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AI School

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Animal and Dairy Sciences Department host two Cattle Artificial Insemination (AI) Schools each year. The AI Schools are held in March and October annually. 

Spring 2018 Cattle Artificial Insemination School

Thursday through Saturday,March 15-17, 2018

Note: Fall AI School is now full. Please contact to be added to the waiting list due to a cancellation.

Fall 2018 AI School is scheduled for October 18-20, 2018.  Registration is available now for this course.


Thursday March 15, 2018
6:00 – 6:15 p.m. Introductions/ Opening Comments (WISE 4043)
6:15 – 6:45 p.m. Economics of Artificial Insemination
6:45 – 7:05 p.m. Reproductive Anatomy
7:05 – 8:00 p.m. Estrous Cycle, Estrus Synchronization, and Sexed Semen
8:00 – 8:30 p.m. Equipment for Artificial Insemination
8:30 – 8:45 p.m. Break
8:45 – 10:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions (Groups will rotate among stations)
  Estrus Synchronization Planning Software and Breeding Box
  Artificial Insemination Equipment and Semen Handling Demonstration
  Work with Bovine Reproductive Tracts (WISE 4036)
Friday March 16, 2018
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Nutritional Programs for A.I. Success (WISE 4043)
8:45 – 9:30 a.m. Heat Detection and Heat Detection Aids
9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Break
9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Sire Selection
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. Reproductive Herd Health and Biosecurity
11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Question and Answer Session
11:30 a.m. Lunch (provided)
12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Break and Travel to Dairy and Beef Units (Groups will alternate locations)
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Corral Work (semen handling & A.I. technique practice) (Beef/Dairy Unit)
Saturday March 17, 2018
8:00 – 11:30 a.m. Corral Work (semen handling & A.I. technique practice) (Beef/Dairy Unit)
11:30 a.m. – Noon Course Wrap-Up


Mississippi State University Animal and Dairy Sciences Department (Wise Center)
Bearden Dairy Research Unit-Heifer Unit

Mississippi State University Beef Unit

Area hotels
Map to MSU Wise Center
Map to Bearden Dairy Research Unit-Heifer Unit.pdf
Map to MSU Beef Unit.pdf

Registration Information

Mississippi State University Artificial Insemination School Brochure

The registration fee for the MSU Artificial Insemination School is $350 per person. School attendance is limited to the first 35 registrations. 
For online registration:
Visit our online registration website. We can accept credit card payments online or checks may be mailed in.  Note that your registration is not complete and space confirmed until payment has been received. 
For mail in registration:
Mississippi State University Artificial Insemination School Registration Form. Make checks payable to “Mississippi State University”. Send registration form and payment to MSU AI School, c/o Mari Quinn, Animal and Dairy Sciences, Box 9815, Mississippi State, MS 39762. 
For answers to questions about the Fall 2017 MSU Artificial Insemination School, contact 662-325-3516 or by e-mail at
Participants must be at least 16 years old to attend. If an attendee is under the age of 18, please complete the 4-H Parental Release and Code of Conduct Agreement linked below. Include this form with your registration form submission. 
4-H Parental Release and Code of Conduct Agreement

Bull Semen Storage and Handling YouTube Video

Visit the Mississippi State University Extension Service Beef Cattle YouTube channel to view this cattle artificial insemination-related video. A variety of other brief educational videos are also posted on beef cattle production topics on the MSUBeefCattle YouTube channel.


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Filed Under: Beef November 9, 2017

Producers of grass-fed beef cattle will learn the latest recommendations for producing high quality and profitable livestock.

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Filed Under: Agricultural Economics, Beef September 8, 2017

The first shipment of U.S. beef to China in more than 13 years reached its destination in June, and Mississippi cattle producers are beginning to see modest rewards of new market access.

Current cattle prices in Mississippi are up from a year ago. Lightweight cattle are $1.67 per pound, while heavyweight feeder cattle are around $1.35 per pound. A year ago, lightweight cattle were $1.55 per pound, and heavyweight cattle were in the range of $1.17 per pound.

“The cattle market has exhibited strong demand through most of 2017 despite the increased supply of cattle in the U.S.,” said Josh Maples, an agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “Prices have generally decreased over the past month, which is due to a combination of seasonal factors and the increased supply.”

Filed Under: Beef August 7, 2017

LUCEDALE, Miss. -- Farmers can learn about free-range livestock rearing and pecan orchard practices during the Aug. 18 Alliance of Sustainable Farms field day.

Sweet Grass Pastures in Lucedale will host the event. Topics include raising pastured poultry, beef and pork using rotational grazing. Attendees will tour the farm’s pecan orchard, and farm owners will demonstrate how to set up a mobile chicken coop and mobile hog fencing.

Filed Under: Beef May 15, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Cattle producers in south Mississippi can learn about techniques to improve herd health and advancements in production systems during an upcoming field day in Raymond.

The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are hosting the Beef Cattle Herd Health Field Day on June 16 at the MSU Brown Loam Branch Experiment Station. The station is located at 1676 Brown Loam Road. The field day begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m.

Filed Under: Crops, Commercial Horticulture, Commercial Fruit and Nuts, Beef, Beekeeping, Forestry, Seafood Economics March 3, 2017

BILOXI, Miss. -- Mississippi State University researchers and Extension Service agents heard suggestions from Coastal area agricultural producers and industry leaders about the research and education they need from the university in 2017.

The MSU Coastal Research and Extension Center Producer Advisory Council meeting was held on Feb. 28 in Biloxi. The annual meeting helps the university allocate time and resources to the most important issues facing Mississippi's agricultural producers and related industries.

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The people who know Virgil Walker look up to him. The Covington County native is a leader for his church and several local organizations. He loves his wife, his children, and his grandchildren, and he values his way of life.

“It’s just in my blood to walk out and see a cow on my farm,” he says on a humid, late-summer afternoon. “It’s five generations, counting my son’s kids. The one who’s 9 or 10, I gave her a calf, and she wants to come every day to look at it. I believe she’ll be the one to come and live on the farm. It would be rewarding for me. Where I’m living, I’ve been here for 50 years.”

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