Iowa to host reproductive strategies workshop

The premier national event in beef cattle reproductive management will be held for the first time ever in Iowa later this year, and Iowa State University cow-calf specialist Patrick Gunn invites people to make plans now to attend. Gunn, who also is one of the host site organizers, said the 2016 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Workshop will include information for cow-calf producers, bovine veterinarians, industry representatives, extension personnel and students.

The event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines on Sept. 7-8. It is provided through a cooperative effort by Iowa State, Iowa Beef Center and the Beef Reproduction Task Force, and will highlight the latest information on reproductive technologies in beef cattle.

"We are fortunate to bring a phenomenal group of speakers to Des Moines," Gunn said. "Twenty scientists and veterinarians from thirteen states will help attendees hone their reproductive skills on best management practices in handling hormones and frozen genetics, nutrition, sexed semen, embryo transfer, in vitro fertilization, reproductive health, genetics, fetal programming, and pregnancy detection, among others."

Registration is now open with an early registration fee of $200 per person when received by midnight, Aug. 8. It increases to $250 for late registration after that date, including onsite registrations. Students receive a $100 discount based on the fee in effect at the time of registration. Online registration and a link to print a form for mailing are on the conference website at Telephone registration is not accepted, and registration is not complete without payment.

Up to 15 continuing education units have been approved for veterinarians in Iowa and adjoining states, and for professional animal scientists. For more information on CEUs, see the ARSBC website

or contact your professional association.

The website also provides the workshop schedule, including a printable version, as well as links to lodging options, sponsorship opportunities, and travel and direction details.

The Beef Reproduction Task Force is a multi-state extension activity in cooperation with the North Central Agricultural and Natural Resources Program Leaders Committee and the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service. Key goals of the task force include promoting widespread adoption of reproductive technologies among cow-calf producers and educating the beef industry on management considerations to increase the likelihood of successful breeding of animals through artificial insemination.