prices finally ended the week in the black. The harvest has been underway for a few weeks in parts of the Midwest which was pressuring the market in light of an expected record breaking, bin busting crop.


There was not a full week's worth of wholesale beef prices to report but based on data from Thursday and Friday Choice boxed beef averaged $195.72 and Select averaged $181.14. Both grades were roughly $3 higher than where prices were at in the final days of September.

 Food Defense
Training Workshop

The two final Food Defense free training programs will be offered November 14 in Brandon and November 19 in Starkville.
As the Food Safety Modernization Act and its parameters make their way closer to being enforced regulations, we hope producers, processors, distributors, and allied business of the ag commodity groups will learn more about these new requirements prior to the implementation.
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  13 BCIA Educational  Meeting, Raymond

 14 BCIA Fall Bull &
        Heifer Sale   

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