To teach commercial cow/calf producers how to utilize Artificial Insemination (AI), SDSU Extension is sponsoring an AI School April 25 to 27 at 1 p.m. at the Sioux Falls Regional Livestock facility near Worthing, S.D. with additional classroom time at the Sioux Falls Regional Extension Center.
“A stumbling block that’s prevented the wider use of AI technology among commercial cow/calf producers has been producers simply not knowing how to AI cows and a general unfamiliarity with how AI and synchronization works,” said Warren Rusche, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist.
The AI School will include both classroom instruction as well as hands-on training that will cover the basics of AI and practice reproductive tracts.
“One of the unique things about this school is that we’ll spend a lot of time talking about cowherd management, ways to optimize reproductive efficiency and steps producers can take to improve reproductive performance whether they are using AI or natural service,” Rusche said.
To ensure producers receive plenty of hands on time, the class is limited to 20 participants. Registration is $325 and covers costs of materials and cows to practice on.
To register, contact Carol Kleinjan at the SDSU Animal Science Department, Carol.Kleinjan@sdstate.edu or605-688-5165). Don’t wait to register as the class is expected to reach its limit soon. There will be a waiting list for future classes.
Source: SDSU Extension