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.
This conference will be organized by the PI with the assistance of UC Davis Conference and Events Services.