livestock


Promoting Environmental Stewardship

MDA Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program rewards responsible stewards

The Missouri Department of Agriculture has always put a strong focus on commending farmers, producers, ranchers and landowners who are good stewards of the resources in their care. The Missouri Agricultural Stewardship Assurance Program was unveiled in 2015 to acknowledge and reward those responsible stewards. MDA has certified nearly 90 farms across the state thus far, including the University…

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An Unusual Month

Hot and dry conditions have been prevalent throughout June

Tony Lupo, a University of Missouri professor of atmospheric sciences, had one word to describe the rather hot and dry month of June: unusual. “When you have a strong El Niño like we did this winter, the summers are hot and dry,” Lupo said. “That heat is usually upfront, in the months of June and July.” Lupo said his team predicted the hot June temperatures back in January. El Niño was…

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To Pastures and Beyond

John Lory's 'Skylab' looks to the future of forage management

Skylab is a unique tractor equipped with several sensors used to monitor forages. The … Expand ▸Skylab is a unique tractor equipped with several sensors used to monitor forages. The tractor’s high clearance allows researchers to collect data from a pasture multiple times and not cause impact to the forages. It looks like something from a science fiction tale or…

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Putting Cows to Work

Study examines winter feeding strategies to improve pastures

Cows eat unrolled hay at Forage Systems Research Center near Linneus, Mo. John Lory is in the business of moving and managing nutrients. Lory, an extension associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences at MU, is exploring three winter feeding strategies to evaluate the best way to use manure from cattle to fertilize the pasture for the following season. Lory said winter feeding practices…

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Forage Systems Research Center Field Day

Valerie Montgomery, an agricultural science teacher in Bucklin, Mo. and CAFNR graduate, examines a … Expand ▸Valerie Montgomery, an agricultural science teacher in Bucklin, Mo. and CAFNR graduate, examines a forage stick, a device used for measuring forage height and density. This summer’s drought and heat put pressure on many Missouri livestock producers.…

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