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Updating a Classic

CAFNR doctoral student works to provide animal breeding educators, students with modern version of 'cowgame simulator'

Growing up in southwestern Indiana, one of Maria Haag’s favorite pastimes was showing small animals like pigs, goats and rabbits – not cattle – at national events. These days, though, Haag is on the forefront of developing a modern version of what has been known for decades as a “cowgame simulator” to help students in animal breeding classes – both at…

A Call from Home

Former animal sciences graduate student takes on new administrative role in her native South Dakota 

Kristi Cammack remembers the balloons. Black and gold. They were all over her office in the Animal Sciences Research Center when she opened the door following a ’03 home victory by the University of Missouri football team over one of its former Big 12 Conference foes, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I was usually wearing my Big Red stuff just to get…

A Gift of Opportunity

Bruce Loewenberg's Salers donations have opened a door for CAFNR students

Internships have become a staple for college students looking to gain an understanding of and more experience with a business or company within their interest area. The University of Missouri Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources has unveiled a new internship, which began this semester, focused on cattle herd management. The Loewenberg Beef…

Presenting Useful Information for Producers

Thompson Research Center Field Day focuses on beef cattle

The Thompson Research Center explores beef cattle production systems and hosts an annual Field Day to bring those findings to local producers and landowners. The Thompson Research Center Field Day, held Tuesday, Sept. 20, in Spickard, showcased topics such as genomics, economic opportunities and drone surveillance. The Thompson Research Center is one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture,…

Tackling A Challenge

Jared Decker has received a grant for $3 million to study to cattle genetics

As a beef geneticist and extension specialist, Jared Decker spends a lot of time discussing issues and challenges with Missouri producers, farmers and ranchers. One of those challenges is finding the right cattle for different environments. Cattle that are poorly adapted to their environment don’t perform as well as those that are comfortable with their surroundings. “We’re trying to create…

Making a Difference

Whitney Kinne is helping people in the beef industry and in the mission field

Whitney Kinne has always wanted to make a difference, whether it be in the agriculture industry or the mission field. Kinne, CAFNR Career Services assistant director, is doing just that – on both fronts. Kinne was named the 2015 Missouri Cattlewoman of the Year during the Missouri Cattle Industry Convention in early January. Kinne and her husband, Shane, were also…

The (Academic) Road Less Traveled

Pair of students work on dual degrees through MS/DVM program

For Jill Abel and Brianne Bishop, these days represent the quiet in the middle of the storm. This fall the two are taking nine credit hours in addition to serving as teaching assistants and conducting field trials related to their master’s research as graduate students in the Division of Animal Sciences in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. That may seem…

A Donation to Benefit Bovine

CAFNR Grad Bruce Loewenberg begins tradition of Salers cattle partnership

In early October, a donation of a herd of 18 Salers from CAFNR grad Bruce Loewenberg were delivered to South Farm Research Center. It is the beginning of a continuous collaboration with Loewenberg, as each spring and fall around two dozen weaned heifers will be given to CAFNR’s beef cattle program.

What’s Best for Producers

Wurdack Field Day to feature novel fescue trials and educational talks for landowners

Results of the new novel endophyte fescue field trials and other educational presentations will be the highlight of the Wurdack Field Day on Oct. 3. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and free tours will run till noon and a complimentary lunch will be served.

Rebuilding the Herd

Heifer management helps to produce quality beef

Rebuilding the U.S. cow herd numbers takes more than keeping female offspring to breed. Managing beef heifers is as important as using improved genetics in developing replacements, says David Patterson, professor at College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. As farmers save heifers to breed for increasing their cow herds, careful attention must be paid…