Bull-buying workshop Jan. 30 in Dickinson
A bull-buying workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center.
How to Buy Bulls by the Numbers; Reproductive Strategies for Success will begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m.
Kris Ringwall, NDSU Extension Service beef specialist and center director, and Cliff Lamb, University of Florida Extension beef research specialist, will be the keynote presenters. Ringwall’s presentation will focus on how beef producers can use estimated progeny differences (EPDs) and DNA for selecting bulls.
The genetics of beef herds in North Dakota are wide and varied, so we want to give beef producers a close-up view of how EPDs, in combination with DNA technology, can be used as positive tools to improve herd performance and profitability,” Ringwall says. “Also, many of the same concepts are useful in female selection, evaluation and production.
Lamb’s presentation will be on reproductive strategies for success. Keeping heifers in the herd is key to a successful beef operation and critical to allowing genetically improved heifers the maximum opportunity to produce calves within the herd. Producers spend considerable time in selecting a bull. The proper sire-female mating makes good sense. This is important when developing heifers and subsequent breeding. In addition, Lamb will discuss the profit potential using timed artificial insemination techniques and ultrasound while breeding cows.
Space for the workshop is limited, so preregistration is required. To register, contact Lee Tisor at
firstname.lastname@example.org or (701) 483-2348, ext. 105.