The columns of information in semen and bull sale catalogs seem to get larger and more complex every season. Genetics and genomics can certainly add to confusion and overwhelm a producer considering A.I. or a buyer on sale day. A cooperative effort between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Select Sires and Agrarian will address this confusion through a series of seven meetings across the predominant cow-calf sector of Iowa in February, according to Patrick Wall, beef program specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“This program will help producers focus on the columns of information most important to their production goals and their bottom line,” Wall said. “We’ll try to break down how $Values Indexes work, how genomics can add to EPD reliability, and how to avoid pitfalls in selection decisions. Most importantly, attendees will learn how to apply the information to their own cow herd.”

Wall has prior experience with genetic evaluation, $ Value Index development, and genomic testing. He and other presenters will attempt to ease genetic selection decisions for attendees through explanation and discussion.

All meetings are free, but preregistration is necessary. To preregister, call Prairie State Select Sires at 888-464-5282, ext. 28, and give your name, phone number, meeting location you will attend, and number of attendees. A complimentary steak dinner will be provided at all locations. For additional information, contact Wall at 515-450-7665.

The meeting dates, locations and times are as follows:

Feb. 23 – SW Iowa Community College, 1501 W. Townline St., Creston, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Feb. 24 – Raccoon Valley Bank Community House, 1016 Main St., Adel, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Feb. 24 – McNay Research Farm, 45249 170th Ave., Chariton, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Feb. 25 – Manatt Community Center, 105 Jackson St., Brooklyn, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Feb. 26 – St. Mary’s Hall, 102 E. Penn St., Williamsburg, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Feb. 26 – 4-H Activities Bldg., Jefferson Co. Fairgrounds, Fairfield, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Feb. 27 – US Bank (basement), 102 E. 5th St., Tipton, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The series flyer includes information on all locations, including preregistration information.