The Beef Reproduction Task Force and the University of California, Davis, Department of Animal Science are pleased to announce the 2015 Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle (ARSBC) Symposium, which will be Aug. 17-18, 2015, on the UC Davis campus in Davis, Calif. The program will include six general sessions, which will cover a variety of topics, from physiology to genetics to management, and will present the latest information in reproductive technologies.

The ARSBC conference provides an opportunity to combine training on basic reproductive function with novel approaches for improving reproductive performance. The goal of the conference is to facilitate improvements in reproductive performance and enhance knowledge and use of technologies to increase profitability and sustainability in the beef industry.

The setting of this year’s conference at UC Davis provides the unique opportunity to combine the strengths and expertise of the Department of Animal Science, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) to create an event that will deliver the most current comprehensive information and cutting-edge technologies to participants. The meeting will be at the state-of-the-art UC Davis Conference Center, which is located adjacent to the host hotel, the Hyatt Place UC Davis.

This year’s event will kick off Sunday, Aug. 16, with a tour of the beautiful Napa wine country and a visit to the water buffalo artificial insemination (AI) center. The meeting will be Monday, Aug. 17, and Tuesday, Aug. 18, wrapping up with a fun afternoon of wine tasting aboard pontoon boats on Lake Berryessa. Both of these side events require preregistration. Space is limited, so please register early. Please look under the “Meeting Info” tab for more information.

At a time when drought is significantly impacting the California cattle industry, the organizing committee; local producers; and university faculty, staff and students enthusiastically welcome ARSBC conference participants as we come together to discuss available and future technologies and management techniques that have the potential to improve the efficiency of beef reproduction, even in the face of fewer resources and challenging environmental conditions.

Special Note: The ARSBC conference has been approved for 10 hours of continuing education credits by the American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS). It is now listed on their “ARPAS Approved Meetings” list. We will also be applying for veterinary continuing education credits soon.

The Angus Journal — with sponsorship and assistance of the Beef Reproduction Task Force and the host committee — provides comprehensive coverage of this year’s event, as well as past events, within the website.

Use the submenus under the “Meeting Info” tab to access this year’s schedule, speaker bios, hotel and travel information, and a link to online registration courtesy of our host committee.

We’ll post this year’s coverage in the “Newsroom” following the event, but you can use the “Newsroom Archive” submenu now to find coverage of past symposia. Coverage includes summaries of the presentations, along with corresponding PowerPoints, proceedings and audio.

For more information about the 2015 ARSBC, contact Alison Van Eenennaam, cooperative extension specialist in the field of animal genomics and biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, Davis.

Full information on the conference, along with a variety of beef-reproduction resources, visit the Beef Reproduction Task Force website.