January 30, 2017


Monday Memo


Dr. Josh Maples
For the Week Ending
January 27, 2017

Cash Cattle:
Fed cattle cash prices took a step backwards this week. Cash traded fed cattle were down 48 cents to an average of $121.40 for live sales compared to $121.89 last week. Dressed steers averaged $193.58 this week, down from $194.82 last week. Trade volume was 76,057 head, down about 30,000 head from last week.
Mississippi steer prices were a mixed bag this week depending on weight class. Feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were up $2 at $142.50 while heavier 750-800 pound steers saw a price bump to an average of $118.50 compared to $117.50 last week. However, steers between 500 and 700 pounds experienced decreases in average prices.
Feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were up $3.43 to $163.52 and OKC 750-800 pound steers averaged $132.79 which was up 63 cents from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures dropped significantly this week. February live cattle were down $2.10 on the week at $118.05, while April live cattle were down $1.95 over last week to $117. March feeder cattle were down $4.35 from last Friday at $127.18 while April futures were down $3.82 on the week at $126.53. Corn futures prices also dropped this week with March corn down $0.07 to $3.63 and May corn futures down 7 cents to $3.70 as compared to last week.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were up this week with choice boxes averaging $192.09, up 44 cents from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $188.57, an increase of $1.19 from last week. The choice-select spread shrunk further to $3.52.


1-3 - Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, Nashville, TN
10-11 - MCA Convention and Dixie National Farm Expo., Jackson 


Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes
Makes 72 appetizers
Mississippi Dixie National Simmental Sale
February 11, 2017
Jackson, MS
Simmental, Simbrah, Angus, SimAngus, & Red Angus
To learn more click here
Nominate A Young Cattlemen
With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important. 
MCA is looking for producers ages 20 to 40 who are potential leaders and who are interested in learning more about MCA policy. 
Applications are being accepted for the 2017 YCLS class. Contact the MCA office for information and nomination forms.

Merck will reward MCA for each Ralgro wheel we collect before the February convention.
Bring your wheels to any MCA event and give them to an MCA officer.
Renew 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.
MCA Convention
Make plans for you and your family to attend the 2017 MCA Convention and Dixie National Farm Expo. at the Trade Mart on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. 
The highlight of the convention will be the Awards Luncheon on Saturday where we will award over $65,000 in scholarships and honor outgoing president, Paul Whitlock.
Make your plans to attend this great event!
For a registration form please click here.
Featured Speaker
The Annual Membership Meeting will begin at 9:30 and will include legislative updates, a market outlook, as well as featured speaker, Steve Dittmer.
He will also speak during the awards luncheon on Sat.
Dittmer grew up in Ohio on a small cattle operation and earned a degree in animal science and a journalism minor from The Ohio State University.
Now with Agribusiness Freedom Foundation, Dittmer has been providing facts, reasoned analysis and bold opinion regarding beef industry economics and politics. Key recent issues AFF has been active in include: the elections of 2016, the protection of science and technology for animal agriculture, including antibiotic and GMO issues; Dietary Goals revisions; HSUS attacks on the industry; immigration reform and guest worker programs, the proposed GIPSA Rule changing livestock marketing; so-called “captive supply” and marketing options; Obamacare; lean finely textured beef; free trade and government regulations from agencies like EPA, Interior and USDA.
Cattlemen's Round Up BBQ and Live Auction
Join us Friday night, February 10, at 6:30 in the Trade Mart for the Cattlemen's Round Up & BBQ. This great event will have good food, games, and live music from Southern Grass. This event for the family will also include the  Live Auction featuring: A one day guided bass fishing trip on the big lake at Bozeman Farms, a framed limited edition Hereford print, a piece from Mississippi's own Pray Pottery, John Deere toy tractors, MCA's Gun of the Year: a Henry Golden Boy 22 Magnum leaver action rifle.Black River Outfitters, Flora Mississippi donated 200 rounds of ammunition for the MCA Gun of the Year.  Many more unique items will be up for auction, so make your plans to attend!
Dixie National Events
A complete schedule for the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo has been posted on the Mississippi Department of Agriculture's website. To see a detailed list of the events please click here.
MCWA Country Store
The Mississippi CattleWomen's Association is looking for items for their Country Store during the MCA Convention. Donated items can be handmade or purchased and given to MCWA to help raise money for their scholarship program. 
Dixie National Farm Expo
The Dixie National Farm Expo on 
February 10 & 11, will be a must attend event for anyone in agriculture. Static exhibits along with equipment demos, and
educational opportunities combine to make a great farm show. 
All livestock species will be represented 
during the Dixie National Farm Expo along with tractor, animal health, feed and 
equipment vendors. This will be a one stop agricultural marketplace for those attending the  Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo. 
Over 40 exhibitors will be on hand displaying their products and talking to you about how their products can benefit your operation. This is a unique opportunity for you to visit with many companies and see all the latest products.
If you or your company would like to have a booth at the expo please contact LeAnne at the MCA office.

Farm Expo hours:
Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
MJCA Quiz Bowl

The 2017 Mississippi Junior Cattlemen’s Association Beef Quiz Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in the Trade Mart on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the preliminaries that morning followed by the championship round after lunch.
We ask that you submit your team rosters by February 1st to cbmag@att.net. Each team participant must be a current MJCA member. Memberships can be obtained by calling the MCA office or online at www.mscattlemen.org.
If you have suggestions or comments, please notify Andy Berry or LeAnne Peters as soon as possible. We are looking forward to a fun and educational experience for everyone.
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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