The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) in conjunction with the American Sheep and Goat Center (ASGC) will be hosting a research symposium entitled "Utilization of Genomic Information for the Sheep Industry." The workshop will be held on Thursday morning, Jan. 26.
Presentations and discussion will focus on global sheep initiatives, the current status of genomic information available to the sheep industry, the application of genomic information in quantitative performance evaluation (e.g., National Sheep Improvement Program/LambPlan) and examples of utilization of genomic information including extension and producer perspectives.
The symposium format will be different than many other symposia in that the presentations will be relatively brief allowing sufficient time for discussion and questions among speakers and symposium participants about this important and timely topic.
Scheduled speakers include Noelle Cockett, Ph.D., Utah State University; David Notter, Ph.D., Virginia Tech University; David Thomas, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin; Chase Hibbard, Helena, Mont.; and John Helle, Dillon, Mont., with moderator, Larry Miller.
The agenda is available at www.sheepusa.org/user_files/file_965.pdf. Executive summaries of the presentations will be compiled and posted to www.sheepusa.org. ASI and ASGC welcome you to participate in the discussions about the utilization of genomic information for the sheep industry.