Monday Memo
April 3, 2017
MCA Leadership Visits Washington
Current and Past Members of MCA's Steering Committee Meet with Representatives

The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association annual legislative conference was held last week in Washington D.C. and members of MCA leadership were in attendance. 
The MCA delegation met with our Senators and Congressmen about the issues that affect Mississippi's Beef Producers. They got updates from Administration officials, such as the EPA and USDA as well as helped announce the re-establishment of the Congressional Beef Caucus at a Capitol Hill news conference.
During the visit with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, the group heard him say that the EPA would like a partnership  rather than adversary with stake holders. He also stated that the EPA should enforce laws not make them. 

Cattle Quick Notes
Mississippi cattle prices have shown steady improvements since mid-February. Average auction prices for lighter weight (500-550lb) and heavier (750-800lb) steers are each about $10/cwt higher than six weeks ago. Perhaps the most impressive 2017 MS price rally has been in cull cow prices. Boning utility cull cows ended the week at $67.50/cwt – up about $17 or 25% since the end of January. While cull cow prices are historically seasonal, the increase we’ve seen over the past two months is higher than normal. For comparison, the average seasonal rally for this time of year is about $8/cwt or 10%  These seasonal rallies are usually not followed by immediate sharp declines as they are supported by stronger ground beef demand during the warmer months. Cull cow prices in Mississippi have historically held steady during April to August over the past five years. During these months, the five-year average low is only $3 below the average high. Cull cow prices generally deteriorate significantly after September each year.
Digital Advertising Starts the New Year Off with a Bang!
Messages related to beef's nutritional value, superior taste and newly competitive prices were delivered during the months of January and February 2017 to consumers across the U.S. Checkoff-funded advertising reached millions of consumers via online video advertising (generating over 2.9 million video views), through the "Beef. It's What's For" website (812,000 visits), by using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (over 455,000 likes, shares, comments and re-pins) and digital banner advertising, collectively all generating over 86 million consumer impressions.

Final Weeks!!!
We are in the final weeks of the steer raffle.  Thank you to Southern AgCredit for donating their champion steer purchased in the Sale of Junior Champions, to MCA. 
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. 
You should have received your tickets for the raffle, we encourage you to return them to the MCA office.  
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.
Dates Set For BQA
The Mississippi Beef Quality Assurance (MS-BQA) Program identifies areas in beef production where defects in quality occur. The MS-BQA Program is a cooperative effort between beef producers, veterinarians, nutritionists, and professionals from the Mississippi Cattlemen’s Association, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, MSU Extension Service, and MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, who believe that cattle managed under BQA guidelines will be less likely to contain a violative residue, injection-site tissue damage, or foreign metal such as broken needles.
Several face to face BQA trainings are scheduled  throughout the state. These meetings are being hosted in partnership with local sale barns. A certification fee of $15 is required and includes manual, vaccine cooler, and bumper sticker. Certifications begin at 6:30.

Thursday April 6, 2017 - The Family Fish Camp, Meridian, MS
Cattle Market Notes
Week Ending March 31, 2017
Dr. Josh Maples

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle dropped slightly to an average of $127.88 for live sales, $1.07 lower than last week. Dressed steers were down $7.63 to an average of $205.34. Fed cattle trade volume was just under 53,000 head.
​​​​​​​Mississippi auction prices were steady to slightly higher this week. Feeder steers weighing 450-500 pounds were a buck higher this week to $154.50 while 750-800 pound steers were unchanged at $122.50. Average feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were down $5.74 to $160 while OKC 750-800 pound steers were up $3.85 over last week to $136.96.

Cattle futures prices decreased this week after six straight weeks of gains. April live cattle were down $2.15 to $119.93 while June live cattle were down $1.85 to $110.88. April feeder cattle were down $1.75 to $133.75 while May feeder futures dropped $1.47 on the week to $132.40. Corn futures prices were up this week with May and July futures each up 9 cents to $3.64 and $3.72, respectively.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were lower this week, ending an impressive five-week rally. Choice boxes averaged $217.15, down $5.97 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week at an average of $209.79, down $5.51 from last week. The choice-select spread was $7.36, down 46 cents from last week.

 3 - Tippah CCA
 6 - Clay CCA
 6 - Lafayette CCA
11 - Pike CCA
18 - Lowndes/Multi-county
18 - Oktibbeha CC
20 - Alcorn CCA 
24 - Tishomingo CCA
29 - Beef Unit Field Day, Starkville

Total Recipe Time: 1-1/2 to 2-1/4 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings
April 29, 2017
Canton, MS
To learn more 
Evans Angus
Performance Tested Bulls For Sale
Rusty Miller, Manager
Vaiden, MS
(662) 392-0181
(662) 237-6091
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