Today, Aug. 15, is the early-registration deadline for the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle Conference set for Aug. 31-Sept. 1 in Joplin, MO. Set for the Joplin Expo Center and Joplin Regional Stockyards, the content of the meeting should be of special interest to herd owners, veterinarians, industry leaders and land-grant university faculty, says conference organizer David Patterson.

A who’s who of the nation’s top academic and commercial experts on beef cattle reproduction, genetics and economics will address the gathering, with plenty of time allowed for discussion and questions and answers.

Among the topics of the Aug. 31 agenda are:

• The use of artificial insemination (AI) to produce more high-quality beef,

• Management considerations influencing success in estrus synchronization and AI programs,

• Producing high-quality cattle: genetics and economic considerations,

• Managing high-quality cattle in the feedyard and accessing marketing grids.

The Aug. 31 evening program will be held at the Joplin Regional Stockyards and will include:

• Ultrasound demonstration: Early pregnancy diagnosis and fetal sexing

• Handling and using CIDRS properly,

• Semen handling,

• Trichomoniasis

• Joplin Regional Stockyards overview of marketing programs,

• The Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program.

The Sept. 1 program will cover the topics:

• Nutritional influences on reproduction,

• Considerations related to the male,

• Current topics in reproductive management.

A highlight of the overall program is a discussion of what’s become known as “The Missouri Recipe” for high-quality beef to meet market demands. Much of the breeding research, based on fixed-time AI, was developed at the MU Thompson Farm in Spickard over the last 15 years. And, the AI protocols have been farm-tested in beef herds across Missouri.

The development of superior market steers resulted from initial research on the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. And, fall and spring sales of bred heifers have attracted buyers from 17 states to Missouri.

Registration is $175/person until Aug. 15 and $200 after that date. Discounts are available for one-day passes and for students.

“There will never be a better time to upgrade a beef cowherd than after a downsizing and heading into a long upturn in cattle prices,” says Scott Brown, beef economist at the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).

The conference will be held at the Joplin Expo Center just off of I-44 at the Rangeline exit. The host hotel is the nearby Holiday Inn. Information on the speakers and topics is available here.

Contact David Patterson at 573-882-7519, or Scott Brown at 573-882-3861