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.
Fall 2021 Cattle Artificial Insemination School
Thursday through Saturday October 21-23, 2021
Note: This course is limited to the first 30 paid participants. There are currently 7 spots available for the Fall School.
6:00 – 6:15 p.m. Introductions/ Opening Comments
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
8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Nutritional Programs for A.I. Success
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)
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 Horse Park
Bearden Dairy Research Unit-Heifer Unit
Mississippi State University Beef Unit
Map to MSU ADS Building
Map to Bearden Dairy Research Unit-Heifer Unit
Map to MSU Beef Unit
The registration fee for the MSU Artificial Insemination School is $450 per person. School attendance is limited to the first 30 registrations.
Note: Registration fees are non-refundable if cancelled after September 15.
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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