Mississippi Cattlemen's Association March 23, 2015
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Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
Week Ending Mar. 20, 2015​

Cash Cattle
The trend of limited cash cattle trading continued this week. The five-area fed steer price (which encompasses cash and formula priced cattle) ended the week at $161 for live sales, and $255.28 for dressed; respectively, up $0.22 and down $3.81. A few dressed sales in Nebraska traded at $258-$260.
Demand for summer grazing calves continues to show up in auction markets across the U.S. Steers and heifers in Mississippi auction markets were steady to higher. Heavy weight steers and heifers were 5% to 7% higher, while lightweight calves were mostly steady. Oklahoma City feeder steers were steady to $7 higher, while feeder heifers were $1-$2 lower.

Feeder futures ended the week higher, with most contracts up $5-$6 compared to last Friday’s close. Live cattle futures were higher by a slightly smaller number, with most contracts up $3-$5. Temperatures look to be on the rise and that typically provides a spark to beef demand as a result of increased grilling. Also, the value of the U.S. dollar weakened most of the week, which makes our goods less expensive overseas and that helped provide hope for beef exports. Friday afternoon’s Cattle on Feed report from USDA came in right around expectations and should not drive futures markets in either direction on Monday. 
Corn futures remained in a steady state this week. Reports are trickling in regarding the Prospective Plantings report that will come out March 31. Most reports are looking for a decrease in corn acres due to the lower price. The comparison of corn prices versus soybeans remains in-line with history so there is no clear indication for one crop over the other.

Wholesale boxed beef prices mostly steady. Choice boxes averaged $246.04, down $0.55. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $244.48, down $0.64.
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association is excited to announce that beginning April 1, Andy Berry will be starting as Executive Vice President.
Andy, his wife, Jennifer, and their two sons live near Magee and maintain a commercial cow herd in Jeff Davis County. He grew up showing Herefords and was a charter member of the Mississippi Junior Cattlemen’s Association, serving on the first officer team in 1991.
The Mississippi Club Calf Association (MCCA) is having it's annual MS Bred-MS Born-MS Raised show calf sale on March 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. The sale will be at the Newton County Show Barn located at 615 Coliseum Drive. Calves will be clipped out and at least tie-broke. For further information contact:
Beth Tartt @ 601-479-5165, or 
Leanne McGee @ 662-769-9911​
For sale details, go the MCCA website.
Save The Date
J​​oin us on Sep 23 & 24 for Cattlemen's College 2015. Locations for the events will be held at the Research Stations in Prairie and Popularville. 
MS Bred Club Calf Sale 
Select Invitational Prospect Show Steer Sale & 
A Few Select Heifers will take place on April 4, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Hinds Community College Sales Arena in Raymond.
Sponsored by: Hinds Community College, Greg Lott, and Kenny Banes.
For more information visit the website or view videos of the sale animals. 
Beef Cattle Boot Camp 
Make plans to attend one of the Beef Cattle Boot Camps to be held Friday, April 10 at Prairie Research Unit, Prairie  and April 11 at White Sand Research Unit, Poplarville.
The daylong program will cover management areas ranging from feeder calf grading to predator control. Registration is $35 in advance and includes all educational material and lunch. For more information 
Click Here.
MSU Collegiate Cattlemen's Association will sponsor a 5K Walk/Run on April 11 at MSU's South Farm.
The event will feature fun "Beef" activities and a meal. Visit the Mississippi State University Collegiate Cattlemen's Association Facebook page for details.
Beef Agribition
On Saturday, March 28, the Mississippi Beef Agribition will host its 18th Annual Sale at the Lee County Agri-Center in Verona. 
This year, over 140 females will be offered along with 19 bulls.  A select offering of mature commercial cows and calves will be available as well. Sale begins at 12:30 p.m. 
Don't miss the trade show featuring vendors offering tractors, animal health supplies, livestock equipment, and much more

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Total Recipe Time:  2-3/4 to 3 hours
Makes 6 servings


24 Lowndes CCA
24  Noxubee CCA
26  Stone CCA 
28 Agribition Sale, Verona 
28 MCCA Club Calf Sale, Newton​
28 White Sand Field Day, Poplarville

4 MS Bred Club Calf Sale,   
7  Board Sale, Winona
7  Tate/Desoto CCA
7  Cools-season Forage Tour, Holly Springs
10  Beef Boot Camp, Prairie
16  George County Field Day
17  Beef Boot Camp, Poplarville

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