The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved dairy cattle reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

Media Contact:

JoDee Sattler
Director of Communications
Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council
jodee@dcrcouncil.org
(414) 587-5839

Animal health, successful repro programs take center stage at DCRC Annual Meeting

New Prague, Minn. (November 16, 2018) – Dairy reproductive physiologists, animal health researchers, dairy producers, bovine veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dairy industry partners gathered Nov. 14-16, in Indianapolis for the 2018 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting. The 250 attendees gained insight regarding the dairy industry’s environmental and societal scrutiny – today and in the future. Additionally, they learned about technological advancements and profitable management strategies within the realm of dairy cattle reproduction.

“The DCRC Annual Meeting showcased new and effective strategies to attain cost-effective repro success in today’s dairy operations,” said Program Chair Rafael Bisinotto, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine assistant professor. “This conference addressed several topics, including timed artificial insemination, genomics, targeted therapies, feeding strategies, hoof health, feed delivery, total mixed ration consistency, embryo transfer, data evaluation, employee training, and cow comfort and nutrition, which influence dairy cattle reproduction success.”

Outgoing DCRC President Ronaldo Cerri, University of British Columbia, passed the gavel to Glaucio Lopes, Alta Genetics. Other DCRC board members are: Vice President Julio O. Giordano, Cornell University; Secretary-Treasurer Jeff Stevenson, Kansas State University; Past President Cerri; and director members Luis Mendonca, Kansas State University; Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin; and Matt Utt, Select Sires. Committee chairs include: Awards Chair Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman; Program Chair Anibal Ballarotti; Education Chair Natalia Martinez, Zoetis; and Nomination Chair Ronaldo Cerri. Additional committee chairs will be selected by year end.

DCRC thanks its annual meeting sponsors who contributed to the professional development program’s success. Platinum sponsors were Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck Animal Health. The Gold sponsor was Zoetis. Silver sponsors included Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition and Nedap Livestock Management. Bronze sponsors were Accelerated Genetics, Afimilk, BCF Technology, Estrotect, Genex, IDEXX, Jefo, Parnell, Procross, Select Sires and Semex.

Next year’s DCRC Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 13-14, in Pittsburgh. Watch the DCRC website – www.dcrcouncil.org – for program updates.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

Top reproduction dairy herds receive DCRC awards

New Prague, Minn. (November 16, 2018) – The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) honored 24 dairy operations that excel at reproductive efficiency, fertility and well-implemented management procedures during its annual meeting, held Nov. 14-16, in Indianapolis. Platinum recognition went to: Holmesville Dairy (Tim and Travis Holmes), Argyle, Wis.; Pendora Dairy (Rick and Ingrid Portena), Monkton, Ont., Canada; Rollin’ Green Dairy (Jim, Jeff and Jamie McNeely), Brooklyn, Wis.; Schilling Farms (Schilling Family), Darlington, Wis.; Seidl Mountain View Dairy (Al Seidl and Steve Prader), Luxemburg, Wis.; and Victory Farms (Kevin Souza), Revillo, S.D.

In addition to the six Platinum winners, there were six Gold, six Silver and six Bronze winners (listed below). More than 100 nominations came from seven countries on four continents. Finalists represented 11 U.S. states and one Canadian province. Farms were nominated by professionals, such as veterinarians, extension specialists, artificial insemination and pharmaceutical company representatives, and consultants, who serve the dairy industry.

Gold
Drake Dairy (Jim and Brian Drake), Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Maple Ridge Dairy (Ken Hein and Brian Forrest), Stratford, Wis.
Riverside Dairy (Andy Fisher), Reedsville, Wis.
Rosy-Lane Holsteins (Lloyd and Daphne Holterman), Watertown, Wis.
Smiling Meadows (Kevin and Kristine Rudolph), Waynesboro, Pa.
Weisenbeck Farms (Don, Sally, Hank and Jake Weisenbeck), Durand, Wis.

Silver
A-OK Farms LLC (Mark Breunig), Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Furseth Farms (Craig Furseth), Stoughton, Wis.
KC Dairy (Edward Kavanagh), Elkton, S.D.
Lake Breeze Dairy (Breeze Dairy Group), Malone, Wis.
Latham Dairy (John Latham), Boscobel, Wis.
Rancho Cantera (Jake Bosma), Kent, Ill.

Bronze
Beyond Belief (Simon Andres and Janke Visser), Woodstock, Ont., Canada
Curtin Dairy LP (Curtin Brothers), Cassville, N.Y.
Highland Dairy LLC (Sander Poelma), Sebewaing, Mich.
Kemper Jersey Farm (Chris Kemper), Mauston, Wis.
T&C Louters (Tony Louters), Merced, Calif.
Winker Family (Matt and Sarah Winker), Belgium, Wis.

This awards program, sponsored by Hoard’s Dairyman magazine, recognizes dairy producers whose herds excel in getting cows safe in calf. DCRC’s Herd Reproduction Award judges considered many criteria when reviewing finalists’ applications, including pregnancy rate, voluntary waiting period, interbreeding intervals, heat detection, conception rate, value of reproduction and culling rate.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

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Note: Photos of the Platinum winning herds are available upon request.

DCRC webinar, presented in Spanish, focuses on genomic traits, fertility

New Prague, Minn. (October 26, 2018) – The next Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar is Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. Central time, featuring “Genomic Traits Associated with the Fertility of Dairy Cows.” Colorado State University (CSU) Assistant Professor Pablo Pinedo will deliver this webinar in Spanish and discuss how fertility traits are strongly influenced by the environment, yet genotypic variation provides an opportunity to enhance fertility via genetic selection.

During the one-hour webinar, Pinedo will address these key topics:

  • Challenges encountered when selecting for fertility traits,
  • Fertility trait markers and casual variants,
  • Molecular breeding value,
  • Results from the multistate study “Genomic Selection for Improved Fertility of Dairy Cows with Emphasis on Cyclicity and Pregnancy.”

“Currently, the dairy cattle genetics industry is collecting high numbers of accurate fertility phenotypes associated with the corresponding genotypes,” said Pinedo. “This information is coupled with large-scale evaluations of the association between direct measures of fertility (uterine health, resumption of postpartum ovulation, detection of estrus, pregnancy per artificial insemination and maintenance of pregnancy) and genomic variation of dairy cows under different management practices and environments.”

Pinedo received his veterinary medicine degree from the University of Chile and then worked with dairies in the central-south region of Chile. Later, he pursued a doctorate degree that focused on Johne’s disease diagnosis and the effect of genetic variation and the susceptibility to infection. Before joining the CSU staff, he was an assistant professor in ruminant health at Texas A&M University (Amarillo Research Center).

To register for this webinar, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/webinars and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at dcrcouncil.org.

Each 2018 DCRC webinar provides one American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) continuing education unit (CEU). To report ARPAS CEUs, go to: www.arpas.org/Membership/CEUs/Report-CEUs.

For more information about DCRC’s webinars, e-mail Fabio Lima, DCRC education committee chair, at: flima@illinois.edu, or e-mail DCRC at: kristym@dcrcouncil.org.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

DCRC webinar addresses voluntary waiting period’s impact on profitability

New Prague, Minn. (October 15, 2018) – The impact of voluntary waiting period (VWP) duration on reproductive performance and profitability is the topic of the next Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar. The Oct. 25 DCRC webinar starts at 1 p.m. Central time.

Cornell University’s Julio Giordano will discuss how extending VWP may increase first service pregnancy per artificial insemination (P/AI). Many factors, such as repro performance, herd exit dynamics, milk yield and economic conditions, influence management strategies and profitability.

“From a reproductive performance perspective, the greatest effect of delaying the end of VWP is greater P/AI to first service (particularly primiparous cows) and an overall delay in time to pregnancy, which may increase the risk of leaving the herd (particularly multiparous cows),” said Giordano. “Extending the duration of VWP, as in our experiments, may increase profitability of primiparous cows and reduce profitability of multiparous cows. Such effect would depend mostly on herd replacement dynamics and milk production efficiency.”

During the one-hour webinar, Giordano will discuss first-service management strategies, VWP duration and timed AI, along with the complex interactions that should be considered when determining VWP for lactating dairy cows. Changes in VWP duration affects profitability, primarily through differences in replacement cows, and to a lesser extent through income over feed costs.

To register for this webinar, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/webinars and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at dcrcouncil.org.

Each 2018 DCRC webinar provides one American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) continuing education unit (CEU). To report ARPAS CEUs, go to: www.arpas.org/Membership/CEUs/Report-CEUs.

For more information about DCRC’s webinars, e-mail Fabio Lima, DCRC education committee chair, at: flima@illinois.edu, or e-mail DCRC at: kristym@dcrcouncil.org. DCRC thanks Merck for its generous sponsorship of this webinar.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

AAVSB approves DCRC annual meeting for RACE credits

New Prague, Minn. (Oct. 15, 2018) – The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) has accepted Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s (DCRC) submission for continuing education (CE) credits. Veterinarians can earn up to 14 Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) CEs for attending the DCRC Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-16, in Indianapolis.

This RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of: Scientific (category one) and Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development using the delivery method of seminar/lecture (category three). The DCRC Annual Meeting approval is valid in jurisdictions that recognize AAVSB RACE. Participants are responsible for ascertaining each board’s CE requirements.

To encourage veterinarian and dairy producer attendance, DCRC provides up to twenty $100 travel stipends, on a first-come, first-served basis. If interested in one of the travel stipends, contact JoDee Sattler at jodee@dcrcouncil.org.

In addition to the DCRC Annual Meeting general session, registrants may attend the preconference symposium, which will address Microbial Terroir, Earning Consumer Trust in Modern Dairy Practice, and Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus Control: Biosecurity, Testing and Removal, and Immunization. The preconference symposium provides additional instructional time for meeting attendees at no extra charge. Arm & Hammer, Merck and Zoetis provided financial support for the preconference symposium.

To view the meeting agenda or to register, go to: http://www.dcrcouncil.org/meetings. Online registration ends Oct. 31. After that date, attendees must register on site.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

DCRC waves the ‘green flag’ for its annual meeting registration

New Prague, Minn. (August 17, 2018) – Indianapolis, home of the century-old, 500-mile automobile race, will host the 2018 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting, Nov.14-16. The council “waved a green flag” to symbolize the start of its race to the annual meeting and just opened its annual meeting registration website. This year’s meeting reverts to the traditional DCRC format of core meeting dates on Thursday and Friday.

To register for the meeting, go to: www,dcrcouncil.org/meetings. Register by Oct.1 to take advantage of the lowest registration rate. Online registration ends Oct. 31. After that date, attendees must register on site.

“This year’s DCRC Annual Meeting highlights environmental and societal scrutiny of the dairy industry,” said Program Chair Rafael Bisinotto, an assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. “By bringing together all dairy repro industry partners to share experiences and research, we’ll excel at the race to achieve higher reproduction performance.”

Featured topics at this year’s DCRC Annual Meeting include:

  • Nutritional strategies to optimize heifer growth
  • Timed artificial insemination and estrous synchronization protocols
  • Reproductive performance cost-benefit analysis
  • Use of genomics in dairy herds
  • Targeted reproductive management therapies
  • Feeding strategies to support fertility and transition period health
  • Hoof health
  • Feed delivery monitoring
  • Embryo transfer implementation
  • Employee training
  • Data-based decision making
  • Maximizing cow comfort

In addition, Zoetis, Merck and Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition are sponsoring preconference seminars, starting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 15. The preconference symposium provides additional instruction time for meeting attendees at no extra charge.

DCRC is committed to boosting dairy producer* and veterinarian (employed by a veterinary clinic) attendance at its annual meeting. To encourage attendance from these two groups, DCRC is offering twenty $100 travel stipends for first-time attendees. Stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact JoDee Sattler (jodee@dcrcouncil.org) if interested in this discount. Payment will be made at the meeting upon proof of attendance. (*DCRC Herd Repro winners are not eligible to receive a travel stipend.)

For more information about the Westin in Indianapolis, host site of this year’s DCRC Annual Meeting, click here. Book your room by Oct. 4, to get the group rate of $159 per night. The DCRC room block may fill before that date, so reserve your room soon.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

DCRC presents uterine health webinar in Portuguese

New Prague, Minn. (July 31, 2018) – The next Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s (DCRC) webinar, presented in Portuguese, features “New Alternatives for Prevention and Treatment of Uterine Diseases.” On Aug. 22, at 1 p.m. Central Time, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Associate Professor of Dairy Production Medicine Rodrigo Bicalho will address the challenges that uterine diseases present and recent research addressing metritis.

During the one-hour webinar, Bicalho will discuss these key topics:

  • Importance of uterine microbiome for the development of metritis
  • Use of a vaccine to reduce the incidence and impact of metritis
  • Use of recombinant IL-8 as a preventative tool for uterine diseases

Bicalho studied veterinary medicine at Federal University of Goiás, Goiania, Brazil, and graduated in 2002. Six years later, he earned his doctorate degree from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca, N.Y. His research interests include epidemiology, microbiology, lameness, metritis, mastitis, reproductive efficiency, estrous synchronization and using bacteriophages as diagnostic and therapeutic tools for bacterial infections in farm animals.

To register for this webinar, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/webinars and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at dcrcouncil.org.

Each 2018 DCRC webinar provides one American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) continuing education unit (CEU). To report ARPAS CEUs, go to: www.arpas.org/Membership/CEUs/Report-CEUs.

For more information about DCRC’s webinars, e-mail Fabio Lima, DCRC education committee chair, at: flima@illinois.edu, or e-mail DCRC at: kristym@dcrcouncil.org.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

DCRC webinar features dry period heat stress management strategies

New Prague, Minn. (May 21, 2018) – The effects of dry period heat stress on the lactating dairy cow is the topic of the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council’s (DCRC) next webinar. The July 11 DCRC webinar starts at 1 p.m. Central time. University of Florida’s Geoff Dahl will share key strategies to help dairy cows beat the heat.

To register for this webinar, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/webinars and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at dcrcouncil.org.

“Heat stress not only impairs lactating cows, it also challenges dry cows and their calves,” said Dahl. “Dry period heat stress negatively affects the performance of dairy cows during the subsequent lactation. Plus, heat stress weakens immune status and harms mammary gland development.”

A recent study (Ferreira et al., 2017) estimated the economic losses on a per cow basis for the states of Florida and Texas at $337 and $383 per cow per year, respectively. The same study valued U.S. dairy industry economic losses at as much as $810 million per year.

During the one-hour webinar, Dahl will discuss heat abatement strategies that improve dairy cattle immune function and ultimately dairy farm profitability. Key topics include cooling systems, genetic selection and diet manipulation.

Each 2018 DCRC webinar provides one American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) continuing education unit (CEU). To report ARPAS CEUs, go to: www.arpas.org/Membership/CEUs/Report-CEUs.

For more information about DCRC’s webinars, e-mail Fabio Lima, DCRC education committee chair, at: flima@illinois.edu, or e-mail DCRC at: kristym@dcrcouncil.org. DCRC thanks Boehringer Ingelheim for its generous sponsorship of this webinar.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

Media Contact:

JoDee Sattler
Director of Communications
Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council
jodee@dcrcouncil.org
(414) 587-5839

 

DCRC webinar focuses on elite dairies’ repro benchmarks

New Prague, Minn. (March 27, 2018) – The May 2 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar features Digging Deep into Records of DCRC Award Winners. Scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time, Glaucio Lopes Jr., Alta Genetics’ Alta University manager and DCRC vice president, will share the analysis he did on reproduction records the 2017 DCRC Herd Repro Award finalists submitted.

In addition to sharing records analysis, Lopes will discuss the Herd Repro Award winners’ demographics and reproductive performance benchmarks. Furthermore, webinar participants will learn about new trends observed for reproductive management, the effect of health on reproductive performance and culling strategies, and options for extra heifers after dairies achieve excellent reproductive performance.

To register for this webinar, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/webinars and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at dcrcouncil.org.

Each 2018 DCRC webinar provides one American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) continuing education unit (CEU). To report ARPAS CEUs, go to: www.arpas.org/Membership/CEUs/Report-CEUs.

For more information about DCRC’s webinars, e-mail Fabio Lima, DCRC education committee chair, at: flima@illinois.edu, or e-mail DCRC at: kristym@dcrcouncil.org.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

Media Contact:

JoDee Sattler
Director of Communications
Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council
jodee@dcrcouncil.org
(414) 587-5839

DCRC seeks nominations for herds with excellent reproductive performance

New Prague, Minn. (February 21, 2018) – Nominations are open for the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) 2018 Reproduction Awards program. This program encourages dairy industry professionals, including veterinarians, extension agents, artificial insemination and pharmaceutical company representatives, dairy processor and co-op field staff, and consultants, to nominate herds with reproductive excellence. It recognizes outstanding dairy operations for reproductive efficiency and well-implemented procedures.

To nominate a herd, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/awards/nominate-a-herd and complete the required information. From the nominations, which are due April 30, judges evaluate reproductive performance criteria and winnow the nominee pool to a couple dozen finalists. Finalists submit herd management data and judges rank the finalists as Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. To learn more about past winners, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/awards/past-reproduction-award-winners.

Herds earning Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze are invited to attend the DCRC Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 14-16, at the Westin in Indianapolis. Watch the DCRC website – www.dcrcouncil.org – for program updates.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

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Media Contact:

JoDee Sattler
Director of Communications
Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council
jodee@dcrcouncil.org
(414) 587-5839

 

DCRC webinar features transition cow health and fertility

New Prague, Minn. (February 9, 2018) – The March 8 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar features The Impact of Transition Cow Health on Fertility. Scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time, Eduardo Ribeiro, University of Guelph department of animal biosciences assistant professor, Guelph, Ont., Canada, will share how pregnancy losses are substantial and contribute significantly to suboptimal fertility of dairy cows.

To register for this webinar, go to: www.dcrcouncil.org/webinars and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at dcrcouncil.org.

“The effect of diseases on fertility is not mediated by a single mechanism, rather a combination of multiple mechanisms that have additive effects, which include reduced developmental competence of oocytes and altered uterine environment,” said Ribeiro. “Preventing postpartum diseases is the best strategy to reduce embryonic mortality, and consequently, increase conception risk and reproductive efficiency in dairy herds.”

During the webinar, Ribeiro will discuss the impact of inflammatory diseases on pregnancy losses. Additionally, he will encourage the use of health programs that provide early detection of diseases and rapid intervention.

Ribeiro is originally from Brazil and grew up on a family farm, where his interest in food animals and agriculture began. Following his studies in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Santa Catarina State University, Ribeiro pursued graduate work at the University of Florida. His doctoral dissertation focused on molecular features, in the ovary and pregnant uterus, associated with fertility in dairy cattle.

For more information, e-mail Fabio Lima, DCRC education committee chair, at flima@illinois.edu or e-mail DCRC at kristym@dcrcouncil.org.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

Repro technologies, communications highlight DCRC Annual Meeting

New Prague, Minn. (November 16, 2017) – Dairy suppliers, reproductive physiology and animal health researchers, dairy producers, bovine veterinarians and dairy industry partners who attended the 2017 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting learned about informing consumers, new reproductive technologies, dairy data, herd health, employee management and reproductive management strategies and protocols. Nearly 250 DCRC members gathered in Reno, Nov. 7-9, for the organization’s annual meeting.

“The DCRC Annual Meeting brought together all industry partners to share expertise, insights, innovations and research related to dairy cattle fertility,” said Program Chair Luis Mendonca. “This event addressed several factors that influence dairy cattle reproduction success – from biology to nutrition to physiology to genetics to communications.”

Outgoing DCRC President Todd Bilby, Merck Animal Health, passed the gavel to Ronaldo Cerri, University of British Columbia. Other DCRC board members are: Vice President Glaucio Lopes Jr., Alta Genetics; Secretary Treasurer Jeff Stevenson, Kansas State University; Past President Bilby; and director members Paul Fricke, University of Wisconsin; Alex Souza, Ceva Santa Animale; and Matt Utt, Select Sires. Committee chairs include: Awards Chair Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman; Program Chair Rafael Bisinotto, University of Florida; Education Chair Fabio Lima, University of Illinois; Membership Chair JP Martins, University of California Davis; Finance-Sponsorship Chair Stephen Foulke, Boehringer Ingelheim; and Nomination Chair Todd Bilby.

DCRC thanks its annual meeting sponsors who contributed to the program’s success. Platinum sponsors were Boehringer Ingelheim and Merck Animal Health. Gold sponsors included Elanco and Zoetis. The Silver sponsor was Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition. Bronze sponsors included Accelerated Genetics, Afimilk, BCF Technology, Estrotect, IDEXX, Multimin, Nedap Livestock Management, Parnell, SCR Dairy, Select Sires, Semex and STgenetics.

Next year’s DCRC Annual Meeting will be held Nov. 13-15, at the Westin in Indianapolis. Watch the DCRC website – www.dcrcouncil.org – for program updates.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

 

DCRC recognizes Herd Reproduction Award winners

New Prague, Minn. (November 13, 2017) – The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) recognized the best of the best when it comes to reproductive efficiency, fertility and well-implemented management procedures during its annual meeting, held Nov. 7-9, in Reno, Nev. Platinum recognition went to: Emerald Spring Dairy (Maurie and Darrin Young), Plainview, Minn.; Jer-Z-Boyz Dairy (Gary DeGraaf), Pixley, Calif.; Plymouth Dairy (Alan Feuerhelm), LeMars, Iowa; Rollin Green Dairy (Jim, Jeff and Jamie McNeely), Brooklyn, Wis.; Schilling Dairy (Schilling Family), Darlington, Wis.; and Weisenbeck Farm (Don, Sally, Hank and Jake Weisenbeck), Durand, Wis.

In addition to the six Platinum winners, there were six Gold, six Silver and six Bronze winners (listed below). Nominations came from 16 states and finalists represented 11 states. Farms were nominated by professionals, such as veterinarians, extension specialists, artificial insemination and pharmaceutical company representatives, and consultants, who serve the dairy industry.

Gold

K & R Blount Dairy (Kevin and Ryan Blount), Landing, Calif.

Copperhill Farm (Jim, Justin and Kurt Magnan), Fairfax, Vt.

Pine Hollow Dairy (Dale and Colleen Mattoon), Locke, N.Y.

Riverside Dairy (Andy Fisher and Anita Henschel), Reedsville, Wis.

Skyview Dairy (Garrett Luthens), Hutchinson, Minn.

United Ag LLC’s Dairy Fountain Dairy (Leo Ruyne), Plainview, Texas

Silver

Breunig Dairy (Neil and Margie Breunig), Lodi, Wis.

Claytop Holsteins (Jeff Paulen), Howard City, Mich.

Darlington Ridge Farm (Jim DiGangi), Darlington, Wis.

Hinsch Farms (Scott and Chad Hinsch), Goodhue, Minn.

Phillips Family Farm (Dave and Ann Phillips), North Collins, N.Y.

S & S Dairy (Steve Scheenstra), Visalia, Calif.

Bronze

Belldale Farm (Mike and Eric Colopy), Danville, Ohio

Keewaydin Farm (Suzi Pike), Stowe, Vt.

Rancho Cantera (Jake Bosma), Kent Ill.

Rolling Meadows (Mark Gabel), Lawtons, N.Y.

View Point Dairy (Bill DeRuyter), Sunnyside, Wash.

Zirbel Dairy Farm (Kris Scheider), DePere, Wis.

This awards program, sponsored by Hoard’s Dairyman magazine, recognizes dairy producers whose herds excel in getting cows safe in calf. DCRC’s Herd Reproduction Award judges considered many criteria when reviewing finalists’ applications, including pregnancy rate, voluntary waiting period, interbreeding intervals, heat detection, conception rate, value of reproduction and culling rate.

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

Note: Photos of the Platinum winning herds are available upon request.