August 1, 2016


Monday Memo

Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending July 29, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were mixed this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of July 21-July 28 averaged $118.00 for live sales, and $184.09 for dressed; respectively, up $3.35 and down $0.74. Total volume sold was down 14,000 head from a week ago and up 49,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mixed across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers were $3.00 lower while heavier 750-800 pound steers were steady to $1.00 higher. Mississippi pasture conditions were steady this week with 53% rated good or excellent, unchanged from a week ago.  In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging $135.00, up $3.50 from a week ago, while heavy steers were averaging $118.00, up $3.00 from last week. 

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were higher this week. August live cattle were up $3.23 on the week and $32.50 lower than a year ago at $113.20, while December live cattle were up $3.05 from last week and down $35.15 from a year ago. Feeder cattle were higher this week with August futures up $3.27 from last Friday and down $70.53 from a year ago at $140.20 while October futures are up $3.00 on the week. Nearby corn futures are down $0.03 from a week ago at $3.33 while December futures are also down $0.01.

Wholesale boxed beef prices are lower compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $198.79, down $2.60 from a week ago and $33.94 lower than a year ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $189.92, down $0.85 from last week. The choice-select spread narrowed from $10.62 a week ago to $8.87 this week.


Total Recipe Time: 30 to 35 minutes
Makes 6 servings

1 - Homplace Producers Feeder Calf Board Sale, Hattiesburg
5 - 4-H/FFA Replacement Beef Heifer Development Contest, Raymond



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Southern Producers Heifer Sale
The 15th Annual Southern Producers Replacement Heifer Sale will be held on August 27th in Hattiesburg. For more information click here. 
Oh, The Possibilities With Beef!
The checkoff’s beef innovations group includes a team of experts who inspire beef innovation to launch new products into the market. You’ve read about the commercial and consumer test kitchens, and the 12 to 30-month development process, but what constitutes a success?
Other than popular steak cuts and ground beef, most consumers do not feel confident in selecting cuts for a specific purpose. All the while, they would like to quickly cook a real meal with the same speed, ease and results as convenience foods. But they just do not have the time, planning capacity, cooking knowledge or skills to pull it all together every night.
Some of the new, ultra-convenient beef products being discussed with retailers include:
• Microwavable roasts
• Microwavable ground beef
• Skillet meals
• Delicatessen beef
• Slow-cooker pot roasts
At the end of the day, when the checkoff asks the consumer, “Considering this cut of beef, would the packaging and preparation cause you to buy it more often?” … and the answer 100 percent of the time is YES! … we would call that a beef innovations success. To learn more about how the checkoff is keeping beef top-of-mind in the protein market click here.

Back To School
A community back to school fun day was held at Ceder Grove in south Jackson. Over 175 kids along with their parents participated in the fun day. The students that came by the Beef Council booth got to spin the wheel  to win pencils and erasers promoting beef. Their parents learned the health benefits of beef for young children's diets. 
Save The Date!
Make plans this fall to attend one of two Cattlemen's Colleges that MCA will be hosting. The first College will be held in Hattiesburg on October 27. 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 cattle grading. 
Cattle Heat Stress
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MCA Online!
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