The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is now accepting applications for the 2010 National Reproduction Awards. The one-page nomination form must be submitted by May 3 to be eligible for the awards program. The National Reproduction Awards were started last year to honor dairy producers who have implemented management procedures and protocols to achieve high reproductive efficiency. Producers must be nominated by professionals who serve the dairy industry, such as veterinarians, genetic and pharmaceutical company representatives, DHIA field personnel or extension specialists. Judges will review the initial applications and select the top nominees, who will be asked to provide additional information about their operation. Winners will be honored at the DCRC annual meeting in St. Paul, Minn. Visit www.dcrcouncil.org to download a nomination form. We have also attached the one-page nomination form to the end of this blog. In its inaugural year, 58 dairies were nominated for the National Reproduction Awards. Eighteen dairies from nine states were recognized for their herd's outstanding reproductive efficiency, and the four Platinum winners were recognized in the November 2009 issue of Hoard's Dairyman on page 702.