Monday Memo
March 6, 2017
Legislative Luncheon
MCA Hosted Legislators for Annual Event

Legislators and State Capitol staff enjoyed delicious ribeye steak sandwiches and their choice from two dozen homemade desserts at last week's MCA Legislative Cookout. Over 200 sandwiches were served to the guests that attended the event. 
We thank members of the Mississippi CattleWomen's Association as well as Hinds and Rankin County Cattlemen's Associations along with other MCA volunteers for their help.

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.  
Cattlemen Applaud President 
Craig Uden, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) today released the following statement in response to President Trump’s executive action ordering the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers to reconsider their controversial Waters of the United States rule:
“This extremely flawed rule would force ranchers and feedlot operators to get permits or risk excessive federal penalties despite being miles away from any navigable water. It would be one of the largest federal land grabs and private-property infringements in American history, and the President should be applauded for making EPA and the Corps reconsider this debacle. Ultimately, this rule should be taken out behind the barn and put out of its misery.”
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.

Thursday March 9, 2017 - Ezra Garner Memorial Market Building, Prentiss
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 3, 2017
Dr. Josh Maples

Cash Cattle:
Cash traded fed cattle continued to climb this week – up 45 cents to an average of $124.83 for live sales while dressed steers were up $4.07 to an average of $199.99 this week. Trade volume was just over 134,000 head, up from 119,000 head last week.
Mississippi feeder steers weighing 450-500 pounds were up $7.50 to $151 while 750-800 pound steers were up $1.50 to $120. Feeder prices in Oklahoma City for 500-550 pound steers were down $4.07 to $156.63 while OKC 750-800 pound steers dropped $3.32 from last week to $125.63.

Futures prices finished the week higher across the board. April live cattle were up 93 cents over last week to $116.03 while June live cattle were up $1.83 cents to $106.78. March feeder cattle were up $1.82 from last Friday at $123.98 while April futures increased 90 cents on the week at $122.85. Corn futures prices were up this week with March futures up a dime at $3.74 and May futures up 9 cents at $3.80.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were up significantly this week with Choice boxes averaging $205.86, up $11.38 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $201.81, an increase of $9.94 from last week. The choice-select spread increased by $1.44 to $4.05.
 7 - Calhoun CCA
 9 - Harrison/Hancock CCA
 9 - Hinds CCA
16 - Pontotoc CCA

29 - Beef Unit Field Day, Starkville

Total Recipe Time: 1-1/4 hours to 1-1/2 hours
Makes 6 servings.
April 29, 2017
Canton, MS
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