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Genomics-focused genetic workshop slated for February

AMES, Iowa -- Advancing Dairy Cattle Genetics: Genomics and Beyond will be the focus of a 3-day workshop on the future of dairy cattle genetics. It will mark the first time in over a decade that the entire dairy genetic community will gather to discuss the long-term future. Commercial dairy producers and elite breeders, A.I. industry representatives, dairy record specialists, breed association representatives, genetic researchers, dairy consultants, veterinarians, educators and graduate students are all encouraged to attend the program. As with past workshops, industry groups are not only encouraged to send key representatives but plan board meetings in the Phoenix, Arizona, area around this time.

Planned discussions include: traits for the future, infrastructure for dairy genetics education, appropriate use of genomics and many more. More details will be available this summer. At the moment, program organizers are asking everyone to mark their calendars for February 17-19, 2014 meeting.