University of Missouri Extension will hold a daylong Whole System Management of Beef Cattle Reproduction Workshop 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 26, at MU Wurdack Research Center, 164 Bales Road, Cook Station.

MU Extension beef reproduction specialist Jordan Thomas and other specialists will lead the discussions, said livestock specialist Eric Meusch.

“Reproduction isn’t just about breeding,” says Meusch. “There are a lot of moving parts and several points that can be leveraged to increase profitability.”

Thomas, with assistance from numerous other MU beef researchers, recently authored a new manual on the whole system management approach. He will discuss relevant reproductive technologies as part of a yearlong system.

Topics include:

• Managing for an ultra-short calving season.

• Managing cow body condition economically.

• Heifer selection.

• Maintaining cows in positive energy balance in variable forage conditions.

• How to minimize effects of stress (heat, fescue toxicosis, etc.) on reproduction.

• Bull management in and out of season.

The day includes a tour of Wurdack Center’s integrated livestock, forages, forestry and wildlife management practices. Registrants receive lunch and a printed copy of the new Whole System Management of Beef Cattle Reproduction manual.

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For more information, contact Thomas at or 573-882-7519.

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