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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807

November 16, 2018

Elizabeth MacConnell: New MU Extension Livestock
Specialist Serving Howell and Neighboring Counties

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — This profile of a University of Missouri Extension specialist is part of an on-going series designed to inform the news media and the general public about the wide range of program expertise that exists among extension specialists in southwest Missouri.

Name/title: Elizabeth MacConnell Picking, Livestock Field Specialist

Started with Extension: November 5, 2018

Headquartered: Howell County extension office, West Plains

Education Background: Bachelors in Animal Science and Master of Science in Physiology of Reproduction from Texas A&M University

Past experience: "I was a very active member of both 4H and FFA holding multiple offices, showing livestock and horses, and competing in various judging and career development events. I have been heavily involved with the horse industry through training, showing, and judging for many years and will continue to train and show my personal horses. During my master's degree work, I had the opportunity to work extensively with cattle, sheep, goats, and horses focusing on researching how maternal nutrition during pregnancy can impact offspring development and performance. I also have taught animal science and reproduction courses to undergraduate students," said MacConnell.

Job Responsibilities: "My job entails assessing and addressing the needs of livestock producers in the southwest region of Missouri. I will be working with other extension faculty to develop and implement educational programs for livestock producers. My job also includes assisting producers with better management strategies for their specific operations," said MacConnell.

What are some goals you have for the coming year? "I would like to make producers aware of the assistance I can provide them in order to reach their personal goals. I would like to get a grasp on the educational needs in my counties and implement a new programs like a 4H horse program, and Beef Quality Assurance training," said MacConnell.

Is there a group you are targeting for your services? "I would like to assist any and all livestock producers or owners regardless of number or type of animals. A lot of my time will likely be spent working with cattle producers due to the large numbers of cattle in the region," said MacConnell.

Where are residents of southwest Missouri most likely to see you? "I am based in West Plains at the Howell county extension office but will travel regularly to other counties in the region. When not working, I will be riding my horses or doing other outdoor activities like hiking or fishing with my husband and dogs," said MacConnell.

Contact Information:

1376 Bill Virdon Blvd. West Plains, MO 65775

Phone: 417-256-2391

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