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ASPC 5404: Reproductive Technologies in Cattle

Concentration: Elective
Credits: 3 graduate credit(s)


Reproductive principles and techniques in dairy and beef cattle. Topics include general bovine reproductive anatomy and physiology, conventional and novel reproductive technologies, estrous cycle control, estrous detection, timed artificial insemination schemes, pregnancy diagnosis, cow health concerns, and emerging reproductive technologies.


Learning Objectives

Having successfully completed this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast the principles of female reproductive anatomy, ovarian physiology and follicular/luteal dynamics in cattle
  2. Construct plans for optimizing estrous detection and timed insemination for maximal fertility
  3.  Debate the use of conventional and novel reproductive technologies, including sexed semen, embryo transfer, and pregnancy diagnosis on specific dairy and beef operations
  4. Break down the various nutrition, health, and environmental influences that affect fertility in cattle
  5.  Integrate emerging technologies and management strategies into current reproductive management schemes for cattle  

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Graduate Standing


Alan D. Ealy

Vitor R. Mercadante