2018 SPGCA Field Day Event
Ray Archuleta is a Certified Professional Soil Scientist with the Soil Science Society of America and has over 30 year’s experience as a Soil Conservationist, Water Quality Specialist, and Conservation Agronomist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). During his tenure with the NRCS Ray served in New Mexico, Missouri, Oregon, and North Carolina.
Ray received his AS degree in Livestock Science from Northern New Mexico College and a BS degree in Agricultural Biology plus 30 hours of graduate work in soil related courses from New Mexico State University. He served in the Peace Corps for two years in Guatemala as a Livestock Specialist.
After his retirement from the NRCS in 2017, Ray founded Soil Health Consultants, LLC and Soil Health Academy to teach Biomimicry strategies and Agroecology principles for improving soil function on a national scale. Ray also owns and operates a 150-acre farm near Seymour, Missouri that he operates along with his wife and family.
Doug Peterson has been an NRCS employee for 30 years. He started his career as a Soil Scientist. He has been a District Conservationist in both a grassland based county in south Missouri and a large cropland county in north Missouri. He has also been a State Grassland Conservationist and a State Soil Health Specialist. Currently he is a Regional Soil Health Specialist for Missouri and Iowa teaching NRCS staff and producers around the mid-west about soil health, how it impacts virtually all natural resource processes, and what type of management it will take to effectively improve our soils health, function and productivity.
Doug attended college at Missouri Western State University graduating in 1986 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in Economics and Agronomy.
He grew up on a crop and livestock farm near Newtown in north Missouri. Today he continues to operate a cow/calf and contract grazing operation with his father, Steve. Currently they run about 250 cows. They utilize Management-intensive Grazing and Holistic High Density Grazing to improve soil health, eliminate the need for most purchased fertilizer and limit hay needs to about one bale per cow per winter.
Doug’s NRCS training coupled with his real world hands on experience make him a unique speaker that is relatable to both agency personnel and producers.
The 2018 SPGCA Field Day
will be hosted by
Mike & Mary Wilbers
June 29th – 30th
1994 County Road 403
Bonnots Mill, MO 65016
2018 SPGCA Field Day Open Houses
We are the Boeckmann’s – Denise, Chris and our children Rae, Eric, Kristen, and Paul—and we raise poultry, Mangalista pork and South Poll cattle.
Chris and Denise both graduated from the University of Missouri in 1987 and began to operate the farm Chris grew up on and now refer to as Boeckmann Family Farm. Chris received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science while Denise received a Masters Degree in Finance and is co-owner of Osage Tax Accounting.
About ten years ago, Chris was approached by an individual who was looking for a source of grass fed beef. So we increased the intensity of our grazing system and began to focus on the production of grass fed beef. Additionally, we began to focus on what breed of cattle performed best in our grazing system. Over the course of the next couple of years, we determined that the South Poll breed of cattle was best suited for our grass fed beef program. We were fortunate to locate a couple of local producers who not only raised South Poll cattle, but also relied on a grass-based system without the use of antibiotics or added hormones. It was the perfect fit which allowed us to develop our current program of All Natural Grass-fed and Grass-finished beef without the use of any antibiotics or added hormones.
Originally, our primary focus was selling whole, half, or quarter beefs directly to local individuals. We now sell individual cuts of steak, roasts and ground beef, as well as, further processed beef products such as beef jerky, snack sticks, bratwurst, summer sausage and all-beef hotdogs. We have partnered with a food distributor to expand our customer base to include stores, restaurants and a home delivery service.
In 2013 we decided to raise Mangalitsa pigs. This breed of hogs was imported to the United States for the first time in 2007. The Mangalitsa pork is often referred to as the ‘Kobe Beef’ of the pork world. The meat is a very dark well-marbled while the lard is unsaturated thereby making it a healthier option. Our Mangalitsa pork is also marketed through the food distributor to individuals, restaurants, and stores.
In addition to their personal operation, Chris is currently the Farm Manager for the Lincoln University Alan T. Busby Research Farm in Jefferson City Mo. The Busby Farm is a 280 acre farm that is certified as organic and has production of cattle, sheep, goats in an intensive grazing system along with research and demonstration of blueberries, vegetables and cover crops.
VOSS SOUTH POLLS:
An open house will be held at Voss Land and Cattle Co. in Linn from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, June 28. Lunch will be served shortly after noon. Whether you’ve never seen a South Poll before or you’ve seen hundreds, we think you’ll enjoy looking at our cattle so you can see the importance of good cow families. Above is a picture of one of our top cow families. The cow in the middle lying down is Cow 630, a 12-year-old that has always been one of our top producers. At 12 years of age she still has a perfect udder. One of her daughters is Cow 51, the lady on the right. On the left is Calf 58, born on March 4. Calf 58 is a full sister to Heifer 77, which has been consigned to the field day sale. Both heifers are out of Bull 3413, who has a topline of 80 and a heart girth of 89; he has white on his face, but both heifers are solid red.
Visitors will also be able to see the 3413 bull and 6413, a great young bull we bought from Teddy a little over a year ago.
By the time of our open house, bulls will have been running with our females for four weeks. You may or may not agree with the bulls we chose to use.
Those who attend the open house can view the mothers of the three other 2017 heifers that Dave Roberts picked out of our herd for the field day sale. All the heifers Dave chose were good, but each has something special to offer. You’ll be able to see what qualities we like in each of the females Dave picked, and you’ll be able to see their dams. Dave made his picks on Jan. 8. You can view photos of his choices on our website.
Another family you might like to see are offspring of a 10-year-old cow (368). A 4-year-old daughter of 368 (464), had the first calf in 2016, the sixth calf in 2017 and the first calf again this year. The 2016 daughter of 464 had the eighth calf born this year. Grandma (368) did not want to be left too far behind the pack, so she produced the 12th calf of the year. Calves 1 through 12 were all born between March 3 and 6.
We’ve also had some disappointments this calving season. We’ll tell you about those too. But we’re not going to show them to you because they’re going to be in someone else’s meat program.
Hope to see you June 28. If you plan to attend, please give us a heads-up so we will have some idea as to how many to prepare for at lunchtime.
Voss Land and Cattle Co.
GPS: 244 Hollenbeck Spring Trail
Linn, MO 65051
Wilbers’ Farm is located in the town of Bonnots Mill, Missouri
Click the map below for directions from your location.
DIRECTIONS to WILBERS' FARM
From Jefferson City, Missouri:
Take US 50E for 12.6 miles. Turn LEFT onto overpass towards Loose Creek. Turn RIGHT onto Hwy A. Drive 1.4 miles. Turn LEFT to continue on Hwy A towards Bonnots Mill for 4.2 miles. Turn RIGHT on Hwy W for 2 miles.
From Rolla, Missouri:
Take US 63 North. Merge with US 50… Follow above instructions.
From Washington, Missouri:
Take US 50W for 63 miles to Linn, Missouri. Turn RIGHT on Hwy W for 5 miles.
From Hermann, Missouri:
Take MO-19S and US 50W for 46 miles to Linn, Missouri. Turn RIGHT on Hwy W for 5 miles.
If you are traveling from West to East and nearing Loose Creek… please watch for SIGNS.
Recent new construction bypasses the town of Loose Creek, so it can be a winding road for a short while. More than likely, your GPS will direct you to take a rough country road (#403), due to our home address, however you can avoid this by turning OFF your GPS and watch for signs that will take you via blacktop roads all the way to Wilbers’ Farm.
Call Mary (573)897-2048 or Mike (573)821-6235 if you need assistance.