THURSDAY 5 MAY 2011
Genomics for Producers
A practical look at the application of genomics for animal industries. The program today is dedicated to answering breeders' questions about getting the most out of genomics. Breeders and advisers are encouraged to test their ideas for using genomics on farm with leading scientists and fellow breeders.
|9:30||Registration and morning tea|
|10:00||Welcome and Opening Plenary - Sebel Albert Park - Grand Ballroom
Chair: Dr Rob Banks, MLA, Manager R&D Strategy and Evaluation
|10:05||Genomics 101 - a practical introduction to genomics.
Daniel Abernethy. Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme.
We have heard about this exciting area of genomics but what is it and why is it different from what we currently use?
|10:35||The latest in applied genomics research.
Assocciate Professor Ben Hayes. Department of Primary Industries - Victoria.
What are the key points of interest from day 2 of the conference and what are the implications for producers?
|11:05||From the lab to the farm.
Professor Julius Van der Werf. University of New England.
How can Australian research be applied to breeding tools for producers?
|11:35||Taking it to the next step.
Professor Mike Goddard. University of Melbourne & Department of Primary Industries, Victoria.
What can we expect from current research across the CRCs?
Dairy Session - Building dairy breeding programs using genomics
Chair: Ivan Jones, Vice Chair, Australian Dairy Herd Improvement Scheme
|1:00||The use and implementation of genomics in my country from two perspectives
Dr Brian Wickham. Irish Cattle Breeders Federation and
Dr Brian Van Doormaal. Canadian Dairy Network and Holstein Canada.
What has been the experience in other countries and how can we learn from them?
|2:20||My herd, my choices. How dairy farmers can make the most of new genomic technologies.
Dr Jennie Pryce. Department of Primary Industries, Victoria.
Genomics opens new opportunities but how do we set up new breeding programs to take advantage of new information?
|2:45||Genomics and Holstein Australia - opportunities and challenges.
Dr Matthew Shaffer. Holstein Australia.
Holstein Australia have recently introduced new genomic services. Why have they commenced it and what value will it provide its members.
|CONCURRENT SESSIONS: Beef and Sheep Session - Breeding programs using genomics
Chair: Dr Kishore Prayaga, Product Development Manager (Aus.-NZ), Pfizer Animal Genetics
Dr Rob Woolaston. Airlie Solutions, Brisbane, Qld, Australia
What products are currently available and what's next to hit the marketplace?
|1:30||Incorporating genomics into genetic evaluations.
Dr David Johnston and Dr Daniel Brown. AGBU, University of New England, Armidale Australia.
How are genomics incorporated into BREEDPLAN/LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT?
|2:00||Where in the beef cattle supply chain do DNA tests generate value?
Dr Alison van Eenennaam. Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, USA.
Does genomics work? Is it useful? Does it pay?
|2:30||Genomic influences on industry structure.
Dr Rob Banks. Meat and Livestock Australia, and
Dr Peter Parnell. Angus Australia, Armidale, Australia.
In this new age, what are the roles of breed societies, nucleus progeny testing programs?
Chair: Ms Kate Joseph, President, Sheepmeat Council of Australia
|3:30||Genomics Q&A - Dr Rob Woolaston
What are the current challenges and future expectations from the producer's perspective?
Rob will be accompanied by 4 leading producers in testing current thinking and new ideas for the application of genomics on farm.
|3:35||What I do, why I do it and what I need next.
Brian Anderson, Bundalong Holsteins.
Phil Toland, Toland Merinos.
Steve Milne, Waratah White Suffolks and
Tom Gubbins, Te Mania Angus.
What are the current challenges and future expectations of genomics from a producer perspective?
Supported technically by speakers from earlier in the day.
|5.00 - Closing Remarks
Dr Rob Banks, MLA, Manager R&D Strategy and Evaluation