STOCKTON, Mo.– “Bus tours are a good way to visit cattle producers as well as gain knowledge and management strategies that can be used to help improve your cattle operation,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist. MU Extension Specialists in the areas of livestock, agronomy and ag business are collaborating to develop a 4-day bus tour of locations in northern Missouri, southern Iowa and western Illinois beginning on September 20th.
“University research updates in the areas of cattle production and grazing management can be very educational to cattle producers and helpful in maintaining optimum cattle operation production,” says Davis. This tour will visit University of Missouri Forage Research Center in Linneus, MO and Iowa State University McNay Memorial Research and Demonstration Farm in Chariton, IA.
“Beef cattle reproductive technologies are important to optimum cattle operation productivity,” says Davis. This tour will visit Trans Ova Genetics in Chillicothe, MO where participants will be educated on various beef cattle reproductive technologies.
“Hay equipment is important to hay production and cattle operations in Missouri,” says Davis. This tour will visit the Vermeer hay equipment production line in Pella, IA and participants will gain knowledge on hay equipment used in Missouri cattle and farming operations.
“Feed companies are important to provide cattle producers with feedstuffs and nutritional programs to optimize cattle operation productivity,” says Davis. The tour will visit the Arch Daniels Midland Company Research Farm in Quincy, IL so, participants can gain knowledge in cattle nutrition and feeding management programs.
“Cattle operation tours allow participants to gain knowledge and management strategies that can be implemented to improve your cattle operation,” says Davis. This tour will visit seedstock cattle operations raising Angus, Simmental, and Hereford cattle. One of these stops will discuss feeding cattle under roof. One of these stops will discuss their cattle marketing program where in addition to selling seedstock they market freezer beef off the farm. Visiting these operations will hopefully provide knowledge and management strategies that participants can use to improve productivity and profitability of their cattle operations.
The cost of this event is $475 per person. To attend mail payment to the Hickory County MU Extension Center, 18715 Cedar Street, Hermitage, Mo. 65668 by August 1st. To register or for more information contact the Hickory County MU Extension Center at (417) 745-6767.
— MU Extension