MT. VERNON, Mo. — The “Beef ReproGene Workshop” will provide producers and others with information on reproduction and genetics to make advances in cow-calf improvements according to Eldon Cole, a livestock specialist with University of Missouri Extension.
The workshop will begin at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 16 in the second-floor room at the Springfield Livestock Marketing Center. The Livestock Center’s Cafe will cater the meal.
Registration is requested by March 13 for meal planning. The registration fee is $20 per person if registered in advance. The late fee at the door will be $25 per person.
Contact the University of Missouri Extension Center, Mt. Vernon at (417) 466-3102 for details or find the registration form online at http://bit.ly/BeefReproGene.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Research from University of Missouri Extension specialists on estrus synchronization protocols, split-time artificial insemination and the use of sex-sorted semen will be presented by Dr. David Patterson and Jordan Thomas.
Dr. Jared Decker will bring attendees up-to-date on the basics of genetic prediction programs, how they vary from one breed or cross, and how they can be used to make selection and marketing decisions more intelligently.
Decker will use live animals that have been genomically tested in an exercise on the practical use of genomic predictions. Assisting with that discussion will be Josh Worthington, Dadeville, Jeff Schoen, Springfield, Wilmoth Ranch, Mt. Vernon and Mike John, MFA Columbia.
Representatives from AI companies, genetic prediction businesses and breed associations will have displays to visit during the breaks. Handouts will be available for take-home study.
“Attendees will come away from the meeting with a better understanding of the technology available for speeding up the genetic change in southwest Missouri beef cow operations,” said Cole.
Similar meetings will also be held in Maryville, Kingsville, Macon and Jackson during March.
For more information, contact any of the MU Extension livestock specialists in southwest Missouri: Eldon Cole in Lawrence County, (417) 466-3102; Andy McCorkill in Dallas County at (417) 345-7551; Dr. Randy Wiedmeier, in Douglas County at (417) 679-3525; or Dr. Patrick Davis in Cedar County at (417) 276-3313.
— University of Missouri Extension
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