Mississippi Cattlemen's Association April 13, 2015
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Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
Week Ending April 10, 2015
Cash traded fed cattle finished the week lower. The five-area fed steer price ended the week at $163.13 for live sales, and $264.01 for dressed; respectively, down $3.54 and $0.71. Kansas traded at $163, live, on Friday, while in Nebraska cattle sold at $256-$263 dressed.
In Mississippi auction markets, feeders were steady to slightly higher and calves were mostly steady.  Oklahoma City feeder steers and heifers sold steady to $3 higher, while calves were steady to $2 higher.
Feeder futures closed Friday with steep losses, which brought an end to a fairly rough week. When compared to last week’s holiday shortened Thursday close, feeder futures were generally lower by $7. Live cattle futures ended this week down about $2.50-$4.50. The lower cash trade for fed cattle pressured futures markets. The overall lack of cash traded cattle continues to be a concern in the marketplace, but traders have no where else to look from a price discovery perspective and this will likely not let up for the foreseeable future.
Corn futures shed about $0.10 this week.
Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher. Choice boxes averaged $257.50, up $2.95. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $251.24, up $2.00.
Cattlemen’s Exchange Feeder Calf Board Sale
Fourteen loads of feeder cattle sold on April 7 at Winona Stockyards in the 7th annual Cattlemen’s Exchange Feeder Calf Board Sale. Sale receipts totaled $1,355,184. Approximately, 830 head sold for an average of $1,571.77 per head.
Beef Takes the Spotlight
Nancy Strickland, along with MSU Extension Agent Natasha Haynes, will appear on an upcoming episode of Farmweek to discuss purchasing beef and why it is helpful to know what part of the animal the cut comes from.
Beef Cattle Boot Camp at Poplarville Cancelled
Due to low registrations, the Beef Cattle Boot Camp scheduled for this Friday, April 17th has been cancelled.
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. 
Judging Camp
Mississippi State University will be hosting livestock judging camps on campus this summer.  Participants will judge sheep, meat goats, hogs and beef cattle and develop oral reasons.  A “day camp” will take place June 6 for both coaches and youth ages 9-13 as well as more in-depth camps May 24-26 and June 30-July 2 for youth ages 14 and older.  The postmark deadline for the two earlier camps is May 10.  June 1 serves as the deadline for the final camp.  More information can be obtained by contacting Brett Crow, MSU Livestock Judging Team Coach, at brett.crow@msstate.edu or (662) 325-5208. 
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On February 19, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee report was made available to the public.
Though mentioned in a footnote, the report excluded "lean meats" from a healthful dietary pattern.
Excluding "lean meats" from a healthy dietary pattern is inconsistent from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines and the 2015 Advisory Committee’s discussions.
The Committee included recommendations on topics outside nutrition and health including sustainability, which is outside their purview and expertise.
The public comment period ends May 8, 2015. NCBA has requested for the comment period of 45 days to be extended to 120 days.

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