Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop Set for late August in Kansas



MANHATTAN, Kan. – Registration is now open for the 2017 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Workshop set for Aug. 29-30 at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, Kan. The program is targeted toward commercial and seedstock producers, the artificial insemination and allied industries and veterinarians interested in using or improving implementation of reproductive management tools and associated genetic tools.

Kansas State University extension beef specialist Sandy Johnson is host for this annual meeting.

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

Johnson also is a member of the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which includes reproductive physiologists from land grant universities who work together on reproductive management education. Garland Dahlke of Iowa Beef Center is an Iowa State University representative on the task force. The 2017 ARSBC program is provided through a joint effort of the Task Force and K-State Research and Extension.

This year's workshop contains segments focused on foundational principles, practical application of systems, nutritional components, bulls, systems and health and leveraging genetics. In total, this year’s program will bring 22 nationally recognized academics, industry personnel and producers to serve as speakers. Beyond attending the formal presentations, attendees will have opportunities to network with these speakers during breaks, meals and an evening discussion session. Graduate students with current research related to reproductive management will be invited to share posters of their current work.

The two-day program will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and 8 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 30. After a steak dinner at the Stanley Stout Center Tuesday evening, discussion groups will continue to address questions from the day. An optional lab session will be held Wednesday afternoon.

Lab topics will include semen quality and handling, collecting and storing samples for DNA analysis, what happens after the DNA is collected, reproductive tract scoring and blood pregnancy tests and a look at technology for ultrasound diagnosis of pregnancy (not a how-to training). A variety of other tools and technology to help with AI programs will also be part of the lab session.

Together with the national Beef Reproduction Leadership Team, the Beef Reproduction Task Force works to promote wider adoption of reproductive technologies among cow-calf producers, educate cow-calf producers in management considerations that will increase the likelihood of successful AI breeding, and educate producers in marketing options to capture benefits that result from use of improved reproductive technologies.

The group’s mission is to optimize the productivity and improve the profitability of cow-calf operations by facilitating the adoption of cost-effective, applied reproductive technologies. The goal is to educate beef cattle producers on sustainable reproductive management systems to maintain U.S. leadership and competitiveness in the world beef market.

Those with questions on the workshop content can email Johnson at sandyj@ksu.edu . Detailed information on registration, lodging and sponsorship opportunities is available on the workshop website.