Mississippi Cattlemen's Association April 20, 2015
MS Gelbvieh Field Day
The Mississippi Gelbvieh Association will host their annual Field Day May 16 at Smith Gelbvieh Farms in Morton, MS. A junior program will begin at 10 a.m. followed by lunch then an afternoon program for the adults. For more information click HERE.

Dietary Guidelines
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.

Cattle Market Notes
Dr. John Michael Riley
Week Ending April 17, 2015

Cash traded fed cattle finished the week steady to lower. The five-area fed steer price ended the week at $162.71 for live sales, and $255.96 for dressed; respectively, down $0.42 and $8.05. Concerns continue to mount of cash trade volume. Very few cattle traded hands in the “true” cash market (i.e., for delivery in the near term). Most reported cash transactions are for delivery three weeks from now.
Calf and feeder prices were mostly lower. In Mississippi auction markets, feeder steers were steady to $7 lower and steer calves were $7 to $20 lower. Heifers in Mississippi were steady to $7 lower. Oklahoma City feeder steers and heifers sold steady to $5 lower, while calves were steady.

Cattle futures ended the week on par with last Friday’s close, but that was not without some drama. Volatility is theme this week, and to be honest, traders like volatility. The week ended, once again, with steep losses on Friday. European concerns peaked as Greece appears near default. This coupled with, at best, neutral economic news from the U.S. put all equities and commodities at a loss. Higher boxed beef prices helped, but increases in oil prices brought on fears of a pinched budget for John and Jane Consumer. On the bright side, beef exports are on pace for a solid year of gains.
Corn futures were mostly steady this week.

Wholesale boxed beef prices were higher. Choice boxes averaged $259.02, up $1.52. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $250.35, down $0.89.
Join or Renew Online!
Did you know you can now pay your MCA dues online? It's a fast and convenient way to pay your membership!

Showcasing the Benefits of Beef
Mississippi Beef Council was represented at the 2015 Nurse's Association Conference in Biloxi last week. With over 150 nurses and health professionals attending the event, it was a great time to tell them the benefits of BEEF.  
Alumni Block & Bridle/Judging Team Meeting
The MSU Livestock Judging Team will be recognizing both the 2014 and 2015 teams at its spring banquet on May 2 at 1:00 p.m. in the Bost Conference Center on campus. The program will include a social with refreshments which will serve as a “meet and greet” between current judging teams and alumni present for the Annual Judging Team Alumni/Block and Bridle meeting that will coincide. The alumni meeting will follow recognition of current teams. These events will be preceded by the South Farm Field Day which is scheduled from 9-12 with a meal at noon. Plan to spend the day in Starkville and enjoy the MSU vs. LSU baseball game which will begin at 3:00 p.m. Please RSVP to Brett Crow, Judging Team Coach, at 662-325-5208 or brett.crow@msstate.edu.
Youth 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. 
Beef Improvement Federation
Make plans to attend 2015 Beef Improvement Federation Meeting June 9 to 12 in Biloxi, MS. The event will be held at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Convention Center. For meeting schedule and additional information.
One small change in your diet can make a big difference in the way you feel. Join the 30 Day Protein Challenge and you’ll receive daily emails with goals, tips and inspiration to keep you on track. Sign up now.
Tell Your Checkoff Story
Share your ROI story each week from March 16 to May 10 for a chance to win weekly prizes. If you're selected as one of the eight finalists, you get the opportunity to share your ROI story in a video that you create for a chance to win a Yamaha® Viking EPS 4x4 loaded with accessories (Valued at $21,728). Visit the MyBeefCheckoff Facebook page for more details.

23  Pontotoc CCA

2  South Farm Field Day,
2  Block & Bridle Judging
    Team Alumni Reunion,
7  Stone CCA
16 MS Gelbvieh Field Day,
Allied Industry Members
Mississippi Cattlemen's Association • 680 Monroe St. Suite A • Jackson, MS 39202