Southwest Center to offer primer on artificial insemination

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Morning session Dec. 1 to offer new plans for cattle herd

The University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center near Mt. Vernon will present an open house and a timed artificial insemination (AI) demonstration for local cattlemen on Dec. 3, at the farm.

Staff from the University Extension Service will offer an overview of reproductive and genomic technologies for beef cattle. They will elaborate on plans to expand and improve the research center's beef herd.

Speakers will include Dr. Jordan Thomas, beef reproduction Extension specialist, who will speak on getting started with AI at 8:30 a.m., followed by Dr. Jared Decker, beef genetics Extension specialist, on expected progency differences when using AI.

Eldon Cole, Mt. Vernon-based livestock specialist, will speak at 9:30 a.m. on the Show-Me-Select replacement heifer program. David Cope, superintendent of the Southwest Center, will unveil plans for the center's beef herd at 10 a.m. The program will close will a demonstration using sex-sorted semen for timed AI at 10:30 a.m.

The program will be offered free of charge. Additional information is available by calling 417-466-2148.