NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — Nearly 200 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) members from 25 U.S. states, three Canadian provinces and 13 countries met in Salt Lake City (and virtually), Nov. 14-16, for the group’s 2023 annual meeting. Attendees included reproductive physiologists, animal health researchers, dairy producers, bovine veterinarians, animal health suppliers and dairy industry partners. Presenters discussed topics to help attendees develop innovative strategies to foster a sustainable future for the global dairy industry.
“This year’s DCRC Annual Meeting featured dairy cattle reproduction topics that boost fertility and reproduction success, strengthen animal welfare, optimize breeding and replacement decisions, mitigate the impact of metritis, capitalize on genomics, boost effectiveness of activity monitoring systems, build markets for dairy-beef cattle and help dairy producers create profitable management systems,” said DCRC Annual Meeting Program Chair Ralph Bruno, Zoetis senior dairy technical service veterinarian. “The hybrid format (in-person and online attendees) provides DCRC members with a great tool for continuing education.” All sessions were recorded, so DCRC Annual Meeting attendees may access the recordings after Dec. 5. In addition, DCRC members may view 18 recorded research poster presentations.
Outgoing DCRC President William “BJ” Jones, Center Hill Veterinary Clinic, passed the gavel to Tracy Burnett, University of Guelph. Other DCRC board members are Vice President Ralph Bruno, Zoetis; Secretary-Treasurer Luciano Caixeta, University of Minnesota; Past President Jones; and director members Kim Egan, GENEX; Augusto Madureira, University of Guelph; and Brian Schilling, Schilling Farms, LLC. Committee chairs include Awards Chair Katelyn Allen, Hoard’s Dairyman; Program Chair Benjamin Voelz, STgenetics; Education Chair Raphael Saraiva, STgenetics; Membership Chair Jennifer Spencer, Texas A&M University; and Nomination Chair BJ Jones. DCRC thanks outgoing board members Matthew Utt, Zoetis, and Eduardo Ribeiro, University of Guelph, for their exemplary service to DCRC.
DCRC thanks its annual meeting sponsors who contributed to the professional development program’s success. The Gold sponsor was Select Sires. Silver sponsors included Merck Animal Health, Cow Manager and Zoetis. Bronze sponsors included Adisseo, Boehringer Ingelheim, Dairy Records Management Systems, GENEX, Jefo Nutrition, Nedap, STgenetics and Trans Ova Genetics. Parnell Living Science was the Excellence in Dairy Reproduction Awards sponsor.
Next year’s DCRC Annual Meeting is set for Nov. 12-14, in Arlington, Texas. 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.
–Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council