NEW PRAGUE, Minn. — Travel to the “Heart of America” – Kansas City, Mo., – for the 2021 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting, Nov.9-11, at the Loews Kansas City Hotel. The 20-plus presenters will share strategies to enhance dairy cattle fertility and build more sustainable dairy businesses.
To register for the meeting, go to: https://bit.ly/DCRCRegistration2021. Register by Oct. 10 to take advantage of the lowest registration rate. Online registration ends Oct. 31. After that date, attendees must register on site.
Given the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on travel restrictions, DCRC will also offer a virtual attendance option. Use the same registration link (https://bit.ly/DCRCRegistration2021) to attend virtually.
“This year’s DCRC Annual Meeting features topics that will help the dairy industry capitalize on available strategies and contemplate futuristic technologies,” said Program Chair Ralph Bruno, a dairy technical service veterinarian with Zoetis. “The DCRC Annual Meeting provides an excellent forum for dairy producers, veterinarians, researchers and dairy industry product and service providers to network and learn about the latest innovations related to dairy cattle reproduction.”
Presentation titles and presenters for this year’s DCRC Annual Meeting include:
- Learning from the future: A vision for dairy farms and cows in 2067, Jack Britt, Jack H. Britt Consulting
- Dairying in the post COVID-19 world: Lessons learned and planning for the future, Scott Brown, University of Missouri-Columbia
- How reproductive efficiency can impact sustainability of dairy operations, Robin White, Virginia Tech
- The future of selection decisions and breeding programs: What are we breeding for and who decides? John Cole, URUS
- How to optimize efficiency in farms using robotic milking systems, Marcia Endres, University of Minnesota
- Heifer fertility programs and record analysis, Joe Dalton, University of Idaho
- Practical employee management strategies, Robert Hagevoort, New Mexico State University
- Economics of reproduction: Best programs, best semen strategies, Fernanda Ferreira, University of California-Davis
- Nutritional recommendations for fertility, according to 2021 NRC, Jeffrey Firkins, Ohio State University
- Updates on the transition cow period: Nutritional and management recommendations, Tom Overton, Cornell University
- Implementation of a genomic program for heifers and lactating cows, Natalia Martinez-Patino, Zoetis
- Evaluating reproductive performance in dairy herds: A practical approach, Luis Mendonça, Merck
- Heifer reproductive management: Strategies to optimize fertility, Simon Vander Woude, Vander Woude Dairy, Donald Bennink, North Florida Holsteins, Keith Bergkamp, Cottonwood Feeders
- Sire fertility and advances in the artificial insemination (AI) industry, AI company researcher panelists
- Excellence in Dairy Reproduction Awards, including an interactive discussion with the 2021 Platinum Award winners
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 ten $200 travel stipends for first-time attendees. Stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact JoDee Sattler (email@example.com) 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 Loews Kansas City Hotel, host site of this year’s DCRC Annual Meeting, visit https://www.loewshotels.com/kansas-city-hotel. Book your room via https://www.loewshotels.com/kansas-city-hotel/dairy-cattle-reproduction-council-dcrc-annual-meeting by Oct. 18, to get the group rate of $164 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.
–Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council
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