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Event date: Jan. 28, 2020
Event time: | 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Graduate students from the MU Animal Sciences Department, Troy Rowan and Harly Durbin, will present on their research projects which focus on cattle adapted to their environment and how to select for these adaptations. Cattle adaptability and heat ...
Event date: Jan. 30, 2020
Event time: | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Informational meeting to learn about the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer program and enroll new producers in the NW region. Producers will discuss a startup heifer sale for the NW region. Registration is appreciated for meal headcount. Contact ...
Event date: Feb. 18, 2020
Event time: | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
“It is important to provide the latest information on beef cattle production, marketing, economics, nutrition and forage utilization,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist. Extension services in Kansas, Oklahoma, ...
News & articles
- Published: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019
PALMYRA, Mo. – Before the last Show-Me-Select heifer sale this fall, quiet talk told of lackluster prices at five prior sales across the state. Talk perked when results of the Dec. 14 sale were tallied: 229 heifers averaged $2,017. That prompted ...
- Published: Monday, Dec. 9, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The sale barn filled with more watchers than bidders for Show-Me-Select heifers at SEMO Livestock Sales, Fruitland, Dec. 7. Prices averaged $1,651 on 64 head. It was fourth of six fall sales. “We were short on buyers,” said ...
- Published: Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Average price for bred heifers was $1,767 in the third Show-Me-Select fall sale. It was the biggest of six sales so far. Ten consignors offered 231 head at Kingsville (Mo.) Livestock Auction, Nov. 30. AI-bred heifers averaged ...
- Published: Monday, Nov. 25, 2019
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Consignments were down but bidding was up at the Show-Me-Select bred heifer sale at Kirksville, Nov. 22. Average on 110 replacement heifers was $1,811, with a top of $2,350. The fifth sale at Kirksville had the biggest crowd yet, ...
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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