FECUND-PROLIFIC Final Conference
ESDAR 2016 Satellite Workshop 30-October-2016
“Innovations to improve dairy cow fertility”
From PROLIFIC: Joëlle Dupont, INRA (France), Juan Pena, CONAFE (Spain), Elodie Tan, IT (France)
From FECUND: Pat Lonergan, UCD (Ireland), Claudio Nicoletti, PTP (Italy), Miriam van Straten and Cagla Kaya, EFFAB (The Netherlands)
Razvan Anistoroaei - DG Research and Innovation, European COMMISSION
Matthew Lucy - University of Missouri, US. INVITED SPEAKER
Urban Besenfelder - University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. FECUND
Georg Arnold - LMU Gene Center, Munich. FECUND
Yann Locatelli - Institut National de la Recherche Agonomique, Tours. FECUND
Niamh Forde - University of Leeds, Leeds. FECUND
Patrice Humblot – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. PROLIFIC
Stephen Butler – Teagasc, Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Cor. PROLIFIC
Filippo Biscarini - Parco Technologico Padano, Lodi. FECUND
Eileen Wall – Scotland’s Rural College, Midlothian. PROLIFIC
Pierre Blavy – Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, AgroParisTech MoSAR, Paris. PROLIFIC
16:15 General discussion.
Moderator: Matthew Lucy - University of Missouri, US.
the project will address the problems of reproductive success in the cow using a pluridisciplinary approach to find new phenotypes, to deliver targets for genomic selection of fertility, to improve biotechnologies and to find molecular indicators of the ability of the cow to support the pregnancy.
PROLIFIC will also investigate into the effects of different feeding systems on postpartum ovarian function allowing identification of appropriate feeding management by providing the farmer with improved tools for on-farm reproductive monitoring and management.
The sustainability of dairy cattle farming systems relies in large part on the ability of cows to maintain reproductive performance as they cope with the constraints imposed by environmental conditions and livestock practices. Reproductive performance is central to farm sustainability as it underpins cow productivity (lactation) and longevity (replacement risk).