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Commercial bull selection, managing virgin bulls topic at meeting March 11

Colorado

Commercial cow-calf employees, owners, and managers are invited to a program focusing on selecting and managing young bulls offered by Colorado State University Extension in cooperation with the Weld County Livestock Association. The date to mark on your calendar is March 11 beginning with registration at 4 p.m. and the program ending at 8:15 p.m. The program will be held at the Exhibition Building, Room 5 located at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. The cost to attend is $15 per person by March 6 and $20 at the door, payable to Weld County Extension.

Commercial cow-calf producers have a myriad of selection tools to implement today, part of the goal of the program is to help sift through the tools available and use those that make the most sense in your situation. A second focus of the program will be general bull management, especially young bulls when you get them home to a new environment after the purchase.

Dr. Bob Mortimer, CSU Veterinarian will discuss trichomoniasis, what it is, how to test, and general management tips to control in bulls. The number of counties in Colorado with trichomoniasis has decreased, but trichomoniasis still needs to be considered and managed.

Scott Speidel, CSU Animal Breeding Genetics Research Associate will help producers sort through all of the different selection tools available to today's commercial cow-calf producer. With the understanding that everyone has different selection criteria they prefer, Scott will talk through general scenarios with ideas of what to base your selection on.

Mike Jarosz, Ph.D. of CSU Extension will delve into how the hoof of a bull grows and develops. Along with the genetic pool the bull brings, structural soundness is crucial, so he will discuss some of the factors that influence the quality of the hoof.

Jack Whittier, Ph.D. CSU Beef Extension Specialist, will present ideas as to how to manage a young bull that you just brought home after purchasing from a sale. He will discuss how to feed, handle, semen development, monitoring body condition, and other management practices important to better make sure the bull is ready when turned out with females.

Dinner will be provided and is part of your registration cost. A link to the program and registration can be found at: www.csubeef.com

For more information contact Mike Jarosz, Livestock Agent, Weld County, 970-590-0796, mjarosz@co.weld.co.us.



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