| On Friday, March 17, eight members of the
Sloan-Hendrix Show Team visited BUB Ranch in
Koshkonong, Missouri, to observe ultrasound imaging on cattle. Mr. David J. Aborn, ultrasound
technician with Image Livestock Service from Ava, Missouri, was performing the imaging.
The use of ultrasound on yearling heifers and bulls is a tool for choosing the animals with the
highest loin to carcass ratios resulting in more red meat. These are the animals that would be
retained for replacement in the herd. The ultrasound allows the cattleman to predict the amount of
intramuscular fat an animal has which is a genetic trait for quality, palatability and production
performance. The use of the ultrasound produces the type of information needed for making
mating decisions to produce animals that are predictable, repeatable and maintenance free.
Ultrasound can be used to measure back fat, ribeye area, percentage of intramuscular fat
(marbling) and rump fat.
To express their appreciation for this opportunity, a certificate was presented to Mr. Don Bush
and Mrs. Holly Meyer, owners/operators of BUB Ranch. Those students participating were
Autumn Blasingame, Tyler Brown, Eason Dearen, Amanda Holland, Ashley Stallings, Seth Wells,
Katie Williams, and Catie Wilson. They were accompanied by Mr. Joe Wallis, FFA/Show Team
Advisor; Mr. Michael Holland, Superintendent; and Larry Stallings.
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