Cattle producers, veterinarians and other industry personnel from across the country will have the opportunity to visit the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains during the peak of the fall colors to participate in another offering of “Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle” (ARSBC). This year’s meeting will be at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, a historic and beautifully restored hotel with history and charm, but all the comforts of home.
“Reproductive technology holds the key that will allow beef producers to quickly achieve the best genetics suited to their cattle-production goals,” says conference chair Dee Whittier, DVM, professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.
The concept of ARSBC began about 10 years ago when leaders in beef cattle reproduction recognized the need for in-depth education to increase reproductive performance in beef cattle, encouraging the use of new technologies. In particular, new techniques for estrous synchronization had recently been developed, holding promise for increasing ease and profitability of artificial insemination (AI) in beef cattle.
Prior ARSBC events have occurred in at least 14 locations across the United States. Some Virginians and other East Coast participants have had the opportunity to travel to several of the events, but this will be the first time that an ARSBC event will be in an Eastern Seaboard state.
Some of this year’s sessions will address profiting from reproduction, achieving success with estrous synchronization and AI programs, managing factors to improve pregnancy rates, and using genetic tools to get the most from reproductive efforts. Additionally, current issues in reproductive management will be discussed, including a first-time session on managing pregnancy and birthing losses.
Speakers will include both local and international experts in cattle reproduction. Please visit the schedule page to see the speaker lineup.
This meeting qualifies for 16 hours of Continuing Education, provided by the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.