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Dr. Jamie Courter is your Mizzou Beef Genetics Extension Specialist

By Jared E. Decker Many of you have probably noticed that things have been a lot less active on the A Steak in Genomics™   blog, but you probably haven't known why. In January 2021, I was named the Wurdack Chair in Animal Genomics at Mizzou, and I now focus on research, with a little bit of teaching. I no longer have an extension appointment. But, with exciting news, the blog is about to become a lot more active! Jamie Courter began as the new MU Extension state beef genetics specialist in the Division of Animal Sciences on September 1, 2023. I have known Jamie for several years, meeting her at BIF when she was a Masters student. I have been impressed by Jamie in my interactions with her since that time.  Dr. Courter and I have been working closely together the last 6 weeks, and I am excited to work together to serve the beef industry for years to come! Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University and earned a master's degree in animal

NCBA Hosts Cattle Genetics Webinars

National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) is partnering with to host a series of webinars in 2018. Find more information about the webinars in the series at . The first webinar will be Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. CT.

AHA Educational Session 2017: Paving the Genetic Path

Dorian Garrick Theta Solutions LLC The Theta Solutions LLC is made up of Dr. Bruce Golden, Dr. Dorian Garrick, and Dr. Daniel Garrick. They have developed the BOLT software for genetic and genomic evaluations. The American Hereford Association formed an advisory committee to check the new genetic evaluation system. The advisory committee looked at the process during development. The advisory committee included: Joe Ellis Jack Holder Lee Haygood Paul Bennett Mitch Abrahamsen Suppose we had 100 progeny (i.e. offspring) on 1 bull. You might look at that bull and decide you like him or you don’t like him. But, that bull is just an envelop that carries genetic information. What the bull looks like really doesn’t matter, what matters is what his progeny look like. The way to look at the genetic value, or breeding value, of the bull is to look at his offspring. But, there are lots of environmental effects that influence the performance of the offspring. One example is the age

KOMA Beef Cattle Conference in Springfield, Mo. on January 16th; Preregister by January 12th

Stockton, Mo. – The KOMA Beef Cattle Conference begins at 4 p.m., January 16, 2018, at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center in Springfield, Mo. The KOMA (4 – State) Beef Cattle Conference is a joint effort by the Extension Services in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.  It is designed to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization.  Presenters and presentations at the meeting include: Dr. David Lalman, Professor – Harrington Chair Extension Beef Cattle Specialist Oklahoma State University, will be discussing “matching genetic potential to forage resources” Dr. Jared Decker, Assistant Professor of Beef Genetics Extension and Computational Genomics at the University of Missouri – Columbia, will be discussing “genetics for cow efficiency and profit” Dr. Craig Payne, University of Missouri – Columbia Associate Extension Professor Veterinary Medicine, will be discussing “current thinking on paras

eBEEF announces webinar series

eBEEF is partnering with National Cattlemen's Beef Association to present a series of webinars in 2018. Please mark your calendars and watch for more information! January 18, 2018 "Fake News: EPDs Don't Work", Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam and Dr. Matthew Spangler February 22, 2018 "Show me the money! Are there EPDs for profit?", Dr. Darrh Bullock and Dr. Jared Decker March 22, 2018 "The 4 S's of crossbreeding: simple, structured, successful, and sustainable", Dr. Robert Weaber and Dr. Megan Rolf April 19, 2018 "Putting the tools to use: buying your next bull", the eBEEF team These webinars will include opportunities for audience participation and will be an engaging series.

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell in Fruitland, MO

On December 2, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Fruitland Livestock Auction, 80 bred heifers will be available for sale in the Southeast Missouri Show-Me-Select ™ Replacement Heifer Sale . Seven of these heifers are Show-Me-Plus ™ heifers.  A Show-Me-Plus™ heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel  providing genomic predictions. The following lots contain Show-Me-Plus™ heifers. Glen Birk Farms 1036 Co. Rd 341 Jackson, MO 63755 573-243-4874 12 Angus Heifers 7 Registered Angus 5 Commercial Angus 4 Show-Me-Plus Registered heifers: 1 is sired by KM Broken Bow 002, AI bred to Quaker Hill Rampage 0A36, bull calf due 2/8/18. This heifer qualifies as Tier II and has been i50K tested. 3 are sired by Birks O’Reilly Factor 83, AI bred to AAR Ten X 7008 SA, bull calves due 2/8/18. 1 is sired by GBF Upshot 4436, AI bred to AAR Ten X

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell December 8, 2017 in Farmington

The Show-Me-Select ™ Replacement Heifer program will host a sale  December 8, 2017 at the Farmington Livestock Auction starting at 7:00 p.m. At the sale, 3 Show-Me-Plus ™  heifers will sell.  A Show-Me-Plus™ heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions. Below is information about the Show-Me-Plus™ heifers selling in Farmington, Missouri. Turner Farms Jon & Mary Ann Turner 10511 St. Hwy JJ Belgrade, MO 63622 (573) 766-5361 All three heifers are Registered Black Angus and have been GGP-LD genomic tested. All have been AI'ed and then pasture exposed to Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014, a son of S A V Bismarck 5682. Two pregnancy checked AI bred; on natural service bred. One Tier-2 daughter of Connealy Courage 25L; natural bred to Briarwood Mr Bismarck 5014; due a

Food Evolution Screening at Mizzou

The movie Food Evolution  will show November 8, 7 p.m., Middlebush Auditorium, University of Missouri. Join Mizzou's Food Science Association for a screening of the fascinating and controversial documentary, Food Evolution . Amongst all this conflict and confusion around food, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves? Food Evolution , from Academy Award ® -nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy ( The Garden , Fame High , OT: Our Town ), explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?

Show-Me-Plus™ Heifers to Sell at Kingsville

Seven Show-Me-Plus ™  heifers will sell at the Show-Me-Select ™  Replacement Heifer Sale on November 25, 2017 at Kingsville Livestock Auction, starting at 11:00 a.m. A Show-Me-Plus ™  heifer is a registered or commercial heifer that has genomic predictions. For a registered heifer, this means she has GE-EPDs. For commercial heifers, it means she has been tested with a DNA panel providing genomic predictions. Below is information about the Show-Me-Plus ™  heifers selling in Kingsville. Balancer Heifers - Show Me Plus ™ ( 7 hd) Home-raised and very gentle, commercial Balancer heifers raised with low stress handling, rotational grazing and electric fenced trained.   Sired by Seedstock Plus Gelbvieh bulls that are full of performance and growth, maturing into super cows for the new owner.   Bred to Gelbvieh bulls full of performance, ranking in top 1% for milk, 5% for CE, TM and YG.   All heifers are genomically tested and qualify as Show Me Plus.   4-year “Show-Me-Select” Pro

TRC Field Day: The Most Important Trait in Beef Cattle Selection?

What is the most important trait in beef cattle selection? Watch Jared Decker's presentation from the Thompson Research Center Field Day to find out. Loading...

AHA Educational Session: Hereford Leading the Industry

Jack Ward AHA Executive Vice President Kevin Oschner was the consultant helping with the AHA Strategic Plan. Oschner interviewed: Hereford breeders Seedstock producers from other breeds Commercial cow-calf producers Bull stud and reproduction professional Extension service personnel Auctioneer Packers They also sent a survey to all AHA membership. They had 518 participants from 43 states. Oschner then organized the information. Webinars were then held with the board of directors. They then had a 2 and a half day session to create the strategic plan. They also brought in outside thought leaders, which included John Lundeen, NCBA Joe Pawlak, Technomics John Butler, Beef Marketing Group Mitch Abrahamsen, Ph.D., Recombinetics Clint Schwab, Ph.D., The Maschoff's Mitch Abrahamsen Recombinetics The consumer is interested in how their food is made. The consumer can use social media to reach through to the food provider (McDonalds, Subway, Walmart, etc.). The

AHA Educational Session: Maximizing Profit

Trey Befort AHA Director of Commercial Programs Brent Lowderman Carthage Livestock, Inc. Case Gabel  Hereford Advantage Program is a genetic merit feeder cattle program which looks at the bull batteries going into commercial programs. A commercial producer using Hereford bulls sends in the registration numbers for their bull battery. The Hereford Advantage Program then shows, compared to breed average, where these bulls sit. This is used to market the calves. Lowderman In 2003, John Meents approached Lowderman about having a Hereford influenced cattle. They started with 150 head, and last year they had over 800. Calves need to have two rounds of shots. Needs to be castrated and dehorned. They then break the calves into lots based on 100 pounds increments to group them into similar lots (steers between 450 and 550 pound, between 550 and 650, etc.). Heifers are broken into lots by 75 pound breaks. The Hereford sale is within 1 to 3 dollars of the Angus influence