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David Burton
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Springfield, MO 65807

November 30, 2018

Award Results at the Southwest Missouri Beef
Cattle Improvement Association Meeting Held in Springfield

STOCKTON, Mo. — On the evening of Nov. 19 at the Annual Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association Meeting in Springfield, two cattle operations were honored with the association's top awards.

The Seedstock Award was presented to Doug and Elaine Haile of Pettis Valley Farms near Lamar.

Doug joined the American Angus Association in 1973 and raised register black Angus cattle and did some crossbreeding until 1988 when their herd became a strict registered Angus herd. He went to artificial insemination (AI) school receiving the knowledge and expertise that he then implemented on his cattle operation. At the peak of their cattle operation, they had 75 cows with between 20 and 30 being bred AI each year. Currently, they raise all their replacement females and sell registered bulls through sales and programs such as Southwest Missouri All Breeds Performance Tested Bull Sale, and the Green Springs Tested Bull Sale in addition to selling them off the farm via private treaty.

The Commercial Cattle Producer Award was presented to Mast Farms with Kenneth Mast and his wife Rachel and children present to receive the award.

Mast Farms is a family operation near Lamar that started raising cattle in the early 1980s. The operation started using AI in 2004 and continues to use it today. They started being involved with the Missouri Show-Me Select Replacement Heifer Program in 2008 and have sold 194 heifers in 21 sales since the fall of 2008. The cattle operation consists of 150 mama cows with the cow base being a high percentage of Gelbvieh and color being 75% red and 25% black. They are shifting their herd more to the red side. They use Gelbvieh and Red Angus sires. Also, some of the Show-Me Select Replacement Heifers will be bred to Black Angus sires. Their operation consists of both spring and fall calving cows with a higher percentage of fall vs. spring.

MU Extension Livestock Field Specialist Patrick Davis made the award presentations.

For more information on the Southwest Missouri Beef Cattle Improvement Association or awards visit their website at or contact any of the MU Extension livestock field specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Dr. Randy Wiedmeier, in Ozark County at (417) 679-3525; or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.

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Source: Dr. Patrick Davis, 417-276-3313

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