Mississippi Cattlemen's Association March 30, 2015
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Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
Week Ending Mar. 27, 2015​

Cash Cattle
Cash transactions were once again limited and few trends were reported this week. The five-area fed steer price ended the week at $163.98 for live sales and $260 for dressed, respectively, up $2.48 and $4.72. A few dressed sales in Nebraska  and the Western Cornbelt traded at $262-$263.
Steers in Mississippi auction markets were steady to higher. Calves were up $5-$12, lightweight feeders were steady, and heavy feeders were $10-$20 higher. Heifer calves were lower, and feeders were steady to higher. Oklahoma City feeder steers and heifers were $4-$8 higher, while calves were $1-$2 higher.

Feeder futures ended the week higher, with most contracts up a modest $2 compared to last Friday’s close. Live cattle futures were steady to lower during the week, but ended slightly above last Friday’s close. Feeders took a dip mid-week as corn prices were on the rise, but a sharp loss in the corn pits on Wednesday provided support. Boxed beef prices were higher this week which provided some steam for live and feeder cattle.
Corn futures were flat again this week. Next Tuesday marks the release of the planting intentions report which will surely move the market. Early guesses have U.S. corn acres in the high 80 million acre range. Also, USDA will release their quarterly Grain Stocks report.

Wholesale boxed beef prices improved this week. Choice boxes averaged $248.92, up $2.88. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $245.76, up $1.28.
Legislative Conference
Dr. Harold Newcomb joined leaders of other state cattlemen’s associations in Washington last week for the NCBA Legislative Conference. While there, he met with our state’s congressional delegation, two USDA departments, and attended the House Agriculture Committee hearing on COOL.

Agribition Results
A standing room only crowd was on hand for the 18th Annual Mississippi Beef Agribition Sale. Buyers from three states took home 135 head of cattle with a total gross of $373,1500.
Bulls Average
10 – Angus $3820
1 – Balancer $4600
3 – Charolais $2900
2 -  Hereford $3850
1 – Ultra-Black $3700

Females Average
42 open heifers $2042 high-  $2500
31 bred heifers $2525 high - $3800
37 Cow/calf pairs $3316 high - $4500
6  - 6 year old cows $2750 ​ high - $3300 ​

2 show calves
Angus heifer $3400.00
Shorthorn heifer $1600.00
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 Poplarville. 
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.
Repeal of the Death Tax
The House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee held a hearing on the Burden of the Estate Tax on Family Businesses and Farms. National Cattlemen's Beef Association member and seventh-generation cattleman from Fort Davis, Texas, Bobby McKnight testified before the subcommittee on how the death tax affects cattle producers.
“Many farm and ranch families are asset-rich and cash-poor, with most of the value of their estate attributed to the value of the land they use to raise cattle and grow food and fiber for consumers around the world,” said McKnight. 
McKnight was able to share his family’s personal story of facing the death tax, and the consequences to their livelihood and operation in southwest Texas.
NCBA calls for the immediate repeal of the death tax.
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.
  • Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes
  • Makes 4 servings


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