Dairy Science Showcase

UntitledThe 2014 Dairy Science Showcase is Nov. 6, 2014.

  • 10:00 am – 3:30 pm at Dejope Hall
  • Research Theme: New Results from USDA-funded project “An Integrated Approach to Improve Dairy Cattle Fertility”

Register for the 2014 Showcase here


9:30-10:00am: Arrival and Check-in

10:00-10:15am: 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”

10:15-10:45am: Paul Fricke
The impact of mastitis on fertility and pregnancy loss

10:45-11:15am: Randy Shaver
The impact of nutrition on reproductive performance

11:15-11:45am: Victor Cabrera
Economic evaluation of reproductive programs

11:45am-12:15pm: Connie Cordoba
The Repro Money extension program

12:15-12:30pm: Introduction of Matt Akins as new Marshfield-based dairy management specialist

12:30-1:30pm: Graduate Student Poster Session and Hosted Lunch

Graduate Student Presentations

1:30-1:45pm: 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

1:45-2:00pm: Rob Rowbotham (Pam Ruegg Lab)
Quantification of microbial populations in organic and inorganic dairy cattle bedding materials

2:00-2:15pm: 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

2:15-2:30pm: Jimena Laporta (Laura Hernandez Lab)
Infusion of a 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan (5-HTP) to late-lactation cows impacts circulating calcium and glucose concentrations

2:30-3:00pm: Kent Weigel
Research & Development for the Dairy Industry at UW-Madison – How does it work and how has it changed?

3:00-3:20pm: Town Hall Q & A

3:20-3:40pm: Recognition of Scholarship Recipients – Laura Hernandez

3:40pm: Ice Cream Social

More Information:

The Showcase, designed to highlight the department’s research, extension and instructional efforts, will kick 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 also will have 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, says the goal of the Showcase is 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 says. “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” will be highlighted at the event. Several dairy science faculty have been involved in the collaborative project, which seeks to assess the contributions of various management factors to dairy cow fertility. The researchers are 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.

To attend the Dairy Science Showcase, please register online by October 26th at dysci.wisc.edu/showcase/. Registration is free and covers complementary lunches and an ice cream social for participants. All activities will be held at campus’ Dejope Hall, located at 640 Elm Drive. Parking passes can be purchased when registering for the event.

Rock River LabsRock River Laboratory, Inc. is a sponsor of the 2014 Showcase. For additional sponsorship opportunities contact, Ted Halbach by e-mail at tjhalbach@wisc.edu or phone at (608) 219-5289.