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- Published: Friday, June 21, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Beef producers in central Missouri organized a startup sale of Show-Me-Select replacement heifers for the spring of 2020.The sale will be in Vienna, Mo., at South Central Regional Stockyards. The sale markets heifers produced by ...
- Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
PALMYRA, Mo. – Short supply plus strong demand restored prices for Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers selling Saturday, June 1. The 87 head of bred heifers averaged $1,857 at F&T Livestock Market. High lot sold for $2,100. The Palmyra sale, the ...
- Published: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Bidders were selective at the 40th Show-Me-Select replacement heifer sale at Joplin Regional Stockyards on Friday, May 17.Bidders knew what they wanted and bid for quality in those areas.Average price on 240 head from the beef ...
- Published: Thursday, May 9, 2019
FRUITLAND, Mo. – Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers averaged $1,891 at Fruitland on May 3. It was the second of four spring sales.This price topped last year by $100, said Erin Larimore, sale coordinator and University of Missouri Extension ...
Publication date: July 11, 2019
Summary: Why are EPDs imprecise for young animals? How can genomics be used to track the random shuffle of genes?Even though expected progeny differences (EPDs) have been used by the beef industry for more than 40 years, many misconceptions still ...
Publication date: June 16, 2019
Estrus synchronization of beef cows and heifers is simple and easy, due to extensive research efforts at the University of Missouri and other institutions. Several protocols and other resources have been developed to allow beef producers to ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
Various mating schemes of animals are classified under two broad categories — inbreeding and outbreeding. Classification depends on the closeness of the biological relationship between mates. Within each category, a wide variation in intensity of ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2018
How much advantage for a particular trait do superior animals transmit to their offspring? Heritability estimates help us answer this important question. This publication explains the meaning of heritability estimates, how they are calculated and ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2018
Photo by Shawn Dunagan, Montana Stockgrowers AssociationJ.M. Thomas, Division of Animal Science, University of MissouriB.E. Bishop, Division of Animal Science; College of Veterinary Medicine, University of MissouriJ.M. Abel, Division of Animal ...
Publication date: Feb. 1, 2005
The beef cattle industry has long awaited the development of genetic tests to assist producers in breeding selection and management and to improve the marketability of cattle. Currently, there are only a handful of genetic tests commercially ...
Take two minutes to view this YouTube video with Rachael Bonacker to make sure you're handling CIDRs correctly -- every step in the cow's estrus synchronization process is critical.
Every step in the cow estrus synchronization process is critical if you want the best results! Take a couple of minutes to make sure you are administering GnRH correctly as explained in this YouTube video with Katy Stoecklein.
Prostaglandin F2a (PG) is a critical part of most estrus synchronization protocols. Jaclyn Ketchum from the MU's Division of Animal Sciences goes over considerations relating to administering prostaglandin products in this YouTube video.
For many beef producers, the biggest challenge to carrying out an AI program is facilities. Anita Ellis, MU Extension Field Specialist - Livestock, shares how a portable breeding barn can help in this YouTube video.
Dr. Jordan Thomas talks about considerations when keeping heifer calves as potential replacements. Learn how to have better reproductive success long term -- ultimately making for a much more productive cow in your herd.
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