Monday, August 13, 2012

2012 Missouri Beef Tour in Lawrence County Aug. 25

The 2012 Missouri Beef Tour will be held in Lawrence County near Mt. Vernon on Aug. 25 according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. at Shiloh Land and Cattle Company, which is owned by Darrel and Anita Franson. The Fransons run 60 fall-calving beef cows on around 115 acres with some rented pasture.

Their operation features fixed-time artificial insemination, management intensive grazing, novel endophyte fescue, the use of steer feedouts to determine their herd’s post-weaning and carcass performance. Darrel uses an extensive set of computerized records to see how his beef/forage enterprise is faring.

From Shiloh, the tour heads west to Jackie Moore’s farm where he receives and develops lightweight calves to a market weight of 800 pounds. Moore uses various by-product feeds such as distillers and peanut meal. He’s gearing up to feed droughty corn silage this winter. Health protocols for receiving calves will be discussed.

The third stop is north of Stotts City on Missouri 97 at Dustin and Scynthia Schnake’s farm. The Schnakes are a young couple who are working with Clif and Alice Harrington to expand their beef cow operation. “The Harrington’s are slowing down and their place joins the Schnake’s so it’s a natural expansion opportunity,” said Cole.

The final stop on the tour will be the University of Missouri Southwest Research Center on Hwy. H, south of Mt. Vernon. The focus will be on the study of novel endophyte fescue along with endophyte infected Kentucky 31 fescue and the impact on beef cow performance.

“A special part of the program will deal with hair shedding of cows and the genetic implications noted thus far. A stop will be made at the pens where heifers are on the Grow Safe feed system to measure their residual feed intake (RFI),” said Cole.

Following the tour the Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association will serve a complimentary, ribeye steak supper. In addition to the hosts, speakers at the farms will include MU Extension specialists and Missouri Department of Agriculture representatives.

Reservations for the event are not required, but will help in the meal and transportation planning, and can be made by calling 417-466-3102.

Directions to the first stop, Shiloh Land and Cattle: take exit 49 off I-44 just east of Mt. Vernon. Go west on Hwy. 174 about 150 yards to Lawrence County Road 1163. Follow it east and north to Lawrence County 2090 2.4 miles. Go east on 2090 1.2 miles to the ranch. There will be Beef Tour signs along the way.

The Beef Tour is sponsored by the MU Extension Commercial Agriculture Program with assistance from several Gold Sponsors.

For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Mt. Vernon, (417) 466-3102, Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551 or Dona Goede in Cedar County, (417) 276-3313.


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