MEMBERS ENJOY 'SHOW ME' BEEF TOUR
Twenty-five members attended the Alabama Farmers Federation's "Show Me" Beef Tour to Missouri, Sept. 19-25. The group traveled 936 miles and visited six farms, a feedlot and a stockyard. The tour stops represented a combined capacity of 24,000 head of cattle.
|O.D. Cope, owner of Cope Land & Cattle in Aurora, Mo., right, greets Federation members as they arrive at his farm during the tour.|
The tour's main focus was residual feed intake (RFI), Management Intensive Grazing and improving genetic selection. Several stops emphasized the importance of improving feed efficiency.
Tour participants also learned about genetic selection and forage efficiency.
One of the most popular tour stops was Circle A Feeders in Huntsville, Mo., a private feed yard that only buys and feeds cattle from Circle A Angus seedstock customers. The feed yard has a one-time capacity of 5,000 head where all cattle are under one roof and bedded on sawdust, resulting in zero waste runoff.
Circle A Feeders also uses the Grow Safe System to test specific American Breeder Services sire groups for feed efficiency and to improve their own genetics.
The tour ended with some family fun in Branson where members were able to take in shows and do some shopping.