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Source: Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council news release

The March 8 Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council (DCRC) webinar features The Impact of Transition Cow Health on Fertility. Scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time, Eduardo Ribeiro, University of Guelph department of animal biosciences assistant professor, Guelph, Ont., Canada, will share how pregnancy losses are substantial and contribute significantly to suboptimal fertility of dairy cows.

To register for this webinar, go to: and follow the prompts. As the webinar approaches, you will receive an e-mail with information on how to log in to participate. If you are a DCRC member and cannot attend the live program, you may access the webinar at

"The effect of diseases on fertility is not mediated by a single mechanism, rather a combination of multiple mechanisms that have additive effects, which include reduced developmental competence of oocytes and altered uterine environment," said Ribeiro. "Preventing postpartum diseases is the best strategy to reduce embryonic mortality, and consequently, increase conception risk and reproductive efficiency in dairy herds."

During the webinar, Ribeiro will discuss the impact of inflammatory diseases on pregnancy losses. Additionally, he will encourage the use of health programs that provide early detection of diseases and rapid intervention.

Ribeiro is originally from Brazil and grew up on a family farm, where his interest in food animals and agriculture began. Following his studies in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Santa Catarina State University, Ribeiro pursued graduate work at the University of Florida. His doctoral dissertation focused on molecular features, in the ovary and pregnant uterus, associated with fertility in dairy cattle.

For more information, e-mail Fabio Lima, DCRC education committee chair, at or e-mail DCRC at

The Dairy Cattle Reproduction Council is focused on bringing together all sectors of the dairy industry - producers, consultants, academia and allied industry professionals - for improved reproductive performance. DCRC provides an unprecedented opportunity for all groups to work together to take dairy cattle reproduction to the next level.

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