The University of Missouri Callaway County Extension Office hired a new livestock specialist.
Chrisee Brandl, the new livestock specialist, serves six additional counties: Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Montgomery, Osage and Warren.
Under her new role, Brandl will plan and implement livestock education programs. She also serves and assists local producers.
Brandl was interested in taking on the livestock specialist role "to meet with local producers and learning specifically about their systems and supporting a wide range of livestock species."
"My focus is mainly in (the) beef industry, but I enjoy venturing off to other livestock species," Brandl said, adding "While I can teach them something new, they're teaching me new things at the same time."
Brandl was previously a graduate research assistant and research specialist for the University of Missouri, where she studied foraging and grazing systems.
She holds an associate's degree in STEM from Moberly Area Community College, a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri in plant science and a master's degree from the University of Missouri in plant science with a focus in grazing systems.
"This position gives me an opportunity to keep learning and keep getting experience and helping my producers do the same," Brandl said.
Brandl is most excited "to provide unbiased resources and research to new and upcoming information about livestock and presenting that to producers and helping them improve their livestock systems."