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

March 18, 2016

Body Condition Scoring Clinic in West Plains and
Mt. Grove Designed to Improve Herd Management

MT. GROVE, Mo. — A workshop dealing with body condition scoring of beef cows will be held in Mt. Grove and West Plains during April.

"The class will assist beef producers in understanding why body condition is important to herd management, how to determine body condition and assign scores to individual cows, and how to affect body condition through nutritional management," said Ted Probert, dairy specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Additionally, the workshop will feature an on-farm "lab session" where participants will have the opportunity to visually appraise cows and assign them body conditions scores.

Both of the workshops will run from 9 a.m. to mid-afternoon. Locations and dates of the workshops are April 7 at the Howell County Extension Center in West Plains and April 14 at the MSU Fruit Experiment Station in Mountain Grove.

The fee for attendance will be $15 per person, and lunch will be provided.

The following University of Missouri Extension specialists will be instructors for the workshop: Randy Wiedmeier, livestock specialist, Andy McCorkle, livestock specialist, and Ted Probert, dairy specialist.

Anyone interested in learning about evaluating the nutritional state of beef cows and using body condition scoring as a nutritional and reproductive management tool is welcome to attend.

Pre-register for the class is required and can be done by contacting the Wright County Extension office at 417-547-7545, or the Howell County Extension office at 417-256-2391.

Source: Ted Probert, (417) 547-7545

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