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Beef Quality Assurance certification sessions to be held in Trenton and Princeton

Several major meatpackers require Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification from all fed cattle suppliers. It is predicted that the requirement will trickle down to all levels of cattle producers in the next few years. Beef producers may become certified by attending one of two upcoming meetings in Princeton and Trenton taught by Jenna Monnig, Livestock […]

Cow and cattle herd

2020: The year of the cull cow

 Now is a good time for beef producers to take advantage of stronger than normal prices for culled cattle, says University of Missouri Extension agricultural business specialist Wesley Tucker. Fat trimmings become a value-added product for hamburgers. Demand for hamburger increased during COVID-19 as more people ate at home instead of restaurants or schools. COVID-19 […]

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University Missouri Extension pilots beef record-keeping project

The University of Missouri Extension began a three-year project in March to help beef producers improve whole-herd record-keeping. MU Extension specialists in Columbia, Albany, and Savannah worked with three northwestern Missouri producers to record and compare whole-herd production data, said livestock specialist Shawn Deering. By comparing individual and herd data to regional and national standards, […]

Beef Heifers

Beef Producers Seminar to held be held mid-November

The 2019 Beef Producers Seminar will be held on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at the St. Peter Catholic Church, Parish Hall in Stanberry, Missouri. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. with the seminar to start at 6:00. Mark Russell, Executive Director of the Missouri Beef Industry Council, will be discussing and demonstrating some of the challenges, […]

Beef Heifers

Audio: Beef seminar to be held in Stanberry on November 8th

A church in Stanberry will be the location for a beef producers seminar coming up Thursday, November 8th. Three University Extension specialists will have presentations that night. Shawn Deering of the MU Extension office in Albany provides details.     That’s Shawn Deering, a regional livestock specialist for MU serving the counties of Daviess, Harrison, […]

Corn in Beginning Stages of Drought

Test cornstalks for nitrates before feeding

Test baled cornstalks for nitrate levels and feed them to cattle with caution, says University of Missouri Extension livestock specialist Gene Schmitz. MU Extension agronomists across the state report high nitrate levels caused by this summer’s drought. County MU Extension centers offer nitrate testing. Before feeding cornstalk bales, it is important to know nitrate levels […]