For decades, there has been a wealth of information available about the sire’s side of the pedigree while little information was available on dams. Now, genomic testing helps us discover much more about females. The second webinar in the series was held on Wednesday August 5, 2015, and focused on how genomic technology works to provide producers with tangible production results.
- Getting under the hood of animals’ trait DNA
- How does GPTA translate to real herd differences in production?
- Proof it works
- Why some herds see better results
- What are producers saying?
- What about multiple trait indexes?
Dr. Weigel grew up in Iowa on the family farm (Weigeline Holsteins) and graduated from Iowa State University with a Degree in Dairy Science. He received both his M.S. and PhD from Virginia Tech, with his dissertation focusing on the prediction of genetic merit for lifetime profitability in Holsteins. Before joining the R&D group of Zoetis (formerly Pfizer Animal Health) in 1995, Dr. Weigel served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Guelph working on the implementation of Multiple Across Country Evaluations (MACE) for conformation traits of Holstein sires. Dr. Weigel’s current role with Zoetis is in Outcomes Research and he remains active as a breeder of Registered Holsteins.
Genomic Webinar Series
A webinar series developed by Zoetis and Holstein Association USA will be an educational resource for current and prospective CLARIFIDE® customers and Enlight™ users.
Through a series of online presentations dairy producers will be able to better understand:
- How genomic testing works
- How genetic improvement and genomics can benefit the future of their herd
- How to utilize the data generated from genomic testing to make more effective management decisions.
The webinars will be moderated by The Bullvine with presentations by Zoetis or Holstein Association personnel. The Bullvine is an online source for dairy genetic and other industry happenings around the world, through their coverage via articles, videos and podcasts. Viewers will attend the presentation live at a specified time and date, and archived presentations will be accessible through other websites after each presentation.
The following webinars will take place from Noon to 1:00 pm Eastern time (9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Pacific time) as follows:
|An introduction to genomics||Cheryl Marti||July 8|
|Proving the technology works: How producers have benefited from using genomics||Dan Weigel||August 5|
|Using genomics testing strategies to accelerate genetic progress||David Erf||August 26|
|The economics of genomics||Cheryl Marti||October 7|
|Putting genomic results to work||Lindsey Worden||November 4|
|Moving Beyond Phenotype: genomics vs. size-based traits||David Erf||December 2|
|Making progress on low heritability traits||Dan Weigel||January 6|
This webinar is proudly sponsored by: