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Dr. Jamie Courter is your Mizzou Beef Genetics Extension Specialist

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By Jared E. Decker Many of you have probably noticed that things have been a lot less active on the A Steak in Genomics™   blog, but you probably haven't known why. In January 2021, I was named the Wurdack Chair in Animal Genomics at Mizzou, and I now focus on research, with a little bit of teaching. I no longer have an extension appointment. But, with exciting news, the blog is about to become a lot more active! Jamie Courter began as the new MU Extension state beef genetics specialist in the Division of Animal Sciences on September 1, 2023. I have known Jamie for several years, meeting her at BIF when she was a Masters student. I have been impressed by Jamie in my interactions with her since that time.  Dr. Courter and I have been working closely together the last 6 weeks, and I am excited to work together to serve the beef industry for years to come! Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from North Carolina State University and earned a master's degree in animal

ARSBC 2018: Tools for Timeliness, Estrus Synchronization Planner & Management Minder

Sandy Johnson
Kansas State University

There are 365 days in a year. There are 283 days of gestation, plus or minus. We have 82 days to get a cow cycling and breed.

Kansas State University and Iowa Beef Center have put together 3 versions of the Estrus Synchronization Planner, Excel, mobile, and multi-group.

The sync planner is freely available at http://www.iowabeefcenter.org/estrussynch.html.

In the tool, you select the type of protocol you are using (estrus detection, estrus detection with clean up AI, and fixed-time AI).


The mobile version is available at www.estrussynch.com.

They also have a multi-group version of the Excel estrus synchronization planner. It is important to enable macros within the Excel program so the sheet can work. This allows you to have two groups of heifers, or a group of heifers and a group of cows. This allows you to print out a calendar.

The estrus planner also produces a supply list.

The estrus planner is focused on the few weeks of breeding. Johnson has created a tool for the other 11 months of a year. This tool is called the Management Minder. This tool helps the routine management not to fall under the radar. Can remind about supply purchases, data collection, management timing. Website at http://cowweb.exnet.iastate.edu/CowWeb/faces/Index.jsp.

See ARSBC Newsroom for more information. http://www.appliedreprostrategies.com/2018/newsroom.html

Note: this post was live blogged and may contain errors.

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