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DCHA Honors Bernard with Cady Award

In recognition of more than 10 years of service to the organization, the Dairy Calf and Heifer Association presented John Bernard, Ph.D., with the Roger Cady Award at its annual membership meeting on April 5.

“John has dedicated countless hours to this association without any compensation or desire for recognition,” said DCHA Past President Eugene Myatt, who nominated Bernard for the award. “Most of all, to those of us who have had the pleasure to serve with John, he is a friend and a mentor who has helped make this association successful.”

Bernard has served as DCHA’s senior advisor since 2002. During that time, he has provided council and technical advice in development of DCHA’s Gold Standards, conference sessions and editorial content.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to work with DCHA for the last 10 years,” Bernard said. “The organization has grown since the original meeting in Atlanta and continues to provide timely information to producers on how to do a better job raising dairy calves and heifers. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the members and have made many friends along the way. I’m humbled to be recognized with this award from DCHA.”

Bernard, a professor at the University of Georgia, joins a short list of recipients. Since its inception in 1999, the high honor has been given to just seven other recipients, including Roger Cady, Don Gardner and Steve McGuiness.

Named for founding member Dr. Roger Cady, senior technical consultant for Elanco Animal Health, the Cady Award recognizes an individual’s distinguished service to the dairy calf and heifer industry.

He received his bachelor’s of science from University of Tennessee and earned his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. In addition to his research and Extension duties, he also serves as the Research, Extension, and Instruction coordinator for the Animal & Dairy Science Department on the UGA Tifton Campus.

He has published more than 60 manuscripts, 90 abstracts and numerous poplar press articles on subjects related to dairy nutrition and management.

The award punctuated Bernard’s tenure on the DCHA Board of Directors. He has decided to step down as senior advisor once a successor is named.

The Dairy Calf & Heifer Association is a group of calf and heifer growers partnered with allied industry and academia who are dedicated to growing high-quality replacement heifers and dairy beef. DCHA strives to improve herd health and profitability for members by providing Gold Standards benchmarks and best practices, as well as industry-leading networking opportunities. DCHA members are growing your dairy’s future. For more information about DCHA, go to

Date: 5/13/2013


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