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ARSBC Heads to Joplin, Mo.

Beef producers to meet in Joplin Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2011, for two-day conference on bovine reproduction.

Beef cattle producers from across the nation will gather in Joplin, Mo., Aug. 31-Sept. 1, for one of two Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Symposiums to be conducted this fall. Hosted by the Beef Reproductive Task Force, the Joplin conference will focus on learning how producers in the Show-Me state have capitalized on artificial insemination (AI) technology to mate high-accuracy proven bulls to Missouri's top-quality cows, improving the bottom line through premiums for high-quality beef. Click here for the meeting schedule.

“We have learned a lot about breeding high-quality cattle, which bring the premium prices, in recent years,” says David Patterson, meeting host and University of Missouri (MU) Extension beef reproduction specialist.

The opening panel at the meeting will set the theme: “Using AI for More High-Quality Beef.” Panelist include Patterson of Columbia; Mike Kasten, beef producer from Millersville, Mo.; and Larry Corah, vice president of Certified Angus Beef LLC (CAB), Manhattan, Kan. Respectively, they represent the scientist, the farmer and the marketer of high-quality beef.

Much of the Missouri program has grown out of the Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer program. “Producers have learned there are extra profits not only in replacement heifers, but also in the steer mates sent to feedyards,” Patterson said. “The steers, especially from the Show-Me-Select Tier Two program, have much higher performance in the feedyard. Tier Two steers hit the premium grids.“

Packing plants, using the grids, pay bonuses for calves that attain higher USDA quality grades. Premiums can amount to $300 per animal, he says.

The reproduction research has until now focused on developing protocols for fixed-time AI of cows and heifers. This allows breeding all cows in a herd on one day, saving labor and shortening the calving season. The result is more uniform calves at weaning time.

“But we’ve found many more benefits,” Patterson said. “With AI, producers can use the top-rated bulls in their breed to gain genetic advantages.” Now sires with thousands of offspring have proven accuracy in their ability to improve the herds.

“We’ve learned that feedyards that once held low regard for Missouri feeder cattle now seek those from top-producing herds. Our speakers will explain that change,” Patterson said.

“There are more research achievements coming,” he added. “Jerry Taylor, MU researcher who helped decipher the bovine genome, will tell how to use what is known about the genetic map to produce more high-quality beef.“

The main reason to do any of this is to make more money from the cow herd. MU economists Scott Brown of MU FAPRI and Joe Parcell from agricultural and applied economics will give the financial prospects from the herd to the national levels.

On the evening of Aug. 31, the group will visit the Joplin Regional Stockyards, Carthage, Mo., to see working demonstrations and hear a panel of producers of Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifers. The local cattlemen's association will serve a steak dinner.

The Beef Reproduction Task Force is comprised of representatives from major land-grant universities in eight states. The group was formed to coordinate the many beef breeding protocols being developed, ensuring a consistency in terminology and protocols, Patterson said. The group's goal is to increase use of AI breeding.

Registration costs and details are available from the MU Conference Office website.

Angus Productions Inc. will provide online coverage of the event at thanks to the sponsorship of the Beef Reproduction Task Force, SEK Genetics and Visit the site now for the schedule, links to registration, hotel and travel information.

Visit the site newsroom after the meeting to access summaries, proceedings, PowerPoints and audio for the Presentations.

Another ARSBC symposium will be conducted Sept. 30-Oct. 1 in Boise, Idaho. For more information on that meeting contact