JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A long time veterinarian from Unionville, MO will be honored at the 2017 Missouri Livestock Symposium on Friday, December 1, 2017. Dr. Fon E. Owings will be inducted into the Missouri Livestock Hall of Fame as the Missouri Livestock Symposium’s Livestock Person of the Year. Hill is the 15th person to be selected for this honor. Those selected have made significant contributions to the livestock industry in northeast Missouri and beyond.

Dr. Owings was born and raised in Putnam County and graduated from Unionville High School with the class of 1947. After high school he attended the University of Missouri School of Veterinary Medicine and graduated with the class of 1955. He opened a private veterinary clinic in Unionville, which he continued to run for the past 59 plus years.

He is a lifetime member of the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, served on numerous committees of the Missouri Veterinary Association and is an honor roll member of the American Veterinary Association. He was Veterinarian in Charge for the Putnam County Feeder Calf Sale from 1960 to 1990, Unionville Livestock Market and Unionville Sale Barn for 55 years and the Centerville Livestock Market in Centerville, Iowa for 30 years.

He and his wife Norma worked together in his veterinary clinic and raised three boys and one girl.

The Missouri Livestock Symposium will be held Friday, December 1 from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, December 2 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Symposium features nationally known speakers of beef cattle, horses, forages, sheep, meat goats, stock dogs, around the farm and home topics and more. It also features a free dinner on Friday evening, December 1 and a free Governor’s Style Luncheon on Saturday, December 2 at noon. No Registration is required to attend and there is no cost to attend.

For additional information on the Symposium program or trade show, visit the webpage at or call the Adair County Extension Center at 660-665-9866.