Guidelines for integrated reproduction management (IRM)


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Guidelines for integrated reproduction management (IRM) a problem-solving concept for increasing food animal reproductive efficiency
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Integrated Reproduction Management

Integrated Reproduction Management (IRM) is a problem-solving
concept. It originated as a means of better using the total research,
extension, and resident instruction capacity in the United States for
solving complex food animal reproduction problems. Increased
emphasis on the improvement of reproductive efficiency has wide
support in both production and scientific communities. The IRM
approach to the solution of problems facing the producer has
gained wide support among all major food-animal commodity

For the concept to have increased merit when compared to existing
programs, integration must occur across and among disciplines
and colleges-extension with research, and agency with agency.
Also, all planning and conduct of programs must be with the in-
timate involvement of the industry(s) being served.

For more than 2 years, an IRM Coordinating Panel has functioned
at the national level; while, in each of the four State Extension Ser-
vice and State Experiment Station regions, 6-member Regional IRM
Planning and Development committees have worked with the states
to lay the groundwork for an IRM program. Several states now are
organized to meet planning needs. Meetings of the regional and na-
tional planning and coordinating groups resulted in the develop-
ment of these guidelines. They are to be used to establish IRM proj-
ects and to serve as an aid in further planning and development at
state, regional, and national levels.

The future of IRM is dependent on federal and state funding and
the agreed-upon procedures for use of multi-source funds as they
become available.

March 1984

Guidelines for Establishing an Integrated Reproduction
Management (IRM) Program

Definition and Criteria

Integrated Reproduction Management (IRM) is a cooperative in-
dustry and land-grant university-USDA multidisciplinary approach
to the identification and solution of problems that decrease the
reproductive efficiency of food-producing animals. This attempt to
solve specific reproductive problems is designed to more effectively
combine the personnel and resources of land-grant universities,
departments, and USDA agencies. The essential criteria for an IRM
approach to problem-solving are:
* Documented evidence of industry input in establishing priorities,
planning and implementing the project.
* A multidisciplined approach, using expertise from state and
USDA research and extension organizations, and cooperation of
other sources, as needed, for an effective solution to the problem.
* A time table related to the planned approach to the problem and
evidence of the means to measure progress.
* Joint research-extension-industry plans for disseminating the
information obtained and implementation of the technology

Sequence for Organization and Planning

1. Organize your committee. The IRM structure, at the state level, is
a multidisciplinary, interorganizational, planning and develop-
ment committee with producer input at all levels. In establishing
the committee, lines of communication with federal, state, local
producer, research, and extension organizations must be devel-
oped. Members must be capable individuals interested in plan-
ning and organizing anticipated IRM efforts related to the state's
needs. An industry representative should co-chair the committee
with a representative of research or extension.

Intrastate and multistate committees should be organized the
same way.

2. Select a species reproduction problem and agree upon attainable
objectives. This phase of planning and selection may be con-
ducted at the local, state, multistate, regional, or national level,
as dictated by the scope of the problem.

3. Clearly define and agree upon responsibilities of all participants
as their function relates to elements of the project outline.

4. Provide a means for establishing benchmark data (present condi-
tions) as indicated in Item X of the project outline.

5. Establish responsibility and procedure for immediate transfer
and application of new technology developed.

6. To protect cooperating producers, a written contract of agree-
ment is suggested. It should cover nuisance fees, disclaimers,
liability insurance, and other provisions as needed.

7. Assist in securing funding for the initiation and completion of
the project.

IRM Project Outline


I. Project number and title:

II. Location:

III. Abstract of proposal:

IV. Objectives:

V. Duration, including date of

VI. Justification for an IRM
approach, including poten-
tial benefits to industry:

VII. Related ongoing research
and/or extension at institu-
tion, if any, including per-
sonnel involved:

VIII. Project personnel, includ-
ing discipline, location, and
A. Research: SAES and
B. Extension:
C. Resident Instruction:
D. Industry Representa-

IX. Farms or ranches cooperat-
ing; include contact person:

X. Level of performance re-
lated to problem and objec-
tives on participating farms
or ranches, including a
data base and its reliability:

XI. Experimental and/or demon-
strational procedure, includ-
responsibility of person-
communication between
a time table.

XII. Role and responsibilities of
cooperating procedures.

XIII. Needed contracts or agree-
ments with cooperating

XIV. Individuals responsible and
the means for communica-
tion of results and conclu-
A. Types of and projected
dates of publications:
1. Scientific journal
2. Extension publica-
tion (authors):
3. Industry newsletter
B. Industry applications:

XV. Budget:
A. Annual and total, by
agency or functioning
B. Budget justification:

XVI. Signatures of authorizing
personnel; i.e., administra-
tors, cooperators, etc.

Regional IRM Planning and
Development Committees

Northeastern Region

Dr. C. S. Card, Head
Dept of Veterinary Science
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Dr. D. G. Fox, Assoc. Professor
Dept of Animal Science
Frank B. Morrison Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Dr. W. A. Shimel
Director of Extension Service
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

Dr. A. M. Smith, Associate
Agricultural Experiment Station
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05405

Dr. H. H. Hawk
USDA-Agricultural Research
Room 6, Bldg 200, BARC-East
Beltsville, MD 20705

Dr. T. Sexton
USDA-Agricultural Research
Room 31-A, Bldg 262, BARC-East
Beltsville, MD 20705

North Central Region

Dr. L. R. Corah, Assoc. Professor
Dept of Animal Sciences &
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

Dr. J. J. Ford
Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat
Animal Research Center
P.O. Box 166
Clay Center, NE 68933

Dr. A. D. Leman
Large Animal Clinical Sciences
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108

Dr. Leo E. Lucas
Director of Extension Service
University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583

Dr. P. A. O'Berry
National Animal Disease Center
Ames, IA 50010

Dr. Bill Pfander, Assoc. Director
College of Agriculture for Res.
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

Southern Region

Dr. R. F. Barnes, Administrator
USDA-Agricultural Research
701 Loyola Avenue
P.O. Box 53326
New Orleans, LA 70153
504/589-6753 or 632-6753

Dr. J. R. Beverly
Extension Reproduction
Dept of Animal Science
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843

Dr. J. H. Britt
Dept of Animal Science
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27650

Dr. R. R. Kraeling
Richard Russell Agricultural
Research Center
P.O. Box 5677
College Station Road
Athens, GA 30601

Dr. C. 0. Little
Agricultural Experiment Station
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546

Mr. Shirley H. Phillips
Assoc Director of Extension
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546

Dr. R. A. Bellows
U.S. Range Livestock
Experiment Station
Miles City, MT 59301

Mr. Ed P. Duren
Extension Livestock Specialist
University of Idaho
P.O. Box 29
Soda Springs, ID 83276

Dr. C. C. Kaltenbach
Agricultural Experiment Station
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY 82071

Dr. G. D. Niswender
Dept of Physiology and
College of Vet Med & Biomed Sci
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523

Dr. R. D. Plowman
USDA-Agricultural Research
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322

Dr. J. 0. Young
Director of Extension Service
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164

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