The next Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar is Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. Central time, featuring “Genomic Traits Associated with the Fertility of Dairy Cows.” Colorado State University (CSU) Assistant Professor Pablo Pinedo will deliver this webinar in Spanish and discuss how fertility traits are strongly influenced by the environment, yet genotypic variation provides an opportunity to enhance fertility via genetic selection.
During the one-hour webinar, Pinedo will address these key topics:
- Challenges encountered when selecting for fertility traits,
- Fertility trait markers and casual variants,
- Molecular breeding value,
- Results from the multistate study “Genomic Selection for Improved Fertility of Dairy Cows with Emphasis on Cyclicity and Pregnancy.”
“Currently, the dairy cattle genetics industry is collecting high numbers of accurate fertility phenotypes associated with the corresponding genotypes,” said Pinedo. “This information is coupled with large-scale evaluations of the association between direct measures of fertility (uterine health, resumption of postpartum ovulation, detection of estrus, pregnancy per artificial insemination and maintenance of pregnancy) and genomic variation of dairy cows under different management practices and environments.”
Pinedo received his veterinary medicine degree from the University of Chile and then worked with dairies in the central-south region of Chile. Later, he pursued a doctorate degree that focused on Johne’s disease diagnosis and the effect of genetic variation and the susceptibility to infection. Before joining the CSU staff, he was an assistant professor in ruminant health at Texas A&M University (Amarillo Research Center).
Each 2018 DCRC webinar provides one American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) continuing education unit (CEU). To report ARPAS CEUs, go to: www.arpas.org/Membership/CEUs/Report-CEUs.
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.