After attending the InCalf Reproduction Symposium on October 5th, I was lucky enough to be able to interview some of the speakers. Having recently been given access to some audio equipment (thanks, Dairy Australia!), I thought we’d try a few podcast recordings – allowing you to gain backstage access to some of the world’s best researchers and dairy experts, all while driving your tractor or just over a cup of tea.
My first interviewee is Dr Donagh Berry, from Teagasc in Ireland. The symposium booklet says that he is ‘responsible for the research on genetics in dairy and beef cattle and for the development and implementation of genomic evaluations in dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep in Ireland’. This is true. However, he’s also an intelligent speaker with a lovely accent and a roguish sense of humour… who is not at all afraid to speak his mind. Perfect for a podcast.
This session covers:
- How are the Irish rebuilding fertility in their herds?
- What are their secrets for success?
- Has removal of the milk quota affected their national breeding objectives?
To find out the answers to these questions and more, click on the image below.
(Note: some people were having issues with the stereo sound recording, so I’ve changed it to mono. If you tried it and couldn’t hear one of the voices, or if it seemed very soft, have another go with this new version.)
In case you’d prefer to read it, you can also find the transcript here.
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