Columbus, Ohio (July 3, 2014) – The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB) will host an Open Session on Aug. 5, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Doubletree by Hilton BWI-Airport, 890 Elkridge Landing Road, Linthicum Heights, Md. CDCB Chair Ole Meland will kick off the session with an update on CDCB programs and activities, followed by remarks from Joao Durr, the new CDCB CEO, and Erin Connor, the Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory (AGIL) research leader.
AGIL staff will present highlights from a variety of research projects. Topics and presenters include:
-Net Merit update and plans for new traits − John Cole, research geneticist
-Discovery of causative genetic variants − Derek Bickhart, AGIL research geneticist
-Use of new multi-trait, all-breed genetic evaluation software − Paul Vanraden, AGIL research geneticist
-Immediate evaluations and new chips − George Wiggans, AGIL research geneticist
-Analysis of genomic predictor population – Tabatha Cooper, AGIL animal scientist
-Genomic relationships for mating programs − Chuanyu Sun, AGIL-NAAB Post Doc
-What we expect from the NextSeq sequencer – Tad Sonstegard, AGIL research geneticist
-Research Advisory Working Group − Robert Fourdraine, AgSource Cooperative Services vice president of product services and development
Following the research presentations, CDCB executive committee members will be available to respond to questions from the audience.
Please register (no fee) by July 24, so adequate meeting room space and food are available. To register for the CDCB Open Session, go to: Registration Link
To make hotel reservations at the Doubletree by Hilton BWI-Airport, call: (410) 859-8400 or go to: Registration Link. The group room rate is $109 per night, plus applicable taxes, and includes wireless Internet and parking. The hotel reservation deadline is July 10, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Complimentary, 24-hour shuttle service is available from the Baltimore (BWI) airport. The Doubletree by Hilton BWI-Airport also offers an on-site restaurant.
CDCB conducts genetic evaluations for economically important traits of dairy cattle. The CDCB allied partners cooperator database is the largest in the world, which is devoted to dairy animals, with more than 120 million female phenotypic records and more than 480,000 males receiving genetic evaluations or genomic predictions.