Kristen Parker Gaddis, Ph.D., has served as Geneticist at CDCB since October 2016. Kristen studied at North Carolina State University, where she received her Bachelors and Doctorate degree in animal science and quantitative genetics. Her Ph.D. research focused on utilization of producer-recorded cow health information to improve understanding of the genetics behind disease resistance, analysis of the health data, and estimation of traditional and genomic breeding values of dairy animals for common health traits. Kristen conducted Post-doctoral research at the University of Florida and USDA AGIL (Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory) involving fertility and reproductive technology traits, along with continued work on development of health trait evaluations.
Projects & Publications
Leverage Genetic Tools to Breed Healthier Cows
Genetic evaluations to strengthen resistance to six health disorders are available for Brown Swiss animals beginning August 9, 2022.
Beginning August 9, 2022, Brown Swiss animals will receive CDCB evaluations for disease resistance for six traits: milk fever (MFEV), displaced abomasum (DA), ketosis (KETO), mastitis (MAST), metritis (METR) and retained placenta (RETP).