Monday Memo
April 10, 2017
Last Week To Purchase A Ticket
Support MCA Programs

We are in the final week of the steer raffle.
The drawing will be held on April 13, 2017. Tickets can be purchased from the MCA office. For more information contact Donna at (601) 354-8951.
The steer will be custom packaged for your convenience.
We thank Southern AgCredit for their continuing support of county and state cattlemen's association activities. 
The Champion English /MS Bred Champ English Steer was exhibited by Hannah Katherine Jones of Madison 4H. 

Beef & Poultry Expo
Volunteers and staff from Mississippi Cattlemen's Association and Mississippi Beef Council attended the Beef and Poultry Expo last week in Raleigh.
Visitors to the Beef Council booth got to learn more about how the Beef Checkoff dollars are allocated and the programs are administered. 
February summary of retail meat case sales
Compared to a year ago:
* Beef dollar sales increased (+0.6)
* Beef pound sales versus a year ago increased (+5.3%)
* Average price per pound for beef decreased (-4.4%) to $4.67
* Beef retail feature activity increased (+10.8%), and beef remained the most featured protein (40.7% share)
* The average feature price decreased for beef (-5.5%), and 31.5% of beef volume sold was on feature
Wildfire Relief Fund
On March 6th cattlemen in Oklahoma,Kansas, and Texas lost their cattle, hay, barns, homes and livelihood in a matter of a few hours.
Over 1 million acres have burned leaving 500,000+ acres in Texas, 833,000+ acres in Oklahoma,  630,000+ acres in Kansas and 35,000+ acres in Colorado left scorched and barren.
The Mississippi Cattlemen's Association along with the Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation has accepted monetary donations to assist in recovery efforts for producers. As of today over $9,100 has been raised and has and will continue to be donated to relief efforts in affected states. 
Business and individuals have given donations to support "Cattlemen Helping Cattlemen." Lucedale Livestock Producers Stockyard auctioned of several head of cattle as well as passed the hat to help with the relief efforts. 
MCF will continue to take and distribute donations. For
those interested in making donations can do so by mailing a check to:

Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation
Wildfire Relief 
680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS 39202

Please keep these ranchers in your prayers.
Beef Cattle Boot Camp
Make plans to attend the Beef Cattle Boot Camp to be held Friday, April 21st at the Leveck Animal Research Center (South Farm) in Starkville.
The daylong program will cover cattle management. This workshop offers information of interest to both new producers and veterans.
Registration fees for the Beef Cattle Boot Camp are $35 per person in advance. 
For more info click here.
Beef Sales in Supermarket Foodservice Grow by Double-Digits
Supermarket foodservice is one of the fastest growing segments in the away-from-home food industry, and operators are capitalizing on the sales opportunity by offering (a lot!) more beef for ready to heat and ready to eat items.  
Purchases of beef increased by 23% in 2016, building on a 365% volume increase in 2015.
Shoppers cite convenience as their main driver for shopping the supermarket foodservice department, along with a desire for variety and new flavors, and quality food made by professionals.  
Beef is a sales leader in both the retail meat case and in foodservice; and the continued growth signals partners are leveraging beef's profit power in the prepared foods area. Here are the top beef cuts driving the increased volume in retail foodservice.
Costal Plain Forage Production Field Day
There will be a forage production field day at the Costal Plain Branch Experiment Station in Newton on May 4, 2017. 
The program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and have workshops on Forage Production Economics, Fertility Management, Grazing Management, Broadleaf Weed Control, Grazing Alfalfa, as well as a field tour. Lunch will be provided. Sponsoring the event is Dow AgroSciences. 
Registration deadline is Thursday, April 20th. To pre-register, contact Brett Rushing at (662) 769-9963 or email at
Cattle Market Notes
Week Ending April 7, 2017
Dr. Josh Maples

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle were down $6.17 to an average of $121.71 for live sales. Dressed steers were down $7.97 to an average of $197.37. Fed cattle trade volume was just over 17,000 head.
Mississippi feeder steers weighing 450-500 pounds were down $4 this week to average $150.50 while 750-800 pound steers were down $3 at $119.50. Average feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were up $5.56 to $165.56 while OKC 750-800 pound steers were down $1.58 from last week to $135.38.

Cattle futures prices were mostly steady to slightly higher this week. April live cattle were up 8 cents to $120 while June live cattle were up 90 cents to $111.78. April feeder cattle were down 10 cents to $133.65 while May feeder futures were up $1.40 on the week to $132.80. Corn futures prices were down this week with May and July futures each down a nickel to $3.59 and $3.67, respectively.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower this week. Choice boxes averaged $209.99, down $7.16 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week at an average of $200, down $9.79 from last week. The choice-select spread was $9.99, up $2.63 from last week.

11 - Pike CCA
13 - George CCA Field Day
18 - Lowndes/Clay Oktibbeha/Webster Multi-County Meeting, Starkville
20 - Alcorn CCA 
25 - Beef Night At Ole Miss/MSU Game, Pearl
24 - Tishomingo CCA
29 - Beef Unit Field Day, Starkville
29 - MS Hereford Association Field Day

Total Recipe Time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings.
April 29, 2017
Canton, MS
To learn more 
Evans Angus
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Rusty Miller, Manager
Vaiden, MS
(662) 392-0181
(662) 237-6091
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