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New extension livestock specialist working with livestock producers in southwest and west central Missouri

7-25 Davis, PatrickSTOCKTON- Dr. Patrick Davis has returned to southwest Missouri, this time as a livestock specialist for MU Extension and the county program director for Cedar County Extension. He started with MU Extension in 2011 and was headquartered in Neosho and worked in the MAESTRO program conducting farm energy audits.


He is headquartered in Stockton and covers Barton, Cedar, Dade, St. Clair and Vernon counties.


Dr. Davis has his bachelor’s degree in animal science from the University of Missouri-Columbia; his masters in animal science (emphasis in beef cattle reproduction) from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater and his doctor of philosophy in animal science (emphasis on beef cattle nutrition) from the University of Missouri-Columbia.


His job responsibilities are to educate (individually or through programming) livestock producers on proper management, nutrition, reproduction, breeding, genetics and marketing of their livestock. “Along with educating adult livestock producers I will be educating youth livestock producers and exhibitors through Missouri Show-Me-Quality Assurance Training and programs focusing on proper management, nutrition, reproduction, breeding, genetics and marketing of their livestock,” said Davis.


He will also help with programs like the Missouri Show-Me Select Heifer Program, Pork Quality Assurance Plus Program, Missouri Steer Feedout, Missouri Master Gardeners and other MU Extension programs as needed. 


“As the county program director in the Cedar County office I will work with local organizations and groups in Cedar County and the surrounding area to provide them with any educational opportunities that I can within the framework of MU Extension,” said Davis.


How does his work impact residents of southwest and west central Missouri? “Through my job I will provide livestock producers and farmers information that will help them improve their livestock or farming operation,” said Davis.  “As a CPD in Cedar County I hope to be helpful in providing residents of Cedar County and the surrounding areas educational opportunities within the framework of MU Extension that will satisfy their needs.”


Some of his goals for the coming year are to work with existing and developing new livestock and equine programs that he and his colleagues will deliver in the counties that he covers. “I will be attending as many meetings and events as I can within my coverage area to gain contacts, identify needs of the people that MU Extension can fulfill, which will help me in deciding which programming efforts we need to do in the coming years”.


Cedar County will also be holding Missouri Master Gardener training in the late winter to early spring, so keep that in mind if you would like to attend and be a part of that program.


As far as a group to target for his services, Davis said, “Livestock producers and farmers in my coverage area,” said Davis. “As the CPD in Cedar County I will work with groups and organizations not related to livestock and farming as needed.”


As to where residents of southwest and west central Missouri will be most likely to see Davis, he stated, “I will be at agriculture workshops and meetings.  I will be at the Show-Me Select Heifer sales in the fall and spring”.


Dr. Patrick Davis, assistant extension professional, livestock specialist and CPD for Cedar County can be reached at 113 South St., Stockton, telephone (417) 276-3313 or e-mail at davismp@missouri.edu.


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