A pair of upcoming seminars in California will help veterinarians and producers learn some new skills while earning CE credits and Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certification or recertification.

On January 11, the University of California-Davis will host its third-annual Beef Improvement and Low Stress Cattle Handling Seminar on the Davis campus. The previous day, on January 10, BCF Technology, the manufacturer of Easi-Scan, will sponsor a veterinary continuing education course on ”Practical Reproduction Ultrasound” in Lodi, California, about an hour away from Davis.

At the UC-Davis seminar, the featured speaker is Temple Grandin, PhD, who will be speaking about cattle behavior, improving handling facilities, and setting up and implementing auditing programs for cattle and other food animals. Other topics include:

  • Reproductive Strategies for Beef Cattle
  • Update on UC Davis Research
  • Risk Factors Associated with Fecal Pathogen Shedding in Cow-Calf Operations
  • Welfare Audits and Assessment for Beef Cattle Producers
  • Docility - 60 Years of Selection in Beef Cattle
  • The ABC's of Correcting Dystocias in Beef Cattle
  • Sustainable Technologies to Feed More People
  • What Can Be Toxic to Beef Cattle?
  • Defending Your Turf:  Modern Agriculture in a Facebook Culture
  • Optional No Cost Afternoon Necropsy Demonstration for Ranchers only from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm (limited to 20 attendees, picked by lottery)

Veterinarians and veterinary technicians can earn eight hours of CE credits, and attendees can receive at no cost, the BQA Certification or Recertification, from the California Cattlemen's Association.

Online registration is available for ranchers and veterinarians.

At the BCF Technology ultrasound seminar, Dr. Jill Colloton will lead a lecture followed by a hands-on wet lab where attendees will gain valuable, cow-side, ultrasound training and experience. This course is RACE approved for 6 CE credits. The course fee is $200 with lunch included and limited to 10 participants. During the course you will gain in-depth knowledge of the benefits of bovine pregnancy diagnosis with ultrasound, fetal and embryonic loss, twin diagnosis, ovarian structures, and basic fetal sex determination. Visit the learning section of the BCF website for registration information and other details.