April 11, 2016


Monday Memo


Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending April 8, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were mixed this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of March 31-April 7 averaged $133.82 for live sales, and $214.47 for dressed; respectively, up $0.70 and down $0.37. Total volume sold was down 7,000 head from a week ago and up 33,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were also mixed across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City feeder cattle were $3.00 to $4.00 lower for lightweights and $1.00 to $2.00 higher for heavier cattle. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were unchanged from a week ago, averaging $190.00, while heavy steers were averaging $137.50, down $3.50 from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were mixed this week. April live cattle were up $1.50 on the week and $24.30 lower than a year ago at $134.50, while August live cattle were unchanged from last week and down $26.65 from a year ago. Feeder cattle were also mixed this week with April futures up $0.15 from last Friday and down $56.33 from a year ago at $155.90 while August futures are down $0.88 on the week. Nearby corn futures are up $0.08 from a week ago at $3.61 while September futures are up $0.06.

Wholesale boxed beef prices are down compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $216.21, down $6.25 from a week ago and $41.29 lower than a year ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $206.78, down $6.13 from last week. The choice-select spread narrowed slightly from $9.55 a week ago to $9.43 this week.


Total Recipe Time: 1-1/4 hours to 1-1/2 hours
Makes 6 servings.

15 - Beef Cattle Boot Camp, Coastal Plain Experiment
21 -  Lee CCA

19 - Alfalfa Hay Production Field Day, Costal Plain Experiment Station
21- Beef Unit Field Day, Mississippi State
21- MSU Block & Bridle/Judging Team Alumni Meeting, MS State


April 30, 2016
On the farm, Canton, MS
MCA Online!
You can pay your MCA dues online. MCA is looking out for cattle producers in Mississippi. MCA monitors the legislative and regulatory activity in Jackson and Washington, D.C. We're working every day to influence producer legislation in a manner that benefits cattle producers. Click here to learn more.
Get Your Tickets In!
We are in the final days of the Steer Raffle! 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.
Beef Cattle Boot Camp
Producers from across the state attended the Beef Cattle Boot Camp held at Prairie last Friday. Topics included bull selection, health testing, and other management topics. There is still time to attend the program in the central part of the state on April 15 at Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Newton. To learn more visit the Boot Camp Extension Service brochure for details.
Beef & Poultry Expo
A great crowd of over 350 was on hand for the Beef & Poultry Expo in Raleigh last Thursday. Producers visited with 50 vendors during the trade show and listened to educational seminars on animal health and water quality.
MS Hereford Field Day
Over 80 Hereford breeders from across the state were at the Mississippi State Campus for their annual field day last Saturday. The day began with a tour of the vet school followed by a visit to Beef Unit where discussions were held by Dr. Lemley and Dr. Larson about their reproductive physiology research program as well as Dr. Trent Smith on eye pigmentation research. The junior breeders took part in a judging workshop. 
The Benefits of BEEF
Mississippi Beef Council staff member, Nancy Strickland was in Hattiesburg last Friday at the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Convention. The theme for this year's annual conference was Harvest 2 Health, Bridging the Gaps Between Farmers, Culinary Professionals, & Dietitians. MBC had a booth set up to tell the nutritional benefits of BEEF in a healthy diet. 
Whitlock Attends National Meeting
Paul Whitlock (right) of Iuka, Miss., was one of nearly 70 beef industry leaders representing beef councils in 26 states who attended an orientation at the offices of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association in Denver March 7-8. At the session, state beef council board members obtained first-hand information on the structure, coordination and management of the Federation of State Beef Councils at NCBA as well as the Beef Checkoff Program, a cattle industry self-help program that funds research, education and promotion programs for beef across the country and throughout the world. Whitlock is a beef producer who sits on the Mississippi Beef Council. At left is Jerry Effertz, Federation vice chairman from North Dakota.
Fueling Athletes with Beef 
The checkoff is coordinating Team BEEF members from across the country who are preparing for the prestigious Boston Marathon in 2016. On Monday, April 18, more than 20 Team BEEF runners will be competing in the 26.2-mile road race from Hopkinton to Boston, Mass.
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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