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Using genomic testing strategies to accelerate genetic progress – Video

Genomic testing has been available to dairy producers for more than five years. Over that time producers have identified strategies that help them get the most from test results. Some producers use genomic testing to identify elite animals and develop marketing strategies to help get the most from these special individuals. But most producers have taken a genetic program approach, using information from genomic testing to accelerate genetic progress by managing replacement inventory costs and making different types of breeding decisions.The third installment of this video series covers the following topic areas:

  • Managing which heifers deserve a spot on your team.
  • How lifetime breeding strategies increase the odds of your success and reduce risk
  • Making genomic testing a herd strategy

About The Presenter

david erfDavid Erf is a member of the Zoetis Dairy Technical Services team as a dairy geneticist. In this role, he assists with the CLARIFIDE dairy genomic testing program. He helps customers realize the full potential of genomic testing. David has over 20 years experience in the Artificial Insemination industry and has served on numerous boards and committees dealing with genetics in the dairy industry. Dave and his family have also managed Curvecrest Farm, a prize winning registered Brown Swiss herd. He resides with his family in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.




This webinar is proudly sponsored by:

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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:

Topic/Title Speaker Date
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

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