Monday Memo
October 16, 2017
Make your plans to attend MCA Cattlemen's College in Brookhaven and Batesville
Dr. Tom Noffsinger, will conduct a low stress cattle handling workshop at the Brookhaven Cattlemen's College.
Craig Uden, President of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association will be on hand at both locations discussing policy and legislative issues.
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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Schedule of Events - Brookhaven
October 26th
8:00 am     Registration
8:30 am    Forage Grazing Management 
            – Dr. Daniel Rivera, Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension   Service
9:15 am     Cattle Market Outlook
            – Dr. Josh Maples Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension Service
10:00 am    Break and Trade Show
10:30 am    National Issues update 
            – Craig Uden, President, National
            Cattlemen’s Beef Association
11:15 am    Low Stress Cattle Handling 
            – Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Wray, CO –         
                Merck Animal Health
12:00 am     Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 pm    Low Stress Cattle Handling
                 Live Demo
             – Dr. Tom Noffsinger, Wray, CO –
            Merck Animal   Health
2:30 pm    Wrap Up and Adjourn
Schedule of Events - Batesville
October 27th
8:00 am    Registration
8:30 am    Using Commodity Feeds 
            – Dr. Daniel Rivera, Mississippi
            State Univ.Extension Service
9:15 am    Overgrazing Pastures 
            - Dr. Paul Beck, University of
10:00 am    Break and Trade Show
10:30 am     “What I’ve Learned After a Year of Really Paying Attention”
            - Melissa Beck, Stocker Operator
            & Beck Media
11:15 am    National Issues update
             – Craig Uden President, National
            Beef Association
12:00 am    Lunch and Trade Show
1:00 pm    Feeding and developing Replacement Heifers
             – Dr. Justin Rhinehart, University
            of Tennessee
1:45 pm    Cattle Market Outlook 
            – Dr. Josh Maples Mississippi
            State Univ. Extension Service
2:45 pm    Wrap up and Adjourn
Market Notes
Feeder prices were higher in most classes across Mississippi last week. Don’t put much emphasis on that 700-800lb heifer price in the table – it seems like there were very few heavy heifers sold last week so that MS average price is likely not representative. Most reports indicate good pasture and hay conditions for stocker operations across the Southeast. This should continue to support demand for feeder calves in the near future– especially as we approach the start of wheat grazing season around November in the Southern Plains.
NCBA Rancher to Congress: “Japan and Asia-Pacific Markets Vital for U.S. Beef
Kelley Sullivan, NCBA member and rancher from Santa Rosa Ranch in Crockett, Texas, testified at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the importance of expanding export opportunities for U.S. beef in Asia. Held by the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Trade, the hearing asked witnesses for their perspectives on specific actions needed to deepen trade relationships with fast-growing markets in the Asia-Pacific region. 
Ms. Sullivan’s remarks focused on the benefits of trade agreements for U.S. beef producers. She urged Congress and the Administration to protect current agreements, such as the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS), and move quickly to strike a bilateral deal with Japan.  
Ms. Sullivan explained how selling to global markets allows U.S. beef producers to generate more value. Many of the beef cuts that Americans find less desirable command higher prices in foreign markets where consumers have different tastes. 
“Trade allows us to capitalize on differences in consumer preferences,” she said. “Exports are critical to U.S. beef producers – and the rural economies that depend on them – because they allow us to maximize the value of each carcass.”

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 BootsDonated 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.
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 | Cattle Viewing
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. 
MJCA Chute Raffle
MJCA is selling chances on a Arrowquip 86 series chute compliments of Arrowquip and MS Farm & Garden of Hattiesburg.
We will have tickets for sale till the MCA Convention in February.
The money raised will help fund MJCA programs such as Making Tracks.
If you are interested in purchasing a ticket you can call the MCA office or visit with a MJCA director. 
If your county would like to help MJCA by selling tickets at your next county meeting please let us know so that we can send tickets to your county president.
Thank You!
The 2017 State Fair is over and the Beef Barn has shut down till Dixie National.
MCA would like to thank all the cattlemen, cattlewomen, Extension Service, MSU Animal & Dairy Sciences Department students, faculty​, and staff who volunteered to help work the Beef Barn. 
The Beef Barn is one of MCA's largest fundraisers. The money raised helps fund educational programs, youth activities, and special events throughout the year. 
Thank you again for everyone who helped and stopped by to enjoy a delicious beef meal!
Calendar of Events

19 - Hinds CCA
26 - Cattlemen's College, Brookhaven
27 - Cattlemen's College, Batesville

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Mississippi Fall BCIA 
Bull & Heifer Sale
November 4 2017 • Noon
Raymond, MS
McCloud Farms with
Thames Angus & Guests
October 21, 2017 • Noon
Jayess, MS
Angus Bulls & Commercial Heifers
W4 Ranch
Fall Production Sale
Friday, October 20, 2017 • 12 Noon
Morgan, TX
Hereford Bulls & Heifers
Johnson Cattle Marketing
(903) 599-2403
Magnolia Classic Fleckvieh Sale
October 28, 2017 • 12 Noon
Starkville, MS
Little Creek Farm
Allied Industry
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS, 39202