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Award Results at the Southwest Missouri Beef
Cattle Improvement Association Meeting Held in Springfield


STOCKTON, MO — On the evening of Nov. 19 at the Annual Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association Meeting in Springfield, two cattle operations were honored with the association's top awards.


The Seedstock Award was presented to Doug and Elaine Haile of Pettis Valley Farms near Lamar.

Doug joined the American Angus Association in 1973 and raised register black Angus cattle and did some crossbreeding until 1988 when their herd became a strict registered Angus herd. He went to artificial insemination (AI) school receiving the knowledge and expertise that he then implemented on his cattle operation. At the peak of their cattle operation, they had 75 cows with between 20 and 30 being bred AI each year. Currently, they raise all their replacement females and sell registered bulls through sales and programs such as Southwest Missouri All Breeds Performance Tested Bull Sale, and the Green Springs Tested Bull Sale in addition to selling them off the farm via private treaty.



The Commercial Cattle Producer Award was presented to Mast Farms with Kenneth Mast and his wife Rachel and children present to receive the award.

Mast Farms is a family operation near Lamar that started raising cattle in the early 1980s. The operation started using AI in 2004 and continues to use it today. They started being involved with the Missouri Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Program in 2008 and have sold 194 heifers in 21 sales since the fall of 2008. The cattle operation consists of 150 mama cows with the cow base being a high percentage of Gelbvieh and color being 75% red and 25% black. They are shifting their herd more to the red side. They use Gelbvieh and Red Angus sires. Also, some of the Show-Me Select Replacement Heifers will be bred to Black Angus sires. Their operation consists of both spring and fall calving cows with a higher percentage of fall vs. spring.

MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis made the award presentations.

For more information on the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association or awards visit their website at http://www.swmobcia.com/ or contact any of the MU Extension livestock field specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Dr. Randy Wiedmeier, in Ozark County at (417) 679-3525; or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.


Publications Available


4-H Cookbooks Available

     4-H Cookbooks commemorating 75 years of 4-H in Barton County are available at the Extension office, 801 E. 12th Street, Lamar.  The cookbook contains 400 pages including recipes from local 4-H members past and present along with tidbits from the history of 4-H in Barton County. These cookbooks are $5.00 each and make a great wedding, birthday, or Christmas gift.




Garden Journal/Calendar                          

 A combination Garden Journal and Calendar is available. These spiral bound record books offer plot plans, plant profiles, month to month garden tips and much more. 

Better Living Cooking

The Better Living Cooking 2 includes many recipes and informative articles. 

These two publications are available for free at the Barton County Extension office, 801 E 12th St, Lamar. Call 417-682-3579 for more information.


Free app: "Seasonal and Simple"

This app allows you to view a vast selection of fresh fruits and vegetables, produce information, recipes and an easy-to-read colorful chart that shows when produce is in season. A comprehensive list of Missouri Farmers Markets will lead you to locally grown produce anywhere in the state.

To download, simply go to the App Store or Android Market and search "seasonal and simple".


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Popular Extension Publications

Publication G427, 2018 Cash Rental Rates in Missouri
Publication G302, 2016 Custom Rates for Farm Services in Missouri
Publication G6201, Vegetable Planting Calendar