UNLOCKING the power within a beef herd through the use of genomic technologies will be the over-arching theme of a genetics field day being held near Culcairn NSW on 21 May.
Genomic technologies present an opportunity for all cattle breeders to accelerate the rate of genetic gain of their beef enterprises through enhanced decision making regarding the genetic potential of their animals.
Used well, genomic tools such as HD50K and HeiferSelect increase the ability of producers to meet their breeding objectives as well as the demands of consumers resulting in increases in production, profitability and satisfaction across the entire beef value chain.
Despite this potential, genomic tools and their applications are often poorly understood leading to limited perceived value and uptake.
The field day and workshop will be held at Brian and Lucinda Corrigan’s property Ellerslie Park, near Culcairn. The workshop is production focused, highly-practical and interactive with expert speakers covering topics on:
Keynote speaker will be Dr Kent Andersen, director of genetics technical services with Zoetis in the US. In his role with Zoetis, Dr Andersen primarily supports beef genomic testing and genetic evaluations, as well as related services. He and his family also operate a commercial cow-calf and farming operation in Nebraska.
His key themes will include:
Also speaking during the day will be Lucinda & Ruth Corrigan from Rennylea Angus. The pair will outline:
Holbrook Vet Centre consultant veterinarian Dr Shane Thomson will speak on:
Meat & Livestock Australia’s national adoption manager for genetics, Clara Bradford will speak on:
The day will also include practical sessions on bull assessment and evaluation, a demonstration of a Veterinary Bull Breeding Soundness Examination, and discussion about options and best practice collection of DNA samples for genomic testing.
The program will leave participants better equipped with the knowledge of genomic tools and application and the impact on EBVs and relevance to both seedstock and commercial enterprises.