Friday, November 15, 2013

Southwest Missouri Cattlemen Give Top 2013 Honors to Farms in Springfield and Aurora

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Bonebrake Hereford Farms of Springfield and Salem along with John Massey of Aurora were honored by the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association at their annual meeting in Springfield on Nov. 11.

The Bonebrake family received the association’s Seedstock Producer of the Year award.  They are longtime Hereford breeders, with operations dating back into the 1930’s when they acquired a Hereford herd in a trade for sheep with a Tennessee farmer.

“The Bonebrake’s are now consigning bulls to the association’s twice a year sale, exhibiting at fairs and the Ozark Fall Farm Fest.  In addition, they have begun using embryo transfer on a few cows,” said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Members of the Bonebrake family attending the recognition were Mac, Al, Stevia and Ann Grace who lives on the original Salem farm.

John Massey, the commercial awardee this year, served as an MU Extension livestock specialist for about 30 years until moving to southwest Missouri in 1992 to run a beef cow-calf operation.  As a state specialist he was instrumental in establishing the Missouri All-Breed Performance Tested Bull Sale in 1963.

Since arriving in this area, Massey has bought tested bulls through the association’s tested bull sales as well as from breeders privately.  He’s entered steers in the Missouri Steer Feedout and sold bred heifers in each of the Show-Me-Select Heifer sales since they began in 1997.

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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