Monday Memo
March 13, 2017
Help Donate to Fire Victims
Cattle producers in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, and Colorado need your help.

Last week parts of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Colorado experienced catastrophic wild fires. We know that feed, hay, and fencing materials are desperately needed immediately. While not all needs are known at this time, there are plenty of cattlemen that will need assistance.

It has been reported that over one million acres have burned—460,000 acres in Kansas, 400,000 acres in Oklahoma, 325,000 acres in Texas and 30,000 acres in Colorado. The number of livestock lost has not been tallied  but the number will be in the thousands. Several people have lost their lives while trying to save cattle. 
The Mississippi Cattlemen's Association along with the Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation will accept monetary donations to assist in recovery efforts for producers.  The money will be distributed though established relief programs for cattle producers.

You can make your tax deductible donations to the Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation, 680 Monroe St. Suite A, Jackson, MS 39202 or by calling (601) 354-8951.

Donation Made To Oklahoma Producers
Today MJCA directors presented the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation with donations totaling $2,200 from Mississippi Cattlemen's Association, Mississippi Cattlemen's Foundation, the directors themselves, and funds raised from members thoughout the state for fire relief. Donations are still be accepted by MCF to help with relief efforts.

Steer Donation
Again this year, Southern AgCredit donated 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 4-H. Thank you to the buyers: Southern AgCredit; Parker-McGill Motors; Linda & Hal Parker; Charlie Donald, Charles Donald Timber; Mark & Mary Shapley; Meyer & Rosenbaum; Bruce & Julie Martin; Legacy Land & Financial Consulting; Gary Blair; Speaker of the House Phillip Gunn; MS Cattlemen’s Assoc., and Bozeman Farms. 
You should be receiving your tickets for the raffle this week, we encourage you to return them to the MCA office.  
Black Vultures
Have you had problems with Black Vultures? If so please contact the MCA office if you have photos. Please include any photos you have of Black Vulture destruction to your herd, especially birds in the act of attacking calves. Please email by Wednesday at noon.
Beef Checkoff Research
Beef Checkoff Sustainability Research program has requested herd information from the Southeast for Beef Sustainability Lifecycle Assessment. We ask that you please take the survey to provide good representation of the Southeastern cattle rearing region. All information provided will be kept strictly confidential. 
Please submit your responses to the survey by March 30, 2017.
Please click here to take the survey.
2017 Mississippi Beef Agribition
On Saturday, March 25th, the Mississippi Beef Agribition will host its 20th Annual Sale at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona. 
This year, over 125 open and bred, commercial females  will be offered. Also selling will be Angus, Limousin, Brangus, Balancer, Hereford, Gelbvieh, & Ultrablack bulls. Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. 
This year four show heifers will be available!
Don't miss the trade show featuring vendors offering tractors, animal health supplies, livestock equipment, and much more.  
​For more information follow this link:
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. 
2017 Hinds Bull Test and Mississippi BCIA Sale Results
The Spring BCIA Bull Sale and Hinds Community College Bull Test Sale was held on March 2nd. A good crowd was on hand with return buyers from across the state there to purchase quality bulls. Sixty-one bulls averaged overall $2,053 with Hinds bulls averaging $1,860 and BCIA bulls averaging $2,246. The high selling Hinds bull was an Angus selling for $3,000, the BCIA high sellers were an Angus going for $3,050 and a Hereford for $3,000. 
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.

Tuesday March 14, 2017 - MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Starkville
Tuesday March 28, 2017 - Cain Cattle Company, Pickens
Thursday April 6, 2017 - The Family Fish Camp, Meridian, MS
Cattle Market Notes
Week Ending March 10, 2017
Dr. Josh Maples

Cash Cattle:
Cash cattle showed gains in most markets. Cash traded fed cattle were higher again this week –  up 42 cents to an average of $125.25 for live sales while dressed steers were up $1.58 to an average of $201.57. Fed cattle trade volume was just over 103,000 head.
Mississippi feeder steers weighing 450-500 pounds were up $3 to $154 while 750-800 pound steers were up a buck to $121. Feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were up $1.21 to $157.84 while OKC 750-800 pound steers were up $2.43 from last week to $128.06.

Futures prices finished the week higher across the board. April live cattle were up $1.52 over last week to $117.55 while June live cattle were up 82 cents to $107.60. March feeder cattle were up $3.58 from last Friday to $127.55 while April feeder futures increased $3.95 on the week to $126.80. Corn futures prices dropped this week with March and May futures each down 16 cents to $3.58 and $3.64, respectively.

Wholesale boxed beef prices continued to strengthen this week. Choice boxes averaged $214.12, up $8.26 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week at an average of $207.26, an increase of $5.45 from last week. The choice-select spread increased to $6.86, up $2.81 from last week.

14 - Noxubee CCA
14 - Multi County, Batesville
16 - Pontotoc CCA
20 - Tate/Desoto
25 - Bull Soundness Exam     
       for Marshall County

29 - Beef Unit Field Day, Starkville

Total Recipe Time: 25 minutes
Makes 4 servings.
April 29, 2017
Canton, MS
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