Dairy Science Showcase

UntitledThe 2014 Dairy Science Showcase was held Nov. 6, 2014. Our research theme was New Results from USDA-funded project “An Integrated Approach to Improve Dairy Cattle Fertility.”

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Presentations from the 2014 Event

Welcome – Department Chair Kent Weigel

Presentation of findings from a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture project titled “An Integrated Approach to Improving Dairy Cow Fertility”

Paul Fricke: The impact of mastitis on fertility and pregnancy loss

Randy Shaver: The impact of nutrition on reproductive performance

Victor Cabrera: Economic evaluation of reproductive programs

Connie Cordoba: The Repro Money extension program

Introduction of Matt Akins as new Marshfield-based dairy management specialist

Graduate Student Poster Session and Hosted Lunch
Sponsored by Rock River Laboratory, Inc. and Furst-McNess Company

Graduate Student Presentations

Catie Cramer (Amy Stanton Lab)
Associations between bovine respiratory disease complex and the probability and latency of group-reared neonatal dairy calves to approach a novel object or stationary person

Rob Rowbotham (Pam Ruegg Lab)
Quantification of microbial populations in organic and inorganic dairy cattle bedding materials

Paulo Carvalho (Paul Fricke Lab)
Modifications to Ovsynch improve fertility during resynchronization: Evaluation of presynchronization with GnRH 6 d before Ovsynch and addition of a second PGF treatment

Jimena Laporta (Laura Hernandez Lab)
Infusion of a 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan (5-HTP) to late-lactation cows impacts circulating calcium and glucose concentrations

Kent Weigel
Research & Development for the Dairy Industry at UW-Madison – How does it work and how has it changed?

Recognition of Scholarship Recipients – Laura Hernandez

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The Showcase, designed to highlight the department’s research, extension and instructional efforts, kicked off with a “State of CALS and UW Dairy Science” presentation, followed by talks by faculty members and graduate students on current research initiatives. Participants had the opportunity to meet with master’s and doctoral students during a research poster session and help honor undergraduate scholarship recipients during a brief awards ceremony.

Kent Weigel, professor and chair of the dairy science department, said the goal of the Showcase was to foster interactions between the department’s campus community and its alumni and industry stakeholders. “We want our alumni and stakeholders to meet our new staff, graduate students and undergrads,” he said. “We also want to recognize those who have helped support our programs by sponsoring research projects, funding scholarships and contributing in countless other ways.”

Findings from a $1 million U.S. Department of Agriculture project titled “An Integrated Approach to Improving Dairy Cow Fertility” was highlighted at the event. Several dairy science faculty have been involved in the collaborative project, which sought to assess the contributions of various management factors to dairy cow fertility. The researchers were also evaluating the economic impact of reproductive management strategies on overall farm sustainability under a variety of management scenarios.

As a steward of public trust and private investment, the UW-Madison dairy science program is committed to providing cutting-edge, science-based knowledge for the industry and unparalleled training to students interested in pursuing careers in the field. The department’s goal is to improve the quality of milk and the efficiency and profitability of its production around the world.

 2014 Showcase Sponsors

FurstMcNess2Rock River Labs

For Dairy Science Showcase sponsorship opportunities, contact:
Ted Halbach by e-mail at tjhalbach@wisc.edu or phone at (608) 219-5289.
Kent Weigel by email at kweigel@wisc.edu or phone at (608) 263-4321.

Check back soon for the announcement of the 2015 Showcase Date!