Thursday, April 19, 2018

Recruiting Summer and Fall 2018 Loewenberg Interns

We are currently recruiting students to join the Loewenberg Internship program. Download the application here: https://missouri.box.com/v/LoewenbergApp.

The Loewenberg Beef Cattle Management Internship is an opportunity born from the generous gift of Mr. Bruce Loewenberg. Mr. Loewenberg donated his herd of Salers cows to be used for research and teaching purposes in the Division of Animal Sciences at the University of Missouri. The intent of this internship is to give a select group of motivated students the opportunity to manage and make business decisions on a herd of Fall and Spring calving cows. Decision‐making for this herd will be a team oriented effort by the four to six students selected for each internship session. The vast majority of labor will be provided by the internship students. This includes, but is not limited to, moving wire during rotational grazing, working cattle for herd health, setting up cows and heifers for AI breeding, and other common practices in the business of cow‐calf operations in the Midwestern United States. Students will be advised by a committee from the Division of Animal Sciences and Mr. Loewenberg. Preference will be given to students with strong organizational skills, willingness to work through complex business decision‐making, a commitment to a team management model, and those with some large animal handling experience.

Hard copy or email applications will be accepted. Applications and a current resume can be returned to Cinda Hudlow in S102 ASRC or via email at hudlowl@missouri.edu. Please direct questions to Dr. Jared Decker via email DeckerJE@missouri.edu.


Internship requirements and preferences

  • Four to six students per academic session
  • Open to any CAFNR undergraduate student
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 at commencement of internship
  • Two consecutive academic sessions required
  • Preference to students with Junior or Senior standing


Internship sessions

  • Fall September 26 ‐ December 31, 2018
  • Spring January 1 – May 15, 2019
  • Summer May 16 – August 15, 2019


Important Application and Selection Dates

  • Applications due on or before May 4, 2018
  • Interviews will be scheduled for the week of May 7-11, 2018.


Monday, April 16, 2018

April 19 Webinar by Genetics Experts to Give Cattlemen Guidance on Creating the Best Herd

Fourth, final webinar in series focuses on bull selection

DENVER, CO (April 12, 2018) – This year’s edition of the NCBA Cattlemen’s Genetics Webinar Series comes to a close April 19, with a special presentation that puts a focus on honing bull selection.  The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association teamed up with six genetics specialists from across the country to offer this series, which kicked off Jan. 18.

The Genetics Webinar Series was designed for producers who would benefit from genetics knowledge, from the experienced seedstock breeder to someone who might be new to the cattle industry and needs to better understand genetics. It is being coordinated by the NCBA producer education team. Earlier webinars were “The 4 S’s of Crossbreeding: Simple, Structured, Successful and Sustainable,” “Show Me the Money! Are there EPDs for Profit?”, and “Fake News: EPDs Don’t Work.” These webinars can be accessed at www.NCBA.org under the Producer Education tab.

Titled “Putting the Tools to Use: Buying Your Next Bull,” the April 19 webinar puts the genetic concepts covered in the first three seminars to work, as attendees will go to a virtual bull sale and select the best bull from a sale catalog for two distinct production scenarios. The webinar begins at 7 p.m. CDT.

Leading discussion on the topic at the webinar will be Matt Spangler, Ph.D., associate professor and extension beef genetics specialist at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, and Bob Weaber, Ph.D., professor and beef extension specialist at Kansas State University. Joining in the discussion will be other members of the eBEEF team, a group of six genetic specialists from five academic institutions who have invested time and resources in the advancement of the cattle industry through genetics.

According to Josh White, NCBA executive director of producer education, the genetics webinar series has been an effective extension of NCBA educational webinars, which was started several years ago. “Some of the largest participations in our webinars have been for genetics topics in the spring,” said White. “This 2018 partnership with the eBEEF team has been a terrific addition to the education we can provide.”

Cattle producers are invited to join the webinar live, although “homework” for the seminar – available at www.NCBA.org – is advised. The homework includes the eBEEF bull sale catalog and the eBEEF bull selection scenario.

For more information, go to the Producer Education tab of the NCBA.org website.
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The National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) has represented America's cattle producers since 1898, preserving the heritage and strength of the industry through education and public policy.  As the largest association of cattle producers, NCBA works to create new markets and increase demand for beef.  Efforts are made possible through membership contributions. To join, contact NCBA at 1-866-BEEF-USA or membership@beef.org.

Questions?
Contact Producer Education at producered@beef.org