Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Webinar Addresses Dietary Recommendations to Improve Health and Repro

Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council Webinar Addresses Dietary Recommendations to Improve Health and Repro

Join the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) for its next webinar – “Importance of Dietary Methionine and Selenomethionine on Health and Reproduction” on Oct. 14, starting at 2 p.m. Central time (USA/Canada). Phil Cardoso, University of Illinois, and Darren T. Juniper (retired), University of Reading, England, will lead the free, one-hour webinar.

The presenters will discuss how both methionine (Met) and selenium (Se) are essential to dairy cow performance. Methionine, an essential nutrient, is heavily involved in the metabolic pathways of dairy cows. Methionine, however, cannot be synthesized in the required quantity. Research that extends to the 1970s shows that regularly meeting dairy cows’ methionine needs supports not only production – milk, milk protein and milkfat – but also animal health and reproduction. This includes metabolic diseases, timely breed backs and full-term pregnancies. For these reasons, methionine supplementation is becoming as common as daily vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Selenium is an essential trace element with key functions in antioxidant defense and immunity and inflammatory response modulation of the body. Cardoso and Juniper will explain that feeding selenium in the form of SeMet, over inorganic sources or other organic selenium, is preferred because SeMet is metabolized as a constituent of the methionine pool. This leads to a storage depot of selenium being created in body tissues. Increased muscle and tissue reserves of selenium can enhance the resistance of livestock to stress and diseases, and represent a key strategy to help fight stress.

To register for this webinar, go here and follow the prompts. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at: www.dcrcouncil.org after Oct. 28.

DCRC applied for one Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) credit for this DCRC webinar. This provides a convenient way for bovine veterinarians to earn CE credits. This webinar is approved by the University of the State of New York State Education Department for one CE for New York-licensed veterinarians. Additionally, DCRC applied for one American Registry of Professional Animal Scientists (ARPAS) CE.

Cardoso conducts research and provides outreach programs in dairy nutrition and reproduction. His experience with Brazilian and U.S. dairy farms brings a different perspective and set of management skills that help him with classroom discussions. His broad technical and analytical background is improved every day by the exchange of experiences with students, staff and world-renown professors at the University of Illinois. He obtained a doctorate degree in ruminant nutrition from the University of Illinois and master’s and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Juniper worked within the University of Reading’s Animal Science Research Division. He gained his doctorate degree from Reading in 2003 – titled “Diet and Endocrine Responses in Beef Cattle.” He has been involved in animal production research for more than 30 years. During this time, he worked with most classes of domestic livestock (ruminant and monogastric) – covering a diverse range of research topics. Over the last 15 years, Juniper has researched trace element nutrition, primarily selenium and iodine in animal diets. His selenium-based research has focused on the effects of selenium source on aspects of animal and human health, as well as the deposition of selenium in the products and post-mortem tissues of both ruminant and monogastric livestock.

This webinar is sponsored by Adisseo. The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council does not support one product or company over another, and any mention is not an endorsement by DCRC.

For more information about DCRC’s webinars, e-mail Luciano Caixeta, DCRC Education Committee chair, at: [email protected] or e-mail DCRC at: [email protected]

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry – producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals – for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level. To learn more about DCRC or to become a member, 

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