Mississippi Cattlemen's Association August 10, 2015
New Car Tags
We have a new shipment of colored MCA BEEF tags. The new colors include gray/black and kelly green/white cost is $12. To place your order contact the MCA office
Southern Producers Heifer Sale
The 14th Annual Southern Producers Replacement Heifer Sale will be held on August 29th in Hattiesburg. For more information click here

Cattle Market Notes 
Dr. Brian Williams
Week ending August 7th

Cash Cattle:

Cash traded fed cattle finished the week higher. The five-area fed steer price ended the week at $148.48 for live sales, and $233.75 for dressed; respectively, up $1.11 and $0.24. Total volume sold was 3,000 head higher than a week ago but 38,000 head lower than last year.
Feeder steer cattle and calves were mixed across the U.S. this week. Oklahoma City lightweight steers were $3.00 to $5.00 higher while heavy steers were mixed with some $2.00 higher and some $5.00 lower. Pasture conditions continue to look good this summer. The USDA rated 58% of U.S. pastures in good or excellent condition this week, down 3% from last week and up from a rating of 50% good or excellent a year ago. Mississippi pasture conditions are rated 58% good or excellent. In Mississippi auctions, lighter weight feeders weighing 450-500 pounds were averaging 262.50, while heavy steers were averaging 207.50.


Live cattle and feeder cattle futures were up across the board this week. October live cattle were up $2.47 on the week, while February live cattle were up $1.83. Feeder cattle were also higher with September futures up $2.38 from last Friday and January futures are up $1.85 on the week. Corn futures are up slightly on the week with September futures $0.02 higher and December futures up $0.03.


Wholesale boxed beef prices are higher on the week. Choice boxes averaged $234.84, up $2.11 from a week ago. Select boxes ended the week with an average of $228.88, down $0.21. The choice-select spread has begun to increase from $3.64 a week ago to $5.96 this week.

New MCA Caps
New colors and styles! Caps are $12 and can be ordered by calling the MCA office. 
Beefin' Up The Rebels
Mississippi Beef Council, Lafayette County Cattlemen's Association, and the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association hosted a steak dinner for the for the Ole Miss football team and coaches on Friday evening. Thank you to the sponsors who helped make the event a success, Mississippi Land Bank,​ Southwide Construction, M & N Contractor, University Sporting Goods, and Mike Bennett Construction.
​Players and staff learned the importance of BEEF in a healthy diet and got to meet cattlemen who produce their food. 
Cattlemen's College 2015
NCBA President Philip Ellis will be among the speakers at Cattlemen's College.
He will join Burke Teichert, Dr. Rocky Lemus, and Dr. Mark Alley for an informative program on September 23 in Prairie at Prairie Research Station and September 24 in Poplarville at White Sand Unit.
More details can be found on the MCA website.
Registration is free, but is required for meal planning.

Register online today! 
Homeplace Board Sale
Approximately 1050 head sold in 15 loads at last week's Homeplace Producers Feeder Calf Board Sale in Hattiesburg. Total receipts for the sale topped $1.52 million.
MJCA Field Day
Braving the sweltering heat, over 25 MJCA members met in Raymond for a grooming and showmanship field day. They learned daily hair care, grooming, showmanship, tattooing, dehorning, and how to properly tie your show animal. Many of the attendees are first time showmen and were very excited to learn. 
In memoriam
​H. Werner Essig, 84, passed away August 6 in Starkville. He joined Mississippi State University in 1959 as a Professor of Animal and Dairy Science. He taught Rations and Nutrition until his retirement in 1997. 
Army Corps Criticizes EPA for Flawed Rulemaking
Internal memos released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee reveal the Army Corps of Engineers, the primary regulator over Environmental Protection Agency’s “waters of the United States” rule, believes that the rule will not hold up in the courts and that it grossly misinterprets Corps data.  
Enforcement of the rule is set to begin August 28, 2015, but the more than 50 pages of released documents clearly illustrate the discrepancies between the two agencies that share jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.  See more at the NCBA website.
MCA Online!
You can pay your MCA dues online. MCA is looking out for cattle producers in Mississippi. MCA monitors the legislative and regulatory activity in Jackson and Washington, D.C. We're working every day to influence producer legislation in a manner that benefits cattle producers. Click Here to learn more.

Total Recipe Time: 40 to 45 minutes
Makes 12 servings


11 Simpson CCA
18 Forage Herbicide Trial
     Plot Tour, Columbus
20 Scott CCA
​22 Brangus Field Day,
     West Point 
29 Southern Producers  
      Replacement Heifer
      Sale, Hattiesburg
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Mississippi Cattlemen's Association
680 Monroe St. Suite A • Jackson, MS 39202