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Hereford and Red Angus Heifers Recruited for Genomics Research

The University of Missouri is recruiting 2,500 Hereford heifers and 2,500 Red Angus heifers to participate in a heifer puberty and fertility genomic research project. Heifers should be registered Hereford, registered Red Angus, or commercial Hereford or Red Angus. Hereford x Red Angus crossbred heifers targeted for the Premium Red Baldy Program would also be a good fit for the research project. Producers must be willing to work with a trained veterinarian to collect the following data: ReproductiveTract Scores collected at a pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. PelvicMeasurements (height and width) collected at the same pre-breeding exam 30 to 45 days prior to the start of the breeding season. Pregnancy Determination Using Ultrasound reporting fetal age in days. Ultrasound will need to occur no later than 90 days after the start of the breeding season. In addition, heifers must have known birth dates and have weights recorded eithe

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Taney County Livestock & Forage Conference

Wanted to give you all a heads up that I will be presenting at the Taney County Livestock & Forage Conference, Thursday February 27, 2014. The program will run from 6 to 9 pm at the Forsyth High School Cafeteria - Panther Pit, Forsyth, MO.

There will be a beef dinner, followed by my presentation on "Beef Cattle Selection Decisions" in which I will be discussing genetic testing in beef cattle, how to understand sale catalogs and make well-founded breeding decisions. I will be followed by Stacy Hambelton who will discuss "Evaluating the Cost of Retaining Heifers" and Tim Schnakenberg who will discuss "A Look at Some Developing Pasture Weeds".

Please preregister by calling 417-546-4431 by February 24th.

This program is made possible by the Taney County Extension Council and the Taney County Commission. A meal will be provided at this conference courtesy of Branson Bank, First Community Bank, and Peoples Bank.

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