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November 02, 2012
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Quality, Efficient Beef Production is Focus of Dec. 3-4 Conference in Sioux Falls


COLBY, Kan. -- Drought has impacted beef producers in a wide area and many have reduced herd sizes. This magnifies the importance of reproductive efficiency in the animals that remain as well as for herd expansion when conditions allow. Understanding how to use advancing reproductive technologies and proper management decisions to improve the quality and efficiency of beef production is the theme of a conference set for Dec. 3-4 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Details are available at the conference website or from Kansas State University’s K-State Research and Extension offices around the state, as well as most extension offices in surrounding states.

“This has just been a great conference to be associated with over the years. We started these here in Kansas 10 years ago and their popularity has never diminished,” said Sandy Johnson, K-State Research and Extension livestock specialist based in Colby, Kan.

The conference is coordinated by the Beef Reproduction Leadership Team, made up of university, veterinary, artificial insemination and pharmaceutical industry representatives, as well as South Dakota State University and IGrow, a service of SDSU extension. K-State is a member of the Beef Reproduction Leadership Team. 

The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 3 with a session devoted to understanding how to profit and produce better quality beef by implementing reproductive technologies. Presentations will continue with the importance and control of estrus, male fertility, and genetics. The day ends with hands-on activities where participants can become more familiar with the topics discussed.

The Dec. 4 program begins at 8:30 a.m., with speakers addressing nutrition-reproduction interactions, stress management, vaccination, and advancing technologies, including gender-selected semen, embryo transfer programs, and the future of pregnancy determination in cattle.

The fee to attend is $200. 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. Ask for the “Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle” conference rate.
 
More information is available by contacting South Dakota State University extension beef specialist George Perry at (605) 688-5456 or George.Perry@sdstate.edu.

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K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Sandy Johnson
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