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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG - 9/05/2006 - A tour of more than 120 members and guests of the Missouri Angus Association recently made a stop at UCM's Prussing Research Farm as part of a two-day tour of cattle production facilities in western Missouri.
Moss Creek Herd Draws Interest
Dave Ewing, manager of the Prussing Research Farm, conducted the tour of the farm. Of particular interest to the group was the Moss Creek Herd, the oldest closed herd of purebred Aberdeen-Angus cattle in the United States.
Oldest Closed Herd in the Nation
The 125-year-old herd was a gift to the university in 2004 from Stephen Rea, Omaha, Neb., the fourth generation of the family that has maintained the herd for 125 years on the Rea family farm near Carrollton, Mo.
National Angus Association also Visits
The herd has attracted national attention, with officers from the American Angus Association also recently visiting the farm. The herd will maintained at the Prussing Research Farm, providing invaluable opportunities for research and study by UCM agriculture students.
Family Commitment to Keeping Herd Intact
Rea was present during the tour, providing the group the opportunity to examine detailed records kept by his father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Rea explained that his father, Frank Rea, was the third generation of the family to serve as caretaker of the herd, but he did not consider it his. He wanted the heard to remain intact, even after his death.
Farm Provides Opportunities for Agriculture Students
The 260-acre Prussing Research Farm, located east of Warrensburg on Division Road, is the teaching facility UCM’s Department of Agriculture providing students with a variety of hands-on experiences in modern agriculture and livestock management techniques.
Stephen Rea, second from right, visits with the members of the Missouri Angus