Beef Tour Set for Sept. 16 Vis­its Three Farms

McDonald County Press - - AGRICULTURE -

MOUNT VER­NON — The South­west Mis­souri Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion and Univer­sity of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion will host a tour of three beef op­er­a­tions on Satur­day, Sept. 16. The tour hosts in­clude Car­rier’s Muddy Creek An­gus, Gleonda An­gus Farms and Shin­ing Cross Cat­tle. Each farm is lo­cated near the Lawrence-Dade county line, off Mis­souri 97.

The tour be­gins at 1:30 p.m. at Car­rier’s Muddy Creek An­gus farm.

This fam­ily runs a pure­bred An­gus beef, for­age and row crops farm. They calve both win­ter and fall and sell bulls and heifers for breed­ing stock. Ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion is used on heifers. Car­rier’s use novel fes­cue and ro­ta­tion­ally graze.

David’s dad, Arthur, be­gan the An­gus herd in 1947. About 60 year­ling heifers, 20 fall calv­ing cows and three herd bulls will be on dis­play.

“For­age pro­duc­tion and har­vest is a big deal at Muddy Creek, and you’ll see an example of that with their McHale baler and red clover hay­lage en­tered in the Ozark Em­pire Fair,” said El­don Cole, live­stock spe­cial­ist, Univer­sity of Mis­souri Ex­ten­sion.

The Car­rier’s farm is 1.25 miles south of S&H Farm Sup­ply on High­way 97 or 1.75 miles north of the Dade-Lawrence county line.

Just a few miles south on High­way 97, the tour will visit Gleonda An­gus Farms.

This farm is owned by Leon and Glenda Klee­man and man­aged by grand­son Traves Mer­rick. They raise An­gus breed­ing stock and will ex­plain their in­ter­est in us­ing ge­nomic test­ing, ar­ti­fi­cial in­sem­i­na­tion and re­tained ownership to iden­tify bulls that will work for their cus­tomers.

Traves uses technology and so­cial me­dia to mar­ket bulls. Ex­ten­sive records are kept on Ex­cel spread­sheets and through the Amer­i­can An­gus As­so­ci­a­tion. Freeze brand­ing is now a com­mon prac­tice, and Traves will share his tips for get­ting a sharp brand.

“The cow herd at Gleonda An­gus Farms has about 75 per­cent win­ter calves, with the rest born in the fall. They de­velop most of their bulls on the farm but send a few each test to Green Springs Bulls Test, Ne­vada,” said Cole.

The fi­nal stop is a five-minute drive west on High­way YY, then on Lawrence County 1040, to Shin­ing Cross Cat­tle. The hosts are the McCann fam­ily who moved here 14 years ago from Ari­zona.

“Their orig­i­nal plan was to run cows, but five years ago they con­verted to a steer back­ground­ing program. They now back­ground around 450 head that are pur­chased lo­cally start­ing in De­cem­ber and usu­ally are com­pleted in Fe­bru­ary,” said Cole. “At that time they are for­ward con­tracted via video for July de­liv­ery.”

The McCanns buy steers av­er­ag­ing 550 pounds and sell them when they are in the 900s. Pas­tures are 10 to 15 acres, mostly fes­cue. They do not bale any hay, us­ing stock­pil­ing of fes­cue. They usu­ally hand feed sup­ple­ment.

The South­west Mis­souri Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion will pro­vide beef burg­ers at the con­clu­sion of the tour. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact the Lawrence County MU Ex­ten­sion of­fice in Mount Ver­non at 417-4663102.

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