Friday, November 17, 2017

Ag Center to host workshop

The latest developments in cattle breeding and synchronization will be highlighted at the Beef Cattle Reproductive Technologies Workshop set for Jan 28 and 29 at the University of Illinois Dixon Springs Agricultural Center. The program starts at 8 a.m. on Jan 28 and runs through noon the following day.

“This unique workshop includes both classroom instruction and a field component,” reports Frank Ireland, research animal scientist at the ag center. “We’ll discuss all aspects of artificially breeding cattle, and participants will get hands-on training in reproductive examinations and artificial insemination.”

The workshop is specifically designed for beef producers and college students who are studying livestock reproduction. Topics include synchronization of estrus in cattle; anatomy and reproductive diseases; embryo transfer and advances in bovine reproduction; and semen handling and placement.

Registration is $50 per person and includes lunch on Jan 28, refreshment breaks, lab supplies and all program materials. Seating is limited and advance registration is required by Jan. 21. Call 618-695-4917 for details and to register or go to http://web.extension.illinois.edu/dsac/index.html .  If you need disability or dietary accommodations, please indicate when registering.

This workshop is sponsored by the University of Illinois Extension, U of I Department of Animal Sciences, U of I College of Veterinary Medicine, and Shawnee Community College.

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