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September 20, 2013
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Beef Cattle Reproduction Symposium Planned in Virginia Oct. 15-16


STAUNTON, Va. – Beef cattle producers, veterinarians, animal scientists and other beef industry professionals are invited to attend the 2013 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposium, this year to be held in Staunton, Va., Oct. 15-16.

With the industry poised for a possible expansion of the U.S. beef cattle herd in 2014-2015, there may be no better time for producers and veterinarians to ensure they know the latest tools available in artificial insemination and estrus synchronization, said Kansas State University animal scientist Sandy Johnson. K-State is a partner in the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which hosts the symposium. 

Speakers will cover issues related to heifer management, including nutrition and reproductive interactions, and on managing pregnancy and birth losses. In addition, a producer panel will discuss how they profit from using reproductive technologies in their operations. Other sessions are devoted to topics such as managing factors to improve pregnancy rates and using genetic tools to get the most from reproductive efforts, among others.  

“Reproductive technology holds the key that will allow beef producers to quickly achieve the best genetics suited to their cattle production goals,” said conference chair, Dee Whittier, professor in the department of large animal clinical sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

The concept of the ARSBC began about 10 years ago when leaders in beef cattle reproduction recognized the need for in-depth education to increase reproductive performance in beef cattle, particularly new techniques for estrus synchronization, which promised to make AI more profitable. Since then, ARSBC educational events have been held in numerous states around the country. 

More information about the conference, which qualifies for 16 continuing education hours for veterinarians, is available at Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle.

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Story by: Mary Lou Peter
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