Portable Breeding Barns

  • Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2019

For many beef producers, the biggest challenge to carrying out an AI program can be facilities. A portable breeding barn can make the process a lot easier, and you may find it makes the process easier on your cattle too.

A portable breeding barn can simply be backed up to a lead up alley. The barns are floorless and are easily raised or lowered into place using a built-in hydraulic pump. A sliding back door on the barn allows for entry of animals.

Cows typically walk into a breeding barn willingly and remain very calm throughout the process. The design involves little restraint, as a bar simply drops in place behind the animal to prevent it from backing up. Technicians also appreciate the cover and protection from weather the barns afford.

Depending on your region, one-stall or two-stall barns may be available. Two-stall designs allow for two technicians to work simultaneously, which can greatly speed up the process when working large numbers of animals.

University of Missouri Extension maintains several breeding barns, positioned in various parts of the state (see list and map below). These barns are available for rent for a modest daily fee.

Barn locations

MU Extension region: Central
Barn available: One two-stall breeding barn
Barn location: Callaway County Extension Office, 5803 County Road 302, Fulton, Mo.
Daily rental fee: $50
To reserve: Phone 573-642-0755 (Anita Ellis)

MU Extension region: Northeast
Barns available: One two-stall and one single breeding barn
Barn location: Palmyra–Bowling Green area
Daily rental fee: $75 for double or $40 for single
To reserve: Phone 573-985-3911 (Daniel Mallory)

MU Extension region: Northeast
Barns available: One two-stall and one single breeding barn
Barn location: Milan–Brookfield, Mo. area
Daily rental fee: $75 for double or $50 for single
To reserve: Phone 660-265-4541, Sullivan County Extension office

MU Extension region: Northeast
Barns available: Two two-stall breeding barns
Barn location: Novelty, Mo. area
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: Phone 660-665-9866 (Zac Erwin), Adair County Extension office

MU Extension region: South Central
Barn available: One two-stall breeding barn
Barn location: Salem, Mo.
Daily rental fee: $50
To reserve: Phone 573-729-3196, Dent County Extension office

MU Extension region: Southeast
Barn available: One two-stall breeding barn
Barn location: Cape Girardeau County Extension Office, 684 Jackson Trail, Jackson, Mo.
Daily rental fee: $50 (if the barn isn't booked, there is some leeway in pick-up and return dates)
To reserve: Phone 573-243-3581 (Erin Larimore)

MU Extension region: Southwest
Barn available: One two-stall breeding barn
Barn location: SW Research Center
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: Phone 417-466-3102 (Eldon Cole), Lawrence County Extension office

MU Extension region: West Central
Barn available: One two-stall breeding barn
Barn location: Harrisonville, Mo.
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: Phone 816-380-8460 (David Hoffman), Cass County Extension office

MU Extension region: Central / West Central
Barn available: One two-stall breeding barn
Barn location: Sedalia, Mo. area
Daily rental fee: $75
To reserve: Phone 660-827-0591 (Gene Schmitz)

MU Extension region: Northwest
Barn available: One two-stall breeding barn
Barn location: Albany, Mo.
Daily rental fee: $50
To reserve: Phone 660-726-5610 (Shawn Deering)

Writer: Jordan Thomas

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