Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
Washington Conference
MCA President Price Wallace will travel to Washington this week to attend the NCBA Spring Legislative Conference. Leaders from all state cattlemen's associations will gather to discuss issues ranging from 2015 Dietary Guidelines to EPA overreach and opposition to importation of Brazilian beef due to concerns over FMD.
MBCIA Newsletter
The April issue of he Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association newsletter is now available online.
MBCIA membership is only $5.00.

And the winner is ..........


Billy Ray Stevens is winner of the Dixie National champion steer donated to MCA by Southern AgCredit. Forrest/Lamar County Cattlemen's Association member J.B. Pitts sold the winning ticket. 


grilled steak    
Total recipe time: 30 minutes

Jr. Hereford Association   
The Miss. Junior Hereford Association will sponsor a steak cookout on Friday, April 18, at King CPA in Petal.
Proceeds will support exhibitors attending the National Junior Hereford Expo this summer.
For more information, call 601-441-0953.
Cool Season Forage Tour

Forage Tour  

The Annual Cool Season Forage Tour will be held at the MSU South Farm Thursday, starting at 5:00 p.m.
Topics will include: Legumes (alfalfa and annual and perennial clovers), Perennial grasses (tall fescue), Small grains (oats and rye) and annual ryegrass.
For more information, contact Ms. Julie White or the Oktibbeha County Extension Office juliew@ext.msstate.edu or at (662) 323-5916.  

In Memoriam
Dr Baker  
 Dr. Bryan Baker, 91, retired professor and former head of the Animal Science Department at Mississippi State University, died March 31 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson.
Beginning in 1956, Baker taught and conducted research at Mississippi State serving as Department Head of Animal Science from 1968-1987 and was also Associate Director of MAFES.
Link to full obituary
Agriculture & Forestry Museum

AgMuseum logo  

Visit the newly redesigned Mississippi Agriculture & Forestry Museum website for a glimpse into the adventures waiting there.

Take your family on a trip into the past with a visit to the museum.

While there, see the National Agricultural Aviation Museum as well. 

Save The Dates!   Cattlemen's College
Cattlemen's College will be held August 27 and 28.

Cattle Market 
Dr. John Michael Riley   
April 4, 2014 

Cash Cattle:
Fed cattle cash prices ended the week just shy of the previous week's record. The five-area fed steer price came in Friday at $151.43 for live sales, down $0.83, while dressed steers did not have enough sales to report a price (dressed heifers were at $238, down $4.22). Similarly, statewide markets did not record enough cash trade by mid-Friday for a trend to be called.
Feeder steers and heifers in Oklahoma City were $1-$3 higher, while stockers and calves were steady. In Mississippi auction markets, feeder steers were $2 higher, calves and stockers were $5 lower, and feeder heifers were $2-$5 lower. Cull cows were $4 lower while bulls were steady.
[ ... For Livestock Prices and Production data and trends CLICK HERE ... ]

Cattle futures ended the week lower. Monday's acreage report took the wind out of the cattle market's sails as corn prices topped $5 for the first time since mid-September for the current suite of contracts. A slide in boxed beef throughout the week led to even more weakness in cattle futures with Friday's slide of $3.21 doing the most damage. The hit to beef prices on Friday were coupled with pressure from an equity market decline that keeps fears of a beef demand dip hovering above. Friday's jobs report showed 192,000 jobs created in March, slightly smaller than the 200,000 expected. However, January and February employment numbers were raised by a total of 37,000 showing - (a) these reports quite volatile in the short-term, and (b) the brutal winter stung less than originally estimated. The unemployment rate, taken from a separate survey, came in at 6.7%, the same as February and higher than the 6.6% expectation.
Corn futures were up a strong 10 to 20 cents per bushel this week. Monday's intended acreage report revealed that 91.691 million acres were planned for corn in the U.S., a 3.674 million acre decline from last year and more than 1 million lower than expectations. While the final acreage number might differ from this preliminary one, the indication of fewer acres put the market on edge. Prices on Monday were drifting lower in advance of the report but then surged following the report. They then held steady the remainder of the week showing confidence in USDA's forecast.

[... If you missed it, we discussed the report on Monday in our weekly podcast (CLICK HERE ... ]

Wholesale  beef was lower again this week, showing the largest decline on Friday (down $3.21 and $4.04 for Choice and Select). Choice boxed beef averaged $232.13 for the week, down $7.44. Select averaged $222.08, down $10.37.




   7 Amite CCA

 10 Magnolia Beef Expo,
 10 Panola CCA

 10 Marion CCA

 11 Beef Boot Camp, Raymond

 12 Junior BQA Boot Camp,
           White Sand

 25 Forage Field Day,  
             Holly Springs 

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