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Cattle AI School: Steps to better genetics, performance

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Written Thursday, September 25, 2008  

Learn ways to boost the genetics and performance of cattle at Ohio State University’s Cattle Artificial Insemination (A.I.) School, which will be held Oct. 20-22 at the Eastern Agricultural Research Station in Belle Valley.

Topics include: reproductive physiology, cattle heat synchronization, and utilization of insemination equipment and practices.

“By using the techniques learned at A.I. School, a cattle producer will be able to introduce improved production traits and increased performance,” said Clif Little of OSU Extension’s Guernsey County office. “Farmers tell us, because of the training they received, they are able to utilize A.I. on their own farms and introduce improved genetics.”

The schedule:

* 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 20: Reproductive tract anatomy and physiology; estrous synchronization. Speaker: Mike Day, Department of Animal Sciences, OARDC.

* 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 21: Basic A.I. instruction. Speakers: Little and Carol Wheeler, OSU Extension emeritus.

* 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Oct. 22: Cattle artificial insemination. Speakers: Little, Wheeler and John Groah, DVM, McConnelsville, Ohio.

Registration, due by Oct. 13, costs $75 and includes program materials and lunch. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrants will be notified when they are accepted into the class. The registration fee is non-refundable.

For more information or to register, contact Little at (740) 432-9300, little.16@osu.edu or Kaye Clay at (740) 489-5300, clay.89@cfaes.osu.edu .

The Eastern Agricultural Research Station is at 16870 Township Road 126 in Noble County. Take exit 28 off Interstate 77. Go south on State Route 821. Turn left (east) on State Route 215. Go about one mile. Turn right onto Band Ridge Road (Township Road 126). The station will be on the right. Signs will be posted.

Ohio State’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC) and Ohio State University Extension are the sponsors. The Eastern Agricultural Research Station is one of OARDC's 10 outlying research locations. OARDC and OSU Extension are the research and outreach arms, respectively, of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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