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Beef cattle reproduction conference goes virtual in 2020

Register now for Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle to be held Nov. 4-5.

November 2, 2020

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BREEDING SUCCESS: What’s new in reproductive technologies, nutrition and improving conception rates are some of the topics to be discussed at the Nov. 4-5 online beef cattle conference. Jason Johnson

Registration for the 2020 virtual Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Conference is now open. New this year, the conference will be held in virtual format with three sessions set over two days, Nov. 4-5.

Each session will focus on a specific topic area, with time to question speakers. The new website for this conference also has an “Ask the Expert” link for use anytime. All sessions are free; however, registration is required. Attendees will register for each session they wish to attend. The third session also is a continuing education session for veterinarians, where CE credit can be earned.

Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University Extension beef specialist, and Garland Dahlke, an animal scientist with Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University, are members of the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which provides this conference.

“Cow-calf producers know that reproduction is the most economically important trait,” Johnson says. “Thus, reproductive management choices and implementation are critical to profitability.”

Estrus synchronization planner

New technologies are one of the topics that will be addressed. ISU’s Dahlke works with the estrus synchronization planner software, and over time he has refined it and added a multigroup option. This software is available at no cost through a registration download process on the IBC website.

The conference schedule, topics and speakers are as follows. All times are Central Standard Time:

Nov. 4, Cow and Heifer Session, 1 to 5 p.m. (register at go.beefrepro.org/Cow_Heifer)

  • 1 to 1:45 p.m., Phillipe Moriel, University of Florida, on “Enhancing long-term growth and reproduction of heifers”

  • 2 to 2:45 p.m., Reinaldo Cooke, Texas A&M, on “Nutritional strategies for pregnancy success”

  • 3 to 3:45 p.m., Cliff Lamb, Texas A&M, on “Utilizing sexed semen in AI and ET programs”

  • 4 to 4:45 p.m., Matt Perrier, Dalebanks Angus, on “Reproductive technologies that have changed the ranch”

Nov. 5, Bull Session, 1 to 5 p.m. (register at go.beefrepro.org/Bull)

  • 1 to 1:45 p.m., David Kenny, Teagasc, on “Bull development and its impacts on sperm”

  • 2 to 2:45 p.m., Zach McFarlane, Cal. Poly, on “Bull nutrition for a successful herd sire”

  • 3 to 3:45 p.m., Tom Geary, USDA Agricultural Research Service, on “Bull fertility: Nutritional effects and new measures”

  • 4 to 4:45, George Perry, Texas A&M, on “The ultimate value of breeding soundness evaluations”

Nov. 5, Veterinary Continuing Education Session, 5:15 to 8 p.m. (Register at go.beefrepro.org/VET_CE)

  • 5:15 to 6 p.m., Paul Walz, Auburn University, on “Vaccination to protect against reproductive disease”

  • 6:15 to 7 p.m., Lee Jones, University of Georgia, on “Investigating conception failures and pregnancy loss in beef cows”

  • 7:15 to 8 p.m., Chance Armstrong, Louisiana State University, on “Bull breeding soundness exam: What’s new?”

For more information on the schedule, speakers and continuing education, contact Johnson at [email protected].

Source: ISU, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.


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