The 2013 Commercial Ag Beef Tour will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, in Marion and Lewis counties in northeastern Missouri. The tour begins at Greg and Sue Drebes' Prairie View Farms, 6096 Highway Z, Monroe City, at 12:30 p.m.
The tour will have a "progressive supper" format. At each tour stop, visitors will hear presentations from the owners about their operations and challenges they have faced. Each stop will also feature talks from experts on subjects important to raising and marketing cattle. The tour concludes with a complimentary beef dinner at Terry and Marilyn Little's TL Ranch in Monticello.
The 2013 Beef Tour is the 17th annual tour sponsored by the University of Missouri Extension Commercial Agriculture Program, under the direction of Rex Ricketts. Justin Sexten and Craig Payne worked with MU Extension livestock specialists Zac Erwin and Daniel Mallory to select operations highlighting a variety of production and marketing systems.
2013 tour stops
Visitors at Greg Drebes' Prairie View Farms will tour his modified open-front building. Drebes will explain how he decided on the design and how well it has worked for his purebred Simmental and Sim x Angus breeding program.
Drebes plans to maintain his herd of 200 purebred cows while continuing to improve the quality. "I am a fanatic on quality," he said.
Mark Lehenbauer, of Lehenbauer Farms in Hannibal, represents the fourth generation to run the family farm since 1959. "My goal is to continue to grow and provide a solid foundation for many generations to come," he said. "We are a diversified family farm focused on innovation, sustainability and profitability."
Lehenbauer's operation includes an Angus-based commercial herd and a confined finishing operation under roof.