Mississippi Cattlemen's Association July 27, 2015
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Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams
Week ending July 24th

Cash Cattle:

Cash traded fed cattle finished the week lower. The five-area fed steer price ended the week at $145.40 for live sales, and $232.03 for dressed; respectively, down $0.60 and $2.97. Total volume sold was 1,000 head higher than a week ago but 32,000 head lower than last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mostly lower across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City lightweight steers were $2.00 to $5.00 lower while heavy steers were $3.00 to $5.00 lower. Pasture conditions continue to look good this summer. The USDA rated 63% of U.S. pastures in good or excellent condition this week, down 2% from last week and up from a rating of 53% good or excellent a year ago. Mississippi pasture conditions are rated 66% good or excellent. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging 262.50, while heavy steers were averaging 205.0


Live cattle and feeder cattle futures were down across the board this week. August live cattle were down about $3.68 on the week, while February live cattle were down $3.50. Feeder cattle were also lower with August futures down $4.85 from last Friday and January futures are down $6.60 on the week. Corn futures are down on the week week with September futures down $0.27 and December futures down $0.28.


Wholesale boxed beef prices are lower on the week. Choice boxes averaged $232.67, down $2.18 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $228.95, down $3.17. The choice-select spread has begun to increase from $2.73 a week ago to $3.72 this week.
Leading The Way
Board members of MCA and MBC met last week to become Beef Quality Assurance certified. BQA is a program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry. Dr. Carla Huston and Cobie Rutherford presented the program to the board members. For more information on how to sign up to become BQA certified click here.  
Cattlemen's College 2015
Join MCA on September 23 & 24 for Cattlemen's College 2015. The events will be held at the Research Stations in Prairie and Poplarville.
Featured speaker will be Burke Teichert, former manager for Deseret Land and Cattle. Drawing on his expertise and experience, Teichert will share his "Five Essentials of Successful Ranch Management."
Registration is free.
MJCA Field Day
MJCA will host a Grooming and Showmanship Field Day on August 8th in Raymond. You must be a MJCA member to attend. The event is free but registration is required for meal planning. For more info click here
Blood Drive
Wilkinson County Cattlemen's Association will host a blood drive on July  31st  from 12- 5:30 p.m. at the JR Hamilton Extension Building in Woodville.
County associations interested in sponsoring a local blood drive are encouraged to contact the Mississippi Beef Council at 601-353-4520 for details
July Cattle on Feed
The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA, NASS) released their monthly Cattle on Feed Report Friday afternoon. Placements totaled 1.481 million head, up 0.89% from June 2014, slightly higher than expected. Cattle marketed in June totaled 1.747 million head, down 5.41% versus last year but almost exactly what analysts were expecting. The total number of cattle in feedlots with 1,000 head or larger capacity totaled 10.236 million head, up 1.08% versus July 1, 2014 and relatively close to expectations.
July Cattle Inventory
USDA also released their semi-annual cattle inventory numbers Friday afternoon. The report offered further evidence that the beef herd is expanding with 30.5 million head in the U.S. beef cow herd, or about 2.5% higher than July 2014. The total cattle inventory was also higher than a year ago with 98.4 million head of cattle. Beef replacement heifers numbered 4.9 million, a 7% increase from a year ago.
Cattle Calculator
The MSUES Cattle Calculator App is  available for download for Apple devices. Cattle Calculator allows beef cattle producers to make quick everyday calculations important for their operations. Calculations related to reproductive management, animal performance, and management decisions are available. Visit the app store to download for free. 
2015 Deep South Stocker Conference
The seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference is headed to Alabama.  This year's conference will be held August 6-7, 2015 in Montgomery, AL.
The Stocker Conference registration will cost $75/person and will cover all seminars, events, meals, and handouts for the two-day event.  Additionally, a trade show will be held in conjunction with the conference to allow stocker operators the opportunity to network with industry professionals and to become aware of products and services that can improve their profitably and product quality.
​For more information, visit the conference website.

Total Recipe Time: 25 to 35 minutes
Makes 4 servings


27  Amite CCA
31  Wilkinson CCA Blood  



3  Homeplace Feeder Calf
    Board Sale
6  Warren CCA
6  Jones CCA
6-7 Deep South Stocker
       Montgomery, AL
8  MJCA Grooming &
    Showmanship Field Day
​22 Brangus Field Day,
     West Point 
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