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Dairy Research Conference (online): Breeding and genetics


The Dairy Research Partnership online conference will share the outcomes of research projects undertaken as part of our Dairy Research Partnership Initiative, led by the University of Nottingham.

Booking will open later in the year.

Breeding and genetics session agenda:

11:00 – 11:05:  Chair’s introduction. Fern Pearston, Animal Genetics Manager, AHDB

11:05 – 11:25: Introducing new indexes and traits: Healthy Cow, EnviroCow and Gestation length. Marco Winters, Head of Animal Genetics, AHDB

11:25 – 11:45: Using mid-infrared technology to predict pregnancy and TB. Professor Mike Coffey, SRUC

11:45 – 12:05: Economic return from improving genetics. Tim Harper, Promar

12:05 – 12:25: Question and Answer session

12:25 – 12:30: Summary by Chair. Fern Pearston, Animal Genetics Manager, AHDB


Dairy Research Partnership 2016-2021

Our five-year Dairy Research Partnership initiative began in June 2016. It was funded by AHDB Dairy (£1,700,000) with financial contributions from the academic partners - University of Nottingham, Harper Adams University, Royal Veterinary College and SRUC - bringing the total to £2,100,000. 

What does the research partnership involve?

The partnership, led by University of Nottingham, addresses three of our strategic priorities:

  1. Feed efficiency and sustainability
  2. Optimising cow performance through health & welfare
  3. Creating a positive image for dairy farming.

Learn about the seven work packages in the Dairy Research Partnership Programme by visiting our webpage.