The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) will be hosting its 2015 industry meeting on Sept. 29 at the Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center in Middleton, Wisconsin. Dairy farmers and representatives from all sectors of the dairy breeding industry are welcome to attend in connection with the World Dairy Expo activities.

The program (posted below) consists of an initial update on CDCB progress and plans ahead, and two discussion panels, one addressing the status of dairy cattle breeding research in the U.S. and the other celebrating the landmark of 1 million genotypes and reflecting how genomics reshaped the dairy industry. All those interested in participating are requested to complete an online preregistration form prior to attending. The deadline to register is Sept. 18 at midnight EST. PD


Program for the CDCB 2015 Industry Meeting

  • 8:30 a.m. Opening remarks – Jay Mattison, chair
  • 8:50 a.m. CEO annual report – João Dürr, CEO
  • 9:10 a.m. Financial report – Neal Smith, treasurer
  • 9:20 a.m. AGIL technical report – George Wiggans
  • 9:40 a.m. CDCB strategic business model – João Dürr, CEO
  • 9:50 a.m. Questions from the floor
  • 9:55 a.m. Milk break
  • 10:10 a.m. Panel – Status of Dairy Cattle Breeding Research in the U.S. – Juan Tricarico as moderator
  • 10:25 a.m. ARS-USDA research portfolio and perspectives – Erin Connor
  • 10:45 a.m. Contribution from U.S. universities – Kent Weigel
  • 11:05 a.m. Expectations from the industry – David Thorbahn
  • 11:25 a.m. Panel discussion
  • 12:00 p.m. Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m. Panel – One Million Genotypes: How Genomics Reshaped the Dairy Industry – Duane Norman as moderator
  • 1:05 p.m. History of genomic evaluations in the U.S. – Paul VanRaden
  • 1:30 p.m. Sire procurement after genomics – Angie Coburn
  • 1:50 p.m. Importance of enhancing the phenotypic records pipeline in the genomic era – Filippo Miglior
  • 2:10 p.m. Genomics and breed composition – Erick Metzer
  • 2:30 p.m. Using genomics as a management tool
  • 2:50 p.m. Panel discussion
  • 3:20 p.m. Closing remarks – Jay Mattison, chair
  • 3:30 p.m. Adjourn

—From Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding news release