Monday Memo
October 23, 2017
Make your plans to attend MCA Cattlemen's College in Brookhaven and Batesville
Dr. Tom Noffsinger, will conduct a low stress cattle handling workshop at the Brookhaven Cattlemen's College.
Dr. Paul Beck,  conducts research at the Southwest Research and Extension Center near
Hope and the Livestock and Forestry Research Station near Batesville with emphasis on the management and nutrition of grazing beef cattle and complementary forage systems. 
Register now to attend one of two Cattlemen's Colleges that MCA will be hosting. The first College will be held in Brookhaven on October 26th 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 much more. 
You can now pre-register for Cattlemen's College on the MCA website.
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Schedule of Events - Brookhaven
October 26th
8:00 am     Registration
8:30 am    Forage Grazing Management 
            – Dr. Daniel Rivera, Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension   Service
9:15 am     Cattle Market Outlook
            – Dr. Josh Maples Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension Service
10:00 am    Break and Trade Show
10:30 am    National Issues update 
            – Craig Uden, President, National
            Cattlemen’s Beef Association
11:15 am    Low Stress Cattle Handling 
            – Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Wray, CO
12:00 am     Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 pm    Low Stress Cattle Handling
                 Live Demo
             – Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Wray, CO
2:30 pm    Wrap Up and Adjourn
Schedule of Events - Batesville
October 27th
8:00 am    Registration
8:30 am    Using Commodity Feeds 
            – Dr. Daniel Rivera, Mississippi
            State Univ.Extension Service
9:15 am    Overgrazing Pastures 
            - Dr. Paul Beck, University of
10:00 am    Break and Trade Show
10:30 am     “What I’ve Learned After a Year of Really Paying Attention”
            - Melissa Beck, Stocker Operator
            & Beck Media
11:15 am    National Issues update
             – Craig Uden President, National
            Beef Association
12:00 am    Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 pm    Feeding and developing Replacement Heifers
             – Dr. Justin Rhinehart, University
            of Tennessee
1:45 pm    Cattle Market Outlook 
            – Dr. Josh Maples Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension Service
2:45 pm    Wrap up and Adjourn
Market Notes
Feeder prices were steady to lower last week in Mississippi. The heavy feeder heifers class returned to more normal levels after thin sales the previous week. Futures prices were mostly unchanged at week's end - although futures prices will likely decrease some early this week as a response to the cattle on feed report that came out on Friday afternoon. This report showed a larger placements increase than average expectations.
MCA Leaders Meet with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt
The Mississippi Cattlemen's Association along with other agriculture groups were invited, on October 12, to meet with the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. 
The daylong event began at the Governor's Mansion, where Administrator Pruitt and Governor Phil Bryant, held discussions on the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule that was proposed by the former administration.
The Trump administration has voiced their intention to withdraw the current rule that is presently stayed due to a Federal Court ruling.
“Our job at EPA is not to look at folks in Mississippi as adversaries, but as partners,” said Administrator Pruitt. “It is of the utmost importance to continue to collaborate with state and local leaders to provide American farmers and ranchers the regulatory certainty they deserve.”
Administrator Pruitt then traveled to Gaddis Farms in Bolton, MS where he met with cattlemen and farmers. 
NAHMS Is Coming
The USDA along with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will launch NHAMS (National Animal Health Monitoring System), the beef cow-calf operations study that will take and in-depth look at beef cow-calf operations and provide valuable information regarding trends. Your NASDA enumerator will contact you in October to talk with you about this survey.
This will be the fourth  NAHMS cow-calf study of the beef industry. The study will involve producers in 20+ States representing more than 70 percent of beef cows and beef cow operations in the United States. The study will involve interviews with producers to ask about health and management of their cattle. The data from the study will be reported in summary form; individual responses will be confidential.
Membership Drive
Don't forget the 2017 Membership Drive is underway! 
We have several exciting new prizes this year for not only winning recruiters but also new members. 
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.
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:
6:30 pm | Cattle Viewing
9:00 am | Commercial Pen of 3
10:00 am | Red Angus
11:00 am | Hereford
12:30 pm | Angus
2:00 pm | Brahman/Brangus
3:00 pm | Charolais
4:00 pm | Simmental
6:00 pm | Jr. Showmanship
8:00 am | Jr. Show Buckle Show

There will also be a trade show in conjunction with the Expo. 
MJCA Chute Raffle
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

26 - Greene CCA
26 - Cattlemen's College, Brookhaven
27 - Cattlemen's College, Batesville

Hassle-free, delicious beef stew. Soak dried beans overnight, spend a few minutes mixing ingredients in the morning, and come home to a hearty meal in the evening.
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Mississippi Fall BCIA 
Bull & Heifer Sale
November 4 2017 • Noon
Raymond, MS
Magnolia Classic Fleckvieh Sale
October 28, 2017 • 12 Noon
Starkville, MS
Little Creek Farm
Allied Industry
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS, 39202