Mississippi Cattlemen's Association

Tomorrow is the Day!  
The Agriculture Council of America and the National Ag Day program was started in 1973 to promote their core values.
ACA believes that every American should:

1. Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
2. Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
3. Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
4. Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry..

Boot Camp in April
Make plans to attend one of the Beef Cattle Boot Camps to be held Friday, April 4 on the MSU South Farm and April 11 at Brown Loam Experiment Station.
The daylong program will cover management areas ranging from forages to fencing. This workshop offers information of interest to both new producers and veterans.
Check out the Extension Service brochure for details.
'Til the Cows Come Home 
MSU Collegiate CattleWomen will sponsor a 5K Walk/Run on April 5 on the South Farm.
The event will feature "Beefy" events and meals. Visit the CattleWomen's Facebook page for details.

Sale Results
Saturday's Mississippi Beef Agribition Sale saw 71 spring-calving heifers and pairs average $1,943 with the top selling heifers at $2,650.
19 bulls averaged $2,829 and 20 open heifers brought $1,390 each.   
New Outback Location 
Congratulations to Steve Grantham and his J&R Restaurant Group on their second Outback Restaurant in the Jackson area.
Steve is a great supporter of junior livestock activities as well as an Allied Industry member of MCA.
The Clarion Ledger recently featured an article on the new location.
Beef Research Project
Following a presentation by Animal & Dairy Sciences Head Dr. John Blanton at Friday's Mississippi Beef Council meeting, members voted to invest $5,000 of beef checkoff funds into an MSU research project.
The study will determine the effects on beef from cattle grazing endophyte-infected and novel tall fescues. 
Another Beef Cookoff Winner 
Mango Tango
Total recipe time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Pass the butter!
The Telegraph reports that researchers at Cambridge University have found that giving up fatty meat, cream or butter is unlikely to improve health.
Scientists have discovered that saturated fat does not cause heart disease while so-called 'healthy' polyunsaturated fats do not prevent cardiovascular problems.
Read more here. 
Save The Dates!   Cattlemen's College
Cattlemen's College will be held August 27 and 28.

Cattle Market 
Dr. John Michael Riley   
March 21, 2014 

Cash Cattle:

Fed cattle cash prices ended the week higher. The five-area fed steer price ended the week at $150.10 for live sales, up $2.18, - very near the recent record level - and $240.11 for dressed, up $0.31 to a new record. Cattle in the Southern Plains traded at $150 late in the week. In Nebraska, live sales were at $152 and dressed were at $240-$242.
In Mississippi auction markets, steers  and heifers were called steady, while cull cows and bulls were $1-$2 higher.

Cattle futures ended the week lower. Limited cash trade early in the week kept the market in a steady state. Then, on Thursday, strength in the U.S. dollar pressured a number of commodity markets. That news coupled with positioning ahead of Friday's Cattle on Feed report, led to triple digit losses on the day. Prices recovered a bit on Friday.
Corn futures were down 5 to 10 cents per bushel on Friday when compared to last Friday's close. The stronger U.S. dollar also hurt the corn export outlook. In addition, while on the topic of global corn trade, fears that China will start to cancel orders crept into the market Thursday as well. 

Wholesale beef was mixed this week with Choice boxes moving higher while Select slipped. Choice boxed beef averaged $242.41 for the week, up $1.69. Select average $235.60, down $1.17. As a result the spread moved higher to $6.80, which is slightly ahead of it's typical seasonal pattern right now but only by a few weeks.
25 Simpson CCA

 27 Forrest/Lamar CCA

 27 Stone CCA

 27 Pontotoc CCA

 27 Adams CCA


 1 Board Sale, Winona

 3 Clay/Lowndes CCA

 4 Boot Camp, MSU 

Merial color

Positive feed
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