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CDCB Industry Meeting: Improving Cow Mobility Through Genetics

The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) invites all producers, industry professionals and genetic enthusiasts to the 8th annual CDCB Industry Meeting in Madison, Wis., on Wednesday, Oct. 5. The meeting will run from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Exhibition Hall (Mendota Room 2) on the World Dairy Expo grounds. Doors open at 8:00 a.m. for networking and refreshments.


Registration is appreciated for planning; RSVP at this link. There is no cost to attend and walk-ins on the meeting day are welcome.


How do genetics impact sustainability goals?
The U.S. dairy community has rallied around a public commitment to achieve carbon neutrality, optimize water usage, and improve water quality by 2050 — supporting global sustainability initiatives and customer expectations. Genetic selection is one part of the equation that will enable U.S. dairy farms and processors to collectively achieve this lofty goal.
How precisely do genetics impact sustainability both now and into the future? How do we demonstrate the contribution of genetic selection to reduce dairy’s environmental impact? What other aspects of sustainability — such as animal well-being and methane emissions — can be addressed through genetics?
We will explore these questions via thought-provoking panels and future-focused updates from producers, dairy customers, and geneticists.



Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022
8:00 AM
        Registration and Refreshments

8:30 AM        Welcome and Opening Remarks
                           Jay Weiker, CDCB Chair
                     CDCB and Genetic Initiatives to Enhance Sustainability
                           Kristen Parker Gaddis, CDCB Geneticist
                     Dairy Buyer Panel: Customer and consumer expectations for sustainability
                                      – Mike Brown, Kroger  
                                      – Dan Peerless, Nestlé
                                      – Brian Zook, Bel Brands

                                      – Moderated by Corey Geiger, Hoard’s Dairyman

10:00 AM      Milk break
10:30 AM      Role of Genetics in Sustainability and Animal Welfare
                           Marilyn Hershey, Producer, Board Chair, Dairy Management Inc
                     Producer Panel: Genetic selection and sustainability
                                    – Lloyd Holterman, Watertown, Wis.
                                    – Mike McCloskey, Fair Oaks, Ind.
                                    – Bill Peck, Jr., Schuylerville, NY
                     USDA AGIL Update
                              Asha Miles, Research Geneticist
                     2023 Look Ahead
                              Joao Durr, CDCB CEO

Noon             Adjourn


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About Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB)

The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB), in Bowie, Md., provides premier dairy genetic information services through industry collaboration centered around a mission to help optimize cow health and productivity in herds worldwide. The CDCB drives continuous improvement and maintains the integrity of the world’s largest animal database, building on a quality foundation with more than eight decades of recorded U.S. dairy animal performance. The CDCB is a collaborative effort between four sectors of the U.S. dairy industry: Dairy Records Providers (DRP), Dairy Records Processing Centers (DRPC), National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) and Purebred Dairy Cattle Association (PDCA).

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