The National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium (NBCEC) will host a symposium titled “Integrating DNA Information into Beef Cattle Production Systems” at the Kansas City Airport Holiday Inn on March 4 and 5, 2013. The goal of the meeting is to provide an update on the current state-of-the-art applications of genomic tools in the beef industry, a look at how the swine breeding industry is using genomic information and role selection index and mate selection technologies may plan in the future of the beef industry. 

 This meeting is open to interested beef producers and value chain participants as well as academic, Extension and allied industry personnel.  Please feel free to distribute this information to others you think may have an interest in attending. For registration and symposium information please check the NBCEC website.  

Following is the symposium agenda

Integrating DNA Information into Beef Cattle Production Systems

Kansas City Airport Holiday Inn
March 4-5, 2013

Registration Site

March 4 – Pre-Symposium Social Gathering
6:00pm Social hour and Dinner

March 5 – An Evolution of Beef Cattle Selection Technologies
7:00 am Breakfast

8:00 am
NBCEC Overview, Bob Weaber, Kansas State University, Moderator
Scientific Council – Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University

Industry Council – Dave Nichols, Nichols Farms

1:00 pm
Use of Genomic Information in Pig Genetic Improvement Programs – Scott Newman, Geneticist, Genus, plc

2:00 pm
Latest developments and future consequences for selection indices – Mike MacNeil, Delta G consulting

2:45 pm – Break

3:15 pm
Mate Selection Software – a step beyond selection indices – Brian Kinghorn, Professor of Quantitative Genetics, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, Australia

4:15 pm
Discussion and Wrap-up

5:00 pm – Adjourn

6:00 pm – Dinner