2011 Presentations and Materials

Fundamentals of Genetics and DNA Technology
Overview of the historical perspective of genetic evaluation and progress, review of genetic principles, and introduction to the functional use of genomics information in the cattle industry.
Introduction to Genetics  (~1.3 MB)
Using Genomic Information to Make Better Decisions  (~1.2 MB)
Integration of Genomic Information into Genetic Evaluation  (~1.3 MB)
Integration of Genomic Information into Genetic Evaluation   (~0.1 MB)

Is it Time to Implement an AI Program?
Things to know and do before starting a synchronization program, reasonable expectations and basic  implementation. Understand the influence of cow factors such as age, body condition and calving date.
Starting an A.I. Program - Preparation, Protocols, Implementation and Expectations   (~0.2 MB)
Practical Tips for Starting & Implementing an AI Program   (~4.4 MB)
Getting it Right with A.I. and Estrus Synchronization   (~1.7 MB)
How Mishandling Frozen Semen can Lead to Unexplained Breeding Failure   (~7.2 MB)
Resources from the Beef Reproduction Task Force   (~1.5 MB)
Beef Cow Protocols - 2011   (~0.1 MB)
Preventing Lameness
This session will focus on lameness prevention, the impact of lameness on animal performance and profitability, and the use of lameness scoring criteria to help diagnose and treat feet and leg problems. Improved stockmanship and profitability are key elements of this session. 
Beef Cattle Lameness   (~2.0 MB)
Lameness - Dee Griffin, Beef Cattle Production Management Veterinarian   (~0.1 MB)
Business Strategies for Cattle Producers
Making decisions about herd expansion, incorporating new members of the family into the business, and assessing opportunities. This session will examine the key decision influencers in an engaging format about building effective business strategies for these chaotic times.
Risk Management Overview - CattleFax   (~0.5 MB)
Managing for Quality – A Supply Chain Approach
Management decisions made early in an animal’s life and then throughout its lifespan may impact the final value of beef products. Learn effective strategies to minimize quality defects, to improve value, and to work with multiple sectors of the beef industry to grow beef demand. 
Managing for Quality   (~1.0 MB)
Environmental Issues
Increase your knowledge about environmental issues confronting the beef industry as well as proposed environmental regulations that may impact future profitability of your business. Grow your understanding of
how environmental regulations become law and how cattle producers can impact the process. 
Environmental Issues: What Every Beef Producer Needs to Know   (~0.2 MB)
Reproductive Management for Profit
Attention to details improves success of AI and estrus synchronization programs. Learn cow and people management factors to refine AI programs and improve pregnancy rates to AI. 
Management Factors that Influence Fertility   (~1.5 MB)
The Economic Impact of Fixed Time AI in Our Operation - Mike Kasten   (~1.4 MB)
Variables that Influence the Outcomes of AI Programs: Cow Biology   (~4.0 MB)
Variables that Influence the Outcomes of AI Programs: Cow Bilogy   (~0.8 MB)
Managing Market Risk
Market risk continues to be an issue as economic uncertainty creates significant fluctuation in the price of beef, cattle and inputs. Learn strategies for dealing with these risks and to create a layer of protection around your business’s bottom-line. 
Minimizing Risk in a Seedstock Herd   (~3.5 MB)
A Systems Approach to Controlling Risk in the Cow-Calf Sector   (~3.5 MB)
Managing Market Risk   (~6.1 MB)
Financing in the Age of Uncertainty
Learn how to more effectively communicate with lenders, understand the impact of recent federal mandates on the banking industry, and explore how to access capital under these new conditions. 
Financing in the Age of Uncertainty   (~0.1 MB)
Building Relationships and Telling the Beef Story
Whether in one-to-one conversations with consumers, chefs, retailers, or school children, effective communication about beef producers and beef production can go a long way in improving perceptions about the beef business. Learn from a variety of industry led programs that engage people in the beef story. 
Telling the Beef Story   (~1.3 MB)
Raching Gate-to-Plate Beef Tour - New Mexico Beef Council   (~20.0 MB)
Telling the Beef Story - Certified Angus Beef   (~11.2 MB)
Gardiner Angus Ranch   (~3.0 MB)
Working with Energy Companies
Multiple-use of landscape creates the need for building effective working relationships with other commercial uses. Developing strategies to manage resources in situations where energy development is involved is critical to assure successful management of the ranch/farm enterprise. Developing a positive working relationship is important to minimize litigation and to assure satisfactory outcomes. 
Effective Working Relationships with Resource Agencies   (~9.6 MB)
Surface Use Agreement 101   (~3.6 MB)
NCBA Panel Discussion on O&G   (~5.2 MB)
Beyond AI, Implementation of Emerging Reproductive Strategies
Once a successful AI program is established, other advanced technologies such as sexed semen and embryo transfer can be considered. This session will look at guidelines and management suggestions for implementing these technologies. 
Sexed Semen - Newest Reproductive Technology for the Beef Industry   (~2.2 MB)
Sexed Semen - The Newest Reproductive Technology for the Beef Industry   (~0.1 MB)
Factors Influencing Success of Embryo Transfer Programs   (~2.2 MB)
Bovine Embryo Transfer: Are Efficiencies Improving?   (~0.1 MB)
The State of Antimicrobials in the Industry
The use of antimicrobials in the livestock industry has come under criticism from media, politicians and activist groups. Learn the facts about the use of antimicrobials in the U.S., the risk of microbial resistance and the impact of antibiotic bans on production systems in other parts of the world. 
Why You Need to be Part of the Solution   (~1.1 MB)
Using Antimicrobials Like We Want to Keep Them   (~4.0 MB)
Multi-Generational Ranching
Family owned businesses have their challenges in good times but can undergo significant stress during challenging times. Learn from fellow farm and ranch families who operate cattle enterprises involving multiple generations. Explore strategies for improving communication, enhancing working relationships and bringing new people into the business.
Transcending G's   (~3.2 MB)
Schiefelbein Farms - A multi-generation Ranch operation   (~6.9 MB)
Beef Trends and Trendsetters
Join this thought-provoking session to get the latest data on consumers’ beef buying patterns and expectations. Then listen as retail and foodservice trendsetters tell us how they are adapting the meat case and the menu to respond to these emerging signals. 
Beef Trends and Trendsetters   (~7.7 MB)
Buehler's Fresh Foods - Certified Angus Beef   (~4.1 MB)
Key Consumer Challenges and Restaurant Trends for 2011   (~3.6 MB)
National Beef Packing Co, LLC   (~3.9 MB)
SmashBurger   (~2.0 MB)
Effective Working Relationships with Resource Agencies
Developing effective working relationships with agencies that have oversight responsibility for natural resources is important for cattle producers who deal with regulatory issues. Creating a fact based, important oriented approach is key to implementation of grazing management strategies. Producers can gain credibility and support  of agency staff through documentation of grazing activities and utilization of monitoring data. 
Effective Working Relationships with Resource Agencies   (~4.3 MB)

Genomic Testing

Learn how Genomic Testing Empowers you to make more Informed Decisions

With genomic testing, you can accelerate genetic improvement by making more informed decisions about economically important traits. Learn how genomic testing applies to your operation with “Using Genetics to Optimize Cattle Performance,” a free online session from Pfizer Animal Genetics.

If you missed the genetics sessions at the 2011 Cattlemen’s College, or if you attended but still have questions, this session
will cover:

  • The business case for genetic testing
  • Advancements in genomic technology
  • Real-world applications

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assistance and services to cattlemen across this country.  
-Bob McCan, Texas