Welcome to the Angus Journal’s coverage of Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposia hosted by the Beef Reproduction Task Force. This year’s event will be hosted by the University of California, Davis (UC–Davis), Department of Animal Science Aug. 17-18 in Davis, Calif. The organizing committee offers the following invitation:
Dear colleagues and friends,
The Beef Reproduction Task Force and the University of California, Davis, Department of Animal Science are pleased to announce the 2015 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Symposium, which will be Aug. 17-18, 2015, on the UC Davis campus in Davis, Calif. The program will include six general sessions, which will cover a variety of topics, from physiology to genetics to management, and will present the latest information in reproductive technologies. A complete schedule can be viewed under the “Meeting Info” tab.
The ARSBC conference provides an opportunity to combine training on basic reproductive function with novel approaches for improving reproductive performance. The goal of the conference is to facilitate improvements in reproductive performance and enhance knowledge and use of technologies to increase profitability and sustainability in the beef industry.
The setting of this year’s conference at UC Davis provides the unique opportunity to combine the strengths and expertise of the Department of Animal Science, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to create an event that will deliver the most current comprehensive information and cutting-edge technologies to participants. The meeting will be at the state-of-the-art UC Davis Conference Center, which is located adjacent to the host hotel, the Hyatt Place UC Davis.
This year’s event will kick off Sunday, Aug. 16, with a tour of the beautiful Napa wine country and a visit to the water buffalo artificial insemination (AI) center. The meeting will be Monday, Aug. 17, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, wrapping up with a fun afternoon of wine tasting aboard pontoon boats on Lake Berryessa. Both of these side events require preregistration. Space is limited, so please register early. Please look under the “Meeting Info” tab for more information.
At a time when drought is significantly impacting the California cattle industry, the organizing committee; local producers; and university faculty, staff and students enthusiastically welcome ARSBC conference participants as we come together to discuss available and future technologies and management techniques that have the potential to improve the efficiency of beef reproduction, even in the face of fewer resources and challenging environmental conditions.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the ARSBC Symposium 2015.
The Organizing Committee
Special Note: The ARSBC conference has been approved for 11 hours of veterinary continuing education credits by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS). It is now listed on their “ARPAS Approved Meetings” list.
The conference has also been approved for 11 veterinary continuing education credits through the Center for Continuing Professional Education at the UC Davis Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital.
The Angus Journal — with sponsorship and assistance of the Beef Reproduction Task Force and the host committee — provides comprehensive coverage of this year’s event, as well as past events, within this website.
Use the submenus under the “Meeting Info” tab to access this year’s schedule, speaker bios, hotel and travel information, and a link to online registration courtesy of our host committee.
We’ll post this year’s coverage in the “Newsroom” following the event, but you can use the “Newsroom Archive” submenu now to find coverage of past symposia. Coverage includes summaries of the presentations, along with corresponding PowerPoints, proceedings and audio.
For more information about the 2015 ARSBC, contact Alison Van Eenennaam, cooperative extension specialist in the field of animal genomics and biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis.
For questions or comments regarding this website, please contact Shauna Rose Hermel, editor, or Craig Simmons, designer. Please let us know if you find a broken link or information that needs to be updated.