October 20, 2021, 2:00 – 4:00 PM Eastern, via Zoom
Nearly 335 individuals from 26 countries registered for the CDCB Industry Meeting held October 20, 2021. With the focus on cow mobility and lameness, presenters shared opportunities for genetic improvement and establishment of a data pipeline to develop credible genetic evaluations. The breadth of questions for the presenters and panelists was inspiring as we collaborate to develop genetic solutions and management tools that can improve hoof health and lameness in dairy cows.
Robert Fourdraine completed his time on the CDCB Board of Directors in 2021, representing Dairy Records Processing Centers. Robert is Assistant Director of Dairy Records Management Systems, Raleigh, NC. Eddie Ormonde of VAS and Mark Rodgers of MKVT Polled Holsteins joined the CDCB Board, representing DRPCs and filling seats previously held by Fourdraine and Lee Day of Amelicor,.
Gordon Doak has completed a three-year term as U.S. Representative to Interbull Steering Committee, serving in that capacity since 2019. Gordon took on this appointment upon his retirement from NAAB (in April 2018) after 42 years of dedicated service, and we’re privileged that he continued to provide his wealth of expertise for these additional years. Ezequiel Nicolazzi of CDCB has assumed the role of U.S. Representative for the Interbull Steering Committee.
Suzanne Hubbard retired in 2021 after 41 years of service to dairy genetics at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In that tenure, Suzanne’s professional dedication was extremely helpful in communicating the relevance of the various research projects conducted by dozens of scientists. Her role as a USDA Animal Scientist included a broad range of responsibilities – from editing manuscripts, to distributing scientific current events and relevant literature, and assisting in website design.
Dr. Gerard Cramer has spent his whole life finding ways to work with dairy cows. He managed a dairy farm, owned a foot health-specific veterinary practice and earned Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Doctor of Veterinary Science degrees from the University of Guelph. On the faculty at University of Minnesota since 2013, Gerard splits his time between educating veterinary and graduate students and doing foot health related research. CDCB is pleased to collaborate with Gerard – an expert in hoof health with experience that lends to practical and beneficial solutions
At CDCB since 2016, Dr. Parker Gaddis has led incorporation of cow health records into the CDCB database, implementation of disease resistance evaluations for Holsteins and Jerseys, and development of the Feed Saved trait. An author or co-author of several published papers, Kristen frequently speaks at global conferences. Her PhD research at North Carolina State University focused on utilization of producer-recorded cow health information to improve understanding of the genetics behind disease resistance, analysis of health data, and estimation of traditional and genomic breeding values for common health traits. Kristen conducted Postdoctoral research at University of Florida and USDA AGIL.
Hoof health and lameness: Overview of data collection and genetics
Terry Canning is co-founder and CEO of CattleEye, a tech company mission with the mission to provide the next generation of ruminant livestock monitoring solutions. The son of an Irish dairy farmer, Terry spent a decade managing datacomms projects for global telecommunications companies, before he came back to dairy with novel ideas to enhance technology use and record-keeping on dairy farms. His innovative thinking is definitely an asset as we work to improve the hoof health of dairy cattle
Dr. Asha Miles joined USDA AGIL in March 2021 and quickly embraced the role for research and development of genetic applications that can future improve dairy cattle and farm livelihood. Dr. Miles’ research and academic background spans biotechnology, molecular genetics, immunology, epidemiology, and microbiome science. Her goals as a researcher are to apply these skills in an integrated approach to understand animal health and production, and to translate these findings into innovative interventions which can be applied on farm