Local highlights

Upcoming Beef Cattle Artificial Insemination School:  The University of Missouri Greenley Research Center at Novelty will host a Beef Cattle Artificial Insemination School on November 4, 5 & 6, 2014 from 5 to 10 pm each evening. Classroom instruction will include estrous cycles, semen handling, insemination of the cow and reproductive diseases. Hands-on sessions will cover identification of the reproductive tract, palpation, heat detection and insemination techniques. Classes will be led by a Select Sires MidAmerica field representative and University of Missouri Extension livestock specialists. There is a fee for the class and a minimum number of participants are required. More information can be found on our website at http://extension.missouri.edu/adair/ or by contacting Zac Erwin, University of Missouri extension livestock specialist at the Adair County Extension Office at 660-665-9866 or email to erwinz@missouri.edu.

2014 Farmer Emergency Information Brochure (PDF)

Pearls of Production- http://muconf.missouri.edu/womenandagriculture/ Pearls of Production:  Women in Agriculture is an innovative and exciting new program designed to provide leadership and hands-on training opportunities for women livestock producers in Missouri. The program is designed to reach women who are playing larger roles and making key decisions on the farm. Programs like this are increasingly relevant in the modern livestock production market. According to a study recently released by USDA’s Economic Research Service, Characteristics of Women Farm Operators and Their Farms, found the number of women-operated farms (the individual most responsible for day-to-day management of the farm) nearly tripled from 1978 at 5 % to 14 % by 2007. Of the 3.3 million U.S. farms surveyed in 2007, 30.2% (more than 1 million) were primarily owned by women. The number of female operators jumped 19% from 2002 to 2007, far outpacing the 7% growth in the total number of farmers.

Missouri Livestock Symposium Classic Tractor Contest: Entry forms for the 2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium Classic Tractor Contest are due November 10, 2014, according to Garry L Mathes, chair of the Symposium planning committee.  Entry information may be found at http://www.missourilivestock.com or by calling 660-665-9866.The classic tractor contest is co-sponsored by the Missouri Livestock Symposium and KTVO.  The tractors will be featured on KTVO’s Good Morning Heartland newscast from 5:30 to 7 a.m. during the week of December 1-5, 2014.  The top tractors will be on display for final judging at the 2014 Missouri Livestock Symposium on December 5 & 6 at the William Matthew Middle School, 1515 South Cottage Grove, Kirksville, MO. The winner will be selected by a committee representing the Missouri Livestock Symposium and announced at the Friday evening program in the auditorium. Winners will receive a plaque recognizing their accomplishment and other prizes.The contest is open to everyone. Both individually-owned and group-owned tractors are eligible. There is no cost to enter your classic tractor and more than one tractor can be entered if desired. Classic Tractor Contest details or additional information about the Missouri Livestock Symposium can be found at http://www.missourilivestock.com/.


Fencing laws information

MU Extension publication G811, Missouri's Fencing and Boundary Laws: Frequently Asked Questions

MU Extension publication G810, Missouri Fencing and Boundary Laws


Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program 

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The Show Me Select Replacement Heifer Program is focused entirely on Missouri's farmers and is dependent upon active participation from regional extension livestock specialists and local veterinarians, each of which are critical components of the agricultural sector of this state. This program is unique in that it is first and foremost, an educational program targeted at improving production efficiency through increased use of existing technology, coupled with the marketing component. To find more information about this program visit the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program website.


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