Cow-calf Producers Invited to Reproduction Conference

AMES, Iowa — In a year marked by record drought and increasing feed prices, many producers are considering reducing the size of their cowherd to maintain efficient use of financial and production resources. Organizers of the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle conference say the conference will provide a wealth of information on using advanced reproductive technologies to help producers make decisions that are right for individual situations. The conference is set for Dec. 3-4 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Garland Dahlke of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University said conference topics were chosen with producers and veterinarians in mind, so everyone who attends will be able to find useful information for their operations and businesses.

“This conference features 27 speakers from throughout the United States and Canada who are experts in their respective fields,” Dahlke said. “They’ll share their knowledge on topics ranging from importance and control of estrus to male fertility and genetics to stress management and vaccination.”

The conference also features a trade show and the first day concludes with hands-on activities where participants can become more familiar with several of the session topics.

Dahlke, who also is an ISU representative on the Beef Reproduction Task Force that’s cosponsoring the symposium, said the fee for registrations postmarked by Nov. 1 is $150 per person, and increases to $200 per person after that date. Fee for students is $90. More information, including links to the program agenda and registration forms, is available on the conference website: http://muconf.missouri.edu/ARSBC-SouthDakota/.

Iowa producers can contact Dahlke by e-mail at garland@iastate.edu or by phone at 515-294-9910. Those planning to attend can reserve rooms at the conference rate of $89.99 plus tax by calling the Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls at 605-336-0650, and asking for the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle conference rate.

The conference is being coordinated by the Beef Reproduction Leadership Team of South Dakota State University, and IGrow, a service of South Dakota State University Extension.

IBC was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from ISU Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit www.iowabeefcenter.org or check out the IBC blog at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/iowabeef/.

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