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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 March on the evening before the spring bull and heifer sale at Raymond, MS.

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 2017 Convention Information

The 2017 Beef Improvement Federation Meeting will be held May 31-June 3 in Athens, GA.

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Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Catfish, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Specialty Crop Production, Coronavirus September 21, 2020

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will accept applications for assistance from agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.Sign-up for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 -- CFAP 2 -- begins Sept. 21 and runs through Dec. 11, 2020. The program is open to producers of row crops, livestock, aquaculture, dairy and specialty crop commodities.

Filed Under: Beef September 14, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The North Mississippi Beef Expo is a premier venue for anyone who wants the latest updates on cattle markets and beef production research at Mississippi State University.

Hosted by the MSU Extension Service, the two-day event will be held Oct. 22 at the Tippah County Fairgrounds in Ripley and Oct. 23 at the Batesville Civic Center.

Beef and potato kabobs on a stainless steel platter
Filed Under: Beef, Food and Health, Food August 18, 2020

Grilled kabobs just shout summertime! The best part about kabobs is getting to choose your favorite vegetables to include. This traditional take on kabobs includes potatoes and zucchini. But you could easily add other veggies, including mushrooms or peppers.

You may be thinking, “Potatoes?! I’ll burn up my steak before the potatoes are done!” Never fear! You will microwave the potatoes before grilling to be sure they’re properly cooked!

Beef cows in a field
Filed Under: Beef, Food and Health, Food Safety, Coronavirus April 20, 2020

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Food supplies in the U.S. are abundant and safe, despite some challenges in packaging and distribution related to COVID-19.

Robert Johannson, chief economist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, acknowledged “widespread worries that the disease could threaten the nation’s food production and supply systems and stoke inflation” in a statement issued April 16.

Filed Under: Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Livestock, Cattle Business in Mississippi Articles, Coronavirus March 23, 2020

The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host a free webinar to discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on cattle markets March 26 at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Agricultural economists Josh Maples of MSU and Derrell Peel of Oklahoma State University Extension will discuss the current situation and answer questions submitted by participants.

Success Stories

A man wearing a cowboy hat sits on an ATV in front of cows.
Agriculture, Livestock, Beef, Thad Cochran Agricultural Leadership Program TCALP, Current Class, Community
Volume 6 Number 1

See what is new in Extension... Extension partners to promote beef quality assurance program, Extension recognized in Gulf Guardian Award Project, First Ag leadership class graduates, and Extension supports residents participating in U.S. Census 2020.

Ted and Janet Parker.
Agriculture, Livestock, Beef
Volume 5 Number 3

For the first 15 years of their marriage, Ted and Janet Parker lived off of one income. She made the living, and nearly every penny he made as a beef cattle farmer went right back into growing their farm.

A large, green combine machine plows a soybean field while a green tractor rides beside it.
Agriculture, Farming, Irrigation, Livestock, Beef
Volume 5 Number 1

On his Rolling Fork farm, Bill Rutherford is living the life he dreamed of as a child. (Photo by Kevin Hudson)

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About Extension, Beef, Marketing and Business Planning, Rural Development, Food, Food Safety, Health, Nutrition, Rural Health
Volume 4 Number 3

See what's new in Extension: Gather for First Extension Beef-Production Workshop, the Food Factor Goes Digital, Extension Professionals Share Expertise, and Extension Offers New HappyHealthy Program. 

A man wearing a green and white plaid shirt, blue jeans, and a brown baseball cap stands in front of a bright red machine parked inside a metal building.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Livestock, Beef
Volume 4 Number 3

Greg Chambers is one Mississippi producer who’s focused on innovating. Whether he’s growing soybeans and wheat on his Prentiss County property or raising cattle and goats on other acres, Chambers is always looking for a better, more efficient way of doing things.


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Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00pm
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Choice Beef?

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 7:00pm


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