MU Event Offers Women Farmers Hands-On Learning, Nov. 4-5

   Women farmers from beef, dairy, swine and sheep operations can learn ways to work safer and make more money at the annual Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture event in Columbia.
   The Pearls of Production workshop will be Nov. 4-5 at the University of Missouri Animal Sciences Research Center, 920 E. Campus Dr., Columbia, says MU Extension swine specialist Marcia Shannon.
   Beef, dairy, swine, sheep and goat farmers will find plenty of hands-on sessions to help them farm more efficiently, says MU Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel.
   Bluel is one of the presenters during the two-day event. She and MU Extension livestock specialists Erin Larimore and Anita Snell will discuss safe and low-stress cattle handling, development of a nutrient supplement program and synchronization timed AI. They will tell how to stockpile forages, manage hot fescue and select bulls.
   Their presentations complement forage and pasture management talks by MU Extension specialists Amie Schleicher and Valerie Tate. They will take participants on a pasture walk and talk about budgeting of forages during good and bad years.
   Shannon says MU specialists Corinne Bromfield and Heather Conrow lead Saturday’s hands-on swine sessions. They will discuss on-farm posting of pigs, tissue sampling, vaccination protocols, deworming, swine health update and pregnancy diagnosis.
   The hands-on workshop also features sessions on small tractor and ATV maintenance, farm safety for women, and local marketing of farm products.
   To register, go to For more information, contact Shannon at 573-882-7859 or ∆
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