Genomic Selection in Dairy Cattle: Progress and Challenges

Genomic selection refers to breeding decisions made using information from an animal's DNA. This presentation aims to give participants background information on genomics, including what it is, how it works, and why it is important. Practical examples of how genomic information can influence breeding decisions will be given, as well as updates on current large-scale dairy research projects.

Christine Baes holds a Canada Research Chair in Livestock Genomics and is Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biosciences at the University of Guelph in Canada. She is also a scientist and lecturer in the Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Bern in Switzerland. As a quantitative geneticist, she is interested in developing breeding programs that incorporate health, welfare, productivity, and efficiency. Her research involves developing genetic, genomic, statistical, and computational tools to improve breeding programs. Furthermore, she and her team apply these tools to large-scale breeding programs, as well as work towards understanding the genomic architecture of relatedness, phenotypes, and inbreeding in livestock. Dr. Baes was born and raised on a dairy farm near Mitchell; in her spare time, she runs a small cash-crop operation near Maryhill.

January 6, 2022, 9:00:00 p.m.

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