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 $261 million for 2020. Total cattle inventory in Mississippi on January 1, 2021 was 920,000 head, including 482,000 head of beef cows and 92,000 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 15,980 operations.
BCIA Field Day and Annual Meeting
Fall 2022 AI School
The Fall 2022 session of AI School is scheduled for Ocotber 27-29. The hands on school is limited to 30 participants, and is currently full. You can use this link to be added to the waiting list.
Master Cattle Producer Regsitration Hold
The Master Cattle Producer Program is currently undergoing a transition to an online learning management system, and as such there will be a delay in video and content availability. Please bear with us during this tranistion, and we will share the new site when it is available.
Beef Quality Assurance Trainings Scheduled
Meal at 6:00pm * Certification classes start at 6:30 p.m.
1-Complete the course virtually and receive the BQA manual and completion certificate electronically. (Free)
2-Complete the course virtually or in-person (where available*) and receive the BQA manual, completion certificate, vaccine cooler, and bumper sticker via mail ($20 per person)
*Check with your local cattlemen's association or county extension office to see if an in person option will be offered in your area.
*Pre-registration is required in advacne if materials are requested
To request a BQA meeting in your area please contact Dr. Huston or Dr. Karisch.
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.
Pre-registration: MSU Extension 662-325-4344 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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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, and Master Cattle Producer.
MSUES Cattle Apps
The MSUES Cattle Calculator App is now available for download for Apple and Android 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, 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.
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.
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Beef is an excellent choice to include in a balanced diet. About half of the recommended daily value of protein is in a 3-ounce serving of beef!
If you’re like me, you probably don’t know the characteristics of each cut of beef. When you’re at the grocery store, you just make the best guess you can and move on with your food shopping.
RAYMOND, Miss. -- Agricultural producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University personnel in the coastal region to discuss research and education priorities at the 2022 Producer Advisory Council meeting. The annual event aims to help clients improve their productivity. Attendees gathered in small commodity groups at each event to share their ideas with agents, researchers and specialists with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Two years have passed since the first cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in the U.S., but problems the virus caused in the country’s grocery supply chain could remain well into 2022, which will likely mean higher beef prices for consumers.
Josh Maples, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said labor reductions caused beef shortages, which have increased the price of this commodity across the country.
RALEIGH, Miss. – Beef and poultry producers across Mississippi will have an opportunity to get up to speed on the latest issues facing their industries and see new products and equipment on April 14.
Central Mississippi agricultural producers and industry professionals met with Mississippi State University personnel to discuss research and education priorities at the 2022 Producer Advisory Council meeting on Feb. 23 in Raymond. The annual event is aimed at helping clients improve their productivity. Attendees gathered in small commodity groups to share their ideas with agents, researchers and specialists with the MSU Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
Extension continues assisting one of Mississippi’s most successful beef producers
Beef cattle producer Jacob “Jake” Megehee identifies cattle producers’ needs and publicizes them at the highest levels. Elected officials and fellow cattlemen all over the country respect his personal success raising and selling beef cattle through Megehee Cattle Company.
Brahman cattle at South Farm, formally known as H.H. Leveck Animal Research Center at Mississippi State University, enjoyed a snowy morning when most of Mississippi saw snowflakes on January 11, 2021.
Vardaman producer named Farmer of the Year
When Joe Edmondson surveys his farming operation at Topashaw Farms, he thinks about his more than 40 full-time employees and the hundreds of seasonal workers who work the acres.
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