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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

Southwest Research Center Field Day 2017

The Southwest Research Center Field Day will be Saturday September 9, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm.
It will include a Beef Tour, Forage Tour, Horticulture Tour, and General Ag Tour. It will feature airplane rides, pumpkin patch, grass maze, face painting and other children's activities.

Beef Tour

  • Tim Evans, The value of a veterinary diagnostic laboratory to Missouri agriculture — 9 & 11 a.m.
  • Eric Bailey, Mineral supplementation for beef cattle — 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
  • Danny Shilling, Cattledog demonstration — 10 a.m. & noon
  • Jared Decker, Selecting for profit — 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Forage Tour

  • Ryan Lock, Baleage supplementation — 9 & 11:30 a.m.
  • Tim Schnakenberg, Bermudagrass: could it be a game-changer in our hayfields and pastures? — 9:30 & 11 a.m.
  • Will Knuckles, Novel endophyte fescue — 10 a.m. & noon
  • Stacey Hamilton, Measure-monitor — manage your pasture with paddock track: technology to improve your bottom line — 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Horticulture Tour

  • Patrick Byers, Blackberry research and production — 9:30 & 11 a.m.
  • Kelly McGowan, Overview of elderflower research — 9:45 & 11:15 a.m.
  • Grant Bolton, Trapping and control of spotted-wing drosophila — 10 & 11:30 a.m.
  • Shon Bishop, High tunnels and Brussels sprouts — 9 & 10:30 a.m.
  • Dean Volenberg — 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
  • Leon Riggs, Introduction and history of bees — 9 & 11 a.m.
  • Hannah Hemmelgarn, Mushroom cultivation — 10 a.m. & noon

General Ag Tour

  • Rick Rath, Missouri Department of Conservation — 9 & 11 a.m.
  • David Brune, Sustainable seafood production in the Midwest — 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.
  • Jacquie Howell, Nutrition — 10 a.m. & noon
  • Reagan Bluel, cannulated cow
The Southwest Research Center is located at:
14548 Highway H Mt. Vernon, MO 65712


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