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State Breeders Part of National Holstein Panel at Convention
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/17/2015

A panel of distinguished speakers on Holstein genomics will be among the highlights of this year's National Holstein Convention. The discussion will take place June 25 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles, Illinois.

The topic of the panel is, 'Holstein Genomics Today, Insight on Holstein Genetics from a Panel of Dairy Industry Leaders Who Work with Genomics Every Day,' and will include Dr. Michael Bishop, a cutting-edge research geneticist and senior market development specialist for Illumina.

Chuck Ripp, owner and partner of Ripp's Dairy Valley LLC in Dane, Wisconsin, will detail how he incorporates genomics for herd improvement. Ripp's Dairy Valley LLC has a herd of 1,000 cows and 900 heifers. Their rolling herd average is 31,100 pounds of milk, with 3.8% fat and 3% protein, and with somatic cell count average of 170,000.

Holstein breeder and director of outcomes research for Zoetis, Dr. Dan Weigel will outline genomic success stories he has been involved with. Dr. Weigel knows firsthand how producers can use genomic predictions and how well predictions work for various traits in Holstein dairy herds.

Dr. Nate Zwald, USA general manager for Alta Genetics, rounds out the panel. Dr. Zwald has used his practical experience, through his continued involvement with his family's Bomaz Farms, an 800-cow operation in northwest Wisconsin, to genetically impact the health and productivity of cows in competitive commercial environments.

The Holstein Association USA Annual Meeting is open to all of those interested in the dairy industry. This session is expected to be one of the most enlightening discussions on Holstein genomics that has ever taken place.

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