November 28, 2016


Monday Memo


Here are five fast facts about the new FDA antibiotics guidelines:

1. The new FDA guidelines will restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock that are used in feed and water and are medically important to human health. These drugs will no longer be used for growth promotion and will only be used to treat, prevent and control disease only under the oversight of a veterinarian.
2. Farmers and ranchers will be required to form even stronger relationships with a licensed veterinarian, called a veterinarian-client-patient relationship, in order to receive authorization from their veterinarian for the appropriate antibiotic for a specified illness for a specific time period.
3. Per FDA guidelines, farmers and ranchers will utilize very specific detailed orders for antibiotics in feed as authorized by veterinarians, called veterinary feed directives, that will outline exactly how long an antibiotic can be used, for what illness and for a specific number of animals. Increased use of detailed records on the part of the farmer or rancher and their veterinarian will enable them to more precisely evaluate their use of antibiotics.
4. Farmers and ranchers are continually seeking new and effective cattle health and nutrition alternatives, such as probiotics or nutritional supplements, which can help contribute to improved overall herd health and may reduce the need for some antibiotics. Looking for alternatives to antibiotics is an ongoing area of research throughout agriculture. In fact, many animal health companies have pledged significant resources to further researching these alternatives.
5. In addition to what is required by law, the beef community is committed to going above and beyond to ensure responsible antibiotic use in animals to protect the efficacy of antibiotics for humans and animals. This year, cattle farmers and ranchers have made further research on antibiotic resistance their number one research priority and are directly investing their dollars to advance research in this area. Additionally, the industry is proactively developing educational materials, including webinars, posters, presentations at local and national meetings and other training resources in order to educate cattle farmers, ranchers and feedyard owners to ensure that they are equipped with the resources they need to follow these new guidelines. Partnerships with groups like the American Academy of Bovine Practitioners and other science-based organizations are ongoing and instrumental in making sure that we’re protecting the health of animals, while simultaneously protecting public health.

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Mark Your Calendar
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association Convention and Trade Show will be February 10 & 11, 2017 at the Trade Mart in Jackson. The convention will highlight the accomplishments of the association and its members as well as educational programs for producers. 
Give Dad Something He Will Love
Need A Christmas Gift? 
What about something from our MCA Store? We have a selection of caps, shirts, jackets, and car tags. To order yours call the MCA office or drop by and visit the store. 
Just A Few More Weeks!
You have less than one month to recruit new members! We have several exciting new prizes such as a 18" Stihl Chainsaw or a pair of Stetson or Roper Boots for the winning recruiters. 
The counties that meet their membership goals will be put into a drawing for a dinner prepared and served by MCA steering committee and staff at their next county meeting. 
For more information contact the MCA office. 
Go online to join or renew click here.
Mississippi's Best Burger Contest Is Back!
We need your help to find the best burger in Mississippi. 
Go online by January 9, 2017 to nominate the best BEEF burger in the state. One $50 gift certificate will be awarded to a voter at each of the top 10 restaurants.
The contest is sponsored by the Mississippi Beef Council and the winning restaurant will receive an advertising package and be recognized at BEEF night during the Dixie National Rodeo.
If you haven't voted for your favorite burger restaurant, DO IT NOW
MS Hay Directory
The Mississippi Hay Directory is designed to assist Mississippi livestock producers in locating hay supplies. The list (PDF) provided includes information from individuals and businesses who have submitted a Mississippi Hay Directory Listing Submission Form indicating that they have hay for sale. Listings expire after 60 days.
To look at the available hay click here.
For more information on how cattlemen can deal with drought, Mississippi State Extension has a publication online: Mississippi Beef Cattle - Producer Guide to Coping with Drought Conditions.
For additional hay listings in Mississippi, please visit the Mississippi Market Bulletin online at 
Possible Severe Weather For Parts of the State
The elevated area has been expanded to cover much of the area. The main threat will be damaging winds, however a few tornadoes are also possible.
For more information go to
YCLS Group In Washington
Members of MCA's Young Cattlemen's Leadership Series are in Washington for the next few days visiting with legislative representatives and NCBA staff about issues in the cattle industry. 
If you are interested in participating or nominating a young producer for the next class of YCLS please contact Andy at the MCA office. 
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.
November 29 - Collins, MS
If your county would like to host a BQA training please contact Dr. Carla Huston at
Applications Now Online
Applications for the Mississippi CattleWomen's Association and Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation scholarships are posted online at the MCA website
Scholarships will be presented at the annual convention in February. Deadline to enter is December 20, 2016.
Wheels for Bucks
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.
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