In a year marked by record drought and increasing feed prices, many producers are considering reducing the size of their cow herd to maintain efficient use of financial and production resources. Organizers of the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle conference say the conference will provide a wealth of information on using advanced productive technologies to help producers make decision that are right for individual situations. The conference is set for Dec. 3-4 at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Garland Dahlke of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University says conference topics were chosen with producer and veterinarians in mind so everyone who attends will be able to find useful information for their operations and businesses.
"This conference features 27 speakers from throughout the United States and Canada who are experts in their respective fields," Dahlke says. "They'll share their knowledge on topics ranging from importance and control for estrus to male fertility and genetics to stress management and vaccination." The conference also features a trade show and the first day concludes with hands-on activities here participants can become more familiar with several of the session topics.
Register by November 1 and receive a discount, conference is December 3-4
Dahlke, who also is an ISU representative on the Beef Reproduction Task Force that's co-sponsoring the symposium said the fee for registrations postmarked by Nov. 1 is $150 per person, and increases to $200 per person after that date. Fee for students in $90. More information including links to the program agenda and registration forms is available on the conference website muconf.missouri.edu/ARSBC-SouthDakota/.
Iowa producers can contact Dahlke by email at [email protected] or by phone at 515-294-9910. Those planning to attend can reserve rooms at the conference rate of $89.99 plus tax by calling the Best Western Ramkota in Sioux Falls at 605-336-0650, and asking for the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle conference rate. The conference is being coordinate by the Beef Reproduction Leadership Team of South Dakota State University and IGrow, a service of SDSU Extension.
IBC was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state's beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from ISU Extension, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and ISU College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-base information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit the IBC website or check out the IBC blog at blogs, extension.iastate.edu/iowabeef/.