Paul Fricke, MS, PhD

Professor of Dairy Science, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Paul Fricke was raised on his family's row crop and dairy farm located near Papillion, Nebraska where his father and uncle continue to farm today. After receiving a B.S. degree in Animal Science in 1988 from the University of Nebraska, Paul went on to complete a M.S. degree in 1992 and a Ph.D. degree in 1996 in Reproductive Physiology from the department of Animal Sciences at North Dakota State University. Paul worked as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Department of Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1995 to 1998 and then joined the faculty on July 1, 1998. Dr. Fricke was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004 and to Full Professor in 2009. His current position includes 70% Extension and 30% research appointments in dairy cattle reproduction. Dr. Fricke’s research program focuses on understanding the biology underlying the many reproductive problems of dairy cattle. Dr. Fricke has authored or co-authored 83 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 112 abstracts, and 5 book chapters. He has mentored 12 M.S. and 4 Ph.D. students, and his research program has attracted over $3 million in research funding. In 2014, Dr. Fricke was awarded a six-month research sabbatical as a visiting scientist at the Teagasc Moorepark Animal & Grassland Research Innovation Centre in Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland. The goal of Dr. Fricke’s extension program is to improve reproductive efficiency of dairy cattle by applying scientific research to develop practical management strategies and assess new reproductive technologies. Dr. Fricke is a sought after speaker and has spoken to over 500 audiences in Wisconsin since 1998. In addition, Paul has presented at conferences in 34 U.S. states and 6 Canadian provinces and has been an invited speaker for international meetings in 25 countries spanning 5 continents around the world. Dr. Fricke is the recipient of several campus and national awards recognizing his innovative applied research and extension programs including the Midwest Section ADSA Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award (2006), the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Pound Extension Award (2006), the ADSA DeLaval Dairy Extension Award (2008), and the Wisconsin Association of County Agriculture Agents Second Mile Award (2010).

Fertility Programs for First AI
Use of detection of estrus alone for submitting lactating dairy cows for first AI results in poor reproductive performance due to problems with estrous detection as well as estrous expression and the presence of anovular cows. Modifications to the original Ovsynch protocol can now yield high P/AI to timed AI in high‐producing dairy cows. This talk will overview the latest iterations of protocols for synchronization of ovulation which are now better described as fertility programs.

New Technologies for Detection of Estrus
Detection of estrus plays an important role in the reproductive management program on most dairies in the U.S. Increased physical activity is a secondary sign of estrus in dairy cattle, and a new generation of electronic systems that continuously monitor physical activity to predict timing of AI have been developed and marketed to the dairy industry. This talk will overview strategies to integrate activity monitoring systems into reproductive management programs.

Strategies for Nonpregnancy Diagnosis
Early identification of nonpregnant cows after AI coupled with a strategy to resynchronize nonpregnant cows for second and greater timed AI further increases the 21‐d pregnancy rate by decreasing the interval between AI services, thereby increasing the AI service rate. This talk will overview new methods for nonpregnancy diagnosis in lactating dairy cows including transrectal ultrasonography and pregnancy‐associated glycoproteins as well as the effects of early pregnancy loss on the accuracy of pregnancy outcomes.

Resynchronization Strategies
Whereas presynchronization strategies have yielded significant increases in fertility to first TAI, many herds struggle with poor fertility to an Ovsynch protocol used for TAI at second and greater services (i.e., Resynch). This talk will overview strategies for increasing fertility to Resynch TAI in lactating dairy cows including strategies for presynchronization, modifications to Resynch protocols, and differential treatment of cows lacking a CL at the onset of a Resynch protocol.

Management of Twinning in Dairy Cows
Twinning in Holstein dairy cows has increased over time concurrent with increased milk production. More than 95% of twins in Holsteins arise due to double ovulations resulting in dizygotic twins, and it is now clear that low progesterone during growth of a preovulatory follicle increases the incidence of double ovulation. This talk will overview strategies to prevent double ovulations and twinning in dairy cows and potential methods to manage cows diagnosed with twins.

The Randomness of Reproduction
From a statistical perspective, many reproductive outcomes (i.e., pregnancy outcomes, calf sex, twinning, etc.) are binomial variables with only two possible outcomes. These binomial variables require a large number of observations to assess but can lead to misinterpretation when too few outcomes are assessed. This talk will discuss the problems and pitfalls that occur when assessing reproductive outcomes on dairy farms.


M. Daniel Givens, DVM, PhD, DACT, DACVM (Virology Subspecialty)

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Veterinary Medicine, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama

Daniel Givens, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, performed undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University before obtaining a D.V.M. degree from Auburn University in 1994. After two years of clinical practice in central Kentucky, Dr. Givens earned a Ph. D. degree from Auburn University and completed a clinical residency that culminated in board certification in the American College of Theriogenologists—recognizing his clinical expertise in animal reproduction. He then achieved board certification in the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (virology subspecialty) while performing NIH-funded, post-doctoral research. Since 2000, Dr. Givens’ efforts in applied research regarding infectious diseases that affect reproduction of cattle have resulted in over 85 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, five book chapters and two international patents. Simultaneously, for his classroom lectures in basic sciences as well as clinical instruction in the large animal teaching hospital, Dr. Givens received six teaching awards since 2007. Dr. Givens passionately enjoys opportunities to investigate, apply and discuss factors that impact animal health and disease and factors that impact the competency of graduating veterinarians.

Control of Bovine Reproductive Pathogens
Bovine reproductive pathogens can cause infertility, early embryonic death, mummification of fetuses, abortions, or the birth of weak or malformed calves. The objectives of this session are to develop a thorough differential list, diagnostic plan, and control plan for causes of reproductive loss in cattle.

Does MLV Administration to Heifers or Cows Lack Substantial Risk?
Attendees will be able to characterize and quantify the risks associated with administration of modified live vaccines (MLV). Consideration will be given to (a) the risk causing temporary infertility in cycling heifers or cows, (b) the risk of stimulating abortion, and (c) the risk of failing to protect the fetus from viral exposure of the pregnant cow.

Diagnosing, Differentiating, and Managing Infections with BVD Virus
Attendees will be able to diagnose and differentiate various infections in cattle resulting from bovine viral diarrhea virus. Once the type of infection is determined, appropriate management to control BVDV while mitigating the constraints on production will be discussed.

Systematic Large-Scale Programs to Control BVD Virus
Successful methods to control BVDV within a large production unit, state, or nation bear some key similarities. The goal of this session is to enable attendees to effectively develop and manage systemic control programs for BVD on large operations.


Brooke Pace, DVM, MS

Team Lead, Livestock/Equine Veterinary Services, Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support, Zoetis, Exton, Pennsylvania


Brooke R. Pace, DVM, MS is the Team Lead of the Livestock and Equine Veterinary Service Team with Zoetis’s Veterinary Medical Information and Product Support group. In this role she leads a group of nine veterinarians. She graduated from Mississippi State University’s College of Agriculture with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science (Magna Cum Laude) prior to graduation from Mississippi State’s College of Veterinary Medicine with a DVM in 1999. After veterinary school, Dr. Pace went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Dairy Production Medicine also from Mississippi State University. As part of her work towards this degree Dr. Pace spend a year at various internships with prominent veterinary clinics, dairy consultants, and large progressive dairies across the United States and Canada. Prior to joining Zoetis, Dr. Pace was in private practice for seven years in a mixed animal veterinary practice in Oxford, PA. In this capacity she was primarily a large animal practitioner with a focus on dairy medicine, production medicine and surgery, with additional work in beef, equine and small animal medicine and surgery. Dr. Pace has been with Zoetis’s VMIPS team for ten years, where she supports the cattle business with technical support for both veterinarians and producers in the dairy, cow-calf, stocker and feedyard industries. Her special areas of interest include food safety, residue avoidance and preventative medicine. Additionally, Dr. Pace’s duties include regulatory reporting and investigation into adverse events involving Zoetis products for the FDA, USDA and EPA. Dr. Pace continues to do a small amount of private practice with local beef and dairy herds and also does volunteer work for the local 4H Clubs and the Cecil County Fair. Dr. Pace lives in Northern Maryland with her husband and teenage son along with 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 fish tanks . In her spare time she enjoys boating, gardening, and cheering on her son in soccer, the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Pittsburgh Steelers.

BVD in Real Life:  Case Study Review of BVD Programs and Advice for Successful Management

BVD is an important pathogen for beef and dairy clients and can covertly have negative effects on herds both in terms of disease incidence and reproductive efficiency. Tackling this disease is a three-pronged approach requiring biosecurity, a good immunization program and a test and removal program. Pitfalls can occur along the way and we will be discussing some real-life cases and show how to set up a BVD program as well as tips to avoid issues that can occur along the way.

Lessons Learned: A Review of Interesting Cases and Tips on How to Handle Them

This session will be focused on reviewing case studies covering important issues facing beef and dairy cattle producers. A number of different topics will be discussed including residue avoidance, abortion investigation and bovine respiratory disease. We will be using real cases to introduce these topics and get the audience involved in the process. Additionally, we will review some interesting adverse drug event reports and give information on how these incidents can be avoided in the future.