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“The effect of diseases on fertility is not mediated by a single mechanism, rather a combination of multiple mechanisms that have additive effects, which include reduced developmental competence of oocytes and altered uterine environment,” said Ribeiro. “Preventing postpartum diseases is the best strategy to reduce embryonic mortality, and consequently, increase conception risk and reproductive efficiency in dairy herds.”
Ribeiro is originally from Brazil and grew up on a family farm, where his interest in food animals and agriculture began. Following his studies in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Santa Catarina State University, Ribeiro pursued graduate work at the University of Florida. His doctoral dissertation focused on molecular features, in the ovary and pregnant uterus, associated with fertility in dairy cattle.
The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council 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.