DNA technology for genetic selection in beef cattle continues to make rapid advancements. To provide science-based updates for beef cattle producers, the educational program DNA Technology: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Headed is being held at the Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE on Monday, October 19, 2015. The program will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT. The registration fee is $15 and includes lunch and all handout material. Please RSVP by September 25.

The agenda is as follows:

11:30-1:00 Lunch at the Meat Animal Research Center, Clay Center, NE

1:00-1:20 Welcome and Overview of USMARC Activities — John Pollak, USMARC

1:20-1:50 Genetic Selection for Improved BRD Susceptibility — Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California-Davis

1:50-2:20 Selecting for More Fertile Females — Jared Decker, University of Missouri

2:20-2:40 Selection for Improved Feed Efficiency — Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

2:40-2:55 BREAK

3:00-3:30 Measuring Feed Intake and BRD Susceptibility: BIF Guidelines — Larry Kuehn, USMARC

3:30-4:00 SNP Chips and Whole Genome Sequence Data: Do They Tell Us The Same Story? — Warren Snelling, USMARC

4:00- 4:30 Accounting for Bias in Genomic EPD — Mark Thallman, USMARC

4:30-4:50 Summary — Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Meeting Adjourn 5:00 pm

Contacts: 
Matthew Spangler, A218h Animal Science Bldg, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE 68583-0908, (402) 472-6489, mspangler2@unl.edu

RSVP by September 25 (sherri.pitchie@unl.edu; 402-472-2907). Registration fee is $15 and includes lunch and all handout material.