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Sunshine, Smiles and Science

South Farm Showcase offers fun, discovery for the whole family

More than 8,000 mid-Missourians attended the sixth annual South Farm Showcase, solidifying its place as a premier fall event for families in mid-Missouri. Attendees took mule-powered wagon rides, learned how to milk a cow, cheered on cockroaches in races, handled reptiles, petted baby animals, sampled Missouri wines and mealworms, played soccer on the turf, weaved through corn and straw bale…

Superior Sires

DNA sequence data on Angus bulls could improve future accuracy in genomic-enhanced EPDs.

The Angus Foundation Board of Directors is funding a research project at the University of Missouri for the genomic sequencing of Angus bulls. This sequencing is meant to enhance the understanding and genetic prediction of Angus cattle performance.

Cooler Cows

Heat-stress app helps producers reduce livestock losses

Livestock researchers at College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources are developing a smartphone app enabling cattle producers to more conveniently and reliably monitor livestock conditions in relation to local temperature and humidity levels.

Profit By the Numbers

QB helps increase higher quality calves worth more at market time

The University of Missouri rolled out the Quality Beef by the Numbers program last week. The project helps producers raise more calves that grade USDA Prime by using highly proven sires.

Breeding Efficiency

NIFA grant could boost reproductive rates for cattle ranchers

CAFNR professors will look for for mutations in the genetic code that lead to early embryonic loss in cattle. Scientists also could use this basic sequence information to address feed efficiency, disease resistance and growth.

Nutrition Boost

MU researcher and partners will share techniques to improve digestibility of corn stover and other feed alternatives

With 2012 bringing one of the warmest and driest April through July stretch in 118 years, pastures, crops and even established trees are suffering from the drought. In response to the reduction in forages, some cow-calf operators across Missouri are considering significantly reducing or liquidating their herds. For those livestock farmers struggling to find feed sources, Justin Sexten, MU beef…

South Farm Showcase

Research farm open house set for Sept. 22

One of the University of Missouri’s most important research centers, South Farm, will host a day of science and discovery for the entire family. A tornado tracking truck, cockroach races, tethered hot air balloon rides and prize pepper tasting are just a few of the myriad interactive attractions at the event.The sixth annual South Farm Showcase will take place from…

Quality Beef

Quality Beef By the Numbers aims to boost producer profits

Quality Beef by the Numbers is the official name of a University of Missouri and industry joint project to boost the quantity of Prime and Choice grade beef produced in Missouri and neighboring states.

Meat Inflation

Expect 8 percent jump due to drought's impact on livestock

The livestock industry is taking a direct hit by this summer’s drought, and that will impact consumers’ wallets next year, states a University of Missouri agricultural economist. “I expect to see food inflation, but it will take time,” said Scott Brown, research assistant professor in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR).  “The short term effects will be…

Field Challenges

Greenley Research Center Field Day Set for August 7

Whether they grow row crops, biomass or raise cattle, producers can improve their operations by connecting with experts and learning about the latest applied research at Greenley Memorial Research Center’s annual Field Day.