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Beef Cattle Improvement Association

Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association logo.

The Mississippi Beef Cattle Improvement Association (MBCIA) focuses on promoting performance records and encouraging good management practices while cooperating with other like-minded organizations to emphasize the economic importance of beef cattle production in Mississippi. MBCIA is a member of the national Beef Improvement Federation (BIF). Three Mississippians have served as BIF Board members in the last decade. MBCIA hosted the Beef Improvement Federation annual meeting for the first time in its near 40-year history in Philadelphia, MS in April 2006 and again in 2015 in Biloxi.

MBCIA brochure
MBCIA membership application
MBCIA by-laws

The MBCIA encourages the production and identification of genetically superior animals by purebred breeders and promotes the purchase and use of these animals by commercial producers through various sale offerings.

The annual MBCIA membership meeting is held in September in conjunction with the Annual Field Day.

MBCIA Software and Record Sheet Downloads

Mississippi BCIA Commercial Cattle Adjusted Weaning Weight Calculator mbcia_adj_wt_calculator (6).xls
Mississippi BCIA Cow Herd Performance Record Manager mbcia_cowherd_record_manager (2).xls
Mississippi BCIA Cow Herd Performance Record Sheet mbcia_cow_herd_record_sheet.pdf
Mississippi BCIA Cow Herd Performance Records Summary Sheet mbcia_cow_herd_records_summary.pdf
Mississippi BCIA Estrus Detection Record Sheet Heat Detection Record Sheet2016.docx
Mississippi BCIA Estrus Synchronization Calendar mbcia_estrus_synch_calendar (1).xls
Mississippi BCIA Insemination/Breeding Record Sheet Insemination Breeding Record Sheet.docx
Mississippi BCIA Performance Data Collection Calendar mbcia_performance_calendar (2).xls
Mississippi BCIA Semen Inventory Record Sheet semenrecord.pdf

Beef Improvement Federation Annual Meeting

BIF 2023 Convention Information

The 2023 Beef Improvement Federation Meeting will be held July 3-6 in Calgary Alberta.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Commercial Horticulture, Beef, Equine, Goats and Sheep, Forestry, Wildlife February 26, 2024

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Small ruminants are a popular choice for people like J.T. Crownover who want to get into the livestock business but do not want to raise cattle. Crownover attended the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Producer Advisory Council meeting Feb. 20. The forum, where agricultural producers can discuss their needs with MSU administrators, researchers, specialists and Extension agents, was the catalyst for the university’s active small ruminant program.

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The E.G. (Gene) Morrison Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station in Hinds County, which has sat largely vacant for two years, now has a new purpose, updated facilities and a new life after reopening this spring. The research station, part of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Mississippi State University, is a 1,700-acre facility dedicated to cattle, forage and agronomic crop research. It is part of the Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond.

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