Monday Memo
September 18, 2017
MCA, NCBA, and Livestock Groups Petition Department of Transportation for ELD Waiver
he National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today joined other livestock groups in hand delivering to Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao a petition for a waiver followed by a limited exemption from compliance with the Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) rule. The petition also asks the Department of Transportation (DOT) to address livestock industry concerns that the current Hours of Service (HOS) rules are not compatible with the realities of the livestock industry. Under current regulations, ELD’s must be implemented starting on December 18, 2017.
“U.S. beef producers and livestock haulers are focused on protecting public safety and ensuring the health and well-being of cattle transported around the country,” said NCBA President Craig Uden, a fourth-generation beef producer from Elwood, Nebraska. “A limited exemption from ELDs will allow for our haulers to continue to safely transport livestock while providing the livestock industry time to continue working with DOT to find workable solutions within the HOS rules that take into account the unique needs of livestock haulers.”
Livestock haulers have a challenging task of ensuring motorist safety while also maximizing the health and welfare of transported animals. To meet these demands, a large number of livestock haulers participate in specialized training programs covering safe animal handling and transportation methods. Unfortunately, the upcoming ELD rule would decrease driver safety, jeopardize the well-being of hauled animals, and force small business owners out of the marketplace.
Market Notes
Cattle Market prices were higher across most classes of cattle in Mississippi last week. Feeder steers averaged $2 to $10 higher and feeder heifers showed similar increases. Feeder cattle futures prices surged to above the $150 mark by the week’s end.
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 Boots- Donated 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.
Cattlemen's College Registration Now Open
Make plans this fall 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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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 | Show Heifer Sale 
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. 
Feeder Calf Board Sale Survey
We'd greatly appreciate your time to take the survey at the link below to let us know your thoughts on the Feeder Calf Board Sales. In an attempt to further characterize the impact and producer attitudes about the Feeder Calf Board Sale Program, a survey was designed to determine the impact of and produce attitudes about the Sale. The Beef Extension Team values producer feedback immensely in improving programs.
U.S. Beef Exports Stay Red Hot in July
July beef exports totaled 230.4 million pounds, up 5 percent year-over-year, while export value reached $623.7 million – up 18 percent from a year ago and the highest since December 2014. For January through July, exports increased 11 percent in volume (1.6 billion pounds) and 15 percent in value ($3.97 billion) compared to the first seven months of last year.
Exports accounted for 13.2 percent of total U.S. beef production in July and 10.7 percent for muscle cuts only. These were the highest ratios of 2017, but down from 14.2 percent and 11 percent, respectively, last July. For January through July, beef exports accounted for 12.8 percent of total production and 10 percent for muscle cuts – roughly steady with last year. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $299.21 in July, up more than $35 (or 13 percent) from a year ago. Through July, per-head export value was up 9 percent to $273.52.
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Beef Barn Volunteers Needed!
It is that time of year again!! Plans are being made to move the Beef Barn to the fairgrounds and we are getting ready for another great year of the Mississippi State Fair! We still need volunteers to help work during the fair. If you would like to help please give Donna at the MCA office a call and see what dates are available.
Calendar of Events

18 - Pike CCA
21 - Lee CCA
21 - George/Jackson CCA
21 - Newton CCA
21 - Webster CCA, Mathiston

Total Recipe Time: 3-1/2 hours
Makes 8 servings
Allied Industry
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS, 39202