Redbooks For Beef Cattle Records Available Now From MU Extension Livestock Specialists

   The popular, pocket-sized beef cattle record book is now available at University of Missouri Extension centers. University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer program sponsor the book.
   The book contains the international year/letter designation for animal identification and 2018 is the letter F. Also included is a gestation table, calf death loss code, calving ease score, body condition score system, Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) best practices, cow and bull inventory pages, pasture usage pages, SPA performance measures, AI breeding records, and calf birth information for over 800 calves.
   Redbooks first appeared in Missouri in 1987. Some current users have relied on it for nearly 30 years. Many use the book for collecting field data and transfer it to their computer record system.
   There are a limited so contact your regional livestock specialist soon if you would like to purchase a book for $6. There is an added postage fee if you need it mailed to you.
   For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock 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. ∆

 Shannon Neely (right) purchases the first Red Book from Janet Adams, secretary of the
 Lawrence County Extension Center. Shannon and her husband Tim are long-time users
 of the record book, said "We love our Redbooks. They're our lifeline for the cow herd."

 Photo credit: University of Missouri Extension

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