September 26, 2016


Monday Memo


Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending 
September 23, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were lower this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of September 15 - September 22 averaged $106.63 for live sales, and $167.90 for dressed; respectively, down $0.35 and $0.15. Total volume sold was down 12,000 head from a week ago and up 18,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mixed across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers were up $4.00, averaging $150 while 750-800 pound steers were up $1.00 averaging $138. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging $127.50, down $2.50 from a week ago, while heavy steers were averaging $110.00, up $5.00 from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were lower this week. October live cattle were down $0.55 on the week and $26.38 lower than a year ago at $107.33, while December live cattle were down $1.18 from last week and down $30.13 from a year ago at $106.88. Feeder cattle were lower this week with October futures down $0.57 from last Friday and down $52.23 from a year ago at $132.38 while November futures are down $0.97 on the week at $129.73. December corn futures are up $0.10 from a week ago at $3.25 while March futures are up $0.11.

Wholesale boxed beef prices are steady to slightly lower compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $186.48, unchanged from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $179.47, down $0.54 from last week. The choice-select spread widened from $6.47 a week ago to $7.01 this week.


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

 9 - MJCA Annual Meeting
20 - Marshall CCA


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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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!
China Announces it Will Lift Ban on U.S. Beef
Following a 13-year ban on U.S. beef exports to China, an announcement from the Chinese Government indicates they will begin accepting U.S. beef from animals under 30 months of age.
“This is great news for U.S. beef producers,” said Kent Bacus, director of international trade for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. “While these initial reports are positive, we must continue technical negotiations and undergo the process of formally approving export certificates. China is already the world’s second largest buyer of beef, and with a growing middle class, the export opportunities for U.S. cattlemen and women are tremendous.”
The next step is for United States Department of Agriculture officials to work with China’s Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine to approve the certificates and protocols for exports.
“Our cattle producers are the best in the world at producing high quality beef,” said Bacus. “To continue to grow demand for our product, our industry relies on fair trade based on sound science. This latest announcement by China is welcome news and further highlights the benefits of trade in the Pacific, opportunities that will only be expanded by passage of the Trans Pacific Partnership.”
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 be will put into a drawing for a dinner prepared by MCA steering committee and staff. 
For more information contact Cassie at the MCA office. 

September Cattle On Feed
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed report Friday afternoon (September 23, 2016). Placements totaled 1.879 million head, an increase of 15.13% from August 2015, slightly above pre-report estimates of 13.1% while marketed in August totaled 1.868 million head, up 17.63% versus last year. The total number of cattle in feedlots with 1,000 head or larger capacity totaled 10.135 million head, up 1.49% versus a year ago and slightly higher than analysts’ expectations of a 1.2% increase.

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.
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

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 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
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.
Deadline to apply is September 29th.
​For more information click here.
2017 Convention Internships
NCBA is seeking minimum junior-level college students for a one-of-a-kind internship opportunity for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention. Qualifying applicants must be able to work January 29-February 4, 2017 in Nashville, TN. Although this is unpaid work experience, selected applicants will receive convention registration, lodging, and some meals. Students are responsible for their own travel to and from Convention, along with incidental expenses. Please click here for more information and to apply. Applications are due on Friday, October 7, 2016. 
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.
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.  
​For more info. contact:
Allied Industry Members

680 Monroe St. Suite A • Jackson, MS 39202 |  601·354·8951