GUEST SPEAKER: Bob Weaber
University of Missouri assistant professor of animal science
"Effects of cow size on returns to the cow-calf enterprise"
Bob Weaber’s extension responsibilities include developing an innovative beef cattle production educational program focused on genetics.
This statewide effort includes developing and delivering educational programs to seed-stock and commercial beef producers to broaden the use and understanding of available genetic selection tools (EPDs, DNA markers, and selection indexes), as well as performance data collection schemes and methods on which they are built
He aims to expand the use of structured cross-breeding systems that create environmentally-adapted females and high-quality market, targeted calves. Educational programs include ongoing training of regional livestock specialists and interaction with producers through a variety of media including face-to-face presentations, online seminars, interactive television, and farm visits.
Weaber provides genetics expertise, consultation, and programmatic leadership to both the Premier Beef Program through involvement with the Commercial Ag Beef Focus Team and to the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program
Weaber also is instrumental in the leadership and delivery of national extension and outreach programs in the area of beef cattle genetics through his involvement in the Beef Improvement Federation, the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium, and eXtension’s Beef Cattle Clearinghouse Community of Practice.