Monday Memo
March 20, 2017
Parts Of The State Still In Drought
Several northeast counties are still in a severe drought

Outside of Florida and the coastal regions of Alabama, temperatures were 2-4 degrees cooler than normal during the week. The heaviest rains were in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and the coastal regions of North Carolina, with some areas recording up to 3-4 inches of rain. Florida remained fairly dry with only enough precipitation to keep drought from expanding rapidly. In Florida, the moderate drought was expanded to the north in central Florida and abnormally dry conditions spread into more of northern Florida. In North Carolina, moderate drought was expanded while abnormally dry conditions were introduced into North and South Carolina. Georgia had improvements to the extreme drought in the northwest and moderate drought in the west while both Mississippi and Alabama had improvements to drought intensities where the greatest rains fell over the last week. Western Tennessee had reductions to the abnormally dry conditions there; while no other changes were made, precipitation deficits were reduced.
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Session Better Acquaints State Beef Leaders
With Workings of National Beef Checkoff Program
About 70 directors and staff from 28 state beef councils from across the country attended the 2017 orientation, held March 13-14 at the headquarters of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Centennial, Colo. NCBA is the home of the Federation of State Beef Councils, and a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program.
“It’s important for our state partners to know the big picture of the Beef Checkoff Program, and where each piece fits,” according to Todd Johnson, NCBA senior vice president of Federation Services. “The producers who designed the national program back in 1985 worked hard to create a program that not only could be effective and efficient at building beef demand, but respected the state and national framework that existed at the time. We have found that the better our leaders and producers at all levels understand how it works, the more they can get behind it.”
On tap for attendees at this year’s session were presentations on beef checkoff history, collections and the Beef Promotion and Research Act and Order by executives of the Cattlemen’s Beef Board; as well as explanations by NCBA staff of the checkoff-related role of the Federation and the NCBA and how checkoff and non-checkoff dollars are kept separate. Checkoff programs in research, information and promotion conducted on behalf of beef producers and managed by staff at NCBA were also outlined, as were the services available to state beef councils from the NCBA graphic design, information technology, and other teams.
You can see more in the April issue of Cattle Business in Mississippi.
Cattlemen Still Need Our Help!
Producers in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, and Colorado still need help after devastating fires wiped out grazing, fences, homes, equipment, and livestock. 
Producers in the state have donated cash and at Lucedale Livestock a special fundraiser was held with cattle being sold to help with the relief efforts. 
One article detailing the ravages that the fires had on producers can be read at High Plains Journal
The Mississippi Cattlemen's Association along with the Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation will accept monetary donations to assist in recovery efforts for producers.  The money will be distributed though established relief programs for cattle producers.
You can make your tax deductible donations to the Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation, 680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS 39202 or by calling (601) 354-8951.
January Summary of Retail Meat Case Sales
Compared to a year ago:
* Beef dollar sales decreased (-2.7%)
* Beef pound sales versus year ago increased (+0.6%)
* Average price per pound for beef decreased (-3.3%) to $4.61
* Beef retail feature activity increased (+9.8%), and beef remained the most featured protein (40.1% share)
* The average feature price decreased for beef (-5.0%), and 31.1% of beef volume sold was on feature

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. 
You should have received your tickets for the raffle, we encourage you to return them to the MCA office.  
Cattle Quick Thoughts
This week marked the fourth consecutive weekly increase in choice wholesale boxed beef prices. In total, choice boxed beef averaged $32.63 higher in the week ending March 17th than in the week of February 17th. The fact that boxed beef prices have increased is not necessarily surprising – prices followed a similar trend during this time last year (click HERE to see this in a chart). However, what is different this year is the magnitude of the rally and that it has occurred with larger beef production. The four consecutive weekly price increases from February 19th to March 18th in 2016 saw the average choice boxed beef price go up a total of $17.93. Also, average weekly beef production is 33 million pounds (7 percent) higher over the past four weeks of 2017 as compared to the same weeks in 2016. These are good signs for the current state of beef demand and welcome news for cattle prices.
Beef Checkoff Research
Beef Checkoff Sustainability Research program has requested herd information from the Southeast for Beef Sustainability Lifecycle Assessment. We ask that you please take the survey to provide good representation of the Southeastern cattle rearing region. All information provided will be kept strictly confidential. 
Please submit your responses to the survey by March 30, 2017.
Please click here to take the survey.
2017 Mississippi Beef Agribition
On Saturday, March 25th, the Mississippi Beef Agribition will host its 20th Annual Sale at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona. 
This year, over 125 open and bred, commercial females  will be offered. Also selling will be Angus, Limousin, Brangus, Balancer, Hereford, Gelbvieh, & Ultrablack bulls. Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. 
This year four show heifers will be available!
Don't miss the trade show featuring vendors offering tractors, animal health supplies, livestock equipment, and much more.  
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Beef Cattle Boot Camp
Make plans to attend the Beef Cattle Boot Camp to be held Friday, April 21st at the Leveck Animal Research Center (South Farm) in Starkville.
The daylong program will cover cattle management. This workshop offers information of interest to both new producers and veterans.
Registration fees for the Beef Cattle Boot Camp are $35 per person in advance. 
Dates Set For BQA
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.

Tuesday March 28, 2017 - Cain Cattle Company, Pickens
Thursday April 6, 2017 - The Family Fish Camp, Meridian, MS
Cattle Market Notes
Week Ending March 17, 2017
Dr. Josh Maples

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were up $3.50 to an average of $128.75 for live sales while dressed steers were up $6.46 to an average of $208.03. Fed cattle trade volume was about the same as last week at just under 105,000 head.
Mississippi feeder steers weighing 450-500 pounds were up $3.50 to $157.50 while 750-800 pound steers were down $4.50 to $116.50. Average feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were down $5.16 to $152.68 while OKC 750-800 pound steers were up $1.89 over last week to $129.95.

Futures prices again finished the week higher across the board. April live cattle were up $1.45 over last week to $119 while June live cattle were up $1.78 to $109.38. Feeder cattle futures showed even more impressive gains. March feeder cattle were up $3.65 from last Friday to $131.20 while April feeder futures increased $4.70 on the week to $131.50. Corn futures prices were up slightly this week with May and July futures each up 3 cents to $3.67 and $3.75, respectively.

Wholesale boxed beef prices continued to rally this week. Choice boxes averaged $221.56, up $7.44 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week at an average of $213.54, an increase of $6.28 from last week. The choice-select spread increased to $8.02, up $1.16 over last week.


20 - Tate/Desoto
21 - Prentiss CCA
23 - Simpson CCA
25 - Bull Soundness Exam     
       for Marshall County
28 - Scott CCA
30 - Stone/Wayne CCA

29 - Beef Unit Field Day, Starkville

Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes
Makes 6 servings
April 29, 2017
Canton, MS
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