Monday Memo
June 19, 2017
Registration Is Now Open
The ninth annual Deep South Stocker Conference will be held August 3-4, 2017 in Starkville, MS. This year’s program will offer a combination of seminars, demonstrations, as well as tours. The cost of this year’s conference is $100. This includes all of the seminars, demos, notebook, tour, lunch on Friday, and dinner. For more information on the program, registration, and location, please navigate the website or call your local Extension office.

Topics include:
 Justifications of Stockmanship and Stewardship
• Consumer Perceptions of Common Production Practices and Animal Welfare
• Impact of Stress and Handling on Cattle Performance
• Economics of Best Management Practices
Practical Stewardship
• Best Management Practices for Castration, Dehorning, and Euthanasia
• Forage and Nutrition Planning
Practical Stockmanship
• Reading Cattle Behavior and Teaching Cattle to Respond
• Low-stress Cattle Handling – on horseback
• Low-stress Cattle Handling – on foot
Best Management Practices
• Environmental Stewardship Hot Topics
• Combating Cowboy Tendencies
Cattle Quick Thoughts
U.S. beef was shipped to China for the first time in nearly 14 years on Wednesday, June 14th. This followed the release of the final trade details on the preceding Monday. This is an important development for the beef industry and hopefully the starting point to a long-lasting trade agreement that will benefit U.S. cattle producers. There are a few trade details that limit the short-term impact the deal will have on beef exports and will require different production practices than are commonly used. (1) Cattle must be traceable to the U.S. birth farm using a unique identifier. (2) Beef must be uniquely identified until shipment. (3) Beef products exported to China should not contain growth promotants, feed additives and other chemical compounds. Each of these regulations adds cost to beef to become eligible for shipment to China. Currently, a relatively small percentage of beef produced in the U.S. qualifies for shipment to China.  The no growth promotants clause is especially at odds with current production practices as most U.S. cattle are given some type of growth promotant. However, when there is demand, supply will follow. As Chinese consumers begin to demand more U.S. beef, purchasing and feeding programs that meet these regulations will develop to provide the supply. This is a long-run gain for the U.S. cattle industry.
Source: Josh Maples, MSU Extension
Applications Being Accepted For The Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program
The Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program (TCALP) is the premier educational and personal development opportunity for emerging leaders in the agriculture industry in Mississippi. Through a series of rigorous seminars, class members will develop team building skills including collaboration and conflict management, and they will enhance their communication and professionalism abilities. Participants will gain exposure to successful and innovative businesses to improve economic literacy amd community decision making practices, and they will sharpen their awareness of policy-making and legislative processes through governmental analysis coupled with an investigation of influence. 
Class members will be selected through a competitive application process. Applicants chosen to participate will commit to attending approximately 35 days of intensive education over the course of the 2-year experience. The advisory council and program director will strive to select class members that represent the breadth and diversity of the agricultural industry across the state of Mississippi. Applicants may be farmers, ranchers, agribusiness owners or operators, or otherwise associated with the agriculture industry through their primary occupation. 
For more click here.
Death Tax Survey
The Death Tax is in direct conflict with the desire to preserve and protect our nation’s family-owned farms and ranches. This survey has been designed to evaluate the impact of the death tax on the U.S. livestock industry. Please know that should you choose to participate in this survey, your responses will be kept strictly confidential.
To complete the survey please click here.
Pasture Party 
On Thursday, July 20 in Canton the Pasture Party and Cattle Seminar will be held at the Canton Multipurpose Complex. Ray Archuleta, Soil Health Consulting, LLC will speak about Soil Health. Registration begins at 5:30 with the program starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free but please contact the Madison County Extension Office at 601-859-3842 to help with refreshment planning.
Cattle Market Notes
Week Ending June 16, 2017
Dr. Josh Maples

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle prices were lower through Thursday. Live cattle were down $4.91 to an average of $130.23 while dressed steers were down $9.19 to an average of $210.15.
Feeder cash prices were also down this week in Mississippi. Mississippi feeder steers weighing 450-500 pounds were down $10 to an average of $157.50 while 750-800 pound steers were down $9 to $131. Average feeder prices this week in Oklahoma City were down $3.35 to $178.34 for 500-550 pound steers and down $3.45 to $157 for 750-800 pound steers.

Similar to cash prices, futures prices were down significantly this week. June live cattle were down $9.50 to $121.85 while August live cattle were down $5.93 to $118.25. August feeder cattle were down $6.30 to $148.20 while September feeder futures were down $6.55 on the week to $147.45. Corn futures prices were lower this week with July and September down 4 and 3 cents to $3.84 and $3.92, respectively.


Boxed beef values were up modestly this week. Choice boxes averaged $250.86, up 64 cents from a week ago. Select boxes averaged $220.84, up $1 from last week. The choice-select shrunk slightly to $30.02, down 36 cents from last week.


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