January 23, 2017


Monday Memo


Dr. Josh Maples
For the Week Ending
January 20, 2017

Cash Cattle:
Cattle prices were higher in most markets this week. Cash traded fed cattle were up $1.68 to an average of $120.15 for live sales compared to $118.48 last week. Dressed steers averaged $194.82 this week. Trade volume was back up to 105,110 head after a down week of only 8,680 head reported last week.
Steer prices in Mississippi were higher across all weight classes this week except for calves under 400 pounds. Feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were up $1.50 at $140.50 compared to $139.00 last week. Heavier 750-800 pound steers averaged $117.50, a $4.00 increase over last week’s average of $113.50.
Oklahoma City 500-550 pound steers were up $3.83 to $160.09 after averaging $156.26 a week ago. OKC 750-800 pound steers averaged $132.16 which was down 52 cents from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures continued their upward trajectory this week. February live cattle were up $1.68 on the week at $120.15, while April live cattle were up $1.15 over last week to $118.95. January feeder cattle were up $2.65 from last Friday at $132.95 while March futures are up $2.30 on the week at $131.53. Corn futures prices also rose this week with March corn up $0.11 to $3.70 and May corn futures up a dime to $3.76 as compared to last week.

Wholesale boxed beef prices declined this week with choice boxes averaging $191.65, down 35 cents from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $187.38, a decrease of $1.21 from last week. The choice-select spread rose $0.86 to $4.27 this week, though still well below the 5-year average of $9.34.


27 - Hinds CCA


1-3 - Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show, Nashville, TN
10-11 - MCA Convention and Dixie National Farm Expo., Jackson 


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Mississippi Dixie National Simmental Sale
February 11, 2017
Jackson, MS
Simmental, Simbrah, Angus, SimAngus, & Red Angus
To learn more click here
Nominate A Young Cattlemen
With the beef industry changing so rapidly, identifying and educating leaders to help guide and strengthen the industry has never been so important. 
MCA is looking for producers ages 20 to 40 who are potential leaders and who are interested in learning more about MCA policy. 
Applications are being accepted for the 2017 YCLS class. Contact the MCA office for information and nomination forms.

Merck will reward MCA for each Ralgro wheel we collect before the February convention.
Bring your wheels to any MCA event and give them to an MCA officer.
Renew Online!
You can pay your MCA dues online. MCA is looking out for cattle producers in Mississippi. MCA monitors the legislative and regulatory activity in Jackson and Washington, D.C. We're working every day to influence producer legislation in a manner that benefits cattle producers. Click here to learn more.
Call to Action
The 2017 Mississippi Legislative Session is well underway, and there are currently two animal rights bills filled. We need you to support our staff efforts at the capitol by calling your Senator or Representative and urging them to say "No" to additional animal rights legislation.

NO to SB2600  NO to HB1065

Mississippi has sufficient laws dealing with animal abuse. We need the current laws enforced to their full extent before we add more laws. When it comes time for an offender to be punished, as MCA believes anyone who abuses an animal should be, the penalties are not enforced to their fullest extent. This is a judicial problem, not a legislative problem.
Contact your member directly or by calling the capitol switchboard at 601-359-3770.
The animal rights groups are actively working, your legislative member wants to hear from you. 
Make Plans To Attend The MCA Convention
Make plans for you and your family to attend the 2017 MCA Convention and Dixie National Farm Expo. 
Events will kick off Friday night at 6:30 in the Trade Mart for the Cattlemen's Round Up & BBQ. This great event will have good food, games, and live music from Southern Grass. This event for the family will also include the  Live Auction featuring items for your home and farm. 
Saturday will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the opening of the Dixie National Farm Expo featuring vendors from all aspects of agriculture. The Annual Membership Meeting will begin at 9:30 and will include legislative updates, a market outlook, as well as featured speaker, Steve Dittmer.
The highlight of the convention will be the Awards Luncheon on Saturday where we will award over $60,000 in scholarships and honor outgoing president, Paul Whitlock.
Make your plans to attend this great event!
For a registration form please click here.
Dixie National Events
A complete schedule for the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo has been posted on the Mississippi Department of Agriculture's website. To see a detailed list of the events please click here.
Cattlemen Support Nomination of Gov. Perdue to Lead U.S. Department of Agriculture
Tracy Brunner, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association,  released the following statement in support of President-elect Trump’s nomination of former Gov. Sonny Perdue to be Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture:
“Governor Perdue’s an excellent pick to head the Agriculture Department. As a lifelong agri-businessman and veterinarian, as well as the two-term governor of a state where agriculture’s the largest industry, Gov. Perdue has a unique and expert understanding of both the business and scientific sides of agriculture. In a time of increasing regulations and a growing governmental footprint, we have no doubt that Gov. Perdue will step in and stand up for rural America so that we can continue to do what we do best – provide the safest and most abundant food supply in the world.”  
In addition, Kyle Gillooly, a seedstock cattle farmer in Wadley, Ga., and president of the Georgia Cattlemen’s Association, released the following statement: 
“The Georgia Cattlemen's Association is excited to hear the selection of Gov. Sonny Perdue to lead the USDA. Governor Perdue has always been a strong supporter of agriculture. His background in agribusiness and as a veterinarian will bring a wealth of knowledge and real-world common sense to a department that is vitally important to the success of our nation. As a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, he understands the issues we face in the livestock industry and he is a true believer in the land grant university system, their mission, and how they impact the cattle industry across the nation. His experience leading the State of Georgia, with its large agriculture heritage, will be invaluable to the Trump Administration.”
Dixie National Farm Expo
The Dixie National Farm Expo on 
February 10 & 11, will be a must attend event for anyone in agriculture. Static exhibits along with equipment demos, and
educational opportunities combine to make a great farm show. 
All livestock species will be represented 
during the Dixie National Farm Expo along with tractor, animal health, feed and 
equipment vendors. This will be a one stop agricultural marketplace for those attending the  Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo. 
Over 40 exhibitors will be on hand displaying their products and talking to you about how their products can benefit your operation. This is a unique opportunity for you to visit with many companies and see all the latest products.
If you or your company would like to have a booth at the expo please contact LeAnne at the MCA office.

Farm Expo hours:
Friday, 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
BQA Meetings Scheduled

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 March 9, 2017 - Ezra Garner Memorial Market Building, Prentiss
Tuesday March 14, 2017 - MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, Starkville
Thursday April 6, 2017 - The Family Fish Camp, Meridian, MS
MJCA Quiz Bowl

The 2017 Mississippi Junior Cattlemen’s Association Beef Quiz Bowl will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 in the Trade Mart on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. The event will begin at 9:00 a.m. with the preliminaries that morning followed by the championship round after lunch.
We ask that you submit your team rosters by February 1st to cbmag@att.net. Each team participant must be a current MJCA member. Memberships can be obtained by calling the MCA office or online at www.mscattlemen.org.

If you have suggestions or comments, please notify Andy Berry or LeAnne Peters as soon as possible. We are looking forward to a fun and educational experience for everyone.
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