January 9, 2017


Monday Memo


Dr. Josh Maples
For the Week Ending
January 6, 2017

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle started the new year on an upswing with the five-area fed steer price for the week of December 29 – January 5 averaging $117.67 for live sales, and $187.98 for dressed; up $2.53 and $17.67, respectively, over the last reported week of 2016 (week ending December 23rd). Total volume sold was up 4,000 head from a week ago and up 45,000 head from last year.
The Christmas and New Year holidays limited reporting for Feeder steer cattle and calves over the past two weeks. The last reported prices in 2016 were for the week of December 23rd when Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers averaged $152.24 while 750-800 pound steers averaged $132.36. During the same week in Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds averaged $140.00, while heavy steers averaged $110.00. The first reported prices for 2017 will surface next week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures took a step back this week. February live cattle were down $1.23 on the week at $114.82, while April live cattle were down $0.37 to $114.20 from last week. January feeder cattle were down $1.95 from last Friday at $128.50 while March futures are down $1.07 on the week at $124.03. March corn futures are up $0.06 from a week ago at $3.58 while May futures are up $0.07 to $3.65

Wholesale boxed beef prices are up slightly compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $201.84, up $0.04 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $193.62, an increase of $0.83 over last week. The choice-select spread narrowed from $9.01 a week ago to $8.22 this week.


14 - Central MS Replacement Heifer Sale, Raymond


1-3 - Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, Nashville, TN
10-11 - MCA Convention and Dixie National Farm Expo., Jackson 


Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
January 14, 2017
Raymond, MS
Over 100 head sell!
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Nominate A Young Cattlemen
With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important. 
MCA is looking for producers ages 20 to 40 who are potential leaders and who are interested in learning more about MCA policy. 
Applications are being accepted for the 2017 YCLS class. Contact the MCA office for information and nomination forms.

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.
NCBA Applauds USTR for Defending U.S. Beef from European
The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced it will start the process of reinstating retaliatory tariffs on goods and products from the European Union due to the E.U.’s unfair treatment of U.S. beef. National Cattlemen’s Beef Association President Tracy Brunner applauds USTR Ambassador Michael Froman for standing up for the U.S. beef industry and taking action in defense of U.S. beef producers.  
 “The European Union has left us no choice but to seek compensation for the long-standing mistreatment of U.S. beef exports,” said Brunner. “Our temporary agreement with the E.U. was meant to be an opportunity to build a bridge of trust between U.S. beef producers and E.U. consumers, and to compensate the United States for the losses we have suffered as a result of the E.U.’s hormone ban. The E.U. has violated the spirit of that agreement and caused U.S. beef exports to become a minority interest in a quota meant to compensate U.S. beef producers.”
 In 2009 the U.S. and the E.U. signed a Memorandum of Understanding under which the E.U. agreed to create a new duty-free quota for imports of specially-produced beef to compensate the United States for losses arising from the E.U.’s ban on the use of hormones in beef production. Imports under the quota have grown steadily since then, and for the past two years, the entire 45,000 metric ton quota has been filled, though from countries other than the U.S.
 Over the past two years the U.S. government has attempted, without success, to engage the European Commission in discussions about ways to rectify this situation.
 “While this is not our preferred choice, retaliation is the only way cattle producers are going to secure our rights for the losses we have incurred over the years due to the E.U.’s hormone ban,” said Brunner. “If the E.U. is unwilling to honor the terms of the agreement then we have no alternative but to seek restitution. We will not continue to be subjected to such trade agreement abuse.”
 While initially imports from the United States accounted for the majority of the business done under the quota, over time imports from Australia, Uruguay and Argentina increased rapidly, taking a greater share of the quota. Neither Australia, Uruguay, nor Argentina was a party to the hormone dispute or the 2009 MOU that created the quota intended for the United States. The United States now has a minority and declining share of the quota, and imports so far this year point to a continuation of this trend.
Last Day To VOTE! 
We need your help to find the best burger in Mississippi. 
Go online by January 9, 2017 to nominate the best BEEF burger in the state. One $50 gift certificate will be awarded to a voter at each of the top 10 restaurants.
The contest is sponsored by the Mississippi Beef Council and the winning restaurant will receive an advertising package and be recognized on BEEF night during the Dixie National Rodeo.
If you haven't voted for your favorite burger restaurant, DO IT NOW
Mark Your Calendar
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association Convention and Dixie National Farm Expo 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. 
To register please call the MCA office or download a registration from the MCA website.
Beef Improvement Federation Updates Guidelines
The ninth edition of Uniform Guidelines for Beef Improvement Programs represents a legacy of work that spans more than 50 years of cooperation among the various segments of the beef cattle industry. The Beef Improvement Federation (BIF) board of directors approved changes to the ninth edition during its fall 2016 board meeting. The updated guidelines are now posted to the BIF website — www.beefimprovement.org.
Updates included corrections to the age of dam range in days and recommendations for Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) observation collection and reporting. The age of dam updates can be found on Page 21. These updates were made after BIF board member, Lauren Hyde, proposed a classification chart that more accurately reflects age of dam in days as it relates to age in years for use in performance calculations.
On Page 34 of the guidelines a section was added on collecting BRD observation data. Despite the fact that BRD is the leading cause of mortality in the beef industry nationally, disease incidence data that may be routinely recorded at the feedlot level is not currently being fed back into the national genetic evaluation systems.
“As genetic evaluation approaches for health traits are developed, the Beef Improvement Federation is staying at the forefront of guiding the industry by providing data collection standards to support industrywide genetic improvement efforts. It is fitting to start with guidelines for BRD susceptibility data collection, as it is clearly a trait with huge economic significance to the beef industry,” says Jane Parish, BIF executive director. “Appreciating differences in feedlot data recording systems, two tiers of data recording are outlined in the guidelines.”
With the recent updates a revision log was also added to document changes. You can access the updated guidelines at http://bit.ly/bifguidelines.
Lincoln County Judging Team
Lincoln County represented Mississippi well in Denver! They placed 8th overall out of 30 teams. Overall 2nd place team in cattle, 15th in goats, 10th in sheep, and 15th in swine. Rylie Melancon finished 16th overall, Will Watts finished 25th overall, Walker Williams 38th, and Jacob Johnson 55th out 120. In cattle Will finished 5th and Jacob finished 10th. Rylie placed 20th in goats. In reasons overall Will placed 9th and Jacob was 16th. The team placed 11th in reasons. 
Dixie National Farm Expo
The Dixie National Farm Expo on 
February 10 & 11, will be a must attend event for anyone in agriculture. Static exhibits along with equipment demos, and
educational opportunities combine to make a great farm show. 
All livestock species will be represented 
during the Dixie National Farm Expo along with tractor, animal health, feed and 
equipment vendors. This will be a one stop agricultural marketplace for those attending the  Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo. 
Over 40 exhibitors will be on hand displaying their products and talking to you about how their products can benefit your operation. This is a unique opportunity for you to visit with many companies and see all the latest products.
If you or your company would like to have a booth at the expo please contact LeAnne at the MCA office.

Farm Expo hours:
Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Re-warming Methods For Severely Cold-stressed Newborn Calves
Oklahoma has already experienced one “Artic cold front.”  Another is expected to arrive in a few days.  Unfortunately, that probably won’t be the last one to show up this winter.  Spring calving season is still a few weeks ago for most spring-calving herds.  However, the first two year olds to calve may begin the process here in January.  Despite our best efforts, there may be a calf born unexpected in the middle of one of those bone-chilling nights.  By the time we find it the next morning, it is suffering from hypothermia or severe cold stress.
Several years ago, an Oklahoma rancher called to tell of the success he had noticed in using a warm water bath to revive new born calves that had been severely cold stressed.  A quick check of the scientific data on that subject bears out his observation.
Canadian animal scientists compared methods of reviving hypothermic or cold stressed baby calves.  Heat production and rectal temperature were measured in 19 newborn calves during hypothermia (cold stress) and recovery when four different means of assistance were provided.  Hypothermia of 86 degrees F. rectal temperature was induced by immersion in cold water.  Calves were re-warmed in a 68 to 77 degrees F. air environment where thermal assistance was provided by added thermal insulation or by supplemental heat from infrared lamps.  Other calves were re-warmed by immersion in warm water (100 degrees F.), with or without a 40cc drench of 20% ethanol in water.  Normal rectal temperatures before cold stress were 103 degrees F.
The time required to regain normal body temperature from a rectal temperature of 86 degrees F. was longer for calves with added insulation and those exposed to heat lamps than for the calves in the warm water and warm water plus ethanol treatments (90 minutes and 92 minutes vs 59 minutes and 63 minutes, respectively).  
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