Thursday, October 24, 2013

Register by Oct. 31 for Steer Feedout Weighing and Evaluation Nov. 5 at Joplin Stockyards

Contact: Eldon Cole, livestock specialist
Headquartered in Lawrence County
Tel: (417) 466-3102

MT. VERNON, Mo. – A dinner and educational meeting about the Missouri Steer Feedout will begin at 6:30 p.m., Nov. 5 at the Joplin Regional Stockyards.  The public is invited to attend and can enjoy a steak supper, catered by Clouds of Carthage compliments of Alltech, and be educated about feeder calf grading.

To reserve your steak for the dinner, call (417) 466-3102 by noon on Oct. 31.

Earlier in the day, nine local cow-herd owners will deliver 78 steer calves (2013) to the yards for the Missouri Steer Feedout.  Weights, grades and prices will be placed on each group by Rick Huffman, Missouri Market News reporter for southwest Missouri markets.

Following supper, each group of steers will go through the ring and a panel will critique them for desirable and not-so-desirable traits each set has from their perspective.  Serving on the panel will be Huffman, Frank Brazle of Chanute, KS and Scott Kirby of Liberal.  The latter two are order buyers for various lots.

The consignors to the feedout have a variety of breeds, sizes and grades of calves, so spectators will be able to relate to the panel’s comments regarding their own cattle at home.  Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

Following the evaluation, the calves will be loaded and hauled to Gregory Feedlot at Tabor, Iowa where they will be fed to slaughter weight under the Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity program.  Each steer will have individual feedlot performance and carcass data reported following completion of the trial in May.

The program is a cooperative effort of University of Missouri Extension, Southwest Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Joplin Regional Stockyards and Missouri Department of Agriculture.

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, Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313 or Logan Wallace in Howell County at (417) 256-2391.


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