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RSVP for 2022 CDCB Industry Meeting In Madison

All dairy producers and genetic enthusiasts are invited to attend the 8th annual CDCB Industry Meeting during World Dairy Expo in Madison on WEDNESDAY, October 5. Doors open at 8 a.m. with program start at 8:30 a.m. and wrap-up by 12:30.

The 2022 meeting is Wednesday – not Tuesday as previously – to align better with CDCB weekly evaluations and the new Expo schedule

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RSVPs are appreciate to help plan. We will welcome walk-ins the day of the meeting.

Event Program

U.S. Dairy has rallied around a public commitment to achieve carbon neutrality, optimize water usage, and improve water quality by 2050. How precisely do genetics impact sustainability goals? Beyond productivity and efficiency, what other aspects of sustainability – like lower methane – can be addressed through genetics? How can we support dairy buyers on their sustainability journey? What do producers expect to improve sustainability at the farm level? What data do we need to demonstrate the genetic impact on sustainability? How can we elevate appreciation for the impact of genetic selection?

At the same time, consumers have elevated expectations around animal health and care. How do CDCB evaluations directly support improved animal wellness? What’s the progress on R&D toward traits for other health events, including lameness?

These opportunities will be explored through a thought-provoking set of panelists and presenters, including:

  • Dairy buyer panel
  • Producer panel
  • Connection of CDCB indices and traits with sustainability
  • CDCB initiatives supporting sustainability progress
  • USDA and CDCB research updates

See you in Madison!


2019 CDCB-WDMC 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 AGENDA 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. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th 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