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 at:

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
7:00am Breakfast

Bob Weaber, Kansas State University, Moderator
NBCEC Overview

  • Scientific Council – Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University
  • Industry Council – Dave Nichols, Nichols Farms

Commercial Ranch Project – Alison Van Eenennaam and Dan Drake, University of California – Davis

8:30 – 9:10am
Bull prolificacy and production in commercial beef cattle ranches using DNA paternity analysis – Dan Drake

Economics of commercial ranch bulls: matching marketing strategy to bull selection – Alison Van Eenennaam

Update of Breed Associations incorporating genomics technology into genetic evaluations and BIGS project – Dorian Garrick, Iowa State University

10:30am – Break

11:00am – noon
Updates on current USDA funded genomics projects and views towards wide-spread industry application – Jerry Taylor, University of Missouri

12:00pm – Lunch

Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska, Moderator

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

Latest developments and future consequences for selection indices – Mike MacNeil, Delta G consulting

2:45pm – Break

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

Discussion and Wrap-up

5:00pm – Adjourn

6:00pm – Dinner