Monday Memo
November 20, 2017
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:
FRIDAY, DEC. 1 | Cattle Viewing
5:00 pm     Cattle Viewing

SATURDAY, DEC. 2 | Cattle Sales
Sales start at 9:00 am and run consecutive
Commercial Pen of 3 - Bred & Open
Red Angus
Simmental/ SimAngus

Mississippi Elite Show Heifer Sale
All Breeds
Starts at approximately 4 p.m.
All  Heifers purchased will be Dixie Jr. Show eligible 

6:00 pm     Jr. Showmanship

SUNDAY, DEC. 3 | JR. Show
8:00 am      Jr. Belt Buckle Show
                    - steers & breed shows
                    - heifers & bulls

There will also be a trade show in conjunction with the Expo. 
Cattlemen: House-Passed Tax Bill "Step in the Right Direction"
Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and fourth-generation Nebraska cattle producer, today released the following statement in response to U.S. House approval of H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:
“House approval of this comprehensive tax-reform legislation is a step in the right direction, but we will continue to work hard to make sure that final legislation doesn’t include provisions that would create undue and unfair burdens for certain segments of our industry.
Over the past two months, NCBA has executed a media campaign in support of tax reform provisions that would benefit cattle and beef producers. The campaign is centered at, and the campaign’s videos have been viewed more than a million times on Facebook.
Market Notes
Market feeder prices were steady to slightly higher last week in Mississippi. 400 to 500 pound steers averaged $160/cwt in Mississippi auctions. The futures market took a step lower after a rally the previous two weeks. Nearby (January) feeder cattle futures prices ended the week at $151.40.
MCA Signs Letter Seeking Delay
MCA signed on to a letter with the National Cattlemen's Beef Association and others livestock groups seeking a one year delay for implementation
of electronic logging devices (ELDs) for livestock haulers. This is a critical issue to the livestock industry, as the December 18th, 2017 deadline for compliance rapidly approaches.
Vote For the Best Burger & Steak NOW!
Vote for your favorite restaurant steak and burger
We need your help to find the best burger and best steak in Mississippi. 
Go online by January 8, 2018 to nominate the best BEEF Burger and Best Steak in the state. One $50 gift certificate will be awarded to a voter at each of the top 5 Burger restaurants and one $100 certificate will be awarded to a voter at each of  the top 5 Steak restaurants.
The contest is sponsored by the Mississippi Beef Council and the winning restaurants will receive an advertising package and be recognized at the Dixie National Rodeo.
Vote for the BEST Burger +
Vote for the BEST Steak +
BQA Launches New Transportation Training and Certification Program
The checkoff-funded Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program has launched a new training and certification program for cattle transportation. The program, known as Beef Quality Assurance Transportation (BQAT), provides cattle producers and haulers with comprehensive training based on their roles in the cattle industry. Online training will be made available beginning immediately, and in-person training opportunities will begin soon.
“The BQA Transportation training and certification program has been a long time coming,” said Chase DeCoite, director of Beef Quality Assurance for NCBA, a contractor to the beef checkoff. “By educating cattle haulers and producers on the best practices in cattle transportation, BQA is helping make improvements in cattle care and beef quality. Participating in BQA Transportation will be an indicator that the beef and dairy industries are committed to responsible animal care during transportation and makes both the BQA and dairy FARM animal care programs more complete.”
The BQA program was first funded by the beef checkoff in the early 1990s and developed its first guidance on transportation in 2006. Today, the program offers training and certification programs for all sectors of the industry: cow-calf, stocker and feedyard. This is the first time a nationally recognized certification has been offered for the transportation segment of the industry.
Online training for BQAT will be offered in two different modules: Farmer/Rancher and Professional. Farmer/Rancher modules will focus on the use of stock trailers and smaller loads of cattle that beef and dairy cattle producers might typically haul themselves. The Professional modules focus on the use of tractor-trailers and larger loads that are typically hauled further distances.
Member Get A Member
Help us find the next MCA member!
MCA needs your help in identifying new members. If you have a neighbor or friend who is not a member ask them to join. 
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.
Raffle Tickets Available
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.
Calendar of Events

28 - Covington CCA
30 - Pontotoc CCA

5 - Pearl River CCA
7 - Lafayette CCA

You're sure to keep your stamina during the hustle and bustle of holiday season with this Tenderloin Roast recipe. Served with a cranberry balsamic sauce to make it that much more delicious.
2 | HRS
339 | CAL
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Grassfed Beef in the Southeast
December 7-8, 2017
Lamar County Community Shelter
Purvis, MS
Pre-registrations $35/person
Ball Clover For Sale
For more information contact:
Ralph Womack
(601) 917-3414

MCA Convention & Dixie National Farm Expo
February 9-10, 2018
Trade Mart • Jackson, MS
For more information about the Dixie National Farm Expo contact LeAnne at the MCA office (601) 354-8951.
Scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year are now online. Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation and the Mississippi CattleWomen have applications for students to download.
Please read the rules carefully as some of the requirements have changed.
If you have any questions you can call the MCA office.

Allied Industry
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS, 39202