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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

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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