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Nominations are open for the Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) 2018 Reproduction Awards program. This program encourages dairy industry professionals, including veterinarians, extension agents, artificial insemination and pharmaceutical company representatives, dairy processor and co-op field staff, and consultants, to nominate herds with reproductive excellence. It recognizes outstanding dairy operations for reproductive efficiency and well-implemented procedures.

To nominate a herd, go to: and complete the required information. From the nominations, which are due April 30, judges evaluate reproductive performance criteria and winnow the nominee pool to a couple dozen finalists. Finalists submit herd management data and judges rank the finalists as Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze. To learn more about past winners, go to:

Herds earning Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze are invited to attend the DCRC Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for Nov. 14-16, at the Westin in Indianapolis. Watch the DCRC website – – for program updates.

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.