Local steer comes to MU campus so students can meet their meat

Opie, an 1,100-pound steer, on Lowry Mall at MU.

Opie, an 1,100-pound steer, on Lowry Mall at MU.

The truth is that some people will never understand how the food on grocery store shelves is produced. Most of the U.S. population is disconnected from agriculture and gives little, if any, thought to what happens to their food before it makes it onto their dinner plates. The Mizzou Collegiate Cattlewomen realized this challenge early on and decided to work to overcome it.

“We want to educate the general public on where their meat comes from,” said Rachael Bonacker, MU freshman and first year MCC member.

On April 29, MCC hosted an event called Meet your Meat on Lowry mall on the MU campus. A live steer was on display in a small pen so that MU students could see and make a physical connection with the source of their meat.

“A big issue in agriculture is people not knowing where their meat is from,” said Megan Abel, another member of MCC.

Passers-by asked MCC members questions such as, “How is the animal so fluffy? Why does he have such long hair? and How did he get here?”

Members were happy to answer these questions.

Corey Hudson, an MU student, supplied the steer from his farm. The animal’s name is Opie and he currently weighs in at 1,100 pounds. He is a little over a year old.

The steer was not the only thing at the event. The club sold rib-eye steak sandwiches, along with t-shirts that say “Eat Beef.” All 650 sandwiches prepared for the event and were.

Evan Eikermann, an MU student who participated said, “the sandwich was a ten.”

Proceeds will go back to the club for future events and to pay for the day’s supplies.

Photo by Kendra Elder
Kendra Elder

About the Author Kendra Elder

Hello! I'm Kendra Elder, a University of Missouri freshman majoring in science and ag journalism. I am from southeast Missouri. In high school I was active in FFA and the National Beta Club where I served as a state officer. I am now is a member of Ag Communicators of Tomorrow. In the future, I hopes to start a career in advertising and start a cattle farm of my own.