Accelerating Goat Genetic Improvement with Genomics

Genomic tools have revolutionized livestock breeding programs around the world and may soon also be available for Canadian goat breeders. This presentation will explore key concepts of genomics, the benefits and challenges to its implementation, as well as some results of on-going research at the University of Guelph aimed at providing genomic evaluations for milk production and conformation traits to the Canadian dairy goat sector.

Erin Massender is a Ph.D. Candidate studying Dairy Goat Genetics in the Centre for the Genetic Improvement of Livestock at the University of Guelph. She was also the Acting Small Ruminant Specialist for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs throughout 2021. Erin grew up in Chatham-Kent and has always had an interest in both agriculture and animal breeding. She completed a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in 2016, focused on genetics and ethics, and a M.Sc. studying the genetic improvement of sheep growth and carcass traits in 2018, before beginning her Ph.D. Her Ph.D.research focuses on the implementation of genomic selection for Canadian dairy goats.


January 7, 2022, 9:00:00 p.m.

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