Taking the Next Step in Beef Cattle Reproduction and Genetics with ReproGene

Howell County MU Extension will sponsor the ReproGene 2018 workshop designed for beef producers interested in increasing profits by producing more productive cattle through genetic selection tools and the use of artificial insemination.  The seminar featuring these breeding techniques will be held on Thursday, August 16th at 4:30pm at the Howell County Extension Office located at 1376 Bill Virdon Blvd, West Plains, MO 65775. Registration for this workshop is $5.00/person which includes a meal. For more information or to register please call the Howell County Extension office at 417-256-2391. Workshop Flyer.


Drought Survival Meeting
Tips for livestock producers as they prepare to feed cattle through the fall and winter and improve pastures

Monday, August 27 10:00 am - Noon, Howell County Extension Office          
Dr. Eric Bailey,  State Beef Nutrition Specialist will discuss Pros and Cons of Feeding Cow Commodities. Extension specialist will discuss low quality forage supplementation, selling cows vs. buying hay, precautions with nitrates and prussic acid and fall forage alternatives. This meeting is FREE to all. For more information call 417-256-2391.


Warm Season grass field day
August 30, 4:30 p.m. at JD McKee farm

Warm season grasses are a good way to mitigate drought, provide good quality forage, and offer wildlife habitat.  The program will focus on native warm season grasses establishment, pro's and con's for this crop, hay production, wildlife considerations, and cost share available.  In addition there will be discussion on preparing for the fall/winter following the drought.

Participation is free and a box lunch will be served. Deadline to register is August 28.  Call 417-256-2391 to register.
See flyer for directions and further information | Warm Season Grass Field Day |


The Meat Substitute Issue (Fake Meats!)

Article Link

Tough Times, the Drought by Randy Wiedmeier

Article Link


Mineral Supplementation for Livestock

Randy Wiedmeier, Regional Livestock Specialist, complied a 4 part information series about mineral supplementation for livestock. 


Review of Principles of Crossbreeding by Randy Wiedmeier, Regional Livestock specialist

Review of Principles of Crossbreeding link


Grazing Livestock Nutrition Power Point 
by:  Randy Wiedmeier

This presentation was presented at the Intensive Grazing School |click here for presentation |


Missouri Century Farm

If your farm has been in your family since December 31, 2018, you can apply to have it recognized as a Missouri Century Farm.  Applications will be taken from February 1 through May 15. Click on the application link | http://extension.missouri.edu/centuryfarm/documents/2018.pdf |


Sign-up for 4-H 

The 2017-2018 season has started. Join 4-H today.  Click on the link | http://4h.missouri.edu/join-4h.aspx | to join.    If you have question, please contact Dr. Krista Tate at 417-256-2391 or by email tatekr@missouri.edu
This website is your source for additional information and contacts.  30 Things to Know About 4-H (PDF)


Make a difference in a Childs life.  Become a 4-H volunteer

Click on the link |http://4h.missouri.edu/volunteer.aspx | to sign-up today.  


Lucky Clover Valley 4-H October Club Newsletter

Click on the link to read the October Newsletter.


South Central Missouri AG News

Sarah Kenyon, Howell County agronomy specialist and Randy Wiedmeier, Ozark County livestock specialist,along with Ted Probert, Wright County Dairy Specialist and Bob Schultheis, Webster County Natural Resource Engineer will be publishing an online newsletter monthly. If there is a topic that you would like information on contact, Sarah at kenyons@missouri.edu. We hope you enjoy the current newsletter(PDF) South Central Missouri AG News. Past newsletters may be accessed through the livestock page.



2017 Howell County Annual Report

The 2017 Annual Report for Howell County Extension showcases the impact of extension programs and why it is important to residents of Howell County. Download a copy to read today  2017 Annual Report


Extension Expert Guides

To view the specialists that are located in the Southwest region use the link below.



Donate to Extension

http://DONATE TO YOUR COUNTY EXTENSION: at https://donatetomu.missouri.edu/Extension/


4-H Corner

For more information on Missouri 4-H, please visit 4h.missouri.edu. For all other local information, please visit the 4-H Page.







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