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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

MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference in Stockton Jan. 27
Pre-register with payment by Jan. 20

STOCKTON, Mo. – The Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference begins at 4 p.m., Jan. 27, 2015, at the Stockton United Methodist Church in Stockton.

The Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference is designed to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition, and forage utilization. 

Presenters at the meeting include:
  • Dr. Scott Brown, assistant research professor of agricultural and applied economics at University of Missouri, will provide a 2015 economic outlook of the beef cattle industry.
  • Dr. Jared Decker, assistant professor of beef genetics extension and computational genomics at the University of Missouri, will discuss beef cattle genetics.
  • Sarah Kenyon, agronomy specialist with MU Extension in Texas County, will discuss pasture management to reduce fescue toxicity.
The evening meal will be catered by Maggie Mae's Tea Room of Miller, Mo.

“That same evening, agriculture businesses that have supported the event will have booths set up. Attendees can visit and learn how their products and can help improve your beef cattle operation,” said Dr. Patrick Davis, county program director for Cedar County Extension.

The cost of the event for those who pre-register and pay prior to Jan. 20, 2015, is $20 per person. Payment at the door will cost $30 per person.

For details on this event, contact the Cedar County MU Extension Center at (417) 276-3313 or send an email to davismp@missouri.edu.

For more information about livestock, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551, or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.

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