WARSAW, Mo. – The annual Hickory County Cattlemen’s Bus Tour will be held August 4 through August 7, 2014. Plans are underway to provide stops in Iowa and Illinois according to Gene Schmitz, MU Extension livestock specialist in Warsaw.
“The tour is designed to give area cattlemen and women an inside look at the innovative management techniques of other producers while viewing some impressive cattle. It is also designed to help increase participants knowledge and understanding of different areas of agriculture that can affect the beef industry,” said Schmitz.
Iowa stops include Werner Family Angus, Inc. which features the Werner Feed Efficiency Testing Center; Hoover Angus, 2005 Angus Producer of the Year; Couser Cattle Company, 2010 winner of NCBA’s Environmental Stewardship Award; Summit Farms; a diversified beef, pork and crop production company; and Sievers Family Farms which operate two monoslope confinement feeding barns and direct market beef.
Illinois stops include Werner Angus Farms, a spring and fall calving purebred producer; Tyson Fresh Meats plant tour; Lowderman Cattle Company, a purebred Hereford operation; and Toland’s River Oak Ranch, which specializes in low input contract growing beef replacement heifers utilizing rotational grazing on tall fescue pastures.
The cost per person is $335 which includes transportation and hotels (double occupancy). Reservations will be accepted until June 20 or until the bus is full. Participants will load the bus at either Preston or Lincoln.
“The bus is reserved and we have a limited number of openings. Please call prior to sending in reservation fees to make sure room is available,” asks Schmitz.
Registration and payment can be made by mail or dropped off at the MU Extension Center in Hermitage.
For a registration form, a complete itinerary, internet links to several tour stops, for more information or to make arrangements due to a disability, contact the Hickory County Extension office at (417) 745-6767, the Benton County Extension Center at (660) 438-5012, or Gene Schmitz by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.