Twenty-six trainees from 16 European countries attended the 2nd instance of the training school « New Genomic and management tools for healthier dairy cows” held in Madrid, Spain, on 27-29 November 2018. The presentations given during the training school « New Genomic and management tools for healthier dairy cows” held in Spain last November elicited lively discussion between the six trainers and the 26 trainees. A total of 65 applications were received for the school. Seven of the selected trainees were locals from Spain. The remaining participants came from Belgium (3), Ireland (3), Austria (2), Egypt, Finland, Greece, Iran, Lithuania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey (one each). Click here to see the programme.
All trainers started their presentation with a summary of the state of the art before the GplusE projects and continued with the new knowledge brought forward by the GplusE project. They paid particular attention to stress how the new knowledge could be used for future research or directly implemented for an improved selection of dairy cows and better management of dairy herds. Particular emphasis was put on new tools for the identification of metabolically unstable cows. The school was also a good opportunity for exchanges between the trainees and discovery of the Spanish cuisine in downtown Madrid.