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Workshop on Genomic Selection, Espoo, Finland
November 29-30, 2018

Are you interested in animal genetic resources? Do you want to know more about how breeding of small populations is done in the best possible way? Register for NordGen Farm Animal’s workshop on genomic selection, held in Espoo, Finland, on November 30, 2018!


The workshop has the title: What, how and why – in genomic selection.
It focuses on the prospects and challenges of genomic selection, especially on small populations. The event will provide an update on possibilities for the optimal genomic breeding models and methods for small populations in the future. On top of that, the event offers an overview of two novel genomic selection programs in Nordic native cattle populations (Icelandic cattle and Western Finncattle). 
 The workshop will be held in English and is arranged in cooperation with the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists, NFJ.

Program (30th of November)

9.00 Opening of the workshop: Tuula Pehu, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Agricultural and Forestry, Finland

Genomic selection – what, how and why
9.10-9.30 Application of genomic selection (Peer Berg)
9.30-9.50 Genomic selection in commercial egg layer breeding program (David Cavero)
9.50-10.10 SWOT analysis of small (dairy cattle) populations (Hossein Jorjani)
10.10-10.40  Coffee break

Prospect and challenges in small populations – case studies examples
10.40-11.00 Origin and history of Northern European cattle breeds (Anna Schönherz)
11.00-11.20 Case studies using molecular data in breed conservation (Bernt Guldbrandtsen)
11.20-11.40 Population structure of Finncattle breeds (Terhi Vahlsten)
11.40-12.00 Practical selection of Finncattle AI bulls (Katarina Hägg)

12.00-13.00 Lunch break

13.00-13.20 Genomic selection breeding scheme for Western Finncattle
(Esa Mäntysaari/Ismo Stranden)
13.20- 13.40 Genomic selection for Icelandic Cattle
(Baldur Helgi Benjaminsson

Economical aspects, novel traits and use of external information
13.40-14.10 Economical value of small populations (Morten Kargo Sörensen)
14.10-14.30 Introgression from a gene bank collection into a live breed (David Cavero)
14.30-15.00 Coffee break
15.00-15.20 Integration of external information into the national multitrait evaluation model
(Timo J. Pitkänen)
15.20-15.40 Genetic parameters of novel milkability and temperament traits in automatic milking systems (Karoline Bakke Wethal)

15.40-16.00 Floor is open for questions. Closing the workshop.

List of invited speakers 

Peer Berg,  Professor Aarhus, University, Denmark & Norwegian University for Life Sciences
David Cavero, Geneticist, H & N INTERNATIONAL GMBH, Germany
Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Associate professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
Baldur Helgi Benjaminsson, Project manager, The Farmers Association of Iceland, Iceland
Katarina Hägg, Geneticist, Bull analyst, Viking Genetics, Finland
Hossein Jorjani, Professor, Interbull Centre, Sweden
Esa Mäntysaari, Professor Luke, Jokioinen, Finland
Timo J. Pitkänen, Researcher Luke, Jokioinen, Finland
Ismo Stranden, Professor Luke, Jokioinen, Finland
Terhi Vahlsten, Geneticist, Faba, Finland
Karoline Bakke Wethal, Stipendiat at Norwegian University for Life Sciences, Norway
Anna Schönherz, PhD, PostDoc in Aarhus University, Denmark
Morten Kargo Sörensen, Senior Advisor, Aarhus University, SEGES, Denmark

Welcome with your registration!