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June 27, 2014: AJCA-NAJ Annual Meeting Genomic Panel


Jersey Members to Hear Panel on Genomics

   Five experts in genomic testing and evaluation will share their perspectives and prognosis for the future of Jersey genomics in a moderated panel discussion on Friday, June 27, 2014 during the AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings in Alexandria, Va. 

   The program will feature three researchers from the USDA Animal Genomics and Improvement Laboratory at Beltsville, Md.—genomics pioneer Dr. Curtis P. Van Tassell, research leader Dr. Erin E. Connor, and animal scientist Tabatha Cooper—plus Dr. Michael D. Bishop of Illumina, Inc., San Diego, Calif., and Jeremy Walker of GeneSeek, Lincoln, Neb.

   The hour-long program begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Holiday Inn & Suites-Historic District, following the annual meeting of National All-Jersey Inc.

As of May 26, 72,378 Jersey genotypes (58,164 female and 14,214 male) were recorded in the database managed by the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding (CDCB).

“The panelists will discuss their individual areas of contribution to genomic evaluations and give our members insight about what may be on the genomic horizon,” says Cari Wolfe, AJCA Director of Research and Genetic Program Development.

The panel will engage in a group discussion on the state of the art in genomic testing and evaluations and what it has meant for Jersey breeders since commercial release of the Illumina Bovine SNP50 chip in 2007. Time will be left for audience questions and discussion.

   Also on the panel will be Tabatha Cooper, an animal scientist responsible for monitoring incoming genomic data and reporting and correcting discovered pedigree discrepancies.
   This program also sets the stage for Dr. Ole Meland, chair of the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, who will address the 146th annual meeting of the American Jersey Cattle Association on Saturday morning, June 28.

   Registration for the 2014 AJCA-NAJ Annual Meetings is open on the USJersey web site. At the Jersey association’s annual meeting on June 28, officials will report a second consecutive year over 100,000 registrations, records in all primary service categories, and the highest level of Jersey production in history—a per-cow average of 20,392 pounds energy-corrected milk.