More than 200 dairy producers, veterinarians, nutritionists, researchers and allied industry representatives gathered in Salt Lake City, Utah, last month for the 2014 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) Annual Meeting.

“This year’s event offered our membership many opportunities to learn about the latest in dairy cattle reproduction research and management, as well as network with fellow industry professionals,” says outgoing DCRC President Dr. Neil Michael. “It was an excellent chance for people from all of the industry sectors we serve to connect and share ideas while reinforcing common goals.”

The ambitious agenda included presentations on topics from transition cow management, heat abatement and genetic selection to facilities, animal welfare and employee training. “There truly was something for everyone,” says Dr. Michael.

The Annual Meeting also honored the winners of the 2014 DCRC Reproduction Awards. In all, 19 dairies from eight U.S. states and four countries are being honored this year for their herd’s exceptional reproductive performance. To be considered for the award program, herd data for all nominees is analyzed by a panel of experts and an independent analytic program. After the assessments were completed, finalists were ranked and selected to receive Platinum, Gold, Silver or Honorable Mention honors. The 2014 winners are listed below.

 

Platinum

Gold

Silver

Honorable Mention

Dutchland Dairy
Rolf, Iowa

Columbia River Dairy
Boardman, Oregon

 

Azienda Agricola SANT’ELENA
Canneto sull’Oglio, Italy

Pagel’s Ponderosa
Kewaunee, Wisconsin

 

Fonterra Y2 Dairy Farm Co. Ltd
Tangshan City Hebei Province, China

 

Breitenmosers Family Farm
Merrill, Wisconsin

Holmesville Dairy
Argyle, Wisconsin

Darnen Dairy
Morris, Minnesota

Darlington Ridge Farms
Darlington, Wisconsin

Paulen Farms
Howard City, Michigan

Moor House Farm
Penrith, United Kingdom

Homestead Dairy
Plymouth, Indiana

District 45 Dairy
Hancock, Minnesota

Rock Bottom Dairy
Rock Rapids, Iowa

Pride-View Dairy LLC
Randolph, Wisconsin

New Dawn Dairy
Huntington, Indiana

Weaver Homestead Farm
New Holland, Pennsylvania

Schilling Farms LLC
Darlington, Wisconsin

 

Woodnotch Farms Inc.
Shoreham, Vermont

 

Elections also took place during the Annual Meeting. As a result, the following leadership will guide the organization in 2015:

·         Dr. Joe Dalton, president, University of Idaho

·         Dr. Stephen LeBlanc, vice president, University of Guelph

·         Dr. Neil Michael, past president, Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition

·         Dr. John Lee, secretary/treasurer, Zoetis, Inc.

Director members include

·         Dr. Rob Harding, DVM Prof. Corp.

·         Dr. Ricardo Chebel, University of Minnesota

·         Dr. BJ Jones, DVM, Center Hill Veterinary Clinic

“DCRC is looking forward to an exciting 2015,” says Dr. Joe Dalton, incoming DCRC president. “We have a great line-up of webinars and other learning tools in development, and our team is hard at work updating current resources and creating new ones to help dairies improve reproduction. Check the website often to see what we’ve been up to, and be on the lookout for frequent communications from DCRC to keep you updated about the organization and our activities.”

Visit www.dcrcouncil.org/about/leadership.aspx to see the full list of organizational leadership and committees. DCRC is open to additional volunteers to serve on these committees. “If you have questions about these committees or wish to serve on one of them, please contact me or any member for details,” Dr. Dalton adds.

Meanwhile, mark your calendar for the 2015 Annual Meeting. It will be held at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Buffalo, New York, November 11 – 13, 2015.

Also, if you haven’t already done so, be sure to renew your membership and participate in all the exciting offerings DCRC has in store for the coming year. Visit www.dcrcouncil.org for more information.

About DCRC
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) 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.