BROOKINGS, SD - The South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service will host a Beef and Dairy Artificial Insemination (AI) School on April 13-15.
The three-day school will begin at 1:30 p.m. on April 13 at Sioux Falls Regional Livestock, rural Worthing, SD. The facility is located at the junction of Interstate 29 and U.S. Highway 18. The cost of the school is $250 per person and covers educational materials, breaks, practice tracts, cow-use fees and rental costs for facilities and equipment.
This event is limited to 20 participants. A non-refundable pre-registration fee of $50 paid prior to April 13 is required to secure a spot in the class. The balance of the fee is due at the first session. Reserve your spot now by calling the Lincoln County Extension office at 605-764-2756.
The featured speaker for the course is Extension Beef Reproduction Management Specialist George Perry, who will lead much of the training and answer questions. During the first day's training, participants will focus on AI technique, reproductive tract anatomy, heat detection, AI equipment, and semen handling. The session will have an evening meal break and conclude at 8:30 p.m.
The morning sessions on April 14 and 15 will include AI practice that Extension staff will lead. On the afternoons of both days, participants will take part in classroom sessions on bull selection, EDPs, heat synchronization, herd management, and nutrition. The clinic ends at 3:30 p.m. on April 15.
For other questions on this training, call Lincoln County Extension Livestock Educator Jeff Lounsbery, who is organizing the event, at 605-764-2756, or e-mail him at: Jeffrey.Lounsbery@sdstate.edu.