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Mississippi Beef Cattle Production

Beef production is a significant component of Mississippi agriculture. The total value of production of cattle and calves in Mississippi is estimated at $397 million for 2014. Total cattle inventory in Mississippi on January 1, 2015 was 910,000 head including 468,000 head of beef cows and 95,000 head of beef cow replacements. Stocker cattle production is also very prominent with 400,000+ head of stocker cattle residing in the state annually. Beef cattle operations in Mississippi currently total approximately 16,000 operations.

2015 Homeplace Producers Feeder Calf Board Sale

The 8th annual Homeplace Producers Feeder Calf Board Sale will be held August 3, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Southeast Mississippi Livestock . Thsi sale is managed as a board sale by marketing cattle while they are not on site. Each lot is represented by video or picture that is shown while that lot sells. The video or picture, along with a full description of each lot, are available to potential buyers and the general public prior to sale day.

Lot Descriptions and Videos

2015 Deep South Stocker Conference

The seventh annual Deep South Stocker Conference is headed to Alabama.  This year's conference will be held August 6-7, 2015 in Montgomery, AL.  Click on the location tab to the left for location details.  This conference is a joint effort between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the Mississippi State University Extension Service, and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. 

This year's conference will begin with a dinner hosted by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association at their historic building in downtown Montgomery on Thursdays, August 6, and educational seminars Friday, August 7.  The Stocker Conference registration will cost $75/person and will cover all seminars, events, meals, and handouts for the two-day event.  Additionally, a trade show will be held in conjunction with the conference to allow stocker operators the opportunity to network with industry professionals and to become aware of products and services that can improve their profitably and product quality.

For more information, visit the conference website.

Contact Dr. Brandi Karisch for more information on coordinated travel to this event.

MSUES Cattle Calculator App

The MSUES Cattle Calculator App is now available for download for Apple devices. Cattle Calculator allows beef cattle producers to make quick everyday calculations important for their operations. Calculations related to reproductive management, animal performance, and management decisions are available . Reproductive calculations include: calving date based on a known breeding date, breeding date based on a known calving date, number of days pregnant based on today's date and a breeding date, and a breeding season calculator which provides calving and breeding dates based on a set breeding season. Animal performance calculations include: Adjusted birth weight, weaning weight, and yearling weight, average daily gain and required gain. Management calculation include: dosage calculations for dewormers and medicines given an animal weight and manufacturer's recommended dosage, frame score calculations, trailer stocking density, and yield grade.

MSUES Cattle Calculator App download

Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Online Training

Mississippi Master Cattle Producer ProgramThe Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Program is a comprehensive training in major beef cattle production topic areas. An Internet-based self-study version of the Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Program is available for online completion. This self-study course is open to any producer interested in learning more at their own pace about improving production on their beef cattle operations.


The Internet-based training features streaming video of speakers and slides. Slides with scripts, reference publications, and certification exams are also available for online viewing or download.


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YouTube Channel

Visit the Mississippi State University Extension Service Beef Cattle YouTube channel. A variety of brief educational vidoes are posted on beef cattle production topics.

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Mississippi Beef Cattle Producer Pocket Guide

Mississippi Beef Cattle Producer Pocket GuideThe Mississippi Beef Cattle Producer Pocket Guide is a 238-page pocket reference covering a wide variety of production and marketing topics. Developed by beef cattle specialists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, this pocket guide is available online. Printed copies of the pocket guide are currently unavaillable. Email to be notified when copies are available.


Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences Blog

South Mississippi Beef Cattle Blog - Dr. Daniel Rivera

MSU Department of Agricultural Economics Blog

Ag Markets Blog - Dr. John Michael Riley

The Risk Project- College of Veterinary Medicine

eXtension Beef Cattle Clearinghouse

eXtension Beef Cattle ClearinghouseeXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. It is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States. The eXtension Beef Cattle Clearinghouse focuses on practical beef production information.