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2017 ARSBC Symposium
Kicks Off in Manhattan, Kansas

Cattlemen, academia and allied industry interested in improving reproductive strategies in beef cattle are gathering at the Hilton Garden Inn and Conference Center in Manhattan, Kansas, Aug. 29-30 for the 2017 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) symposium.

 

Considered the premier national event in beef cattle reproductive management, the meeting has a long history of providing the latest information on the application of reproductive technologies and includes a range of topics related to cow herd reproduction — such as nutritional interactions, management and male fertility.

“Cow-calf producers know that reproduction is the most economically important trait,” said Sandy Johnson, meeting host and extension beef specialist for Kansas State University (K-State). “This meeting brings together some of the most practical and knowledgeable individuals in the industry to discuss reproductive management.”

Johnson is a member of the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which includes reproductive physiologists from land-grant universities who work together on reproductive management education. The program is a joint effort of the Task Force and K-State Research and Extension.

The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in beef cattle reproduction, including producers, technicians, veterinarians and professionals in related industries.

 

Visit the Schedule page for a full list of speakers and topics. The program contains segments focused on foundational principles, practical application of systems, nutritional components, bulls, systems and health and leveraging genetics. In total, this year’s program will bring 22 nationally recognized academics, industry personnel or producers to serve as speakers.

 

Beyond their formal presentations, attendees will have opportunities to network with these speakers during breaks, meals and an evening discussion session. Graduate students with current research related to reproductive management will be invited to share posters of their current work.

 

The two-day program will go from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 29 and 8 am to noon, Wednesday, Aug. 30. After a steak dinner at the Stanley Stout Center Tuesday evening, discussion groups will continue to address questions from the day. An optional lab session will be offered Wednesday afternoon.


Lab topics will include semen quality and handling, collecting and storing samples for DNA analysis, reproductive tract scoring and pregnancy tests including a look at technology for ultrasound diagnosis of pregnancy (not a how-to training). A variety of other tools and technology to help with AI programs will also be part of the lab session.

 

Extensive online coverage of past meetings can be found at the Newsroom Archive of this site.

 

The meeting is organized by the Beef Reproduction Task Force, a multi-state Extension group made up of specialists from Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, the University of Nebraska, South Dakota State University, the University of Florida, the University of California–Davis, the University of Idaho and Oregon State University.

The Beef Reproduction Task Force hosted the first ARSBC symposium in 2002 at Manhattan, Kan. Since that time, symposia have been conducted at 16 locations across the United States.

“We are looking forward to bringing this meeting back to Kansas,” says Sandy Johnson, K-State Department of Animal Sciences and Industry associate professor and extension beef specialist.

For questions about the event, contact Johnson at sandyj@ksu.edu or 785-462-6281.