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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 $289 million for 2013. Total cattle inventory in Mississippi on January 1, 2014 was 930,000 head including 477,000 head of beef cows and 91,000 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 18,000 operations.

MBCIA Fall 2014 Bull and Heifer Sale

The Fall BCIA Bull and Miss Premium Heifer Sale will be held Thursday November 13, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at the Hinds Community College Sale Facility in Raymond, MS. 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.

Fall 2014 BCIA Bull and Heifer Sale catalog

All cattle will be available for viewing beginning Wednesday evening Novemeber 12. Please join us at 6:00 p.m. for the Mississippi BCIA educational meeting and supper at the Hinds Community College Sale Facility.

RSVP to the Fall MBCIA Meeting and Supper by November 10.

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

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.

Mississippi Master Cattle Producer Program
YouTube Channel and Twitter Feed

MSU-ES Beef Cattle 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.

Twitter Feed

Follow the latest tweets from the Mississippi State University Extension Service Beef Cattle team at



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 free of charge while supplies last thanks to the support of the Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association.

Mississippi Beef Cattle Producer Pocket Guide

South Mississippi Beef Cattle Blog - Dr. Daniel Rivera

MSU Department of Agricultural Economics Blog

Ag Markets Blog - Dr. John Michael Riley

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. eXtension Beef Cattle Clearinghouse