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ARSBC Symposium Will Be Aug. 29-30

New Mexico and Texas will host beef cattle reproduction workshop in Ruidoso, N.M.; registration is open now.

Registration is open for the 2018 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle symposium to be hosted at the Ruidoso Convention Center, Ruidoso, N.M., Aug. 29-30.

Considered the premier national event in beef cattle reproductive management, the meeting has a long history of providing the latest information on the application of reproductive technologies and includes a range of topics related to cow herd reproduction — such as nutritional interactions, management and male fertility.

New Mexico State University Cooperative Extension Service will host the event in collaboration with the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association, New Mexico Beef Council and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The program is a joint effort of the host organizations and the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which includes reproductive physiologists from land-grant universities who work together on reproductive management education.

“The extensive production systems in the Southwest pose many challenges, especially in dry years like we are currently facing,” said Craig Gifford, Extension beef cattle specialist at New Mexico State University. “We are fortunate to have this meeting come to our region and bring together leading experts in beef cattle reproduction to provide practical information about maximizing profitability through both resource and reproductive management.”

Many reproductive technologies like artificial insemination, embryo transfer and pregnancy detection have made significant progress in the past 10 years but remain underused in the beef industry. The overall focus of the meeting is to describe these technologies and how to manage reproduction in beef cattle in the southwestern United States and Northern Mexico.

The meeting is open to anyone with an interest in beef cattle reproduction, including producers, technicians, veterinarians and professionals in related industries.

Online registration is available at

Registration includes proceedings, breaks, lunch and dinner on Aug. 29 and breaks on Aug. 30. English/Spanish translation services will be available. A laboratory session on the afternoon of Aug. 30 is optional for an additional $50 and includes lunch. Limited number of seats are available for the lab; it is first-come, first-serve, and translation services will not be provided for the lab session.

The meeting is organized by the Beef Reproduction Task Force, a multi-state Extension group made up of specialists from Kansas State University, the University of Missouri, Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, the University of California–Davis, the University of Idaho, Texas A&M University and New Mexico State University.