Hickory County Cattlemen's bus tour planned
The annual Hickory County Cattlemen’s Bus Tour is Aug. 5 to 8 and will travel south to Oklahoma and Texas for several educational and interesting stops according to Brie Menjoulet, agronomy specialist with the University of Missouri Extension in Hickory County.
“This 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 and to help increase their knowledge and understanding of different areas of agriculture that can affect the beef industry,” Menjoulet said.
This year the tour will visit with Red Angus producer, Jerry Jeffries, at Jeffries Cattle. Participants will then take a tour of the commercial and Red Angus herds at Broseco Ranch, where the group will learn more about their white-tail deer breeding program and hunting offerings.
Tour participants will also get to visit with Beefmaster producers: Steve and Jill Spears, and Charolais producer Eric Dennis at Dennis Charolais. A tour of the Black Angus and Clydesdale programs at Express Ranches will also be offered.
“The tour will also include a visit of the research farms operated by the Nobel Foundation where we’ll have the opportunity to view forage trial research plots, cattle handling facilities, the ‘boarbuster’ trap used to capture wild hogs and to learn more about adding value to culled cows and measuring forage capacity,” Menjoulet said.
The cost per “head” is $335, which includes transportation and hotels (double occupancy). Reservations will be accepted until June 20 or until the bus is full.
“We have a limited number of openings. Please call prior to sending any money to make sure the bus is not already full,” Menjoulet said.
Registration and payment can be made by mail or dropped-off at the MU Extension office in Hermitage. Current participant pick-up locations include Preston, Springfield and Mount Vernon.
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 or visit http://extension.missouri.edu/hickory/.