April 4, 2016


Monday Memo


Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending April 1, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle finished the week lower. The five-area fed steer price for the week of March 24-31 averaged $133.12 for live sales, and $214.84 for dressed; respectively, down $2.89 and $2.86. Total volume sold was down 5,000 head from a week ago and up 17,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mixed across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City feeder cattle were steady to $1.00 higher for lightweights and mostly steady for heavier cattle. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were down $3.50 from a week ago, averaging $190.00, while heavy steers were averaging $141.00, down $10.00 from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were mostly lower this week. April live cattle were down $2.85 on the week and $30.03 lower than a year ago at $133.00, while August live cattle were down $1.28 from last week and down $30.28 from a year ago. Feeder cattle were also lower this week with April futures down $0.07 from last Friday and down $64.63 from a year ago at $155.75 while August futures are also down $0.07 on the week. Nearby corn futures are down $0.16 from a week ago at $3.53 while September futures are down $0.17

Wholesale boxed beef prices are down compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $222.46, down $4.16 from a week ago and $32.09 lower than a year ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $212.91, down $4.89 from last week. The choice-select spread widened from $8.82 a week ago to $9.55 this week.


Total Recipe Time: 40 minutes
Makes 4 servings

7 - Cool-season Forage Tour, Starkville 
7 - Beef & Poultry Expo, Raleigh
8 - Beef Cattle Boot Camp, Prairie Research Unit
9 - Mississippi Hereford Associaiton Field Day
15 - Beef Cattle Boot Camp, Coastal Plain Experiment
21 -  Lee CCA

April 30, 2016
On the farm, Canton, MS
MCA Online!
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New Antibiotic Rules

For 2017

The use and distribution of antibiotics in animal agriculture is changing and producers of all sizes need to begin preparing to adapt in the coming year. Focusing on the one-health concept of combating antibiotic resistance, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is working to ensure the judicious use of humanly medically important antibiotics. Changes include eliminating the growth promotion use of human medically important antibiotics and expanding the list of feed-grade antibiotics classified as Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs. Historically, a majority of feed-grade antibiotics used in or on animal feeds have been available to producers over-the-counter, without approval from a veterinarian. By Jan. 1, 2017 the FDA will move all human medically important feed-grade antibiotics to the VFD drug process.
In addition, the FDA has aligned with drug companies to voluntarily revise label claims for antibiotics falling under the VFD regulation. Sponsors are removing growth promotion and feed efficiency as allowable uses, effectively preventing veterinarians from writing VFD orders for these purposes.
What does this mean for animal agriculture?
Farmers must work with a licensed veterinarian with whom they have an established veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) in order to receive permission to order and use feed containing a VFD drug. The veterinarian’s primary role is to advise and guide the producer (the client) in determining which medications are appropriate for their animals (the patients). This relationship must be established and recognized by the veterinarian prior to any VFD order being written. Feed distributors will require a valid VFD, provided by the veterinarian, prior to supplying customers with the regulated feed product. VFDs will need to be renewed every 6 months, based on renewal guidelines set by FDA. 
So far, only a small number of antibiotics (tilmicosin, florfenicol, and avilamycin) have been restricted in feed-grade use under a VFD. While some industries, like swine, are very familiar with the VFD process because of the common use of Pulmotil® (tilmicosin), many producers have never had to use the VFD process to acquire antibiotics. With the expansion, this will soon change as nearly all sectors of animal agriculture will be affected, including honey bees and other “minor-use” species.
For more click here. 
Holmes County Cattlemen's
During the recent Holmes County Cattlemen's meeting held at Gladys' Restaurant in Lexington, Andy Berry spoke to the members in attendance about MCA and the importance of a strong association. Betsy Padgett discussed county events and the continuation of funding the Peyton Netherlands scholarship. 
Simpson County Cattlemen's
Simpson County Cattlemen's honored the youth who participated in the recent livestock shows. Price Wallace inducted Mr. Wiley Ainsworth into the Simpson County Cattlemen's Association Hall Of Fame. Chad and Josh Pearce were honored as the Cattlemen of the Year and  Bobbie Joe Warren received the SCCA Scholarship for $500. If you would like to see your county news featured in Monday Memo please email LeAnne at cbmag@att.net.
Mississippi Hereford Association Field Day
The Miss. Hereford Association will host a field day on Saturday, April 9, at Mississippi State University. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the Vet School. The event is open to both adults and juniors. For more information click here.
USDA Prospective Plantings Report
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings Report was released on Thursday morning (March 31, 2016). The plantings report revealed that U.S. producers intend to plant 93.601 million acres of corn this summer, up 6 percent from last year’s 87.999 million acres. Mississippi producers plan to plant 800,000 acres of corn this summer, up 57% from last year when 510,000 acres of corn were planted. Mississippi hay acres are expected to be 20,000 acres higher this year at 700,000 acres.


Beef Cattle Boot Camp
Make plans to attend one of the Beef Cattle Boot Camps to be held Friday, April 8 at the Prairie Research Unit and April 15 at Coastal Plain Experiment Station.
The daylong program will cover management areas ranging from estate planning to bull selection. This workshop offers information of interest to both new producers and veterans.
Registration fees for the Beef Cattle Boot Camp are $35 per person in advance.
Check out the Extension Service brochure for details
We Are In The Final Days!
Help support MCA programs. Purchase your ticket to win a Dixie National champion steer donated to MCA by Southern AgCredit. Drawing will be held on April 13, 2016.
The steer will be custom packed for your convenience.
BQA Training Scheduled
The Mississippi Beef Quality Assurance (MS-BQA) Program identifies areas in beef production where defects in quality occur. The MS-BQA Program is a cooperative effort between beef producers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and professionals from the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, MSU Extension Service, and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, who believe that cattle managed under BQA guidelines will be less likely to contain a violative residue, injection-site tissue damage, or foreign metal such as broken needles.
Several face to face BQA trainings are scheduled  throughout the state. These meetings are being hosted in partnership with local sale barns. A certification fee of $15 is required and includes manual, vaccine cooler, and bumper sticker. Certifications begin at 6:30.

April 14, 2016 - Glenwild Stockyard, Grenada
April 19, 2016 - Gowan Stockyards, Kosciusko
April 21, 2016 - Hinds County, Raymond
May 12, 2016 - Tadlock Stockyard, Forest
May 26, 2106 - Simpson County, Mendenhall
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