Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Miss Rodeo America
Congratulations to Mississippi's Paige Nicholson who was crowned Miss Rodeo America at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas earlier today.
A graduate of Mississippi State and former Beef Council and MCA intern, Paige will spend the next year traveling the country to promote the sport of rodeo and the western way of life.
New! Cattle Calculator App
The MSUES Cattle Calculator App is now available for download for Apple devices. Cattle Calculator allows beef cattle producers to make quick everyday calculations important for their operations. Calculations related to reproductive management, animal performance, and management decisions are just a few of the tools available on the app.
Download the app from iTunes or by searching MSUES Cattle Calculator in the App store.
Beef for Breakfast

Hundreds of families attended the  Country Christmas celebration at the Miss. Agriculture Museum Friday and Saturday.
CattleWomen's Association and Beef Council staff helped serve a breakfast sampler featuring Polk's Beef Sausage to attendees.
Membership Countdown

Only 1 week remains in the fall membership drive and the chance to get in on $4,500 in prizes.
The associations that have reached their goal are: George/Jackson, Jasper, Jones, MSU Collegiate, Pontotoc, Rankin, Smith, Tate/DeSoto, Walthall and Wayne.  
B&B Cattle Co.
Bozeman Farms
Caldwell Hereford Ranch
Calyx Star Ranch
Clear Creek Cattle Co.
Deep South Bull Group
Dyess Farms
GLB Farms
JRW Farms
Rogers Bar HR
Sedgewood Plantation
Southern Shine Pastures
Tanner Farms
Thames Angus Farms
Town Creek Farm
West Point

Two $1,000 purchase credits (redeemable at any of the 15 Gold Buckle Farms) will be presented to the top recruiters.
Click here for details.
Central Miss. Replacement
Heifer Sale

heifers45 On January 11th, 125+ bred heifers will sell at Hinds Community College in Raymond.
Home-raised heifers from eight herds will feature Angus, Brangus, Black Baldies, Red Angus and Sim-Angus that are 3 to 8 months bred.
It's halftime! 
And the whole crowd is hungry.
Warm up in time for the 2nd half with the Chili Beef Express.

Total recipe time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4
Scholarship Applications Due Soon 
Children and grandchildren of MCA members are reminded that applications for convention scholarships are due by December 16th.  
Printable application forms 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.


NRCS Stewardship Program  
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is opening the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) for new enrollments for federal fiscal year 2014. Now through Jan. 17, 2014, producers interested in participating in the program can submit applications to NRCS.
"Through the Conservation Stewardship Program, farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners are going the extra mile to conserve our nation's resources," NRCS Chief Jason Weller said. "Through their conservation actions, they are ensuring that their operations are more productive and sustainable over the long run."
The CSP is an important Farm Bill conservation program that helps established conservation stewards with taking their level of natural resource management to the next level to improve both their agricultural production and provide valuable conservation benefits such as cleaner and more abundant water, as well as healthier soils and better wildlife habitat.
The program emphasizes conservation performance - producers earn higher payments for higher performance. In CSP, producers install conservation enhancements to make positive changes in soil quality, soil erosion, water quality, water quantity, air quality, plant resources, animal resources and energy.
Some popular enhancements used by farmers and ranchers include:
* Modifying water facilities to prevent bats and bird species from being trapped;
* Burning patches of land, mimicking prairie fires to enhance wildlife habitat; and
* Rotating feeding areas and monitoring key grazing areas to improve grazing management.
Learn more about CSP by visiting the NRCS website or a local NRCS field office.
Cattle Market Notes 

Dr. John Michael Riley  
December 6, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle remain in the holding pattern they've been in for a number of weeks. The five-area live and dressed steer price finished the week at $131.89 and $209.10, respectively down $0.77 and up $0.39. Live cattle sales in the Texas Panhandle and Southwest Kansas was called at $132 on Thursday. In Nebraska, live and dressed cattle, respectively, sold at $131-$133 and $208-$209. In the Western Cornbelt live cattle trade was reported at $132 and dressed cattle sold at $209.Compared to two weeks ago in Oklahoma City feeder steers and heifers were weaker and calves were $2-$4 lower. In Mississippi auction markets this week feeders were mixed compared to two weeks ago with steers falling about $1 while feeder heifers were steady to $2 higher. Calves were $2 lower, cull cows were $1 higher, and bulls were $2 higher.

Live cattle futures were moved lower this week, taking a big hit on Thursday. Prices started the week in a sideways pattern, for most contracts, before being saddled with undesirable news. Cash bids came in lower than expected Thursday, which was followed by a decline in wholesale beef prices. Similar events sent feeder futures falling late in the week. On Friday, the Labor Department reported that 203,000 jobs were added during November, better than the 180,000 that were expected, and the unemployment rate declined to 7.0% (its lowest since November 2008) compared to expectations of 7.2%. This could help cattle prices from continuing to fall as we head further into the very important Christmas holiday season.
Corn prices rallied to start the week. Sales have been limited across the U.S. at the producer level indicating an interest to wait out for better prices down the road and potentially limiting "current" supplies. Exports were unimpressive and continued talks that China is declining inshipments pressured the market late in the week.

Wholesale beef prices were steady through mid-week and then slid lower to close the week out. Choice beef averaged $202.65, up $0.61. Select averaged $189.61, up $0.12.

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