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Meeting to address past, present and future of DNA technology in beef cattle

Sandi Alswager Karstens IANR News Service

The use of DNA technology – past, present and future – in beef cattle will be addressed at a June 21, 2011, conference at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center in Clay Center.

Attendees will learn about recent advances in the application of DNA technology as it relates to making selection decisions in beef cattle, said Matt Spangler, UNL Extension beef genetics specialist.

This will include the impacts on accuracy of EPDs, novel discovery work in female reproduction, use of genomic information across breeds, economic considerations of using genomic information, results from the MARC 2,000 Bull Project and research updates regarding issues that the scientific community is currently working on.

All cattle producers, educators and affiliated industry personnel who have a vested interest in the genetic improvement of cattle are encouraged to attend, Spangler said.

Speakers at the meeting include Spangler; Alison Van Eenennaam, animal genomics and biotechnology extension specialist at the University of California-Davis; Bob Weaber, extension beef genetics specialist at the University of Missouri; Mark Thallman, research scientist from U.S. MARC, Tara McDonald from U.S. MARC, and other UNL and MARC scientists.

The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and end at 5:30 p.m. Registration is $10 to cover handouts, lunch and snacks. For more information, contact Spangler at (402) 472-6489, mspangler2@unl.edu. To RSVP for the lunch, contact Terri Behl at (402) 472-6411, tbehl1@unl.edu by June 10.


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