Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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Project Start Date
Jul 1, 2015
Project End Date
Jun 30, 2016
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Project Director
Van Eenennaam, A.
Recipient Organization
DAVIS,CA 95616-8671
Performing Department
Animal Science
Non Technical Summary
The Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) program has been held annually throughout the U.S. since 2002. It was developed under the direction of the Beef Cattle Reproduction Task Force with the long-term goal of improving reproductive performance in beef cattle, specifically through the use of emerging technologies. The rationale for holding this conference is to provide education and access to reproductive technologies and share information about current management techniques, as well as scientific and veterinary topics related to beef cattle reproduction, in order to facilitate increased beef production efficiency with less environmental impact. This year's event at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis), will represent the first time this meeting has been held in California, and the third time it has been held in a western region. It will bring together approximately 200 cattle producers, veterinarians, students and various representatives from industry and universities to address basic information as well as learn how to incorporate state-of-the-art technologies and scientific advancements into their programs. The UC Davis Conference Center, a Platinum LEED-certified green building, will host the attendees and highlight the wealth of expertise available through the combined efforts of the UCD Department of Animal Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, and the University of California Cooperative Extension. Publicity for this event includes communication through an email list, announcements through various list serves, upcoming meetings and conferences, a press release that is being shared with industry partners and an article in California Cattlemen's magazine. Scientific and technological advances are rapidly evolving, but they only have potential if those that can benefit from them are aware of their existence and how to use them. The objectives of the ARSBC program are to educate attendees about basic information, currently-available technologies and future applications in beef cattle reproduction to the level that they are comfortable incorporating this knowledge to improve their programs. Huge impacts in profitability can be realized with even small improvements in management practices and incorporation of new technologies, thereby benefitting the entire beef industry and resulting in increased food quality, security and sustainability of beef production. As global growth in demand for meat continues to increase, the implementation of reproductive technologies and improvements in beef cattle reproduction rates will be vital in contributing to the sustainability and competitiveness of U.S. agriculture.
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Goals / Objectives
The goal of the 2015 ARSBC Conference is to facilitate improvements in reproductive performance and enhance knowledge and use of reproductive technologies that can increase profitability and sustainability in the beef industry, which in turn will contribute to safe and healthy food products.
Project Methods
This conference will be organized by the PI with the assistance of UC Davis Conference and Events Services.

Progress 07/01/15 to 06/30/16

Target Audience:The target audience reached through this conference included scientists (academic and industry), educators, veterinarians (academic and private practice), and producers, as well as undergraduate, graduate and veterinary students. In total, 183 attendees participated in the event, including 29 students representing 11 institutions from 4 states. Changes/Problems: Nothing Reported What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?Training and professional development was provided throughout the course of this event. Participants had the opportunity to learn from and interact with leaders in the fields of bovine reproduction, immunology and genetics, among others. Students had the opportunity to meet producers, veterinarians and industry representatives and not only learn about advanced reproductive strategies in cattle, but explore the diverse careers that are available around this field. Veterinarians and animal scientists were able to earn continuing education credits for their participation. Participants commented favorably on the diversity of expert speakers and the opportunity to interact with them. How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?Angus Journal provided coverage of the conference and maintains recordings, slides, and proceedings papers from all of the speakers on the conference website at: Printed proceedings books were mailed out to a number of interested parties that were unable to attend the conference in person. What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals? Nothing Reported

What was accomplished under these goals? The main goal of the 2015 ARSBC Conference was to facilitate improvements in reproductive performance and enhance knowledge and use of reproductive technologies that can increase profitability and sustainability in the beef industry, which in turn will contribute to safe and healthy food products. This conference succeeded in bringing together 183 attendees, representing both domestic and international interests. Speakers included academics, veterinarians and industry representatives and covered topics ranging from control of estrus and ovulation to fetal programming to cattle management considerations during drought. Time for questions and discussion was available at the end of each presentation and provided opportunities to explore topics in greater depth and also allowed attendees to share their perspectives on the issues at hand. The producer panel provided an opportunity for representatives from the CA cattle industry to interact directly with the attendees and expand on topics addressed during the presentations, as well as consider additional issues. Overall, the responses from attendees were very positive.


  • Type: Conference Papers and Presentations Status: Published Year Published: 2015 Citation: Proceedings book including speaker presentation papers
  • Type: Websites Status: Published Year Published: 2015 Citation: Summaries, PowerPoint slides and audio of speaker presentations are published online on the Newsroom tab of the conference website: