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Symposium Schedule

Please visit the Newsroom during and after the symposium for coverage of these presentations. For more about the speakers, visit the Speaker Bios page.

Estrus Synchronization | Management & Nutrition | Fertility-related Factors | Advances & Health-related Issues

7:00 a.m.   Exhibitor Hall opens each day
8:00 a.m.   Welcome — Lance Perryman, Colorado State University
8:10 a.m.   Setting the Stage: Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Today — Jim Lauderdale, Lauderdale Enterprises
8:30 a.m.   Physiological Principals of the Estrous Cycle — Michael Smith, University of Missouri
9:10 a.m.   Understanding Postpartum Anestrus and Puberty — Jack Whittier, Colorado State University
9:45 a.m.   Break
10:15 a.m.   Synchronization Protocols for Heifers — David Patterson, University of Missouri
10:45 a.m.   Synchronization Protocols for Cows — Cliff Lamb, University of Florida
11:15 a.m.   Protocol Sheets/Estrus Synchronization Planner — Sandy Johnson, Kansas State University Research and Extension
11:45 a.m.   Remembering Roy Wallace’s Impact on Our Business — Jim Lauderdale
11:50 a.m.   Question-and-Answer Session
12:15 p.m.   Lunch
1:15 p.m.   Bob Taylor: A Legacy to Remember — Tom Field, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
1:30 p.m.   Keynote Address: Reality Check: If AI Is So Good, Why Are We Challenged with Its Use in Commercial Beef Operations? — Ivan Rush, University of Nebraska
2:20 p.m.   Management Factors Influencing Fertility in Synchronized and Natural Breeding Programs — George Perry, South Dakota State University
2:50 p.m.   Break
3:20 p.m.   Nutritional Influences on Reproduction — Rick Funston, University of Nebraska
4:00 p.m.   Question-and-Answer Session
4:15 p.m.  

Producer Panel Discussion: Implementing an AI Program and the Benefits — Moderator: Willie Altenberg, Genex


  • Carl Hansen, Hansen Ranch, Livermore, Colo.
  • Kevin Miller, Croissant Red Angus, Briggsdale, Colo.
  • Laura Teague, Teague Diversified, Fort Morgan, Colo.
5:30 p.m.   Reception and Informal Speaker
Discussion in Trade Show Area with light hors d’oeuvres
6:30 p.m.   Dinner on your own
8:00 a.m.   Genetic Selection for Fertility and Performance — Denny Crews, Colorado State University
8:40 a.m.   Insemination-Related Factors Affecting Fertilization in Estrus-synchronized Cattle — Richard Saacke, Virginia Polytechnic Institute
9:20 a.m.   Industry Application of Technology in Male Reproduction — Jim Graham, Colorado State University
9:55 a.m.   Break
10:25 a.m.   Using Natural Service: Bull Management Considerations — Roger Ellis, Colorado State University
11:05 a.m.   Marketing Advantages for Calves With Performance and Source Information — Casey Gabel, Cattle-Fax
11:40 a.m.   Question-and-Answer Session
Noon   Lunch
1:00 p.m.   New Advancements in Technology — George Seidel, Colorado State University
1:35 p.m.   Diseases of Concern in Reproduction: BVD and Trichomoniasis — Bob Mortimer, Colorado State University
2:10 p.m.   High-Mountain Disease: Why Are We Concerned About It with AI Programs? — Tim Holt, Colorado State University
2:40 p.m.   What Does the Future Look Like for Application of Reproductive Technology? — Ronnie Green, Pfizer Animal Genetics
3:05 p.m.   Remaining Questions

The ARSBC program …

The pattern for the Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle program was developed under the direction of the Beef Cattle Reproduction Task Force. The first workshop was conducted in Manhattan, Kan., in 2002. Nine workshops have been hosted at locations across the country.

The purpose of the program is twofold — (1) to improve the understanding of the physiological processes of the estrous cycle, the procedures available to synchronize estrus and ovulation, and the proper application of these systems and (2) to improve the understanding of methods to assess male fertility and how it affects the success of artificial insemination programs.