MU Thompson Farm field day, Sept. 21, looks at profitable beef cow herds

By Duane Dailey/University of Missouri Extension

Making profits from beef herds will be taught Sept. 21 at the University of Missouri Thompson Farm field day near Spickard, Mo.

Genetics, breeding, feeding and selling improve profits, say MU Extension specialists.

“For a change, the program will be in the evening,” said Rod Geisert, superintendent, Columbia. Sign-in opens at 3:30 p.m. and is followed by farm tours.

“We hope farmers with off-farm jobs can attend,” Geisert said.

Talks begin at 6:15 p.m., with dinner at 7:15. Speakers won’t talk just profits. They look at the big picture of beef production.

Jared Decker, MU Extension geneticist, has a message for herd owners. “Profits are the most important trait for beef cows.”

Calving ease, weaning weight, carcass merit and other traits improve a herd. “Dollars count most at the end of the year,” said the beef specialist.

The complete story is in the Friday, Sept. 15, 2017 Richmond News.

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