Nov 02, 2021

College of the Ozarks to host beef production sale on campus

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — The College of the Ozarks Agricultural Department will hold their Registered Hereford Production Sale on Saturday, Nov. 27, at 12 p.m. in the sale barn on the C of O campus.

A complementary meal will be served at 11 a.m. in the Youngman Ag Dome.

The auction will feature purebred Hereford cattle: bulls, bred heifers, cow/calf pairs, open heifers, and spring bred splits (a cow bred to calve in the spring and her calf from last spring). The sale will also include commercial cattle -- black baldy and red baldy heifers.

The sale will be live-streamed at this link: There will not be online bidding, but call-in bids can be accepted.

Tammy Holder, associate professor of agronomy, serves as general farm manager, and Ben Carpenter serves as beef farm manager. 

"When I talk to people from other colleges about our sale, and tell them the students are the auctioneers, they are amazed and envious of the opportunity our students get,” Carpenter said. “Former students who have taken the class have used their skills to do small fundraiser auctions in their communities. It may only be an elective class, but what the students take away, will last a lifetime." 

“Our cattle have been selected for meat quality, growth, fertility, and the ability to raise calves on fescue hills of the Ozarks,” Holder said. “We take pride in taking the finest care of our animals, and we are excited to sell animals from our herd.”

The students enrolled in the Livestock Merchandising class will be helping with the auction. The students do everything from picking out the cattle to helping develop advertisements, save-the-date cards, picturing the cattle for the catalog, and producing the catalog.

“Our goal at the beef farm is to teach students how to raise registered and commercial beef cattle,” Holder said. “Our cattle are sold as purebred Hereford replacement females and herd bulls, or as butchered beef. We treat the farm as an extension of our classroom, where students can gain hands-on experience to back up what they are learning in the classroom. The students have experience with artificial insemination, calving out cows, feeding, vaccinating cattle, handling and working cattle, feeding steers out in the feedlot, ultra- sounding pregnant cows, ultra-sounding for meat quality, harvesting steers, processing and packaging meat.” 

For more information, contact Tammy Holder at (417) 342-0871, or Ben Carpenter at (573) 289-8553.