MU agriculture college examining facility after steer escapes at slaughterhouse

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 6:46 p.m. CDT; updated 6:56 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The runaway steer runs past a car Tuesday morning on campus.

COLUMBIA — MU's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is looking at ways to prevent future accidents after a steer jumped a fence at an MU slaughterhouse Tuesday and injured one man.

John Brune, the father of the steer's owner, was in fair condition at 5:50 p.m. Wednesday at University Hospital after the runaway steer struck him at the Paquin Street side of the University Avenue Parking Garage. MU police later killed the steer.

Officials in the college of agriculture are still reviewing the incident but so far are considering adding to the physical structure of the slaughterhouse as well as adjusting some procedures to ensure better safety, MU spokesman Christian Basi said Wednesday afternoon.

"It should be noted, though, that our facility and the procedures that were being used at the time are in compliance," Basi said, "and everyone was carrying out their responsibilities in the proper manner when the steer escaped."

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

Here's a map of the MU Abattoir, the official name of the MU slaughterhouse.

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