Register for the May 24 Let's Grow Webinar
May 13, 2016

Register now to participate in the upcoming Let's Grow Program webinar titled A journey: The opportunities and challenges of melding genomics into U.S. sheep breeding programs. Ron Lewis, Ph.D., will be the presenter with Jay Parsons, Ph.D., hosting. Both work with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

The webinar will take place on May 24 at 7 p.m. central daylight time. To register, go to

The efficiency of lamb and wool production has increased substantially worldwide by applying traditional quantitative genetic principles in sheep breeding programs. Accelerating those gains depends on melding state-of-the-art technologies in animal genomics with quantitative genetics approaches to more accurately identify high merit animals. The aim of this webinar will be to demystify these technologies.

This will entail a journey - a genomics road trip - beginning with the key terminology and principles of modern biology. Next on the journey will be reflection, considering ways genomics may enhance, yet certainly not replace, the fundamentals of successful sheep breeding programs. The inevitable bumps along the road will then be identified, which include the resource and financial challenges that using genomic tools entail.

The sign of a successful journey is to plan the next one. Therefore, the webinar will conclude with an overview of a new project, funded by the Let's Grow Program of the American Sheep Industry Association, which begins the melding of genomics into U.S. sheep breeding programs.