April 25, 2016


Monday Memo


Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams​
Week ending April 22, 2016

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle down this week. The five-area fed steer price for the week of April 14-21 averaged $125.58 for live sales, and $205.46 for dressed; respectively, down $8.39 and $8.87. Total volume sold was up 39,000 head from a week ago and up 43,000 head from last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were lower across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City feeder cattle were $10.00 lower for lightweights and $10.00 to $11.00 lower for heavier cattle. Mississippi pasture conditions are relatively good this spring with 70% rated good or excellent, unchanged from a week ago. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were down $17.50 from a week ago, averaging $162.50, while heavy steers were averaging $129.00, down $8.50 from last week.

Live cattle futures and feeder futures were lower this week. June live cattle were down $7.58 on the week and $36.73 lower than a year ago at $114.45, while August live cattle were down $6.55 from last week and down $38.15 from a year ago. Feeder cattle were also lower this week with May futures down $8.25 from last Friday and down $71.68 from a year ago at $154.80 while August futures are down $9.42 on the week. Nearby corn futures are down $0.06 from a week ago at $3.71 while September futures are down $0.07.

Wholesale boxed beef prices are higher compared to a week ago. Choice boxes averaged $222.27, up $0.76 from a week ago and $36.93 lower than a year ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $213.27, up $1.31 from last week. The choice-select spread narrowed from $9.55 a week ago to $9.00 this week.


Total Recipe Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Makes 6 servings

28 -  Neshoba CCA
28 -  Oktibbeha CCA
30 -  Red Brangus Field Day

3 - Scott CCA
14 - MS Gelbvieh Association Field Day, Sarah
19 - Alfalfa Hay Production Field Day, Costal Plain Experiment Station
21- Beef Unit Field Day, Mississippi State
21- MSU Block & Bridle/Judging Team Alumni Meeting, MS State
21- MS/LA Beef and Forage Field Day, Tylertown


April 30, 2016
On the farm, Canton, MS
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Young Cattlemen's Leadership Series 
The inaugural class of MCA's Young Cattlemen's Leadership Series kicked off last Tuesday with twelve young cattlemen participating in the two-day event. The young leaders from around the state gathered in Jackson for visits with directors of the Department of Agriculture & Commerce as well as a video update from NCBA. The highlight of this first series was a visit to the state capitol where attendees heard from the Agriculture Committee Chairman, Senator Billy Hudson and Representative Bill Pigott as well as Commissioner of Agriculture Cindy Hyde-Smith. Look for more pictures and updates in the May issue of Cattle Business in Mississippi.
Red Brangus Field Day
The Sunbelt Red Brangus Breeders Organization (a satellite of the American Red Brangus Association)
is sponsoring a Field Day on Saturday, April 30, at 10:00 a.m. The location will be at The Barn Church in Poplarville, MS. and will feature speakers on weed control and animal health. Following the complementary lunch a tour of M & M Farms, owned by Wade and Heather Benoit will be held. Make your plans to attend! Please RSVP by the 26th to Wade Benoit at 601-466-8484 or Grace Gingles at 228-341-5026.
Steer Drawing
Congratulations to Elroy Badon of Tylertown for winning the 2016 Steer Raffle! Members of the MCA Young Cattlemen's Leadership Series (YCLS) were on hand to help with the drawing. The steer will be custom packed by Mississippi State's Meat Lab.
This year's raffle topped all previous raffles for the number of tickets sold. Over $15,000 was raised to help with important programs that MCA offers such as YCLS, Making Tracks, and other educational events. Thank you again to everyone who bought tickets!
Cattlemen's Webinar Series
The next Cattlemen's Webinar Series will be on May 7 at 7 p.m. and will focus on international beef trade. The webinar is free and is open to all cattlemen.
 Beef trade has long been an important component of the cattle industry and often a confusing topic for cattlemen. Trade issues have made recent headlines in ag media and in the popular press’ coverage of the current election season. The upcoming webinar will feature the insights of industry experts; Kent Bacus, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Director of International Trade and Market Access; and Dan Halstrom, U.S. Meat Export Federation Senior Vice President of Global Marketing. Join the free webinar to hear an update on the current state of beef trade, policy issues that are effecting beef trade today and what the experts see in the future for beef trade. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions immediately following the presentations. Visit beefusa.org for additional information and to register. 
Agribition Exploratory Meeting
At the request of interested producers there will be an exploratory meeting to gauge interest in forming an agribition type sale in Mississippi. The idea is to create interest and crossover buying opportunities by having multiple breeds conducting sales on the same day at the same location. 
The meeting will be held at the MCA Conference Room on April 29 at 1:00 p.m. Representatives from all breeds as well as those who market replacement commercial heifers have been invited. Anyone interested is welcome to attend. Please RSVP by calling (601) 354-8951.
MS Gelbvieh Field Day
On May 14 the Mississippi Gelbvieh Association will hold a field day hosted by Ashe Farms and Cattle Co. at Boyd Ranch in Sarah, MS. 
The event will cover a variety of topics such as Animal Medical Care, Nutrition, and Prescription Medicine. There also will be speakers from the American Gelbvieh Association on hand. 
For more information contact: Scott Ashe at (662) 560-8742 or Sammy Ashe at (662) 689-1212. 

NCBA-Pac Summer Conference Sweepstakes
NCBA-PAC is accepting donations of $100 on the chance to win a Winchester Model 94 Lone Star Commemorative Rifle. The drawing will be held at the Board of Director’s meeting July 16, 2016. Tickets may be purchased online at www.BEEFUSA.org click political action. Specify you are purchasing a ticket for the 2016 Sweepstakes. 
For more than 20 years, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Associations (NCBA) Political Action Committee (PAC) has been the political arm of the largest national trade association representing U.S. cattlemen and women. NCBA-PAC raises funds from personal voluntary contributions from NCBA members and pools those contributions together to support political candidates who support the U.S. beef cattle industry.
Alfalfa Hay Production Field Day
On Thursday, May 19 there will be a Alfalfa Hay Production and Equipment Field Day at the Costal Plain Branch Experiment Station in Newton. Topics will include: Establishment, Pests and Diseases, Inter-seeding, Harvest Management, and a Baleage Demonstration. To register contact Jenna Mosley at (601) 683-2084.
BQA Training 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.
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