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Marcia Shannon

For the second year in a row, the University of Missouri Extension is hosting a program designed specifically for women.  Day one will consist of a wide variety of topics and speakers.  “We’re going to start out by trying to give them some hot topics in animal agriculture right now,” said Shannon, “So, we’re going to talk about GMO’s in your food and some of the truths behind that.  We’re going to cover meat labeling.  A lot of the afternoon, we’re going to spend some time actually on their health and some of the aspects of a women working on the farm and the health things associated with it.  We will have Karen Funkenbusch with us and she will talk about ergonomics.”

Participants can anticipate a hands-on experience during day two of the program.  “They will actually do some calf-processing, so we will look at vaccinations, tattooing, DNA, and they will do some castrations,” said Shannon, “We will also work on handling of semen, how to handle the nitrogen tank, and those sorts of things.  For swine, we will also do some artificial insemination, semen handling, heat detection, and looking at reproductive tracts.  There will also be sessions on farrowing and baby pig processing, vaccination protocols, and bio security.”

The program will be held at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Columbia on November 7th and 8th.  Pre-registration is now underway with the early registration price of $125.  That cost will increase to $150 after October 9th.  More information, including a full schedule for both days, can be found by visiting the event website.