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Beef 'n Eggs
Families attending Saturday's Annual Ag Museum Easter Egg Hunt were treated to biscuits and Polk's Beef Sausage, complements of the Beef Checkoff.
Attendance at the event numbered just over 1,700.
Livestock Judging Camps       

Mississippi State University will be hosting livestock judging camps on campus this summer.  These camps will sharpen young people's evaluation skills of sheep, meat goats, hogs and beef cattle. 
Participants will also gain a deeper understanding of oral reasons and polish their speaking ability.  A "day camp" will take place June 6 for both coaches and youth ages 9-13 followed by a separate camp June 9-11 for youth ages 14 and older. 
All entries must be postmarked by May 1.  More information can be obtained by contacting Brett Crow, MSU Livestock Judging Team Coach, at bcrow@ads.msstate.edu or (662) 325-5208.
North MS Forage Field Day  

On Friday, April 25, attend the North Miss. Forage Field Day at the North Miss. Branch Experiment Station in Holly Springs. Topics will include: Legumes, perennial grasses, small grains and annual ryegrass. Click for details. 


National Prime Rib Day  

In recognition of National Prime Rib Day on April 27, it's time to brush up on this shining star of a roast. The Ribeye Roast Bone-In, also known as Prime Rib, is flavorful and tender with generous marbling throughout. The rib bones provide a natural roasting rack - how's that for a cooking tip?
Try our Ribeye Roast with Dijon Crust and Roasted Green Beans recipe for a spring holiday dinner.

Ram Trucks Supporting FFA   
On April 26, you can support FFA just by taking a test drive. James Ceranti Motors in Greenville and Roundtree Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Jackson will donate $20 to National FFA Organization and local FFA chapters for each test drive in a Ram truck. 
This is part of Ram's "The Next Crop Project". 
Forage Newsletter    

Read the April issue of the Forage Newsletter, published by Mississippi State University Extension Service.
Name That Event   
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In 2015, Mississippi will host the Beef Improvement Annual Convention.
Submit your suggestion for the name of next year's BIF convention and if it is selected, win free registration (a $100 value) to the event.
Send entries to: Dr. Brandi Karisch, bkarisch@ads.msstate.edu
Making Tracks 2014    
Tracks 2014
MJCA members are invited to attend the Wax Junior Leadership Camp June 16 - 18 at Mississippi State University.
Click here for the Making Tracks application.

After 15 years at MCA, Teri Burton is leaving to devote more time to her family and to pursue another career. During this time, she served as our Membership Director and Beef Barn Coordinator.
The MCA team thanks Teri for her years of service to the association. 
Save The Dates!   Cattlemen's College
Cattlemen's College will be held August 27 and 28.
Handling Facilities Optional Features   

In this MSU Extension Service video, Beef Cattle Specialist Dr. Jane Parish discusses optional features of beef cattle handling facilities including: catwalks, double-loading alleys, alley backstops, palpation cages, scales, portable facilities, covered facilities, skylights, and utilities. 


Angus Sale Update
Now selling 95 lots!


Cattle Market 
Dr. John Michael Riley   
April 18, 2014 

Cash Cattle:
Fed cattle prices continue to decline. For this holiday shortened reporting week, the accumulated weighted average price across the major feeding regions for steers was $147.66 live, down $1.66 from the previous Friday, and $240.41, up $0.12. Cash trades were limited through early Thursday but most locations were being reported just below the regional average at $146 live and $237-$238 dressed.
All feeders and calves were steady in Oklahoma City early in the week.
[ ... For Livestock Prices and Production data and trends CLICK HERE ... ]

Cattle futures were down $0.75 to $1.50 compared to last Friday's close - depending on the specific contract - for live cattle futures and feeder futures ranged from $0.43 to $2.25 declines. It was a roller-coaster week with prices increasing Monday, falling Tuesday, higher again Wednesday, and then much lower Thursday, the final trading day of the week. Exports were reported much higher on Thursday but that did little to quiet the screams from the dismal cash and beef market which largely led the futures trade this week.
Corn futures were mostly steady versus last Friday's close. Wednesday was the harshest with favorable weather expected across the Cornbelt giving the market a splash of bearish sentiment.

Through mid-week, wholesale beef prices were on a downward path up until Wednesday when both Choice and Select prices saw a mild increase. The four day average (April 11-16) was $222.81 and $213.03, respectively for Choice and Select.



  25 Forage Field Day,  
            Holly Springs

 29 Greene CCA

 29 Jeff Davis CCA


 3 MS Angus Sale
 10 Gelbvieh Field Day


 15 Webster CCA

 17 MS/LA Beef & Forage 
          Field Day, Tylertown

 22 Lincoln CCA

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