Alcorn Extension Department to host Cattle Artificial Insemination Program

The School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences will sponsor two Cattle Artificial Insemination Programs to help educate the public on the importance and financial advantage of artificial insemination.

The first program will be held for students, February 17-19, 2017, and the second program for farmers will be held March 23-25, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Both programs will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Lorman campus.

This training program will include both lectures and hands-on instruction from Animal Science Specialist Dr. Melissa Mason.

“Artificial Insemination is important because it increases the genetics of the herd quickly, and thereby increases the profit of the operation for the farmer,” said Mason.

This program is designed to teach participants the technique of artificial insemination, learn about the synchronization of estrus methods, detection of heat methods, handling and thawing of frozen semen, and the basic reproductive anatomy of the male and female.

Student applications are due no later than January 10, 2017. Applications for farmers are due February 22, 2017. There is a $50.00 cost for students and a $75.00 cost for farmers.

Lunch will be provided and certificates will be awarded at the end of the course.

For more details, contact Dr. Melissa Mason at (601) 877-4006, or [email protected].