As the spring bull-buying season approaches, make sure you are ready to make the best genetic decisions for your operation. The age of technology has brought us more information then ever on the potential performance of young bulls, but at the same time has made selection of the best bull confusing. With Expected Progeny Differences on so many characteristics, how do you know what is most important for your operation? Are EPDs for all bulls comparable? What are selection indexes and genomically enhanced EPDs? Investing in a young bull is expensive; how do you know that you are making a good decision?
The Cattle EPD/Genetics School will be offered on Jan. 23 and will focus on evaluating the goals of your operation and selecting the genetics to best suit those goals. Learn how to evaluate bulls and heifers using EPDs to select the best genetics for your environment, management style, and marketing options. Participants will gain a better understanding of genetic selection tools that are available and how to use them to manage their genetic risk and improve their operation. Bob Weaber, K-State cow/calf specialist, and Robin Reid, River Valley Extension District livestock agent, will be presenting.
The program will be held at the Community Hall in Norway, Kan., with registration at 9:45 a.m. and school from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants, sponsored by ABS Global. Additional registrations are welcome but will have to pay a small amount. Please register by Jan. 17 by calling 785-325-2121 or emailing email@example.com. This is the third year this class will be offered in the River Valley Extension District and will not be offered again next year, so sign up today.
This year there will also be a presentation by LewAnn Schneider concerning the changes in trichomoniasis regulations. As of Oct. 4, 2013, new regulations affecting bull ownership changes within Kansas are in place. Schneider will be discussing trichomoniasis prevalence in Kansas and how to meet the new regulations.
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