The Clark County Cattlemen's Association will host the 2001 Missouri Beef Tour, said Bob Larson, veterinarian for the University of Missouri Commercial Agriculture program.

Larson and Bruce Lane, University Extension regional livestock specialist, Kirksville, MO, working with Clark County beef producers, have planned tour stops.

The tour will be held Saturday, July 21, starting at 1 p.m. Beef producers in Missouri and adjoining states are invited to take part in the tour, Lane said. There is no registration fee.

The first tour stop is at the Kenneth Suter Family Farm just off Highway A south and east of Fairmont. A second stop is scheduled at the Harold Trump farm on Highway 136 west of Luray.

"Both Suter and Trump have been innovators with their beef cattle operations," Lane said.

Suter is an intensive grazing pioneer in northeast Missouri, starting the grazing practice in 1989. His first effort at intensive grazing was a wagon wheel design around a pond that supplied water for the paddocks. The Suter family operates 600 acres and all is intensively managed. Most paddocks are five acres in size. They also are strip-grazed. The Suters also are one of five families that established Grassland Beef L.L.C. Suter and John Wood, Monticello, will discuss their efforts to promote and sell grass-fed beef.

Several topics are on the agenda at the Trump farm, Lane said. Trump has had heifers enrolled in the Missouri Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Program for the past three years and now has 250 plus heifers in the 2001 program. The 250 heifers include some from the Trump herd plus others that he has bought. Trump has marketed stocker cattle to B3R Branded Beef in Childress, Texas, since 1996. He receives a premium based on yield and grade and gets carcass information back from the packer as well.

The Clark County cattleman also uses grazing corn and turnips for summer forage and also has strip-grazed field corn the past two years.

"In addition to stops featuring the Suter and Trump operations we'll have other Clark County producers on hand to discuss additional topics," Lane said.

"Larry Wilson has a purebred Angus operation and will tell of his use of ultrasound technology in developing EPDs--expected progeny differences--for carcass traits.

"Also, Bill Casey has agreed to tell about his use of by-product feeds in his stocker operation," Lane continued. "We're still making arrangements, so we will likely have additional tour topics by the time arrangements are complete."

The tour ends at the Trump farm with a beef dinner prepared and served by members of the Clark County Cattlemen's Association, according to Steve Krueger, president of the Association.

Sponsors of the 2001 Missouri Beef Tour include the Missouri Cattlemen's Association, Missouri Beef Council, University of Missouri Outreach and Extension, the Commercial Agriculture program, agribusinesses and individuals supporting the Missouri beef industry, and the Clark County Cattlemen's Association.

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