Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Alumni Weekend at MSU 
MSU's Animal & Dairy Sciences Dept. is hosting an Alumni Weekend event on November 1 & 2 that will allow you the chance to meet our new department head, play golf, participate in an alumni class at the Little International (we'll be showing sheep, swine, beef, dairy and equine), eat meals prepared by our Meat Lab team and even find some good hired help at the Block and Bridle Pledge Sale.
B & B Alums, this is a great opportunity to catch up and share old stories.
Contact the ADS Department if you are interested in attending!
Megehee Honored
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MCA President Jacob Megehee was honored at the Tanner Farms Sale Saturday for his tireless efforts on behalf of the beef industry.
Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith was on hand for the event.
878 Children Attend
KidsDay Elementary classes from around Mississippi visited the Truck Crops Experiment Station for Youth Fall Flower & Garden Fest last week.
Nancy Strickland from the Miss. Beef Council presented a program to each class during the two-day event.
Watch for Ryegrass Problems
blast MSU Extension Specialists report an increase in insect and disease damage to ryegrass fields. Crickets and Blast have both been a problem, particularly in southern counties.
Blast or gray leaf spot is described in an online publication from the MSU Extension Service.  
 Halloween Chili Pizza
     Chili Pizza
Total recipe time: 25 to 30 minutes 
Makes 4 servings   

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.
State Fair Junior Show Video 
State Fair Junior Show 13
State Fair Junior Show 13

Forage Field Day
The final Forage field day of the fall will be held in Batesville on November 1.
This event is 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 event is free to the public, but registration is required for meal planning.
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.
Beef Quality

Cattle Market Notes 

Dr. John Michael Riley
October 25, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Most cash trade took place on Wednesday. In the Southern Plains the majority of live prices were at $132. Live and dressed trade in Nebraska were reported at $132-$134 and $208. Western Cornbelt prices were similar at $130-$132 and $206-$208 for live and dressed, respectively. The five area fed price ended the week with an average of $132.20 for live and $207.80 for dressed cattle.
No previous trade reports for Oklahoma City's National Stockyards were available to call any trends. Steers averaged $165.72 and $183.29 respectively for 750-800 and 500-550 pound medium and large #1 steers. In Mississippi auctions this week, steer calves were about $4 higher and feeder steers were steady to $4 higher. All heifers were about $3 higher. Cull cows were $2 higher, bulls were steady to $2 higher, and replacements were mostly steady.


Live and feeder futures trended higher this week. On Tuesday, a bit of a reversal of the previous Thursday's fears that demand would come under pressure with retail prices expected to increase. Aiding the momentum was a weaker U.S. dollar. Friday brought about another upswing as higher cash trades were becoming known, however, traders backed off a bit as the day closed.
Corn futures were mostly steady. Prices moved lower Tuesday as a result of the progress and condition report. News that yields continue to be better than expected added to the pressure. Prices rebounded on Wednesday as ethanol demand looks to increase and outside grain markets were higher. The rest of the week was much more mild.   


Wholesale beef prices moved higher throughout the week. Choice beef averaged $200.09 for the week and Select average $184.13.

 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.
Online registration is now open.


  13 BCIA Educational  Meeting, Raymond

 14 BCIA Fall Bull &
        Heifer Sale   

 19 Lee CCA BQA

 21 Rankin CCA

 21 Oktibbeha CCA

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Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
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