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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 $448 million for 2015. Total cattle inventory in Mississippi on January 1, 2016 was 940,000 head including 500,000 head of beef cows and 155,000 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.

Online Registration now available for Beef Extension Events

We are excited to announce that online registration and credit card payment are now available for upcoming Beef Extension events such as AI School, BQA certification,Beef Cattle Boot Camps, Beef 101, and Master Cattle Producer.

Note: Spring AI School is now FULL. Email or call 662-325-3516 to be added to the waiting list.

Visit the link below to register:

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.Certifications begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information on the BQA program.

February 20, 2016 - Train the Trainer for Veterinarians, Starkville

March 25, 2016- Lee County Agricenter, Verona

March 29, 2016- Adams County Extension Office, Natchez

April 14, 2016-Glenwild Stockyard, Grenada

April 21, 2016- Hinds County, Raymond

Pre-registration:  MSU Extension 662-325-3516 or

MSUES Cattle Apps

The MSUES Cattle Calculator App is now available for download for Apple and Androind 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 for Apple devices

MSUES Cattle Calculator App download for Android devices

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

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.