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Defining the Objective

Division of Animal Sciences bringing cattle breeding plans to Agricultural Research Centers

For years, the Thompson Research Center, near Spickard, Mo., has been home to a very defined breeding plan for its straight bred, commercial angus cattle herd. That plan contains a variety of objectives, including reproductive and genetic goals. With the strong success of that plan, a team from the University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences is looking to expand…

Reflections: Billy Day

Dr. Day, professor emeritus, shares Animal Sciences Research Center history

Responding to the need to advance animal research, Dean Elmer Kiehl, in 1961, appointed a committee to plan a new research facility. Professor Bill Pfander chaired the committee with members Boyd O’Dell, Harold Johnson, George Garner, Billy Day, Milt Shanklein and Jim Savage. Professor Pfander provided strong leadership to the committee and was instrumental in securing $300,000 in funding from…

A New Mission

Patrick Montgomery's passion for animals, entrepreneurship and helping veterans led to the creation of the KC Cattle Company

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, began just like any other day for sixth grader Patrick Montgomery. When the day ended, Montgomery had a new purpose and focus. Montgomery watched terrorists attack the twin towers that morning and spoke to his father that night. He said that if the United States went to war, and if the war was still going on…

Diving Deeper into Data

Christine Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entirety of CAFNR

Years of research leads to mountains of data. Wading through that data, organizing and making sense of it, can be an intimidating task. It’s a task that Christine Spinka is happy help with. Spinka serves as the consulting statistician for the entire University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. This is Spinka’s second stint with MU, after…

Doctoral Student Selected As Commencement Marshal

Maria Haag, doctoral student in animal sciences, has been selected as the Doctoral Student Marshal for the 2018 December Commencement Ceremony at Mizzou by the Office of Graduate Studies. Haag was selected, along with an Educational Specialist Marshal and a Master’s Marshal, based on academic performance and contributions to MU and the campus community. These students will be honored with a…

Becoming a Rodeo Queen

CAFNR student crowned Miss Ozark Rodeo Association

If you had told Haley Linder when she was a freshman at MU that she would one day be crowned a rodeo queen and aspire to work as a dairy cattle nutritionist, she would have been confused on how she ended up there. Growing up 45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Linder didn’t come from an agricultural background. She did, however,…

After Hours: Educating and Coaching

Eric Bailey has trained American Quarter Horses for years

With nearly 130,000 acres to look after, the Bailey family needed reliable transportation to check the more than 1,500 head of cattle they were responsible for. The family turned to American Quarter Horses. That meant Eric Bailey got acclimated to horses at a very young age. “Part of my daily chores included feeding our horses,” Bailey said. “There were between…

A Central Resource for Biomedical Investigators and Researchers

MU receives $7.2 million for continued operation of National Swine Resource and Research Center

The University of Missouri has received $7.229 million for continued operation of the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC). The NSRRC was established in 2003 to serve as a resource for biomedical investigators and researchers, providing those individuals with access to critically needed swine models for human health and disease. The Center will continue to provide those vital services…

Starting Bid

Five Mizzou-bred horses are up for bid in the 12th annual online auction

This year, during the first week of November, five horses are ready to find their new homes thanks to the annual MU Online Horse Auction & Fundraiser. For the 12th year in a row, people from across the country will be able to bid on APHA- and AQHA-registered weanling and yearling horses online. Their ages range from 6-7 months and…

Spencer Named Curators Professor

Tom Spencer, animal sciences, given University's highest rank

Tom Spencer, professor of animal sciences, was recently named a 2018 Curators Distinguished Professor, the University of Missouri’s highest and most prestigious rank. This honor was established in 1968 by the University Board of Curators and is bestowed only upon outstanding scholars with established reputations. Spencer was a 2015 signature hire as part of the Mizzou Advantage program. He joined…