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Beef Producers Can Learn to Add Genetics at Reproductive Symposium in Joplin

by Duane Daily, senior writer, MU Cooperative Media Group

COLUMBIA, Mo. (Aug. 5, 2011) — Beef producers have been distracted by dry weather worries,” says David Patterson, co-host of the 2011 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Symposium in Joplin, Mo., and University of Missouri Extension beef specialist.

“There will never be a better time to upgrade a beef cow herd than after a downsizing and heading into a long upturn in cattle prices,” said Scott Brown, beef economist at the MU Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI).

The conference will, among many topics, describe what is becoming known as “The Missouri Recipe” for high-quality beef to meet market demands. Much of the breeding research, based on fixed-time artificial insemination (FTAI), came from the MU Thompson Farm, Spickard, Mo., in the last 15 years. The AI protocols have been farm-tested in Missouri beef herds all across the state.

The development of superior market steers developed out of initial research on Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program. Fall and spring sales of bred heifers have attracted buyers from 17 states to Missouri.

“As beef herds that have been culled in drought areas start to rebuild, we expect to see more buyers,” Patterson says.

Information on the speakers and topics for the two-day agenda are available at The first day of the conference is devoted primarily to Missouri research and farm experiences, plus the economics of premium beef.

Compiled by Angus Productions Inc. (API; publisher of the Angus Journal and the Angus Beef Bulletin), the meeting coverage website is made possible through sponsorship by the Beef Reproductive Task Force, SEK Genetics, and Coverage will include summaries of the speaker presentation, PowerPoints, proceedings and audio.

Editor's Note: This article is adapted from a news release provided by the MU Cooperative Media Group.