Mississippi Cattlemen's Association April 6, 2015
Last Week to Support MCA Programs
Purchase your ticket to win a Dixie National champion steer donated to MCA by Southern AgCredit. Drawing will be held on April 10, 2015. Tickets can be purchased from the MCA office. For more information contact Cassie at (601) 354-8951.

Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
Week Ending April 2, 2015​

Futures and equity markets will be closed tomorrow for the Good Friday holiday, as will USDA offices, thus this week’s market notes will be short. — Happy Easter to everyone, John Michael
Thursday’s five-area steer price came in at $166.73, up $2.73 compared to last Thursday’s price. Dressed steers were reported at $262, up $2.00.
Feeder steers and heifers in Oklahoma City held steady early this week, while calves were firm to $3 higher.
Feeder steers and heifers in Mississippi were weaker compared to last week on Wednesday. Monday’s and Tuesday’s sales seemed to be a tad higher.
Feeder futures have remained fairly steady this week. A slight drop was seen on Wednesday due to overall weakness in commodity and equity markets. Live cattle futures have been on a similar path.
Corn futures rallied through a bearish report. Markets were quite volatile on Tuesday with the release of the highly anticipated annual Prospective Plantings report, as well as the quarterly Grain Stocks report. The first revealed that U.S. producers intend to plant 89.199 million acres of corn this summer, 84.635 million acres of soybeans, and 9.549 million acres of cotton. In Mississippi, growers plan to plant 570,000 acres of corn, 2.3 million acres of beans, and 350,000 acres of cotton. Market expectations looked for fewer corn acres and more bean acres. This resulted in a sharp drop in corn prices following the release of the report. From the latter report, stocks of corn and soybeans were in-line with expectations, but interestingly on-farm storage continues to point toward farmer hoarding. Corn held on-farms was up 13% versus last March and soybeans stocks on-farms was up 60%! Keep in mind, that at some point these bushels will need to be sold.
Beef prices moved higher on Tuesday and the current five day average price (Mar 26-Apr 01) for Choice and Select is, respectively, $252.54 and $248.03 both up from this past Friday’s average.
Ag Museum Easter Egg Hunt
Families attending Saturday's Annual Ag Museum Easter Egg Hunt were treated to Beef Hot Dogs, complements of the Beef Checkoff. Beef Ambassador, Sara Terrell along with Nancy Strickland distributed recipes and beef nutritional information. Over 1,600 people had the opportunity to hear the beef message
Join Us!
MCA and MBC will be on hand Thursday, April 9 in Raleigh for the Magnolia Beef and Poultry Expo. 
The free event is open to the public at the Smith County Agricultural Complex.
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. 
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 17 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 
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Accepting Applications
The Mississippi Beef Council is now accepting applications for the Summer Beef Intern position. You must be enrolled in college to apply. For more information contact the MBC office at (601) 353-4520. Deadline is April 10
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.
Did you know?
By law, no meat sold in the United States is allowed to contain antibiotic residues that violate Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards.

Antibiotics used in beef cattle must go through a rigorous scientific testing process before being approved by FDA. This process assures animals remain healthy and the food supply remains safe. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety & Inspection Service conducts tests to ensure beef products entering the food supply do not contain antibiotic levels that violate FDA standards. This testing protocol has been updated continuously since its inception in 1967.   

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 7  Board Sale, Winona
 7  Tate/Desoto CCA
 7  Cools-season Forage Tour,
 9   Magnolia Beef Expo,
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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