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Hickory County Cattlemen’s bus tour

August 7, 2017 - August 10, 2017

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Hermitage, Mo. – Hickory County University of Missouri Extension Center is working to put on The Hickory County Cattlemen’s Bus Tour designed to educate cattle producers on various cattle operations and other livestock as well as agricultural operations in southern Missouri, Western Kentucky and Southern Illinois.

The tour and stops will be as follows:

  • August 7th
    • Journagan Ranch in Mountain Grove, Mo.
      • The largest purebred Hereford herd in the United States.
      • This herd was donated to Missouri State University by the Leo Journagan Family and used by the university to provide students the opportunity to gain hands-on ranching experience through a unique internship program that has benefited dozens of students, for some, their first experience on a farm.
    • Tribute Dairy in Benton, Mo.
      • This is a large scale irrigated grazing dairy in which cows are grass fed, unconfined and able to produce A2 milk
  • August 8th
    • Black Hawk Farms Princeton, Ky.
      • This farm raises, finishes and slaughters their high quality premium Black Angus beef in the Black Hawk and Princeton, Kentucky Area as well as having a state of the art compost barn for grain finishing their cattle.
    • University of Kentucky Research and Education Center in Princeton, Ky.
      • They conduct research with livestock, pastures, grain crops, tobacco, fruits, and vegetables
    • We will also tour a Horse Production operation in the Princeton Kentucky area
  • August 9th
    • Oak Hollow Angus in Smiths Grove, Ky.
      • This is the largest Angus breeder in Kentucky having females that have to be profitable to the commercial cattlemen and continually select for traits of economic importance.
    • Cool Springs Ranch in Elizabethtown, Ky.
      • This is a commercial cattle operation near the Elizabethtown, Kentucky area.
    • Beauchamp/Alexander Cattle Operation in Hardinsburg, Ky.
      • This cattle operation has Beefmaster and Angus cattle selling several bulls to commercial cattle producers. They have also consigned heifers West Kentucky Bred Heifer Sale. They also received the KFGC Grassroots award in 2005.
  • August 10th
    • Tom Saxe in Thompsonville, Ill.
      • This former extension specialist in southern Illinois will discuss his Sim-Angus cattle operation.
    • Soulard Farmers Market in St. Louis, Mo.
      • This is a historic farmers market with a 200 year tradition featuring locally grown and shipped in goods, including produce, meats, cheeses, spices, gourmet kettle corn, flowers, baked goods, and general merchandise.
    • St. James Winery in St. James, Mo.
      • This winery’s 40-year history involves producing unique regional wines that reflect the natural character of their grape varieties grown in the Ozark Highlands.

The cost to attend the tour is $365 per person and needs to be paid by July 15th to the Hickory County MU Extension Center, 203 Cedar Street, Hermitage, MO 65668. If you have any questions about this tour you can contact Regional MU Extension Agronomy Specialist Terry Halleran (417 – 745 – 6767), Livestock Specialist Gene Schmitz (660 – 438 – 5012) and Livestock Specialist Patrick Davis (417 – 276 – 3313).

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August 7, 2017
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