University of Missouri-Columbia
MU Wurdack Farm
Agricultural Experiment Station
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Driving directions
Cook Station, Crawford County

Grazing Study

Field Day
* October 4, 2013

Ag. Education Field Day
* October 3, 2013




Contact us
Dusty Walter
2-44 Ag Building
Columbia, MO 65211
Phone: 573-999-1541

Farm Manager:
Brent Booker
Phone: 573-743-6612

Donna Marie Thomas
MU AES Field Operations
2-21 Ag Building
University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO 65211

Mission Statement

The Hugo Wurdack Farm will conduct demonstrations and research in integrated livestock, forages, forestry, and wildlife management practices that are economically viable, environmentally sound, and sociologically acceptable for the Ozark Region of Missouri. The Wurdack Farm is operated using Best Management Practices and provides educational information on a wide range of agricultural, natural resource, and scientific topics to area beef and forage producers, soil and water district members, students from elementary and secondary schools, and other interested groups. Farm activities emphasize management practices that promote sustainable agricultural production while protecting the natural environment and the quality of life for citizens of Missouri's Ozark region.


Nestled along the Meramec River near Cook Station in the northeast Ozarks, the farm is comprised of some 1,200 acres; 260 acres of pastures and forage production fields, and the remaining acreage of predominantly upland hardwood forest. Two ponds, two live springs and the boundary with the Meramec River are unique components of the farm.

Constructed in 2000, the Education Building hosts many demonstrations, seminars, and workshops throughout the year. The completely handicap accessible building also houses the farm office and boasts a complete kitchen and sleeping quarters for visiting research and extension personnel.

In addition to the Education Building, there are two clusters of outbuildings on the farm. As you enter the farm's valley there is the farm manager's residence, main barn and equipment shed.

Further up the river valley lays the cattle working facility where the bulk of the farm's livestock breeding and calving is performed, and the hay barn.

While visitors are always welcome, the best way to see the entire farm is to attend the annual Fall Field Day that is held the first Friday in October. Come enjoy lunch and then spend the afternoon taking in the beautiful fall colors as wagon tours roll through the farm showcasing innovative farm and natural resource management practices.

The Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station is the research arm of the
College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
at the University of Missouri

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