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NDSU to Hold Bull-buying Workshop on Jan. 30 in Dickinson

A close-up view of how EPDs and DNA technology can be used as tools to improve herd performance and profitability.

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," Rinwall 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.

A general review and discussion of DNA concepts as they relate to bull data, selection and usage within the cattle operation will start the morning discussion. A better understanding of how genes work and interact to produce the finished product can assist producers in designing profitable genetic breeding systems.

“Biological processes can and will respond to natural and man-made selection techniques,” says Ringwall. “By using tools, such as EPDs, DNA analysis and improved breeding techniques, producers can select, purchase and use genetics that will enhance profitability for their operation."

Workshop participants are encouraged to bring sale catalogs from operations where they purchased bulls, as well as registration numbers of previously purchased bulls.

Space for the workshop is limited, so preregistration is required. To register, contact Lee Tisor at lee.tisor@ndsu.edu or (701) 483-2348, ext. 105.

The NDSU Extension Service and ABS Global Inc. are sponsoring the event.


NDSU Agriculture Communication – Jan. 8, 2013

Source:Kris Ringwall, (701) 483-2348, ext. 103, kris.ringwall@ndsu.edu
Editor:Rich Mattern, (701) 231-6136, richard.mattern@ndsu.edu
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