Dale Watson
Commercial Agriculture Beef and Livestock Specialist
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For the Week of
September 16, 1999

Three Beef Programs Offered

Three beef programs, Missouri Beef Cattle Feed Out (winter), 1999-2000 MO Valley Bull Test and the MO Beef Heifer Development Program will be offered to cattle producers for the fall of 1999. These programs are open to all producers and require only a minimum number of consignments for participation. The entry deadline for the Missouri Beef Feed Out, held in cooperation with Manken Cattle Company of Salisbury, MO is Friday, October 15, 1999. This event offers two delivery dates. This change provides individuals the opportunity to wean calves for delivery on Wednesday, November 3, 1999, or to grow them for approximately 60 days and deliver them on Wednesday, January 12, 2000.

This program is designed to provide the producer the opportunity to evaluate the genetics and management of their calves from feedlot performance and carcass characteristics, gain experience feeding cattle and retaining ownership without the investment and risk of feeding an entire pen of cattle. Through participation in this program the quality and reputation for Missouri Feeder Cattle will be improved.

Entries and delivery of bulls for the 1999-2000 MO Valley Bull Test, held at Valley Farms of Mendon, MO are scheduled for no later than Wednesday, October 20, 1999. Bulls must be born between December 1, 1998 and April 15, 1999. Only polled or dehorned bulls will be accepted.

Official weigh in is scheduled for Wednesday, November 10, 1999, with the conclusion of this test to be completed on Wednesday, March 1, 2000.

The third beef cattle event scheduled for this fall is the MO Beef Heifer Development Program. This popular event is held at Rocking 8 Cattle Company of Fayette, MO and has seen increased growth each year in both participants and number of entries since the initiation of this program. Heifers accepted in this program must be born after January 1, 1999 and prior to April 1, Minimum weight upon arrival should be 450 pounds with not more than 50 pounds heavier than the average of the herd. Receiving weight will be used to determine group assignment for establishing target weights.

The health of each individual participating in each of these programs is very important. All participants must be weaned a minimum of 3 weeks prior to delivery and have received the following immunizations: IBR, PI3, BVD, BRSV, Haemophilus Somnus, Pasteurella including both Multocidia and Hemolytica, and 7-8 way clostridial. The IBR, PI3, BVD, and BRSV are to be modified live vaccines. Brucellosis vaccination is required on all entries for the MO Beef Heifer Development Program.

For additional information feel free to contact the Carroll County University of Missouri Extension Center at (660) 542-1792.

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