Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Workshop Has Highest Attendance in 4 Years!

September 13, 2016

Veterinarians, extension educators, producers and students from universities across the US attended the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle workshop  held September 7 and 8 at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines, Iowa.   The event included 249 attendees from across 29 states and Namibia, Africa.  It was a first-ever to be hosted in Iowa; and Iowa State University Assistant Professor of Animal Science and host site organizer, Dr. Patrick Gunn, said it is an annual event and a joint venture between the Beef Reproduction Task Force (academics from 9 major institutions) and the National Association of Animal Breeders.  The idea is to promote and apply reproductive technology in the world we live.  ARSBC is designed to “improve knowledge of the physiological processes of the estrous cycle and proper implementation of estrous and ovulation synchronization protocols, discuss the management decisions that impact reproductive success such as nutrition, heifer development, stress management, and genetic selection, and advance reproductive technologies including sexed semen, pregnancy diagnosis, embryo transfer and genetic testing.”  Gunn says “It’s an important conference for the beef industry because we talk about key issues and ways to improve and it doesn’t matter what facet of the industry you are in- whether you are a vet, educator, producer or student - there is something to be learned by everyone that attends.”  

Attendees at the ARSBC Workshop