North Central Research and Outreach Center

North Central Research and Outreach Center
1861 Highway 169 East
Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Phone: 218-327-4490
Fax: 218-327-4126
lstanley@umn.edu

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College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

Dr. Bethany J. Funnell

 Funnell, Bethany PictureResearch Associate - Animal Science

 Education

 Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine
 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Food Animal Track), 2004

 Research Interests 


  -  Applied reproductive physiology in beef cattle focusing on 
     synchronization of estrus in replacement beef heifers and 
     postpartum cows, induction of ovulation, and 
     evaluation/development of economical embryo transfer 
     programs
  -  Economic assessment and analysis of beef cattle
     production systems
  -  Effects of rotational grazing systems on cattle performance.


Teaching

Guest Lectures at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus:

  • AnSci 4603 - Beef Prodcution Systems Management: Lecture Topic -
    Vaccinations and Herd Health. 

Outreach

Workshops, seminars, and field days for Minnesota, national and international agricultural professionals and producer groups:

  • Cow-Calf Days
  • Beef Correspondence Courses
  • Reproductive technology workshops for producers and veterinarians
  • Minnesota Beef Industry Center
Extension Presentations include:
  • "Feeding Moldy Feeds and the Impact on Animals and Humans" - Wild Rice Cattlemen's Club: January 2010 
  • "Preparation for Calving and Care of the Newborn Calf" - Timeryazev University Kaluga, Russia: June 2009
  • "Pregnancy Diagnosis via Ultrasound Technology" - Timeryazev University Kaluga, Russia: June 2009
  • "The Future of Agriculture in Minnesota" - Snake River Valley Cattlemen's Associations: January 2009
  • "Breeding Soundness Exams" - CRI sponsored meeting in Bagley and Greenbush, MN: January 2009
  • "Veterinary Medicine on the Farm" - Farm Bureau Young Farmers Associations: April 2007
  • "Preparing for the Calving Season" - Central Cattlemen's Association: January 2007
  • "Biosecurtiy for Beef Herds" - MN Beef Expo: October 2006
  • "Vaccination Strategies: From Birth to Birth" - U of M Cow/Calf Days: February 2006
  • "Beef Cow Calendar" - U of M Beef TeamFall Beef Round-Up: October 2005
  • "Preventative Medicine, Internal Medicine and Surgery on the Farm" - Central Cattlemen's Associations: October 2005

Affiliated Organizations

  • American Embryo Transfer Association (Certified Embryo Transfer Business)
  • American Association of Bovine Practitioners
  • MDA Beef Strategic Profitability Task Force (2009-10)

Publications

Abstracts
Marquezini, G, C.R. Dahlen, M. Blason, S.L. Bird, J.E. Larson, B.J. Lovaas, S. Lares, G.C. Lamb. 2008. Effects of administration of prostaglandin F2 (PG) 5 or 7 d after receiving human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) or gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) in replacement beef heifers. J. Anim. Sci. (Submitted).

Burns, M.G., B.S. Buttrey, D.R. Eborn, J.E. Larson, B.J. Lovaas, G.C. Lamb, K.C. Olson, J.S. Stevenson. 2007. Evaluation of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) as a replacement for GnRH in an ovulation-synchronization protocol before fixed timed AI. J. Anim. Sci. 85 (Suppl. 1):320.

Lamb, G.C., B.J. Lovaas, S.L. Bird, A. Martins, J.E. Larson, J.C. Rodgers, D.J. Frank, D.M. Williams. 2007. Artificial insemination of superovulated Angus cows using sexed or conventionally frozen semen. J. Anim. Sci. 85 (Suppl. 1):322.

Thielen, K.N., J.E. Larson, B.J. Lovaas, D.J. Kesler, J.S. Stevenson, T.T. Marston, and G.C. Lamb. 2006. Influence of a CIDR insert after a fixed-time AI on pregnancy rates and return to estrus of nonpregnant cows. J. Anim. Sci. 84 (Suppl. 1):432.

Popular Press - Minnesota Farm Guide
"Tips on Controlling Parasites in the Feedlot" - December 19, 2009
"Beef Team Gives tips for Parasite Control in the Cow Herd" - October 21, 2009
"External Parasite Control for the Beef Head" - April 9, 2009
"Making Preparations for a Successful Calving Season" - February 16, 2009
"Considerations for Preg Check to Help Save Time, Money, Labor" - November 5, 2008
"Establishing Fluid Therapy for Dehydrated Cows/Calves" - March 13, 2008
"Calving Beings: Causes and Prevention of Calf Scours" - February 15, 2008
"Colostrum - the First Line of Defense for new Calves" - February 2, 2008
"Identify and Prevent BVD 'Persistently Infected' Calves" - September 16, 2007
"Bull Fertility and Culling Decisions" - March 31, 2007
"BVD in the Cow Herd" - September 29, 2006
"BVD in the Feedlot" - September 15, 2006
"Pinkeye- a Disease of Plenty" - June 8, 2006
"Neonatal Calf Scours and Fluid Therapy" - March 30, 2006
"Managing Retained Placenta" - March 2, 2006
"Managing Mother's Milk - Colostrum" - February 16, 2006 (co-author)
"Respiratory Disease Management in the Feedlot" - November 25, 2005
"Feedlot Health Management key to Success" - November 10, 2005
"Pre-Weaning Vaccinations" - August 31, 2005

IM Cowgirl Magazine
(Discontinued)
"Genomics 101" - September 2009 (unpublished)
"Can Cows Really Fly?" - July 2009
"Making the most of the Breeding Season" - May 2009
"When and How to Castrate Calves" - March 2009
"Getting Ready for Spring Pasture..." - January 2009
"What to do with the Opens?" - November 2008
"Ready, Set, Go!" - August 2008
"What is Bovine Tuberculosis?" - May 2008 (co-author)
"Early Considerations for the new Pair" - March 2008

Interview Contributions to Popular Press
"Immunity and Challenges" by Clint Peck, Contributing Editor BEEF Magazine - March 1, 2008
"Up and Running" by Alaina Burt, Managing Editor BEEF Magazine - March 1, 2008
"Weaning Management" by Clint Peck, Contributing Editor BEEF Magazine - September 1, 2008
"Neospora Caninum is a Heart Breaker for Cow/Calf Operations? by Andrea Johnson, Minnesota Farm Guide - January 19, 2006 

Interview contributions
“Cold Weather Calving” by Becky Mills for the Progressive Farmer
“Keep Donor Cows in Moderate Body Condition” by Andrea Johnson, Assistant Editor for MN Farm Guide 

Research Experience
Bridges, G.A., H.P. Dias, S.G. Kruse, B.J. Funnell, S.L. Bird. Effect of response to GnRH on follicular diameter and pregnancy rates in beef cows synchronized using the 5-Day Co-Synch + CIDR protocol. (ongoing)
 
Bridges, G.A., G.A. Perry, S.L. Lake, R.P. Lemenager. Effect of post-AI nutrient restriction on embryo competence in beef heifers. (ongoing).
 
Bridges, G.A., M.L. Day, T.W. Geary, M. Da Silva. Effect of circulating progesterone concentrations on oocyte competence. (ongoing)
 
Bridges, G.A., R.A. Cushman. Evaluating the effect of metabolic status on oocyte competence and uterine environment in beef cows. (ongoing)
 
 
Abstracts
Bridges, G.A., S.G. Kruse, B. J. Funnell, S.L. Bird. 2011. Effect of change of body condition score of donor and recipient on ovarian function, endocrine status, and pregnancy success in beef cows. SSR 45th Annual Meeting (Submitted).
 
Kruse, S.G., B.J. Funnell, S.L. Bird, G.A. Bridges. 2011. Effect of change of body condition score on embryo quality and yield in postpartum beef cows. SSR 45th Annual Meeting (Submitted).
 
Extension Presentations
“Management of Liver Flukes in North Central Minnesota” Grand Rapids Area Cattlemen May 2012
“Industry Overview: Embryo Transfer in the United States” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh, August 2011
“Practical Embryo Transfer: Equipment and Supplies” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh, August 2011
“Donor Cow Manipulation: Managing Follicular Waves for Successful Recoveries” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh, August 2011
 “Embryo Transfer Part 1: Step by Step Guide to Recovery and Handling of Embryos” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh August 2011
“Embryo Transfer Part 2: Freezing Embryos for Storage” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh August 2011
“Recipient Cows: Selection, Synchronization, and Embryo Transfer” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh August 2011
“Pregnancy Diagnosis via Ultrasound Technology” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh August 2011
“Cow Management: Maximizing Success in Donor and Recipient Cows” Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensinhg, Bangladesh August 2011
 
Misc
Currently serving on the Board of Directors of the American Embryo Transfer Association (2013-2016)
Working with BRAC on establishment of ET facility in Bangladesh.