Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
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Registration is open for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee.
Join thousands of other cattlemen for this event February 4 - 7, 2014.

Steakhouse Finalist
Beef Council member Pete Harper delivered the Shapley's Restaurant plaque for finishing in the "Top 10" in Mississippi's Best Steak Contest. Shapley's chef/owner Scott Koestler accepted the honor along with the beef industry's thanks for doing a great job with beef on his menu.

Other winners were:
Beechwood Restaurant, Vicksburg
Como Steakhouse, Como
Cowbells Sports Grill, Starkville
Dukes Steakhouse, Pelahatchie
Golden Horn Restaurant, Columbus
Maisano's By the Glass Wine Bar & Bistro, Ocean Springs
Nail's Deli, Stewart
Two Rivers Restaurant, Canton
Wynndale Steakhouse, Terry

Expert judges are traveling to the top finishers to sample the steaks and the winner will be announced on February 11th during Beef Night at the Dixie National Rodeo.
Scholarship Apps Due Today
Today is the final day to get applications in the mail for scholarships that will be presented on February 1st.
Printable application forms are 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.
Wheels for Bucks is back  
Again this year, Merck is offering our association cash for each empty Ralgro wheel turned in before February 1st.
Drop your wheels by the office, give them to any association officer or bring them with you to the MCA annual meeting at the Trade Mart on February 1.
Central Miss. Replacement
Heifer Sale

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.
Holiday Party Appetizers  
Grilled Salsa Steak Appetizers

Total recipe time: 35-40 minutes
Marinade time: 15 minutes to 2 hours
Makes 24 appetizers

Search appetizers in the Beef Council website for other great recipes.
Cattleman of the Year  
County affiliates and breed associations are encouraged to nominate a producer for the Cattleman of the Year award.
Both commercial and purebred breeders are eligible for the award to be presented at the MCA annual meeting on February 1st. 


NCBA's Cattlemen's College 
Celebrating its 21st year, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's (NCBA) Cattlemen's College has established a reputation as one of the most thorough cattle producer education programs in the nation. Sponsored by Zoetis Animal Health, the 2014 edition of Cattlemen's College offers a wide range of informative, hands-on educational workshops designed for cattle operations of every size and sector.
The program will be held Feb. 3-4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn., headlining the first day of activities at the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show. Early registration for Cattlemen's College and the convention ends Jan. 10, 2014.
Cattlemen's College workshops include an outstanding lineup of industry experts during the course of two jam-packed days. On Mon., Feb. 3, participants will first hear from Dr. Arne Anderson as he presents "Manners Matter: Keeping You and Your Cattle Alive and Well". This first class is aimed at the "dos" and "don'ts" of processing cattle through a chute, with emphasis placed on safety and efficiency for both the cowboys and the cattle.
Following this presentation, Dr. Jerry Lipsey will demonstrate how to select replacement heifers for longevity in a presentation entitled "Can Visual Evaluation Foresee Differences in Fertility?", and Dr. Kent Andersen will discuss the selection of replacement bulls for fertility.
On Monday evening, Cattlemen's College participants will be treated to a reception sponsored by Certified Angus Beef. The reception will be an opportunity to visit with fellow cattlemen as well as the afternoon's speakers.
Starting Tuesday morning at 7:00 am, Cattlemen's College classes begin with a keynote address by Bob Langert, who is the corporate vice president, and leads corporate social responsibility & sustainability for McDonald's Corporation. Langert will share McDonald's overall sustainable supply chain vision and how beef fits in. As sustainability evolves, listen in to see how McDonald's is working with various stakeholders, including all parts of the value chain, to collaborate on social and environmental opportunities and challenges.
Proceeding Langert's address, five concurrent classroom sessions will begin at 8:15 am with each classroom having specific areas of emphasis including resource management, animal management, ranch management, finance and business and consumer relations.
"Cattlemen's College gives producers an opportunity to hear from some of the leading experts in topics that impact their cattle operations every day, as well as the chance to interact with those experts and ask questions," said NCBA Executive Director of Producer Education John Paterson. "Many of the presenters are legends in the beef industry, and the wide variety of classes offers something for every producer. We highly encourage cattlemen and women to take advantage of this informative and educational program."
Registration for Cattlemen's College includes all classes along with lunch on Feb. 4. This schedule allows cattlemen to attend up to five 45-minute workshops.
Cattlemen's College registration information, as well as a complete schedule for the 2014 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show are available at www.beefusa.org.
Cattle Market Notes 

Dr. John Michael Riley  
December 13, 2013

Cash Cattle:
Cash fed cattle were down by about $1-$2 in this week's trade. The five-area live steer price finished the week at $130.16, down $1.73. Live cattle sales in the Texas Panhandle and Southwest Kansas was called at $131. Limited trade was reported in Nebraska with a few live and dressed cattle transactions respectively at $130-$131 and $206-$207.
In the Western Cornbelt live and dresses cattle trade was even with last week at $132 and $209, respectively. Oklahoma City canceled their calf and feeder sale this week due to inclement weather. In Mississippi auction markets this week feeder steers were mostly steady and calves were higher from $3-$5. Feeder heifers were mixed and heifer calves were $1-$5 higher. Cull cows were steady while bulls were down $1-$6.

Live cattle futures were mixed most of the week and closed lower Friday which left most contacts in negative territory compared to last Friday. Concerns of an oversold market pulled prices higher Monday. On Tuesday, lower boxed beef prices and USDA's monthly supply and demand report which showed a smaller corn inventory compared to last month's projection pressured cattle futures. Then, Wednesday saw an upturn due to a turn-around in beef prices. Prices stayed in positive territory Thursday but Friday brought about a swing in the other direction and left most live cattle contracts lower on the week. Feeder futures gained momentum late in the week as corn prices dropped.
Corn futures prices slid about 10 cents per bushel this week. The week started higher as traders made final moves in front of USDA's supply and demand report, released Tuesday (Dec 10). The report revealed that expected corn use would be higher than projected last month. This pulled corn carryover down just under 100 million bushels to 1.792 billion. Traders had expected 1.871 billion bushels of carryover. In spite of the smaller number prices ended the day lower as pressure from the wheat pit spilled over into corn. Some recovery was seen on Wednesday but it was short lived as prices tumbled to close the week. Tremendous uncertainty regarding the reliability of Tuesday's corn demand estimate pushed prices lower. For example, ethanol - whose use was raised in the report - still faces some obstacles and mandated levels could be adjusted lower. Also, China seems to keep kiboshing U.S. corn deliveries

Wholesale beef prices continued to decline. Prices held close to the $202 and $188 mark for Choice and Select before dropping late in the week. Choice beef averaged $201.32 for the week, down $1.33. Select averaged $187.37, down $2.24.

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There are several Junior Cattlemen's Association items, including windbreakers, duffle bags, caps and more.

Directions: From Interstate 55, take the High Street exit. Go 2 blocks and turn right at Taco Bell.
The office is 1/2 block on the left.


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