Genetic selection of dairy cattle has been the major method to improve productivity for an individual animal. However, selection has been focused primarily on key economical production traits, and more recently, reproduction and health traits. Genomic technology now allows for the identification of multiple other traits without neglecting productivity. This will be the first webinar in a series regarding dairy cattle genomics with emphasis on selection of production, health, and reproduction traits. This webinar will provide information about traits related to fertility of replacement heifers and lactating cows. Live webinars are free of charge, but you must register.
Who should attend?
• Dairy producers/managers, veterinarians, consultants, industry, undergraduate/graduate students, and Extension/academia.
Topics: Two presentations of ~30 min in length each followed by Q&A
• Novel fertility markers in heifers and lactating cows – Dr. Joseph Dalton, University of Idaho, Department of Animal & Veterinary Science
• Dairy cattle genomics with emphasis on resumption of post-partum cyclicity and pregnancy – Dr. Gustavo Schuenemann, The Ohio State University, Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
This webinar series represent phenotypic and genomic information from about 12,000 lactating dairy cows from across the US (Geographical regions: Northwest, Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest). This webinar series is supported by USDA-NIFA-AFRI grant No. 2013-68004-20361.