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News Update

February 25, 2016

Beef Talk: Expanding genetics

If one is building a house and the door does not fit, does the carpenter throw away the hammer? No. If one is building a cow herd and the cows are the wrong size, does the producer throw away the bull expected progeny differences (EPDs)? No.

Cow-size discussions at any time can be pretty involved and good. Are the cows too big? Are the cows too small? What is the right size? The discussion tends to feed into groups who tend to gather and discuss the other group.

Discussion is good. The cow-size goal should meet the needs, resources and environment the cow will live in, and it should match the desires of the producer in performance and acceptable type. Producers have many cows from which to pick. Sorting cows is an art and a science; it should be fact-based with some modification for experience.

Let’s change the cow-size discussion to a bull-size discussion. Generally, the cow herd genetics are changed through the purchase of bulls. On average, genes from an individual calf are as follows: Half come from the sire, one-fourth come from the maternal grandsire and one-fourth come from the maternal granddam.

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South Dakota House Committee Considers COOL

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association (SDSA) representatives testified in support of House Bill 1228 in front of South Dakota’s House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources. The bill would have created a requirement that grocery stores within the state of South Dakota label beef as to its country of origin if the information is available to them.

According to Bill Kluck, president of the SDSA, “Our association has been strong supporters of COOL and feel that a customer really should be able to determine where their food is coming from. We have these labels on most of our other products, and we think a customer should have the same information on their beef.”

In testimony offered during the hearing, Silvia Christen, executive director of the SDSA said, “This bill makes sure that any information that our grocery stores do have about the origin of the beef in their stores is passed on to the customers.”

For more information, please view the full SDSA news release online.

SRM Concludes 2016 Annual Conference

The Society for Range Management (SRM) recently concluded its annual conference, hosted in Corpus Christi, Texas, Jan. 31-Feb. 4. This year’s meeting, “Rangelands and Wildlife,” sponsored by Dow AgroSciences, included symposia, workshops and forums focused on the unique relationship between the world’s rangelands and wildlife.

In what continues to be an important topic within the natural resources field, this year’s meeting brought together federal agencies, private range consultants, producers, academia, high school and collegiate-level students and industry partners in a week-long conference totaling more than 1,100 attendees and representing 34 states and seven countries.

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Alltech Mycotoxin Management Enhances Website

Following farmer feedback and several months of development and testing, the Alltech Mycotoxin Management program has relaunched an updated version of the website,

Originally launched in 2007, the site has been redesigned to provide a better reading experience, ensuring the site is optimized for smartphones and tablets, as well as dedicating a portion of the site to an abundant resource section with the latest mycotoxin analysis information to view and download. With an overall focus on injecting simplicity into a complicated topic area, the website aims to be a useful destination for those interested in understanding more about the global mycotoxin threat.

For more information, please view the full Alltech news release online.

Farm Tour Includes John Deere and Tyson Plants

The 2016 East Central Missouri Cattlemen’s Tour, sponsored by the University of Missouri (MU) Extension and the MU Division of Animal Sciences, features stops at cattle farms, meat packing plants and other points of interest in two states.

MU Extension livestock specialist Ted Cunningham said the March 17-19 tour includes pickup points at Rolla, Vienna and Fulton. Stops include Musgrave Angus, Griggsville, Ill.; University of Illinois Orr Beef Research Center; Tyson Fresh Meats beef packing facility, Joslin, Ill.; John Deere Harvester Works, East Moline, Ill.; Greg Drebes’ Prairie View Farms, Monroe City, Mo.; and Linnenbringer Farms, Hatton, Mo.

The tour cost includes transportation, lodging, fees and most meals. Cost is $675 per couple for a double-occupancy room and $475 for a single-occupancy room.

Register by March 4 at Contact Cunningham at 573-729-3196 or or Heather Conrow at 573-642-0755 or

For more information, please view the full MU Extension release online.


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