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2019 CDCB Industry Meeting

Genomic Revolution: The Next 10 Years
Monday, February 25, 2019
9 am to 4:30 pm
Peppermill Resort Spa Casino 2707 S Virginia St., Reno, NV 89502 (Tuscany Room C)

The past decade – the genomic revolution – has forever changed dairy cow performance and herd
management. As we focus- forward to how U.S. dairy will transform and adapt in an ever-changing
environment, there are important questions to ask and answer. What is the next frontier for genomics
and dairy data utilization? How will U.S. cattle breeding advance to a new level of global leadership?
Many collaborative and inquisitive minds are imperative. To share your voice in this important
conversation, join CDCB in Reno. Register at

9:00 AM   Welcome
                  João Dürr, CEO, Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding

9:15 AM   Vision: How does dairy look in 2029?
                  Jack Britt, PhD, Britt Consulting

10:00 AM  Genomic Legacy: What have we achieved in the genomic revolution?
                  Paul VanRaden, PhD, USDA Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

10:30 AM   Milk Break

11:00 AM   What has changed in the dairy business since 2009?
                  Mark Stephenson, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

11:30 AM   Panel: What future advancements do we envision through genomics?

                  Jack Britt
                  Pat Maddox, RuAnn Dairy, California
                  Denton Ross, Arizona Dairy Company, Arizona
                  Mark Stephenson, University of Wisconsin-Madison
                  Paul VanRaden, USDA AGIL

12:15 PM   Lunch in Tuscany D

1:00 PM    Transforming Big Data into Value: Put Data to Work for Your Dairy
                  Miel Hostens, DVM, Ghent University

1:30 PM   Big Data for Innovation Solutions in Ag
                  Cameron Holbrook, Amazon

2:00 PM   Panel: How can dairy leverage big data?

                  Cameron Holbrook, Amazon
                  Miel Hostens, Ghent University
                  Austin Hyde, Heglar Creek Dairy, Idaho
                  Mark Rodgers, MKVT Polled Holsteins, Vermont
                  Renee Smith, My Dairy Dashboard

2:45 PM    Break

3:00 PM    Roundtable discussions: How do we leverage data and new technologies?

4:20 PM    Closing Remarks and Adjourn,
                   João Dürr


Register at This is a separate registration from the Western Dairy
Management Conference. For program questions, contact Kendra Randall at Council on
Dairy Cattle Breeding 240-334-4164 or


2018 CDCB Industry Meeting

CDCB Industry Meeting: Future of Phenotyping
How technology is shaping phenotypes in the genomic era

Dairy producers, industry representatives and genetic enthusiasts are invited to exchange ideas about the future of genetic evaluations and data collection, during World Dairy Expo.

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018
Alliant Energy Center, Exhibition Hall (Mendota 4), Madison, WI 53713
Doors will open at 8:00 a.m. for coffee, pastries and fellowship, and the program will start promptly at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will adjourn at 1:00 p.m.

To register, please click on the link below. We kindly ask that guests pre-register to ensure adequate seats and refreshments. We will welcome walk-ins on October 2.


Please join in the interactive, forward-focused agenda.

8:00 am        Registration and refreshments

8:30 am        Welcome and Opening Remarks, by John Meyer, CDCB Chair

8:40 am        Progress. Preview. Perspective., by João Dürr, CDCB CEO

9:00 am        AGIL: Research Report, by Paul VanRaden, USDA AGIL

9:30 am        CDCB Services: Continuous Improvement, by Ezequiel Nicolazzi, CDCB

9:50 am        Keynote: How sensors and automation are changing dairy data for good, by Steven Sievert, Quality Certification Services Inc.

10:20 am      Milk Break

10:35 am      Keynote: Value of cooperative phenotypic databases in the genomics era, Albert DeVries, University of Florida

11:05 am      Keynote: Producer needs and opportunities for data recording, Paul Trierweiler, President of the Board of Directors, NorthStar Cooperative Inc.

11:35 am      PANEL: Phenotyping in the Future
                     Q&A with Steve Sievert, Albert DeVries and Paul Trierweiler
How data on cow performance, health, body measures and activity can flow into a national database and continue serving the common good through public research and independent assessment services as farms move into big data

12:45 pm      Open Forum

1:00 p.m.     Adjourn