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Beef Reproduction Task Force

K_State University Research and Extension


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7:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:00 a.m. Welcome
  Part 1: Foundational principles
8:05 a.m. Physiology of the estrous cycle — Jeff Stevenson, Kansas State University
8:40 a.m. Estrous synchronization protocol evolution and practical application — Dave Patterson, University of Missouri
9:10 a.m. General management considerations to improve success of artificial insemination — Rick Funston, University of Nebraska
  Part 2: Application
9:40 a.m. Characteristics of successful breeding programs: AI industry perspective — Sandra Levering, ABS Global, Protection, Kansas
9:55 a.m. Break and Trade Show
10:25 a.m. Characteristics of successful breeding programs, a veterinarian perspective — Randall Spare, DVM, Ashland Veterinary Service
10:40 a.m. How we make reproductive technologies pay, a heifer development perspective — Doug O'Hare, O'Hare Ranch, Ainsworth, Nebraska
10:55 a.m. How we make reproductive technologies pay, a commercial perspective — Barb Downey, Downey Ranch, Wamego, Kansas
11:10 a.m. How we make reproductive technologies pay, a seedstock perspective — Galen Fink, Fink Beef Genetics, Randolph, Kansas
11:25 a.m. Questions/Discussion
Noon Lunch (provided) and Trade Show
  Part 3: Nutritional components
1:15 p.m. Heifer development targets — John Hall, University of Idaho
1:45 p.m. Mystery and magic of mineral programs — John Arthington, University of Florida
2:15 p.m. Impact of nutrition, behavior and other stressors on embryonic loss and fertility — Reinaldo Cooke, Oregan State University
2:45 p.m Break and Trade Show
  Part 4: The male side
3:15 p.m. Male fertility — John Kastelic, DVM, University of Calgary
3:45 p.m. Developing breeding bulls for the commercial cattleman — Dan Larson, Great Plains Consulting
4:15 p.m. Commercial aspects of sexed semen — George Seidel, Colorado
4:45 p.m. Question and Answer
6:00 p.m.  Social (cash bar) — Stanley Stout Arena
6:30 p.m. Steak dinner (included with registration); announcement of Service to Industry Awards
7:30 p.m. Discussion groups
6:45 a.m. Breakfast served-  Sponsored by Zoetis
7:00 a.m. Join Zoetis for breakfast and a short program discussing GeneMax Advantage featuring Angus breeder Jim Collins, Cusseta, AL. Collins will share his successful experience using GeneMax Advantage as part of a complete Angus genetic game plan for testing Angus-based replacement heifers.
  Part 5: Systems and health
8:00 a.m. Reproductive and other emerging disease concerns — Gregg Hanzlicek, DVM, Kansas State University
8:30 a.m. Systems approach to animal health — Dave Smith, DVM, Mississippi State University
9:00 a.m. Pregnancy diagnosis in cattle: when, why and how —Ky Pohler, University of Tennessee
9:30 a.m. Fetal programming — Kim Vonnahme, North Dakota State University
10:00 a.m. Break and Trade Show
10:30 a.m. Embryo transfer: managing recipients and donors — Cliff Lamb, Texas A&M University
  Part 6: Leveraging genetics
11:00 a.m. Next on the horizon for genetic technology —Randy Prather, University of Missouri
11:30 a.m. Selection of replacement heifers — Bob Weaber, Kansas State University
Noon Practical application of genomic tests in beef production — Megan Rolf, Kansas State University 
12:30 a.m. Conference wrap up and head to lab (LAB is optional) or home
  Part 7: Optional Lab — Stanley Stout Center
1:45 p.m. Lab topics — Semen quality and handling, collection and analysis of DNA samples, ultrasound, pregnancy tests, reproductive tract scores, tools (Estrus Synchronization Planner, Management Minder, Pregnancy Analytics App) and more tools (gun warmers, universal guns).
  Participants will rotate through lab stops. Size of some sessions will be limited; order of receipt of registration will be used to determine priority if needed. Pregnant tracts will be available to try various ultrasound machines. This will not be a "how to" ultrasound session, but rather an opportunity to see different machines and features in action.

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