November 14, 2016


Monday Memo

Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending 
November 11, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were lower this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of November 3 – November 10 averaged $102.72 for live sales, and $159.00 for dressed; respectively, down $1.75 and $3.59. Total volume sold was up 4,000 head from a week ago and up 54,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mixed across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers were steady, averaging $137.30 while 750-800 pound steers were down $2.00 averaging $125.73. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging $126.50, up $1.50 from a week ago, while heavy steers were averaging $98.00, unchanged from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were higher this week. December live cattle were up $2.98 on the week and $27.20 lower than a year ago at $105.70, while April live cattle were up $1.80 from last week and down $26.18 from a year ago at $106.15. Feeder cattle were higher this week with November futures up $0.15 from last Friday and down $46.93 from a year ago at $125.78 while March futures are up $2.18 on the week at $117.50. December corn futures are down $0.09 from a week ago at $3.40 while March futures are also down $0.09.

Wholesale boxed beef prices are lower compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $185.47, down $1.56 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $170.22, down $3.21 from last week. The choice-select spread widened from $13.60 a week ago to $15.25 this week.

15 - Delta Cattlemen's
15 - Greene CCA
15 - Noxubee CCA
15 - Prentiss CCA
17 - Webster CCA
17-  Wilkinson CCA


6 - Scott CCA


Total Recipe Time: 4 hours
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Wheels for Bucks
Merck will reward MCA for each Ralgro wheel we collect before the February convention.
Bring your wheels to any MCA event and give them to an MCA officer.
Applications Now Online
Applications for the Mississippi CattleWomen's Association and Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation scholarships are posted online at the MCA website
Scholarships will be presented at the annual convention in February. Deadline to enter is December 20, 2016.
Membership Drive Is Underway!
We have several exciting new prizes such as a 18" Stihl Chainsaw or a pair of Stetson or Roper Boots for the winning recruiters. 
The counties that meet their membership goals will be put into a drawing for a dinner prepared and served by MCA steering committee and staff at their next county meeting. 
For more information contact the MCA office. 
Go online to join or renew click here.
NCBA and PLC File Opening Brief in WOTUS Legal Battle
The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and the Public Lands Council, along with other industry and municipal stakeholders, filed the opening brief today in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals calling for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps’ “waters of the United States” rule to be invalidated. Tracy Brunner, NCBA president and Kansas cattle producer said subjectivity and egregious overreach by the agencies is of grave concern for landowners nationwide. 
“Cattlemen and women have long asked for clarity in the Clean Water Act, yet this rule adds subjectivity,” said Brunner. “By violating fundamental tenets of administrative law and expanding jurisdiction well beyond the text and structure of the Clean Water Act, it is very clear the WOTUS rulemaking was flawed from start.” 
The opening brief details how the agencies disregarded the statutory and constitutional limits of federal authority, lobbied on their own rule making, and failed to craft a rule that meets the rigors of the law.
PLC President Dave Eliason said WOTUS is just one example of the onslaught of regulations that rural America is facing. 
“Regulatory overreach is becoming the norm for farmers, ranchers and small businesses across the country, hampering economic growth and threatening the stability of many rural communities,” said Eliason. “Unfortunately, because Congress has repeatedly failed to act on this issue, we are fighting the legal battle to keep this rule from being implemented.”
USDA to Host Meetings on Livestock Mandatory Reporting
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) will conduct a series of structured stakeholder meetings to seek feedback on current livestock and meat marketing methods and the Livestock Mandatory Reporting (LMR) program. The first meeting is scheduled for Nov. 15-16, 2016, at the Hall of the States located at 444 North Capitol Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C.
This first informational meeting will establish the procedural ground rules and help lay the groundwork for subsequent commodity-specific meetings by clarifying the goals and objectives of the meetings. AMS will provide stakeholders with an overview of current LMR reporting and audit processes. Stakeholders will participate in interest-based problem-solving training and identify possible dates for the future meetings. Separate focus-group meetings for the following three commodity groups-cattle and beef; swine and pork; and sheep, lamb, and imported lamb-will begin in the spring of 2017, after many of the industry groups hold their respective annual meetings and conventions. This process will allow the groups to gather input from their members.
In a Sept. 14, 2016, Notice to Trade, AMS invited national livestock and meat industry associations representing cattle, swine, and lamb producers, meat processors, and other market participants to participate in these stakeholder meetings and openly discuss marketing methods, current challenges with reporting livestock and meat market information, and needs of the industry regarding future revisions to LMR. That notice stated the goal of these meetings was to reach consensus. However, AMS' objective of these meetings is actually to seek individual feedback and advice from the attendees on what the organizations in each commodity area would like to see changed in the next reauthorization of LMR to improve the reporting program. AMS will use this information as the basis for a report to Congress to promote an orderly reauthorization of LMR in 2020.
Fourteen industry organizations have volunteered to participate in this process, including the National Pork Producers Council and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
To learn more click here.
Oklahoma 'Right To Farm,' Voted Down
Oklahomans have overwhelmingly voted down a measure known as the "Right to Farm." 
State Question 777 which would give rights and added protections to farmers and ranchers in the state. Rights added by SQ 777 include the following:
• The right to make use of agriculture technology
• The right to make use of livestock procedures
• The right to make use of ranching practices
The language in SQ 777 has some wondering if the measure gives too much legal protection.
Opponents say, if passed it would be nearly impossible to put new regulations on anything agricultural -- whether it's a puppy mill or agricultural runoff impacting water quality.
Pro 777 forces say opponents are exaggerating its legal impact. They say it will not affect federal law in any way, and say local lawmakers will still be able to approve new regulations.
Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan released the following statement after the defeat was announced:
“On behalf of the more than 26,000 family farmers and ranchers, Oklahoma Farm Bureau wants to thank the thousands of Oklahomans who voted for State Question 777, Oklahoma’s Right to Farm. Family farmers and ranchers of Oklahoma work hard to provide the safest, most affordable food this Nation has seen. Although we are disappointed in today’s vote, we will not waver in our commitment to ensuring our family farmers and ranchers can continue to operate without fear from outside interest groups and provide consumers with choice when they go to the grocery store. This has always been the charge of Oklahoma Farm Bureau and we will continue in this endeavor.”
Registration Open for 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show
Registration and housing for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Trade Show is now open. The 120th annual convention will be held in Nashville, Tenn., Feb. 1-3, 2017. Advanced registration is open until Jan. 4, 2017. Convention participants will hear from industry leaders, gather insight on industry trends, and enjoy an evening of stars and guitars at the Country Music Hall of Fame as well as an exclusive event at the famous Grand Ole Opry.  NCBA President Tracy Brunner said this convention is a must for everyone involved in the cattle industry.
“The Cattle Industry Convention is the oldest and largest national convention in the cattle business,” Brunner said. “We look forward to another great meeting in a great location for cattle producers. Once again, NCBA will have one of the largest trade shows in agriculture and revisit one of our favorite cities, with great entertainment around every corner.”
In addition to access to all of the 2017 convention events, registrants for the full convention will receive a 50 percent off coupon for Roper and Stetson apparel and footwear at the NCBA Trade Show. To register and secure housing for the 2017 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, visit
Mark Your Calendar
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association Convention and Trade Show will be February 10 & 11, 2017 at the Trade Mart in Jackson. The convention will highlight the accomplishments of the association and its members as well as educational programs for producers. 
Black Angus & Sim-Angus Fall Bull Sale
November 19, 2016 • Noon
Vernon, AL
Selling 65 Bulls
For more information visit: 
Mississippi Grad Program
November 19-20
Crossroads Arena, Corinth, MS
Stock Show University &
Southern Bells Show Heifer Sale
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