University of Maryland Extension

Third Annual University of Maryland Dairy Field Day and Tour

Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 (All day)
Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Clarksville facility
4240 Folly Quarter Road
Ellicott City, MD 21042
United States

Dairy producers, industry professionals, and government officials are invited to learn how dairy cattle genomics technology recently introduced at the University of Maryland dairy herd through a partnership with Zoetis, Inc., has been used to increase genetic progress at 9:30 a.m., Oct. 10 at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Clarksville facility.

Victoria Baker, Zoetis, Inc., will discuss, "What are genomics?," review the results of genomic testing that has been done thus far on the herd, and how it can work for producer herds. During her presentation she will use an audit comparing before and after genomic testing, and demonstrate an analysis of the University's herd data, and how genomic testing has impacted the genetic progress in the herd.

Dr. Li Ma, dairy geneticist with the Department of Animal and Avian Sciences will discuss genomic applications to health traits including the six health traits that have been newly added to the genomic evaluation of dairy cattle from the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding. His presentation will draw on the largest dairy genomics database in the world illustrating how genomic evaluations have been improved and have expanded our knowledge of genetic mechanism of cattle diseases.

After lunch, Paul Goeringer, Extension Legal Specialist, will discuss risk management programs available for Maryland dairy farmers. The talk will cover recent changes to the Margin Protection Program and potential changes in the 2018 Farm Bill. Finally he will highlight recent changes in the crop insurance program that allow for more protections for dairy producers. After the presentation on risk management, participants will have an opportunity to view the dairy heifers that have been genomically tested. While observing the heifers, Victoria Baker will lead a discussion on the correlation between genomics and physical type traits.

The field day will be held at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center, Clarksville facility, located on 4240 Folly Quarter Road, Ellicott City, MD, on Wednesday, Oct. 10. Registration costs $10 and begins at 9:30 a.m. The program commences at 10 a.m., includes a warm lunch, and adjourns at 2:30 p.m. For more information about the event, please visit our website:

To register on-line, please go to: If registering by check, please make payable to University of Maryland and send to: Racheal Slattery, University of Maryland, Department of Animal and Avian Sciences, 8127 Regents Drive, College Park, MD 20742

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