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Genomics Outreach

AFRI Dairy Cow Fertility Website

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Dairy Cow Genomics: Uses and Role of the Veterinarian

On October 3rd 2015 a day-long program was delivered on the current and future use of genomics in dairy cattle and how the dairy cattle veterinarian can help their clients utilize this information.  This material was presented at the Academy of Dairy Veterinary Consultants Fall Meeting in Sacramento, CA: Agenda & Discussion Notes.

Dairy Genomics Research Update: New Aspects of Selection for Health and Fertility

This article was written by Dale Moore and Holly Neibergs for Progressive Dairyman.  It was published in Issue 14, August 25, 2017, Page 44-45.

Dairy Genomics Workshop Recordings

In December 2014 & November-December 2016 traveling workshops were conducted discussing genomics of fertility.  They were recorded and the best quality ones are presented.

Genomics and the Pre-weaned Dairy Calf

A factsheet and our December 2017 Spotlight created by Dale Moore, Joe Dalton, Albert DeVries.

Genetic and Genomics: An Introduction

An article published in eXtension on September 01, 2015 by S. Menegatti Zoca, B. Glaze, D.A. Moore, and J. C. Dalton.

Genetic and Genomics: An Introduction

An article published in print and online,, in The Progressive Dairyman, Issue 17, October 19, 2016, Page 66 by S. Menegatti Zoca, B. Glaze, D.A. Moore, and J. C. Dalton.

Genetic Selection in Dairy Cattle – A Double-Edged Sword by Dr. D.A. Moore

Think about the progress that has been made using AI in dairy cattle.  Milk production per cow per year has increased from 9,700 lbs in 1970 to over 22,000 lbs.  We have improved milk and milk component yield, used ‘low somatic cell count’ bulls, shifted foot and leg conformation and improved the udder.  But as production has increased, fertility has declined, overall, in dairy cattle.  Is there a genetic component?

Identification of Loci Associated with Fertility in US Holstein Heifers – ADSA Poster 2016

Elizabeth Keuter, a Master of Science student in the Department of Animal Science, won first place in the American Dairy Science Association Graduate Student Poster Competition for M.S. Students on July 20th at the Joint Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science and American Dairy Science Association in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Minnesota Dairy Health Conference (April 11-13, 2017)

  1. Introduction to Genomic Selection presented by Holly Neibergs
  2. Genomics of Health and Fertility Traits in Diary Cattle presented by Holly Neibergs
  3. How Can a Veterinarian Use This Information to Help Their Dairy Clients presented by Dale Moore

Western Dairy Management Conference in Reno, NV (February 28-March 2, 2017)

Innovative Breeding Schemes: Best Combinations of Genomics, Semen Type, and Culling by Albert De Vries, University of Florida