February 13, 2017


Monday Memo


Dr. Josh Maples
For the Week Ending
February 10, 2017

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were up 99 cents to an average of $119.75 for live sales compared to $118.76 last week. Dressed steers were up 28 cents to an average of $190.06 this week. Trade volume was up about 5,000 head over last week to 81,360 head.
Mississippi feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were up $4.50 at $143.50 while 750-800 pound steers decreased $3.50 to $113 compared to $116.50 last week. Feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were up $1.26 to $159.22 and OKC 750-800 pound steers averaged $127.84 which was up $1.62 from last week.
Live cattle futures and feeder futures dipped even further this week. February live cattle were down 70 cents at $116.40, while April live cattle were down $2.57 over last week to $113.15. March feeder cattle were down $1.70 from last Friday at $122.08 while April futures were down $1.20 on the week at $122.45. Corn futures prices bumped up slightly this week with March and May corn futures each up 9 and 10 cents at $3.73 and $3.81, respectively.

Wholesale boxed beef prices fell this week with choice boxes averaging $189.39, down $3.49 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $187.28, a decrease of $2.57 from last week. The choice-select spread shrunk to $2.11.


21 - Calhoun CCA 


Total Recipe Time: 20 to 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings.
Southern Cattlemen's Bull and Female Sale
February 18, 2017
1:00 p.m.
Hattiesburg, MS
Angus and Hereford Bulls 
Females include:
Open Hereford Heifers Registered Angus Females
Yearling F1 Brafords & Blacks
To view the catalog

Sedgewood Angus Bull Sale
April 29, 2017
Canton, MS
To learn more click here.
Renew Online!
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Scholarships Awarded Total  $67,000

At Saturday's convention, $67,000 in college scholarships was awarded to children and grandchildren of MCA members.
These scholarships were made possible by the Cattlemen's Foundation, Butch Wither's Family, and CattleWomen's Association.
First South Farm Credit sponsored the Awards Luncheon.

Paul Whitlock Honored
During the Awards Luncheon on Saturday outgoing MCA president, Paul Whitlock was honored for his service to MCA. Paul was presented a plaque along with an Angus sculpture to recognize his dedication to MCA. As president, Paul attended numerous county meetings and events on behalf of MCA. He will continue to serve on the MCA Steering Committee for another two years. Thank you Paul for your service!
Jefcoat is Hall of Fame Inductee
Soso cattleman Larry Jefcoat was inducted into the Cattlemen's Hall of Fame Saturday during the Awards Luncheon.
Jefcoat is past president of the Mississippi Beef Council, Mississippi Cattlemen's Association, and serves on the Cattlemen's Beef Board. He is a member and past president of Jones County Cattlemen's Association. 
MCA Legislative Luncheon 

On February 28th MCA will host their Annual Legislative Luncheon. ​​Legislators and State Capitol staff will enjoy delicious ribeye steak sandwiches and their choice of homemade desserts. If you would like to attend please call the MCA office and invite your senator or representative to attend as well.  
Thank you! 

A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped work the beef barn during Dixie National. It was a record setting year for sales during the 10 day run. Also thanks to all who stop by the Beef Barn for a great Steak Sandwich, Bully Burger, or Brisket Sandwich. 
Tuesday is 
Beef Night 
at the Rodeo!
Beef will be featured tomorrow during the rodeo. 
Look for Beef It's What's For Dinner banners and announcements through out the rodeo. MBC will also recognize Mississippi's Best Burger! 
Steer Donation
Again this year, Southern AgCredit donated their champion steer purchased in the Sale of Junior Champions, to MCA. 
We thank Southern AgCredit for their continuing support of county and state cattlemen's association activities.
The Champion English /MS Bred Champ English Steer was exhibited by Hannah Katherine Jones of Madison 4-H. Thank you to the buyers: Southern AgCredit; Parker-McGill Motors; Linda & Hal Parker; Charlie Donald, Charles Donald Timber; Mark & Mary Shapley; Meyer & Rosenbaum; Bruce & Julie Martin; Legacy Land & Financial Consulting; Gary Blair; Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn; MS Cattlemen’s Assoc., and Bozeman Farms. 
MJCA Quiz Bowl
The winners of Saturday's 2017 MJCA Beef Quiz Bowl was Hinds County. Hinds along with four other teams competed in the quiz bowl. 
Cattle Quick Thoughts
Recent reports show that beef exports volumes were up 24 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 as compared to Q4 of 2015. This is encouraging news as we will need to continue to find buyers for the increasing production of U.S. beef. Beef production in 2016 Q4 was up 8 percent over a year earlier. Exports to South Korea have played a key role in the export gains as shipments in December 2016 were up 90 percent over December 2015.
The Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association held their annual convention on Saturday, February 11th. Dr. Brian Williams and I shared a brief cattle outlook with a primary focus on cattle inventory. You can access our PowerPoint presentation HERE .
Source: Dr. Josh Maples
BQA Meetings 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.

Thursday March 9, 2017 - Ezra Garner Memorial Market Building, Prentiss
Tuesday March 14, 2017 - MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Starkville
Thursday April 6, 2017 - The Family Fish Camp, Meridian, MS
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