MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – Cattle producers interested in learning artificial insemination can participate in a hands-on workshop Oct. 26-27 in southwestern Missouri.
A team of University of Missouri Extension livestock and dairy specialists will teach a two-day Artificial Insemination for Cattle course, says MU Extension dairy specialist Reagan Bluel.
The classroom portion of the workshop is Oct. 26 at the MU Southwest Research, Extension and Education Center, 14548 State Road H, Mount Vernon. Topics will include anatomy and physiology, heat detection, estrus sync programs, nutrition’s role in reproduction and dissection of the reproduction tract.
The “sleeves on” portion is Oct. 27 at Joplin Regional Stockyards, 10131 Cimarron Road, Carthage. To ensure mastery, students will complete the breeding process, start to finish, numerous times, Bluel says.
Class size is limited to 12 students. “The small group size ensures plenty of hands-on practice of cattle insemination in a friendly learning environment for all participants from any skill level,” Bluel says. All insemination equipment and material will be provided during practice, courtesy of class sponsor Select Sires.
Register at tinyurl.com/k6f69u5h or come by the MU Extension Center in Barry County, 700 Main St., Cassville. For questions, call 417-847-3161.
— MU Extension