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.
Beef Quality Assurance Trainings Scheduled
Beef Quality Assurance is a national program that provides guidelines for beef cattle production. The program raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.
Several face to face BQA trainings are schduled for this fall throughout the state. These meetings are being hosted in partnership with local sale barns. A certification fee of $15 is required and includes manual, vaccine cooler, and bumper sticker.
October 13, 2015 - Southeast Mississippi Livestock, Hattiesburg
October 15, 2015 - Lincoln County Livestock Commission Co. Inc., Brookhaven
October 20, 2015 - Macon Stockyard at the Civic Center, Macon
November 2, 2015 - Senatobia Stockyard, Senatobia
November 19, 2015 - Livestock Producers Association Stockyard, Tylertown
December 3, 2015 - Lucedale Livestock Producers, Lucedale
Pre-registration: MSU Extension 662-325-3516 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 BCIA Bull and Heifer Sale
The Fall BCIA Bull and Miss Premium Heifer Sale is held on the second Thursday in November each year. Mississippi BCIA continues to offer high quality beef cattle genetics through its annual BCIA Bull Sales. These bulls have passed breeding soundness exams and met minimum growth, scrotal circumference, and data reporting requirements. For more information, please contact Brandi Karisch at 662-325-7465 or Cobie Rutherford at 662-325-4344.
Nominations are due September 15, 2015. Forms and Rules can be found on the MBCIA Homepage.
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.
Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Online Training
The 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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Mississippi Beef Cattle Producer Pocket Guide
The 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 email@example.com to be notified when copies are available.
eXtension Beef Cattle Clearinghouse
eXtension 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.