Mark your calendar for Nov.14-16, the dates for this year’s Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting. This year’s meeting reverts to the traditional DCRC format of evening reception on Wednesday and core meeting dates of Thursday and Friday. Being held at the Westin in Indianapolis, the program highlights environmental and societal scrutiny of the dairy industry.
“DCRC strives to bring all industry partners – from dairy producers to veterinarians to nutritionists to reproductive physiologists – together to share experiences and research,” said Program Chair Rafael Bisinotto, an assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. “The 2018 program includes several topics and speakers recommended by last year’s annual meeting attendees.”
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 instructional time for meeting attendees at no extra charge.
DCRC is committed to boosting dairy producer and veterinarian (employed by a vet clinic) attendance at its annual meeting. To encourage attendance from these two groups, DCRC is offering twenty $100 travel stipends. Stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-come-first-served basis. Contact JoDee Sattler (firstname.lastname@example.org) if interested in this discount. Payment will be made at the meeting upon proof of attendance.
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.