The National Center for Applied Reproduction and Genomics in Beef Cattle (NCARG), is a multi-disciplinary partnership among faculty in the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and College of Veterinary Medicine. With the University of Missouri’s long-standing strengths in reproductive biology, genetics, agricultural economics, gene editing, theriogenology, and extension outreach, NCARG is poised to become a nationally recognized resource and training site.
The primary mission of NCARG is to accelerate the rate of adoption of profitable reproductive and genomic technologies in the beef industry. In an era in which extension systems in many states are shrinking due to limited funding and personnel, the need for a national training site has never been greater. In addition to providing advanced training in reproduction and genetics, economic research conducted through NCARG will help producers assess the return-on-investment associated with using reproductive and genomic technologies.
A primary focus of NCARG will be to create impactful educational and extension programing. This will include development of the following opportunities:
- Graduate Certificate Program in Bovine Reproductive Management and Genomic Technologies
- Elective Course Offerings for Veterinary Students currently enrolled in 4-year Colleges of Veterinary Medicine
- Veterinary Continuing Education (CE) courses for practicing veterinary professionals
- Dual DVM-MS Program to provide veterinary students with advanced training in reproductive physiology
- Expanded Internship Opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students
- Hands-on Training opportunities for extension livestock specialists, allied industry representatives, students, and beef producers
- Interactive online resources for reproductive and genomic education across the country
The beef industry clearly recognizes the potential national impact of NCARG, with the proposal to develop NCARG receiving over twenty-five letters of support from veterinary associations, pharmaceutical companies, breed associations, AI companies/genetics providers, and allied industry. Administration at the University of Missouri is also highly supportive, with vocal advocates in Vice Chancellor and Dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Chris Daubert, and College of Veterinary Medicine Dean, Carolyn Henry.