The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) is accepting nominations for its 2018 Reproduction Awards program through April 30. This program recognizes outstanding dairy operations for reproductive efficiency, well-implemented management procedures and getting cows safe in calf. Some key evaluation metrics include: voluntary waiting period, interbreeding intervals, heat detection, conception rate, pregnancy rate, value of reproduction and culling rate. Reproduction numbers are based on the 12-month period Jan. 1, 2017-Dec. 31, 2017.
Dairy operations must be nominated by professionals, such as veterinarians, extension agents, artificial insemination and pharmaceutical company representatives, dairy processor field staff and consultants, who serve the dairy industry. Nominations may be completed online at: www.dcrcouncil.org/awards/nominate-a-herd.
Judges will review applications and select the top herds, which will be asked to provide additional information about their dairy operation. This information will help judges select Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners. Award recipients will be honored at the 2018 DCRC Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Nov. 14-16.
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.