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Agriculture a vital cog in the economy of Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi is a very rural state with some of the best farmland in the world. “We live in a country where only about two percent of our population is involved in farming, and it is so often forgotten that these farms, most of which are family operated, touch the lives of every person by providing safe, affordable ...

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Cattle prices falter despite good news

News that China is lifting a 13-year import ban on U.S. beef is not helping prices as much as some cattlemen would have hoped. Brian Williams, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the news has not resulted in any long-term impact on cattle markets. “China was already importing beef from the U.S., primarily on the black ...

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No records, but cattle markets offer promise

STARKVILLE — Beef cattle producers are not seeing the record high prices from a year ago, but strong export numbers are providing reasons to hope 2016 will be profitable. “Per capita consumption is predicted to be higher in 2016, beef production is expected to be up, and, most importantly, exports are projected to be significantly better than in 2015,” said Brian Williams, ...

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Drought burns pastures, fields, posing threat to cattle

By JACK WEATHERLY “They’re burnt slam up,” said Bill Carr of his Choctaw County pasture lands and hay fields that haven’t had a rain since late July. His tends 35 head of what he says are brangus “mama cows” and two bulls on 70 hilly acres of pasture land. They are hungry. They came up to his tractor one day ...

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Three arrested for cattle rustling in Hinds County

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, announced that three individuals were recently arrested for livestock theft and grand larceny for an incident that occurred on Pinehaven Drive in Hinds County. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike McGowan, in conjunction ...

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Short supplies, high demand boost cattle producer profits

Mississippi’s beef cattle producers just experienced the best year in history, and 2015 looks equally promising. Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist John Michael Riley said droughts in cattle-producing states, especially in 2012, resulted in tighter supplies, while consumer demand for beef has remained strong. “Each producer has one question to ask before buying an additional cow to expand ...

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Bulls added to horse auction due to artificial insemination demand

PRAIRIE — Buyers shopping the Mississippi State University horse auction may be surprised to see bulls in the online photo lineup this fall. This is the second year for horses in the annual Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station’s production sale to be auctioned online with eBay-style bidding. All the animals are available for viewing at www.auction.msucares.com. The bulls pictured ...

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Livestock producers turning to goats to supplement income

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Goats are growing in popularity among Mississippi livestock producers who have limited acreage or want to diversify their farming business. “Since 2012, the overall number of meat goats in the southeastern region of the state has increased,” said Mitch Newman, Greene County agricultural agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “More small farmers want to raise ...

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Record cattle, hog prices leave producers with hard decisions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cattle and hog prices are soaring to record highs, causing producers to debate whether to sell their valuable animals or expand their herd sizes for the future. “It’s hard not to sell when prices are this good and the pull of the feedlot is so strong,” said John Michael Riley, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State ...

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Complaints filed in court on livestock auctions

PONTOTOC and HATTIESBURG — An animal rights group said today that it is filing complaints in courts in Forrest and Pontotoc counties against two livestock auctions sites where it alleges cows, sheep and other animals are being mistreated. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, said the complaints were being filed in county courts today against ...

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