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FECUND-PROLIFIC Final Conference

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FECUND-PROLIFIC Final Conference

ESDAR 2016 Satellite Workshop 30-October-2016

Innovations to improve dairy cow fertility


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Organizing Committee

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)


8:30     Introduction for PROLIFIC  Joëlle Dupont, PROLIFIC Coordinator   

             Introduction for FECUND  Filippo Biscarini, FECUND Coordinator

8:45      Horizon 2020: Opportunities for Animal Health Research and Innovation

             Razvan Anistoroaei - DG Research and Innovation, European COMMISSION  

9:00      Dairy cow fertility worldwide: Current status and future perspectives.             

             Matthew Lucy - University of Missouri, US. INVITED SPEAKER                                 

9:45      Advanced endoscopic techniques for the study of reproductive biology in dairy cows.

             Urban Besenfelder - University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. FECUND              

10:15    Impact of metabolic status on proteomic composition of oviduct fluid

             Georg Arnold - LMU Gene Center, Munich. FECUND               

10:45     Maternal environmental effects on the oviduct and early embryo development.

             Yann Locatelli - Institut National de la Recherche Agonomique, Tours. FECUND 

11:30     Lactational induced effects on the conceptus and endometrial transcriptome

              Niamh Forde - University of Leeds, Leeds. FECUND         

12:00     Impact of metabolic imbalance and pro-inflammatory agents on molecular profiles in fat and reproductive tissues.

              Patrice Humblot – Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Uppsala. PROLIFIC 

12:30     Nutritional and breed effects on indicator of reproductive performance in dairy cows

              Stephen Butler – Teagasc, Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Cor. PROLIFIC   

14:00    The application of bioinformatics and biostatistics to dairy cattle fertility

              Filippo Biscarini - Parco Technologico Padano, Lodi. FECUND                                  

14:30     Benefit of genomic and progesterone information in genetic improvement of dairy cattle fertility.

              Eileen Wall – Scotland’s Rural College, Midlothian. PROLIFIC               

15:00     Modelling the reproductive function to identify candidate mechanisms involved in subfertility in dairy cows

              Pierre Blavy – Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique, AgroParisTech MoSAR, Paris. PROLIFIC                  

15:45     A user-friendly simulation tool to test the effects of changes in reproductive management on the reproductive

              performance of a dairy herd   Marjolein Derks – University of Utrecht, Utrecht.  PROLIFIC 

16:15     General discussion.

Moderator: Matthew Lucy - University of Missouri, US.    

Problems to address

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.

about the project

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.