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Each objective will involve a team of scientists working in animal reproduction, genomics, breeding, and extension toward a common goal. The expected outcome and impact is increased dairy farm profitability and increased international competitiveness of the US dairy industry.

Objectives are to:

  1. Identify genomic loci associated with fertility in dairy heifers and cows;
  2. Identify functional single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with daughter pregnancy rate (DPR) and early embryo development;
  3. Evaluate the efficiency and profitability of increasing fertility in dairy cattle using genetic selection tools; and
  4. Engage in technology transfer regarding novel approaches for improving fertility using genetic selection tools to dairy farmers, dairy farm personnel and their advisors in English and Spanish using DAIReXNET and extension road shows.