Monday Memo
October 9, 2017
Register Now for MCA Cattlemen's College in Brookhaven and Batesville
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Make plans this fall to attend one of two Cattlemen's Colleges that MCA will be hosting. The first College will be held in Brookhaven on October 26th and the following day at Batesville in conjunction with the North MS Beef Expo. The programs are free to the public. Both programs will offer workshops on marketing, forages, animal health, and much more. 
You can now pre-register for Cattlemen's College on the MCA website.
Schedule of Events - Brookhaven
October 26th
8:00 am     Registration
8:30 am    Forage Grazing Management 
            – Dr. Daniel Rivera, Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension   Service
9:15 am     Cattle Market Outlook
            – Dr. Josh Maples Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension Service
10:00 am    Break and Trade Show
10:30 am    National Issues update 
            – Craig Uden, President, National
            Cattlemen’s Beef Association
11:15 am    Low Stress Cattle Handling 
            – Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Wray, CO –         
                Merck Animal Health
12:00 am     Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 pm    Low Stress Cattle Handling Live Demo
             – Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Wray, CO –
            Merck Animal   Health
2:30 pm    Wrap Up and Adjourn
Schedule of Events - Batesville
October 27th
8:00 am    Registration
8:30 am    Using Commodity Feeds 
            – Dr. Daniel Rivera, Mississippi
            State Univ.Extension Service
9:15 am    Overgrazing Pastures 
            - Dr. Paul Beck, University of
10:00 am    Break and Trade Show
10:30 am     “What I’ve Learned After a Year of Really Paying Attention”
            - Melissa Beck, Stocker Operator
            & Beck Media
11:15 am    National Issues update
             – Craig Uden President, National
            Beef Association
12:00 am    Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 pm    Feeding and developing Replacement Heifers
             – Dr. Justin Rhinehart, University
            of Tennessee
1:45 pm    Cattle Market Outlook 
            – Dr. Josh Maples Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension Service
2:45 pm    Wrap up and Adjourn
Market Notes

Feeder cattle prices were steady to a few dollars lower last week in Mississippi. October feeder cattle futures prices finished the week at $154 per cwt. This is $26 higher than the corresponding futures during this week in 2016. Cull cow prices continued their seasonal decline which should bottom out near the end of the month.
USDA Designates 34 Counties in Mississippi as Primary Natural Disaster Areas
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 34 counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by extreme rainfall, flooding and flash flooding that occurred from April 1, 2017, and continues.There are additional contiguous counties
that qualify.
All counties listed were designated natural disaster areas on Sept. 29, 2017, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for FSA’s emergency (EM) loans, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.

Membership Drive
Don't forget the 2017 Membership Drive is underway! 
We have several exciting new prizes this year for not only winning recruiters but also new members. 
There will be 4 prizes for the members that recruit the most new members.
1st - Full Quill Ostrich Justin Boots - Donated by Britches and Boots
2nd - Smooth Quill Ostrich Justin BootsDonated by Britches and Boots
3rd - Chain Saw
4th - Mineral Feeder -
Donated by MS Serum
New Member - MCA Prize Package 
For more information contact Donna at the MCA office.
Mississippi Beef Expo
Make plans to attend the 2017 Mississippi Beef Expo to be held December 1-3 at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson, Mississippi. 

Schedule of events:
6:30 pm | Cattle Viewing
9:00 am | Commercial Pen of 3
10:00 am | Red Angus
11:00 am | Hereford
12:30 pm | Angus
2:00 pm | Brahman/Brangus
3:00 pm | Charolais
4:00 pm | Simmental
6:00 pm | Jr. Showmanship
8:00 am | Jr. Show Buckle Show

There will also be a trade show in conjunction with the Expo. 
2018 Cattle Industry Convention 
& NCBA Trade Show
The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest national convention for the cattle business. The 2018 convention will be the 121st annual convention. The convention and trade show create a unique, fun environment for cattle industry members to come together to network, create policy for the industry and to have some fun! If you’re in the cattle business, then you need to be in Phoenix.  
Why Should I Attend?
• You have a stake in the future of this industry.
• It is one of the best investments you can make in your operation!
• To have your voice heard in the decisions that will shape your industry.
• To discover new products and services at the NCBA Trade Show.
• Convention is the place to form new business relationships by providing the networking opportunities for fellow producers.
• To help establish checkoff and policy priorities for the coming year.
Take a well-deserved vacation.
MJCA Chute Raffle
MJCA is selling chances on a Arrowquip 86 series chute compliments of Arrowquip and MS Farm & Garden of Hattiesburg.
We will have tickets for sale till the MCA Convention in February.
The money raised will help fund MJCA programs such as Making Tracks.
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket you can call the MCA office or visit with a MJCA director. 
If your county would like to help MJCA by selling tickets at your next county meeting please let us know so that we can send tickets to your county president.
We Need YOU!!!
The Beef Barn is on the Midway and we are serving up BEEF at Mississippi State Fair! We still need volunteers to help work during the fair. If you would like to help please give Donna a call at the MCA office to see what dates are available.
Calendar of Events

19 - Hinds CCA
26 & 27 - Cattlemen's College

Even devoted pasta purists will flip for this layered dip of shredded beef, cream cheese, green onions and marinara, served with garlicky crackers or crostini.
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Elite Southern Ladies Sale
October 15, 2017
Phone Bid Off Sale
Offering elite show heifer, donor & sire prospects
Robbie Wood (662) 571-3543
Jake St. Amant (601) 754-9686
Heart of Texas Replacement Female Sale
October 7, 2017
Groesbeck, TX
1,400 Head of Quality Replacement Females
Johnson Cattle Marketing
(903) 599-2403
W4 Ranch
Fall Production Sale
Friday, October 20, 2017 • 12 Noon
Morgan, TX
Hereford Bulls & Heifers
Johnson Cattle Marketing
(903) 599-2403
Magnolia Classic Fleckvieh Sale
October 28, 2017 • 12 Noon
Starkville, MS
Little Creek Farm
Allied Industry
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS, 39202