Beef reproduction topics set for Nashville meeting, Aug. 5-6

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Breeding management that cuts costs and improves returns from beef herds will be featured at a meeting, Aug. 5-6, at Nashville, Tenn.

“Applied Reproduction Strategies in Beef Cattle” will be discussed by specialists from land-grant universities, including two specialists from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Dave Patterson, MU Extension beef specialist, will talk on “Protocols for Heifers.” He will tell of recent research at the MU Thompson Farm, Spickard, Mo. In the most recent ultrasound pregnancy check, his crew achieved 70 per cent pregnancy on heifers bred all on the same day at start of the breeding season.

Mike Smith, MU professor of animal sciences, will talk on “Physiological Principals of the Estrous Cycle.” The basic research for estrus synchronization and timed artificial insemination was developed from studies from MU’s Food for the 21st Century program.

The two-day conference has major program blocks on “Physiology of Pregnancy,” “Estrus Synchronization,” “AI in Your Operation” and “Management, Environment and Nutrition.”

Talks include marketing AI calves, bull management considerations, management factors affecting fertility and nutritional influences on reproduction.

A popular part of the program is a producer panel. Farmers will discuss “How we implement an AI program on our operations and what are the benefits?”

The beef task force held a similar meeting at St. Joseph, Mo., in 2006. The program is for interested producers, beef industry representatives and veterinarians. Continuing education credits are available for professionals and veterinarians.

The program is planned and sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the Beef Reproduction Task Force. Cooperating state universities in the task force are Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, South Dakota, Florida, Illinois and Missouri.

The program will take place at the Nashville Airport Marriott, 600 Marriott Drive, near Interstate 40 at Exit 215.

Registration includes some meals, breaks, receptions, trade show and publication. The fee prior to July 22 is $150 per person. Late registration will be $200. Student fee is $75.

Registration forms are available at or from Justin Rhinehart at 615-835-4561 or

Story source: David J. Patterson, 573-882-7519

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