For those who work with dairy cattle genetics on a daily basis or simply have a passion for the topic, Advancing Dairy Cattle Genetics: Genomics and Beyond will be a must-attend workshop. Commercial dairy producers, breeders, A.I. industry representatives, dairy records specialists, breed association representatives, genetic researchers, dairy consultants, veterinarians, educators and graduate students are all encouraged to attend the program.

Slated for Feb. 17-19 in the Phoenix, Ariz., area, this workshop will mark the first time in over a decade that the entire dairy genetics community will gather to discuss the long-term future. The workshop will feature speakers from throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia. Planned discussions include traits of the future, infrastructure for dairy genetics education, appropriate use of genomics and many more.

The entire conference program and registration can be reviewed and completed by going to Early-bird conference registration is $150 if received by Jan. 15. This registration includes all meeting materials, three meals on Tuesday and breakfast on Wednesday.

Hotel reservations for the event can be made by calling the DoubleTree by Hilton in the Phoenix-Tempe, Ariz., area; phone number 480-967-1441. There is a special rate of $139 per night plus tax. When registering, let them know you are with the Dairy Genetics Workshop to receive this special registration rate. For additional information, contact Diane Spurlock at