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DCHA Webinar Features Applied Genomics Strategies

“A Genomic Journey” headlines the March 19th Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (DCHA) webinar. Asha Miles, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL) research geneticist, Tony Lopes, Tony L. Lopes Dairy LP and Precision Genetic Solutions LLC, and Tim Baumgartner, Jer-Z-Boyz Ranch genetics and marketing manager, will share their genomic and genetic strategies during this free, one-hour webinar that starts at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.

To register for the webinar, go to: https://bit.ly/NEOGENgenomics. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate.

During this webinar, Miles, Lopes and Baumgartner will offer their thoughts on the impact of genomic testing on the dairy industry. They will explain why dairy producers and their advisers should trust the science behind genomics. Additionally, they will provide specifics on how dairy producers use genomics to improve their programs and describe how to start on a genomic testing journey.

Miles holds a bachelor’s degree in biotechnology and master’s degree in animal biology from the University of California-Davis, and earned her PhD in animal science with concentrations in genetics and epidemiology at Cornell University in 2019. She completed postdoctoral training at Pennsylvania State University where she investigated food animal microbiomes. In 2021, she accepted a position with AGIL at the Beltsville, Md. Agricultural Research Center. In this role, Miles applies knowledge of genetics, epidemiology and microbiome science in an integrated approach to understand animal health and production.

Tony L. Lopes Dairy LP is a fourth-generation dairy farm in Gustine, Calif. Across seven facilities within a 4-mile radius, the Lopes family manages 5,000 mature Holstein cows, raises their own replacements and operates a 12,000-head (per year) beef x dairy feedlot/backgrounding facility. This dairy began genomic testing in 2016 and has used exclusively sexed semen to make their replacements since 2018. Tony Lopes returned to the family dairy farm upon graduating from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in 2018. In addition to his work alongside his parents, Paul and Darlene Lopes, Tony owns businesses that serve producers in the West in the areas of genetic consulting and risk management.

Raised in Eagle, Wis., Baumgartner studied dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining the team at Jer-Z-Boyz, Baumgartner spent time in the artificial insemination industry. JER-Z-BOYZ Ranch, where Baumgartner works, was started in 1995 by Gary and Donna de Graaf and their sons Dustin and Daniel. Gary’s decision to switch from Holsteins to Jerseys on their farm in Pixley, Calif., was not a popular decision at that time. However, it’s proven to be a valuable choice – with nearly 5,000 milking Jerseys in the herd today. The ability of these cows to last for multiple lactations has allowed for expansion, as well as selling fresh Jersey replacements throughout the West.

DCHA submitted an application for one RACE (Registry of Approved Continuing Education) credit through the American Association of Veterinary State Boards for this webinar. Contact JoDee Sattler (jodee@calfandheifer.org) for more information regarding RACE credits available through DCHA.

This webinar is sponsored by Neogen. The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association does not support one product or company over another, and any mention is not an endorsement by DCHA.

If you are a DCHA member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar through DCHA’s online Member Center after April 3. To access the webinar, DCHA members need to visit https://calfandheifer.org/login and enter their username and password.

The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association (www.calfandheifer.org) was founded in 1996 based on the mission to help dairy producers, calf managers and those professionally focused on the growth and management of dairy calves and heifers. With a national membership of producers, allied industries and research leaders, DCHA seeks to provide the industry’s standards for profitability, performance and leadership, serving as a catalyst to help members improve the vitality and viability of their individual efforts and that of their business.

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