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Ready for the Ring

Little American Royal event allows students to train and care for a variety of livestock animals

Each fall, Kansas City is home to a premier event that has been around for more than a century – the American Royal. The various competitions held throughout the event include world-class livestock and horse shows. For several years, the Block and Bridle Club at the University of Missouri has held their own version of the American Royal – the…

Building Staying Power

Mobile meat processing training centers will address labor shortages within meat processing industry

With its land-grant mission, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) is focused on research, teaching and Extension in an effort to improve the lives of Missourians. The Division of Animal Sciences will soon take that philosophy on the road with help from the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA). Next year, CAFNR will send two…

Supporting Student Activities

MU Equine Program to host horse sale preview and silent auction on Nov. 6

Each November, the University of Missouri Equine Teaching Facility, part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Division of Animal Sciences, offers a select group of horses for sale. All of the proceeds from the sale benefit the MU Equine Program, as well as support student activities at the facility. In preparation for the sale, the program…

Preparing for the Next Step

Zach Duncan's time in CAFNR helped equip him for graduate school

As Zach Duncan transitioned to Kansas State University (K-State) to pursue his master’s degree, he knew his time in the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) would be vital as he furthered his education. Duncan earned his bachelor’s degree in animal sciences from MU in 2018. “I grew up fairly close to Columbia, so I…

Feeling Right at Home

As CAFNR Student Council president, Elizabeth Gunter encourages students to get involved

Growing up in a town of less than 300 people, Elizabeth Gunter’s graduating class at DeKalb High School consisted of just 15 students. Coming to the University of Missouri, with enrollment above 30,000 students, was a big change of pace. The MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) made that change much easier. “It was definitely a little…

Cattle Losing Adaptations to Environmental Stressors, MU Researchers Find

Researchers pave the way for genetic tests of cattle that can look for the presence of specific adaptations, such as heat resistance

As a fourth-generation cattle farmer, Jared Decker knows that cattle suffer from health and productivity issues when they are taken from one environment–which the herd has spent generations adapting to–to a place with a different climate, a different elevation or even different grass. But as a researcher at the University of Missouri, Decker also sees an opportunity to use science…

Breakthrough Could Lead to Early Detection of Pregnancy Complications

MU researchers studied fluid secreted in a uterine model that could one day stave off complications such as miscarriage or birth defects

Constantine Simintiras and his colleagues in Thomas Spencer’s lab have found a non-invasive way to study fluid produced in the uterus during pregnancy. The quest to create safer, more successful pregnancies is one of the top goals of modern science. While pregnancy is better understood today than ever before, with improvements in technology helping to lower the risk of negative…

Piecing Together the Puzzles of Bird Genomes

MU researcher is part of an international effort to sequence the genomes of more than 70,000 species of animals, shining a light on the role of genetics in everything from behavior to disease

In 2003, scientists finished sequencing the entire human genome, paving the way for new discoveries about genetic disorders and the numerous ways that genes influence behavior, health and other traits. But the importance of a complete genome for scientific reference is not limited to humans — researchers are now engaged in an all-out push to assemble the genomes of vertebrates…

Building Missouri’s Economic Impact

Thompson's feedlot allows specialists the opportunity to feed and keep cattle in the state

Beef cattle research was introduced at the Thompson Research Center, located in Spickard, Mo., in 1963, and since that time the site has served as an important research location that emphasizes premium cattle genetics. Thompson, part of the University of Missouri (MU) College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) Agricultural Experiment Station, is continuing to build on that prestigious…

Supporting Future Scientists

Two postdoctoral fellows in the Division of Animal Sciences have received Lalor Foundation fellowships in the past three years

Since 1960, the Lalor Foundation has supported promising new researchers through its postdoctoral fellowship program. The foundation has put the focus of its assistance and funding on research in mammalian reproductive biology, and rewarded researchers who are establishing scientific and teaching careers with postdoctoral grants. During the past three years, two postdoctoral fellows within the University of Missouri (MU) College…