Cattle industry details shared with Rotarians

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Glen Cope discusses cattle production, Beef Council

MT. VERNON – Members of the Mt. Vernon Rotary Club heard details about the importance of cattle production to the local economy during a recent meeting.

“Southwest Missouri is the beef capital of Missouri, with Lawrence, Polk, and Barry counties the largest, respectively, beef cow/calf census statewide at over 40,000 head each,” said speaker Glen Cope, a local cattleman and panelist at this year's Lawrence County Soils and Crops conference. “When you consider that Missouri is the second-largest beef cattle producer in the nation, southwest Missouri likely has the largest concentration of beef cattle in the nation.”

As a past chair of the Missouri Beef Industry Council and a fourth generation century farm owner, Cope has been intimately involved in the beef industry his entire life. The Beef Industry Council utilizes a one dollar beef checkoff program, committing $1 for every animal sold to promote beef consumption, educate the public, and conduct research related to beef safety, nutrition, and new product innovation.

Examples of muscle profiling research are the introduction of the Flat Iron, Delmonico Steak, Denver, Cut, Boneless Country-Style Ribs, and America’s Beef Roast that are enjoyed by many consumers. These new cuts originated through the Beef Council.

Cope's brother, David, serves as director of the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near in Mt. Vernon, where monthly meetings are held to discuss the latest innovations in beef cattle, pasture crops and other agriculture issues.