Farm Talk

October 2, 2012

MU Extension booth to be at Farmfest


Parsons, Kansas — The area’s largest farm equipment and livestock display will be featured this year at the 33rd Annual Ozark Fall Farmfest, Oct. 5-7.

University of Missouri Extension has provided educational demonstrations and a booth exhibit at Farmfest since 1988.

The annual event attracts an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 visitors. Visitors come from adjoining states and a large section of Missouri to see exhibits on farm related products and services.

While it is called Farmfest, the audience makeup is a wide variety of persons besides farmers. Fridays attract a large number of FFA students and on the weekend many part-time and potential farmers attend.

The MU Extension booth will in the rural living section of the west exhibit hall of the E-Plex at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.

Featured topics at the MU Extension booth this year will be: drought recovery, buying hay, field bioassay for herbicides with new seedlings and Quality Beef by the Numbers.

Quality Beef by the Numbers (QB) is a brand new effort to stimulate the adoption of genetic and reproductive technology that adds value to beef cattle produced in Missouri and across the United States.

Mike Kasten, a cow-calf producer from Millersville and the newly named QB program director will be at the MU Extension booth on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. He will answer questions about the program and visit about his own use of fixed-time artificial insemination.

“Mike has been stacking his breeding program with high accuracy, high quality grading sires. This enables him to have a 20 to 30 percent Prime and 70 or so percent Certified Angus Beef average on his herd’s carcasses,” said Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with MU Extension.

In addition to being educated, farmers find the Farmfest a great opportunity to purchase equipment at an attractive price. While at the event, visit the Ozarks Beef House for a meal. It is run by several southwest Missouri cattlemen’s associations.£