October 31, 2016


Monday Memo


Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending 
October 28, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were higher this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of October 20 – October 27 averaged $103.13 for live sales, and $161.77 for dressed; respectively, up $4.89 and $7.75. Total volume sold was up 11,000 head from a week ago and up 60,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mostly higher across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers were up $1.00, averaging $133.76 while 750-800 pound steers were up $4.00 averaging $121.25. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging $119.00, up $8.00 from a week ago, while heavy steers were averaging $92.50, up $9.50 from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were higher this week. December live cattle were up $2.45 on the week and $28.68 lower than a year ago at $104.40, while April live cattle were up $2.15 from last week and down $37.85 from a year ago at $104.28. Feeder cattle were higher this week with November futures up $2.08 from last Friday and down $69.00 from a year ago at $121.90 while March futures are up $0.10 on the week at $113.08. December corn futures are up $0.03 from a week ago at $3.55 while March futures are also down $0.01.

Wholesale boxed beef prices are higher compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $182.00, up $2.01 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $168.70, down $0.83 from last week. The choice-select spread widened from $10.46 a week ago to $13.30 this week.


Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings


10 - BCIA Bull & Heifer Sale, Raymond
15 - Delta Cattlemen's Association 
17 - Webster CCA
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.
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 11 & 13, 2016 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. 
USDA Designates Counties As Disaster Areas
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Attala, Calhoun, Holmes, Kemper, Lauderdale, Montgomery and Webster counties in Mississippi as a primary natural disaster area due to a recent drought.
“Our hearts go out to those Mississippi farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling Mississippi producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.”
Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Mississippi also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous. Those counties are:
All counties listed above were designated natural disaster areas on Oct. 26, 2016, making all qualified farm operators in the designated areas eligible for low interest emergency (EM) loans from USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA), provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for loans to help cover part of their actual losses. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. FSA has a variety of programs, in addition to the EM loan program, to help eligible farmers recover from adversity.
Other FSA programs that can provide assistance, but do not require a disaster declaration, include the Emergency Conservation Program; Livestock Forage Disaster Program; Livestock Indemnity Program; Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program; and the Tree Assistance Program. Interested farmers may contact their local USDA Service Centers for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at http://disaster.fsa.usda.gov.
Cattlemen's College 
Cattlemen's College was a great success thank you to all the sponsors and everyone who worked so hard to bring everything together. 
Over 250 producers attended the two programs held in Hattiesburg and Batesville. 
Thank you to our sponsors: Zoetis • National Grazing Lands Coalition • Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association • Natural Resources Conservation Service • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association • Mississippi State University Extension Service • Mississippi Farm Bureau • Wade Equipment • Heafner Automotive and Hallmark Ford.
A link to Dr. Brian Williams presentation on Cattle Markets in Hattiesburg can be accessed here.
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. 
For the counties that meets their membership goals then they 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. 
Applications Now Online
Applications for the Mississippi CattleWomen's Association and Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation scholarships are posted online at the MCA website www.mscattlemen.org.
Scholarships will be presented at the annual convention in February. Deadline to enter is December 20, 2016.
Director of Member Services
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association is taking applications for a Director of Member Services. 
For more information on the Membership Director position please click here
Interested candidates can send a cover letter and resume to andy@msbeef.org or mail to 680 Monroe Street, Suite A, Jackson, MS 39202 
Deadline is November 4, 2016.
Beefing Up Online Steak Sales
NCBA worked with the world's largest online retailer, Amazon, to refresh its Beef Category page as part of the enhanced Amazon Fresh Prime program.  This partnership utilized consumer videos, recipes and photography to increase product placement across the site to motivate more online steak sales.  In addition to serving as a content provider to Amazon, the launch of the new category page is supported with display advertising throughout the website to help drive traffic to the new page and entice fresh beef purchases online during seasonal peaks.  Amazon Fresh Prime is currently available in Seattle, parts of Northern/Southern California, Northern New Jersey, New York metro, Philadelphia metro, Stamford, CT and Baltimore markets. 
Beef Producer Input Sought for 2016 National Beef Quality Audit
The survey can be accessed at the Beef Quality Assurance website and will close on Friday, November 18.
Upon completing the survey, participants can choose to enter for a chance at winning a YETI® Tundra 75 Marine Cooler.
The survey will be completely anonymous and include both information about the industry’s cattle operations and the opinions of the people who run them about the strengths and weaknesses of the industry. Input from every segment of the industry – cow-calf, stocker, feeder, dairy and others – is valued and will become part of the detailed picture of the U.S. cattle industry. The survey can be accessed at the Beef Quality Assurance website at http://www.bqa.org/nbqa-producer-survey.
Final results of the 2016 NBQA will be released in July, 2017. For information on past beef quality audits, visit here.  Read the complete press release here.

November 4, 2016
Hayneville, AL
80 Breeding-Age Angus Bulls
For more information visit: 
November 11, 2016
At Barnes Herefords Sale Facility • Cedartown, GA 
For more information visit: 
Mississippi Grand Program
November 19-20
Crossroads Arena, Corinth, MS
Stock Show University &
Southern Bells Show Heifer Sale
Black Angus & Sim-Angus Fall Bull Sale
November 19, 2016 • Noon
Vernon, AL
Selling 65 Bulls
For more information visit: 

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