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Eileen Yager
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Published: October 30, 2008
Story Source: Dave Patterson, (573) 882-7519

MU honors Patterson for work with beef industry

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Dave Patterson, University of Missouri Extension agricultural economist, received the Donald W. Fancher Provost Award for Outstanding Achievement in Extension and Continuing Education, Oct. 30, for his work with the state's beef industry.

Patterson was the driving force behind Show-Me Select Replacement Heifers, the nation's first statewide comprehensive reproduction management and marketing program for replacement heifers.

Participation in the program from 1997 to 2007 involved 77,784 heifers on 640 farms across Missouri, 186 local veterinarians and 17 regional extension livestock specialists. During this time, producers sold 19,141 heifers through sanctioned Show-Me Select sales with gross receipts of $20.8 million. The net impact on Missouri's economy exceeded $30 million.

Patterson's extension program is supported by his research in reproductive management. That research has resulted in new strategies to synchronize estrous cycles in beef cows and replacement heifers in natural service, artificial insemination, or embryo transfer breeding programs. Two protocols to synchronize estrus, MGA Select and 7-11 Synch, have gained wide industry acceptance.

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