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Season 2, Episode 4 - Reproduction in Dairy Cattle

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

All the important links, repro news and guest bios from this month's episode

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Professor Matt Lucy

Dr. Matt Lucy is Professor of Animal Science at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dairy Science. He received a B.S. from Cornell University, an M.S. from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. Dr. Lucy’s current research program examines the physiological processes regulating fertility in dairy cows and explores practical methods that evolve from this research.

Early Career Researcher Spotlight

Maria Isabel Da Silva

Isabel graduated from the Federal University of Amazonas, Brazil, in 2017 with a BS degree in Biological Science. During her undergraduate career, she developed multiple research projects involving the reproduction and development of freshwater stingrays, turtles, and toads, under the mentorship of Dr. Wallice Duncan, Dr. Michael Finkler, and Dr. Marcelo Menin, respectively. Currently, Isabel is a PhD candidate in the Integrative and Biomedical Physiology Program at Penn State University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Troy Ott, she studies the immunology of pregnancy in dairy cattle. Her doctoral research focus on (1) changes in the expression of immunoregulatory molecules in the uterus and bloodstream of cyclic and pregnant cattle, (2) immune differences between pregnant non-lactating heifers and high-yielding cows as well as (3) the effect of pregnancy hormones in the regulation of the immune system during bovine pregnancy.


Repro News

Fun Fact

If you want to learn more about this episode's fun fact, check out the article below:

Upcoming conferences and abstract deadlines

Australian Dairy Conference

February 2023, Hobart, TAS (date TBC)

Registration open November 2022

Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle

30th - 31st August 2022, San Antonio, Texas

ESDAR 2022

28th September - 2nd October 2022, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract submissions closed, registration open

Upcoming training

BreedingEDGE (held by MLA)

20th - 22nd July 2022, Katherine, NT

Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council webinars

Webinars available for members on array of topics relevant to industry

Upcoming awards and grants

AgriFuture's Rural Women's Award

Applications for 2023 open 7th September 2022

Paper of the month


Can't get enough?

Check out this recent paper from Matt's lab with some beautiful SEM images of the bovine uterine epithelium.

Want to see a robot dairy in action? Check out this Australian news clip.


Episode sponsored by

Total Livestock Genetics Victoria



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