Thursday, September 27, 2012

MU Extension Booth at Fall Farmfest will Include New Director of Quality Beef by the Numbers Program

The area’s largest farm equipment and livestock display will be featured this year at the 33rd Annual Ozark Fall Farmfest, Oct. 5-7.

University of Missouri Extension has provided educational demonstrations and a booth exhibit at Farmfest since 1988.

The annual event attracts an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 visitors. Visitors come from adjoining states and a large section of Missouri to see exhibits on farm related products and services.

While it is called Farmfest, the audience makeup is a wide variety of persons besides farmers. Fridays attract a large number of FFA students and on the weekend many part-time and potential farmers attend.

The MU Extension booth will in the rural living section of the west exhibit hall of the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Featured topics at the MU Extension booth this year will be: drought recovery, buying hay, field bioassay for herbicides with new seedlings and Quality Beef by the Numbers.

Quality Beef by the Numbers (QB) is a brand new effort to stimulate the adoption of genetic and reproductive technology that adds value to beef cattle produced in Missouri and across the United States.

Mike Kasten, a cow-calf producer from Millersville and the newly named QB program director will be at the MU Extension booth on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. He will answer questions about the program and visit about his own use of fixed-time artificial insemination.

“Mike has been stacking his breeding program with high accuracy, high quality grading sires. This enables him to have a 20 to 30 percent Prime and 70 or so percent Certified Angus Beef average on his herd’s carcasses,” said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with MU Extension.

In addition to being educated, farmers find the Farmfest a great opportunity to purchase equipment at an attractive price. While at the event, visit the Ozarks Beef House for a meal. It is run by several southwest Missouri cattlemen’s associations.


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