Persons interested in learning more about the Missouri Show-Me-Select Beef Heifer Development Program are invited to an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on Sept. 15 at the University of Missouri Extension Center inside the county courthouse in Mt. Vernon.

"In addition to details about the process involved in qualifying heifers for the SMS ear tag, past participants will be in attendance and they will respond to questions about how they benefited from the program," said Eldon Cole, livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

The May sale of SMS heifers at Joplin Regional Stockyards had an average price of $2,444 on 228 bred heifers. The cattle market has remained strong since then so there is much optimism surrounding the next sale scheduled for 7 p.m., Nov. 21 at the Joplin Regional Stockyards.

At the Sept. 15 meeting, advertising will be discussed and consignors will draw for sale order positions.

 

Women Farmers Program

Annie's Project in Missouri is celebrating 10 years of empowering farm women to be better managers and owners of their farming operations. The celebration will take place at a two-day conference on Sept. 19-20 in the Lake of the Ozarks area that is open to all area female farmers.

Some of the Midwest's top agriculture professionals will be featured at the conference. Jerry Crownover, beef producer and humorist, will be the Friday night keynote speaker. Teddy Gentry, vocalist and bass guitarist for the band Alabama and founder of South Poll Cattle Breed, will discuss matching cattle to your environment. John Baker, attorney and administrator of the Iowa State University Beginning Farmer Center, will discuss how to treat heirs fairly when only one is taking over the farm.

Other topics covered at the events will include the 2014 farm bill, financial statements –beyond the basics, financing your farm, market outlook, climate trends, livestock production, and crop, forage, and livestock insurance.

Registration, which covers the costs of meals, breaks and conference materials, is $35. The agenda and registration online can be found online at http://extension.missouri.edu/annie or by calling the Polk County Extension Center at 417-326-4916.

 

Feedout deadline

The Missouri Feedout program is designed to let herd owners learn about their cattle's strengths and weaknesses. It also helps producers determine if their cattle are ready for programs like Missouri's Quality Beef by the numbers, Certified Angus Beef and other branded programs.

The 2014-15 Feedout sign-up is underway with an Oct. 10 deadline. Eligible steer calves are those born after Jan. 1, 2014. The collection of calves for shipment to Iowa takes place Nov. 4. The Tri-County Steer Carcass Futurity Cooperative requests those calves be weaned by Sept. 20.

A brochure on the feedout can be found at http://extension.missouri.edu/lawrence.

The feedout program was started over 30 years ago in an attempt to allow cow herd owners to see how a small sample of their steers performed after they are weaned. A minimum of five steer calves make up an entry. Larger herds should enter more calves.

David Burton, civic communication specialist for University of Missouri Extension, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807, can be reached at 881-8909 or burton@missouri.edu.