Monday Memo
April 24, 2017
Steer Raffle
Thanks to all who helped support MCA!

Congratulations to Harold Whittington of Ackerman for winning the 2017 Steer Raffle! The steer will be custom packed by Mississippi State's Meat Lab.
This year's raffle was a great success. Over $11,000 was raised to help with important programs that MCA offers such as Young Cattlemen's Leadership Series, Making Tracks, Cattlemen's College, and other educational events. Thank you again to everyone who bought tickets!
Block and Bridle/Judging Team Alumni Meeting
There will be a Block and Bridle/Judging Team Alumni meeting held on April 29th at the Beef Unit on the Mississippi State Campus. These events will be preceded by the South Farm Field Day which is scheduled from 9-12 with a meal at noon. There will be a silent auction with items such as a cowbell, signed MSU football, and other items to benefit the current judging team. 
All former teams and past Block and Bridle members are encouraged to attend. To help with meal preparations please contact the ADS office at (662) 325-2802.
Thank You From Kansas Producers
Monday, March 6, 2017, is forever etched in the hearts of those affected by the historic Starbuck Wildfire that raged across the prairie rangelands in Kansas, the Panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma and eastern Colorado. More than 1.3 million acres were burned, 30 homes were lost, nearly 10,000 head of livestock were killed and thousands of miles of fences were lost. More than 85% of Clark and Comanche Counties in Kansas were burned. 
The road to recovery will be long. The rebuilding has begun. The support through donations of hay, fencing supplies, food, clothing, cattle and money from across America is a debt we can never repay. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Contributions to the wildfire relief efforts can be made to or 100% of the proceeds will be distributed to those directly affected by the fires.
To watch the video thank you click here
MS Hereford Field Day
The Mississippi Hereford Association & Junior Hereford Association will host a field day Saturday, April 29th at Waggoner Farms (851 Hwy 500 East • Lena, MS 39094). Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the program starting at 9:30. There will be educational demonstrations, class judging activities, and a pasture tour. Lunch will be provided. To confirm attendance, please call (601) 914-6311.
Cattle Quick Thoughts
Feeder cattle prices showed gains this week in Mississippi and around the country. There was significant strength in the prices for heavier weight feeders. 700-800 pound steers in Mississippi were up $6 on average over last week – this trend occurred in other markets around the country, too. Feedlots, the ultimate destination for MS feeder calves, are moving cattle through the system at an impressive pace which is supporting feeder prices. Demand for fed cattle remains strong as marketings (the movement of cattle from feedlots to packers) have been very aggressive during 2017. The cattle on feed report released today adds further credence to this point. Marketings were 10 percent higher in March 2017 than in March 2016. Slaughter weights are lower. These signs point to feedlots being very current (i.e. there is not a large supply of market ready cattle waiting in feedlots). Placements were up sharply as well – 11 percent higher than last year and at a record high level for March. Good demand for cattle throughout the system has helped spur feeder prices over the past few weeks.
by: Josh Maples, Mississippi State Extension

Youth Judging Camp
Mississippi State University will be hosting livestock judging camps on campus this summer.  Participants will judge sheep, meat goats, hogs and beef cattle and develop oral reasons.  A “day camp” will take place 
May 13, 2017 for both coaches and youth ages 9-19 as well as more in-depth camps May 27-29, 2017 and 
June 2-4, 2017 for youth ages 14 and older. Deadline for the "day camp" is April 25th and is limited to the first 50. The two in-depth camp  entries with checks must be postmarked by May 1. Each camp will be limited to the first 40 entries. 

To learn more click here. More information can be obtained by contacting Brett Crow, MSU Livestock Judging Team Coach, at or
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
Krystal Moves Beef
The Country Fried Steak Krystal and Biscuit Krystal will be available today, April 17 at Krystal for a limited time. Print and use this coupon to sample these menu items which were developed through a collaboration with NCBA. The Country-Steak Krystal, is a tender all-beef steak coated in a secret blend of spices, fried to a delightful golden brown, topped with gravy and served on a soft steamy Krystal bun.
Sounds of The South Online Fundraiser
The Mississippi Simmental-Simbrah Association invites you to participate in the Sounds of the South Online Fundraiser to raise money for the 2017 National Classic event. There is a wide variety of items available including fishing and hunting trips, items for the ladies, and a one-of-a-kind wooden show stick. Everyone is sure to find something they like! Your support is greatly appreciated and we hope you will join us on April 24-25th to help support the AJSA. View items and bid here.
Cattle Market Notes
Week Ending April 14, 2017
Dr. Josh Maples

Cash Cattle:
Average cash prices were higher for nearly all cattle this week. Cash traded fed cattle were up $6.41 to an average of $128.12 for live sales. Dressed steers were up $7.97 to an average of $205.34. Fed cattle trade volume was 95,568 head.
Mississippi feeder steers weighing 450-500 pounds were up $4.50 this week to average $155 while 750-800 pound steers were up $5 at $124.50. Average feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were up $4.59 to $170.15 while OKC 750-800 pound steers were up $1.87 from last week to $137.25.

Cattle futures prices were up significantly this week. April live cattle were up $5.45 to $125.45 while June live cattle were up $2.93 to $114.70. April feeder cattle were up $4.05 to $137.70 while May feeder futures were up $4.47 on the week to $138.28. Corn futures prices were up this week with May and July futures up 11 and 10 cents to $3.70 and $3.77, respectively.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were steady to slightly lower this week. Choice boxes averaged $209.94, down 4 cents from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week at an average of $198.62, down $1.38 from last week. The choice-select spread was $11.32, up $1.33 from last week.

24 - Tishomingo CCA
27 - Neshoba CCA
29 - Beef Unit Field Day, Starkville
29 - MS Hereford Association Field Day
29 - MSU Block & Bridle/Judging Team Alumni Meeting, MS State

 4 - Costal Plain Forage
       Field Day
24 - Wayne CCA
24 - Hinds Forage Field Day
27 - Deep South Brahman
        Association Field Day

Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings
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