Beef Day at MU South Farm, Sept. 16

Aug 27, 2010
by WLJ

The fifth annual beef field day, Sept. 16 at the University of Missouri (MU) South Farm, will highlight news and information on cattle nutrition, health, management and genetics.

“Our goal is to showcase the beef research and extension programs conducted here at the farm and provide timely and valuable information concerning the beef industry,” said Justin Sexten, MU Extension beef nutritionist.

The morning program will feature walking tours of projects at South Farm’s Beef Research and Teaching Center. The 30-minute tours will highlight finishing, background, weaning and grazing management.

Speakers will include Corbitt Wall, who heads the USDA livestock market graders in the state. Wall will conduct a grading and judging clinic focusing on cull cow and feeder calf evaluation. Sexten said Wall’s talk will provide producers an opportunity to understand cattle grades, learn how to interpret market reports and find out how sorting can improve marketing opportunities.

Lonny Duckworth of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will present a legislative update while John Kleiboeker of the Missouri Beef Industry Council will talk about the beef checkoff program.

Bob Weaber, MU Extension beef geneticist, will offer advice on getting the biggest bang for your feed buck.

“I’m going to talk about selection and management strategies for improving

feed efficiency at the individual-animal level and in the production system as a whole,” Weaber said. MU researchers have been able to collect precise data on feed efficiency using GrowSafe feeders, which automatically monitor individual animal feed intake.

MU Extension veterinarian Craig Payne will talk about prevention and management of bovine trichomoniasis, a venereal disease in cattle that results in early pregnancy loss.

“Up until the last few years, this disease was almost nonexistent in Missouri, but now it is being diagnosed with greater frequency throughout the state,” Payne said.

The day will conclude with a pasture walk focusing on recent summer and fall grazing systems research.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit displays by sponsors and industry vendors. MU graduate students will serve a complimentary beef lunch for those who RSVP to Angie Gallatin at 573/882-2829 or gallatina

The free event begins at 8 a.m. with registration and a reception. Walking tours begin at 8:30 a.m.

The beef farm is located behind the KOMU-TV tower on Highway 63 south of Columbia. Turn east on Old Millers Road just south of the station’s radar dome. The farm sign and entrance are just behind the tower.

For more information, see http://animalsciences. or call the farm at 573/882- 2829. — WLJ