September 19, 2016


Monday Memo


Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending 
September 16, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were higher this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of September 2 - September 9 averaged $106.98 for live sales, and $168.05 for dressed; respectively, up $1.94 and $1.76. Total volume sold was up 76,000 head from a week ago and up 28,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mostly lower across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers were selling for $146 while 750-800 pound steers were averaging $136. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging $130.00, down $5.00 from a week ago, while heavy steers were averaging $105.00, down $0.50 from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were higher this week. October live cattle were up $3.47 on the week and $28.05 lower than a year ago at $107.88, while December live cattle were up $2.90 from last week and down $30.33 from a year ago at $108.05. Feeder cattle were higher this week with October futures up $2.30 from last Friday and down $68.05 from a year ago at $132.95 while November futures are up $2.60 on the week at $130.70. December corn futures are down $0.15 from a week ago at $3.25 while March futures are down $0.15.

Wholesale boxed beef prices are lower compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $186.48, down $3.01 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $180.01, down $3.76 from last week. The choice-select spread widened from $5.72 a week ago to $5.72 this week.


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Makes 2 servings

26 - Lowdes CCA Multi-County Pasture Tour
27 - Stone CCA Bull Test

October 9, 2016
10:00 a.m. 
Abilene, TX
Taylor Co. Expo Center
Including 45 geldings
Approximately 50% are Buckskins & Palominos.

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Jim Ware’s
Triangle Sales
(405) 275-2196

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Open Hereford Show
The Mississippi Hereford Association Open Hereford show will be Saturday, October 8 at 2 p.m. at the State Fair. Exhibitors must be a member of MHA or MJHA. New members are welcome! Entries ($20) are due Sept. 23 to avoid late fees. Membership forms, entry forms and more information available at
MS Junior Open Brangus Show
The Mississippi Junior Brangus Open Show will be held at 2 pm, on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016 at the Judging Arena at the MS State Fairgrounds.  
To pre-enter please email entries to or contact Roby Sullivan at
You must be a member of the Mississippi Junior Brangus Association to show!
Open Simmental & Simbrah Show
The Mississippi State Fair Open Simmental Simbrah Show will be held at 5 pm, on Friday, Oct. 7, 2016. 
Breeds showing are Purebred Simmental, Percentage Simmental, Simbrah, and Percentage Simbrah.  Check-in will be  held 9:30 am-12:00 pm on Friday.
Entries are $20 per animal and deadline is Oct. 1, 2016.  Late entries will be $40 per animal and no entries will be accepted beyond Oct. 5th.  
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NCBA Takes Stand Against HSUS Attempt to Weaken Beef Checkoff
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association was recently notified that Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) attorneys have filed a lawsuit against USDA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) on behalf of the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM). This lawsuit seeks to divide the beef industry against itself by opening old wounds and weakening the beef checkoff as HSUS drives toward its ultimate goal of ending animal agriculture.
The lawsuit, filed by HSUS lawyers, seeks the release of documents related to two OIG audits of the beef checkoff and its contractors, including NCBA. Both audits found that producer investments in the checkoff are protected by the firewall, which prevents beef checkoff dollars from being used for policy activities. Two OIG full audits and multiple random audits by USDA have found contractors, including NCBA, to be in full compliance with the laws which protect checkoff funds.
“Those findings haven’t satisfied the extremist animal rights activists at HSUS or its partners at OCM,” said NCBA CEO Kendal Frazier. “Instead of working to better our industry, these two organizations and a small handful of cattlemen have chosen a devil’s pact in an effort to weaken the checkoff, which will in turn, weaken beef demand and our entire industry.”
The lawsuit is another attempt by HSUS to drive a political agenda. It diverts attention from beef promotion activities and wastes precious resources at a time when cattle prices and the profitability of the beef industry are under tremendous pressure. As part of an effort to protect the beef industry and stop the frivolous and divisive work of HSUS, NCBA will seek intervenor status in the lawsuit against OIG.  
“There’s no doubt that HSUS stands against rural America. Their attacks on the beef and pork checkoff programs weaken promotion efforts. HSUS and its allies have clearly demonstrated they have no interest in the livestock business beyond ending it,” said Frazier. “They will attempt to make this about transparency and say they’re undertaking this effort on behalf of producers. But let’s be clear: HSUS intends to put every cattleman and woman in America out of business. By weakening checkoff programs and damaging producer-directed marketing and promotion efforts, they can cause economic harm to our industry and force us out of production agriculture.”
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Membership Drive
Don't forget the 2016 Membership Drive is underway! We have several exciting new prizes this year for not only winning recruiters but also winning counties. 
If your county meets its membership goal then the 
county will put into a drawing for a dinner prepared by MCA steering committee and staff. 
For more information contact Cassie at the MCA office. 

Legislative Visit
Monday morning Gregg Harper stopped by the MCA office to visit with (L to R) Andy Berry, MCA Executive VP; Ted Kendall III; and Dr. Jim Anderson.
Representative Harper discussed trade opportunities for beef and undue regulatory burdens facing farmers and cattle producers in Mississippi. 
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. 
Click here to pre-register for Cattlemen's College

Beef Barn Volunteers Needed!
It is that time of year again!! Plans are being made to move the Beef Barn to the fairgrounds and we are getting ready for another great year of the Mississippi State Fair! We still need volunteers to help work during the fair. If you would like to help please give the office a call and see what dates are available.

Are You BQA Certified?
Four BQA meetings have been scheduled through out the state this fall. The cost to become BQA certified is $15 to cover BQA manual, vaccine cooler, and three-year certification. 
September 19- Alcorn County Extension Office, Corinth
September 20- Town Creek Farms, West Point
September 29- Livestock Producer's Sale Barn, Tylertown
October 4- Southeast Mississippi Livestock, Hattiesburg
For pre-registration contact the MSU Extension at 662-325-3516 or
July Summary of Retail Meat Case Sales
Here's the July summary of retail meat case sales.

Compared to a year ago: 
* Beef dollar sales decreased 4.3% 
* Beef pound sales increased 5.3% while chicken pounds were flat and pork pounds decreased 6.0% 
* Beef average price per pound decreased 9.0% versus a year ago to $4.92/lb.
* Beef retail feature activity increased 9.8% and beef remains the most featured protein at 40.4% 
* Average feature price for beef decreased 8.8% 
* Beef volume sold on feature was 30.6% of total 
MJCA Director Elections
Director elections will be held in October during the MS State Fair Annual MJCA membership meeting. The MJCA Board of Directors consists of four directors from each area (North & South) an ex-officio member, two At-Large members, and a MS Beef Council appointee. Elections will be held during the MJCA Annual State Fair Meeting on October 9th in the Sales Arena at 9:00 a.m.
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MCA 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.
Cattlemen's Foundation Car Tag
Do you have a MCF "Our Heritage" car tag? If not please consider purchasing one for your vehicle, proceeds benefit the MCF scholarship program. Last year MCF gave away over $45,000 in scholarships and thanks to the Mississippi CattleWomen's Association,  Butch Withers Family, and The Wax Company a total of $82,000 was awarded.
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