National Dairy Cattle Genetics workshop planned, Feb. 17-19

Advancing Dairy Cattle Genetics: Genomics and Beyond will be the focus of a three-day workshop on the future of dairy cattle genetics, Feb. 17-19. It will mark the first time in over a decade that the entire dairy genetic community will gather to discuss the long-term future. The symposium will be held in Tempe, Arizona at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Phoenix-Tempe. Commercial dairy producers and elite breeders, A.I. industry representatives, dairy record specialists, breed association representatives, genetic researchers, dairy consultants, veterinarians, educators and graduate students are all encouraged to attend the program. As with past workshops, industry groups are not only encouraged to send key representatives but plan board meetings in the Phoenix, Arizona, area around this time.


Monday February 17, 2-5 pm

Welcome and Opening Comments

Organizing Committee

Feeding the World’s Population

Dr. Gregg BeVier

Sexing Technologies, Texas

Traits for the Future

Producer Panel

Tuesday February 18, 8 am – Noon: Genetics of Novel Traits

Health Traits

Dr. Chad Dechow

Penn State

Immune Response

Dr. Bonnie Mallard

University of Guelph

Hoof Health

Dr. Gerard Cramer

University of Minnesota

Feed Efficiency

Dr. Mike VandeHaar

Michigan State University

Changes for the Future?

Break-out Discussions

Tuesday February 18, 1:30-5:30 – Infrastructure for Dairy Genetics

Lessons from Other Industries

Dr. Archie Clutter

University of Nebraska

Research in the Academic Environment

Dr. Kent Weigel

University of Wisconsin

Current Status of Training in Dairy Genetics

Dr. Les Hansen

University of Minnesota

Staffing Needs in AI Organizations & Breed Associations

Mr. Chuck Sattler

Select Sires

Where do we go from here?

Break-out Discussions

Tuesday February 18, 6:30-8:30, Dinner

Perspectives from a Career in Dairy Cattle Genetics

Dr. Jan Philipsson

Agricultural University of Sweden, Uppsala

Wednesday February 19, 8:00 am – Noon – Appropriate Use of Genomics

Impact of Genomics on Genetic Improvement

Dr. Paul VanRaden


Economic Impact of Genomics on Dairy Farms

Dr. Albert DeVries

University of Florida

Managing Genetic Diversity and Inbreeding

Dr. Filippo Miglior

Canadian Dairy Network

Novel Applications for Genomic Data

Dr. Jennie Pryce

Victorian Department of Primary Industries, Australia

On-farm Use of Genomics

Producer Panel



The symposium will be held in Tempe, Arizona at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Phoenix-Tempe


A block of rooms is reserved for workshop participants at the special rate of $139/night, plus taxes. Let the hotel know that you are with the "Dairy Genetics Workshop" to receive this special rate.

Registration is now open! 

Program is now available!