Building a genetic program through the use of reproductive technologies

Mar 14, 2014
by WLJ

— Seminar scheduled for March 25, in Mitchell, SD, and online

Cattlemen are invited to attend a beef cow reproductive conference scheduled for Mar. 25 at the South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension Regional Center in Mitchell located on the Mitchell Technical Institute Campus (1800 E. Spruce).

Building a Genetic Program Through the Use of Reproductive Technologies Conference provides an opportunity for cow/calf producers to access information on the most cutting-edge management tools available throughout the industry for bolstering their breeding programs. This selective event is also available as a webinar. Cattlemen wishing to attend the conference either in person or via their home computers need to register at Registration will be available on Mar. 18 and is $10.

“Pioneer cattlemen, who once formed the foundation of this country’s cattle industry, might be humbled by the landscape of genetic progress that has influenced today’s breeding programs,” said Jim Krantz, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist. “While they molded their management systems based on observed performance and phenotype, today’s programs are guided by genomics and reproductive technologies.”

Record cattle price levels of the current marketing timeframe, due mainly to the smallest U.S. beef cow herd in almost 60 years, reward cattlemen for years of demanding endurance. Opportunities for continued, or expanded, profitability may emerge from the reproductive management decisions they make during these times.

This conference will provide all attending, or participating through the webinar, with the latest beef reproductive information with which they can make those decisions.

The seminar’s agenda is as follows:

• 10:30 a.m.—Registration.

• 11 a.m.—Adapting Genetic Technologies for a Focused Genetic Program, presented by Joe Cassady, SDSU Animal Science Department Head.

• 11:30 a.m.—Heifer Development Impact on Cow Herd Profitability presented by Rick Funston, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Beef Cattle Reproductive Physiologist, and Cody Stahl, SD Heifer Developer.

• 12:30 p.m.—Cow Body Condition Scoring Exercise, lunch presentation presented by SDSU Livestock Specialists and Field Specialists.

• 1:30 p.m.—Economics of Estrous Synchronization and Factors That Impact Success presented by John Rodgers with Zoetis.

• 2 p.m.—Estrous Synchronization Protocols and Sexed Semen Considerations, presented by George Perry, Professor & SDSU Extension Beef Reproductive Management Specialist. • 3 p.m.—Closing Remarks.

For more information contact, Jim Krantz, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist at jim.krantz@ or 605/995- 7378. — WLJ