Symposium Features Ways to Improve Reproductive Efficiency in Beef Cattle
FORT COLLINS — Nearly 200 producers, veterinarians, researchers, AI technicians and Extension specialists met in Fort Collins, Colo., Dec. 2-3, 2008, to discuss ways to control and improve reproductive success in beef cattle. Presentations at the “Robert E. Taylor Memorial Symposium: Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle” ranged from improving pregnancy rates in natural-service programs to opportunities for using DNA technology to improve reproductive efficiency.
Tuesday morning workshops were designed to improve understanding of the physiological processes of the estrous cycle, currently available procedures to synchronize estrus and ovulation, and the proper application of these systems. Tuesday afternoon’s presenters explored the role of management and nutrition on reproductive rates.
GALLERY Highlighting Tuesday’s sessions were a keynote address by Ivan Rush, professor emeritus with the University of Nebraska, discussing why commercial cattlemen have been slow to adopt artificial insemination as a management tool and a producer panel describing the benefits and limitations of AI in three real-world settings.
Presenters Wednesday addressed male fertility, procedural and health-related factors affecting reproductive rates, as well as the value of using improved genetics and a futuristic look at potential advancements in assessing reproductive traits in beef cattle.
NEWSROOM Visit the symposium newsroom at www.AppliedReproStrategies.com for summaries of the presentations, along with accompanying PowerPoint and audio files. Online coverage of the symposium is provided by Angus Journal, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the American Angus Association.
The symposium is co-sponsored by Colorado State University and the Beef Reproduction Task Force, which is comprised of Extension animal scientists from Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska, South Dakota State University, Iowa State University, the University of Idaho, the University of Illinois, the University of Florida and the University of Missouri with support from several industry sponsors.
The Taylor symposium …
Robert “Bob” Taylor was a member of the CSU animal science faculty for many years. His work at CSU had a great impact on seedstock and commercial cattle producers, as well as students.
The symposium is conducted in his honor every other year to provide the industry current, research-based information for improving profitability in the beef cattle industry. In 2008, CSU and the Beef Reproduction Task Force proudly present in Dr. Taylor’s honor the Applied Reprodutive Strategies in Beef Cattle program.