National Junior Genetics Conference planned June 26

National Junior Genetics Conference planned for June 26

Holstein Association USA and Zoetis are inviting all dairy enthusiasts to the National Junior Genetics Conference to be held Wednesday, June 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. The event will be held at the Red Lion Hotel, Paper Valley, in Appleton, Wis., in conjunction with the 2019 National Holstein Convention and the National Genetics Conference.

The planning committee has an exciting schedule lined up for the Junior Genetics Conference. It will include a hands-on approach to help youth of all ages dig into genetics, genomics, and reproduction.

Jerome Meyer, General Manager of East Central/Select Sires will serve as the host and emcee. He’ll kick off the session before dividing all attendees into three separate groups. Youth will rotate to attend all three of the following sessions in groups of similar-aged attendees.

Genomics 101
Led by Nick Randle, Marketing Manager, U.S. Dairy Genetics at Zoetis and Kayla Langer, Clarifide Technician at Zoetis. Youth will get an inside peek at the whole process of genomic testing – from actually taking the sample, to how it’s processed, and what information a farm gets back afterward. That will include the production, health and conformation traits, along with a discussion on traits that many may not realize are tied only to genetics – like polled, A2, and coat color.

Know your Indexes
Led by Brian Kelroy, Dairy Programs Manager at East Central/Select Sires
TPI, NM$ and DWP$. While these may be familiar acronyms — Total Performance Index, Net Merit Dollars, and Dairy Wellness Profit Dollars — this session will dig into how these selection indexes are compiled, what they actually mean, what traits they include, and what effects they can have on genetic progress in dairy herds.

Know your Repro
Led by Dr. Matt Dorshorst D.V.M, with Origin Reproductive Services and Phil Dieter, Marketing Manager at East Central/Select Sires, Because genetics don’t matter if a pregnancy isn’t created . . . youth will get a chance to see how to create pregnancies on dairy farms. This includes a hands-on experience of the whole A.I. process from handling semen, loading A.I. guns, a look and feel into bovine reproductive tracts, and even digging into what all this means on a microscopic level.

To register for the National Holstein Convention, place online ticket orders HERE. The National Junior Genetics Conference is free to all registered attendees.

For more information about the event, feel free to contact the following:
Corey Geiger
Co-Chair
2019 National Holstein Convention
902 8th Avenue
Baraboo, WI 53913
[email protected]

Jodi Hoynoski
Programs Manager
Holstein Foundation
1 Holstein Place
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0816
[email protected]

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