Insemination Workshops slated for, Feb 17-19; March 23-25

The first of two insemination workshops will be held February 17-19 on the Lorman campus of Alcorn State University. The workshop, for Alcorn students majoring in animal science, will be held at the Ray Johnson Assembly Center, Extension and Research Complex, and the Dairy. Start times will be 3 p.m. February 17 and 8 a.m. February 18-19.

The second workshop for farmers will be held March 23-25, 2017 at a cost of $75. Start times will be 1 p.m. March 23 and 8 a.m. March 24-25. Farmers have until March 10 to submit payment by check made payable to Alcorn State University Extension Program. Checks can be dropped off or mailed to the Alcorn State University Extension Program, Extension and Research Complex, 1000 ASU Drive #479, Lorman, MS 39096 attention Dr. Melissa Mason.

Both workshops are sponsored by the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences.

The workshops are intended to train beginners in the technique of artificial insemination in bovine and its benefits. Hands-on instruction of artificial insemination we be provided, as well as information for the synchronization of estrus, heat detection, semen handling, and the male and female reproductive systems, according to Dr. Melissa Mason, animal science specialist.

“I hope attendees will gain the ability and confidence in using the artificial insemination technique so that they can continue to practice and excel in the area,” said Mason.

Workshop participants will gain the theoretical and practical knowledge required to enhance the genetics of their own herd and/or possibly use the technique through self-employment to help other farmers, added Mason.

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