A CAFNR team spanning multiple disciplines is collaborating with journalism and computer science students to develop a simple smartphone app to help producers reduce heat stress in production animals.
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Jeff Firman, a CAFNR professor of poultry production and nutrition, has developed a new turkey diet that can save producers $13-25 per ton. That’s a lot of scratch – almost 15 billion pounds of chow go to fatten the birds each year.
The 2011 Field Day season concluded at Wurdack Research Center, Crawford County, with presentations on silvopasture, how to improve forage quality, and deal with changes in the cattle market. Attendees also saw the dedication of the Munson Education Building.
On a warm fall morning, aspiring ranchers and agricultural professionals gathered near Linneus, Mo., for the 2011 Management Intensive Grazing workshop. Participants headed to the pasture after only an hour in the classroom. After looking at five red Angus cross heifers, they estimated the average weight of their five-head heard. Their task was to allocate an area of pasture that their herd would graze to three inches by the next day.
Teng Teeh Lim recently received a $50,000 Mizzou Advantage grant to develop a computer model that allows large producers to use the size and other simple information about their swine or dairy farm to give them a better idea of the amount of emissions and what they can do to address odor or emission issues.
In the nineties, Missouri’s dairy industry was in trouble. More than 50 percent of the state’s dairies had disappeared, leaving fewer than 2,000 of the businesses operating in 2000.
Kathleen Kelsey, a CAFNR graduate in animal sciences (B.S. ’00 and M.S. ’04), combed debris looking for those still alive in the aftermath of the Joplin, Mo., tornado as a member of a Missouri search-and-rescue team.
With the help of two grants totaling more than $14 million from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, research teams led by the University of Missouri and Texas A&M University will focus on developing methodologies to breed cattle that more efficiently utilize feed and that are more resistant to Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD).
Horses love apples. Equine teachers like them, too, especially when they are golden. Marci Crosby, equine instructor at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, University of Missouri, was presented a Golden Apple Award this October for her contributions to students both in and out of class. “Marci not only teaches, but also manages the horse facilities and program…
A cattle genomics consortium from the University of Missouri and USDA Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland has been awarded a 2010 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary’s Honor Award.