NJF SEMINAR 506

Joint workshop on genomic selection

Fri, Nov. 30, 2018 in Espoo, Finland

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 and NJF joint workshop on genomic selection, held in Espoo, Finland, on 30th November 2018!

The workshop has the title: What, how and why – in genomic selection.

The workshop will be held in English and is arranged in cooperation of NJF, the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists, and NordGen Farm Animals.

A visit to the Genebank of Finncattle in Ahlman vocational college in Tampere is offered as a side event on 29th November 2018.

More information about both the workshop and the field trips will come shortly. 

Topics

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).

Program

Excursion to Ahlman Vocational College

Thursday, 29 November 2018

12.00 Bus leaves from Hotel Nuuksio, Espoo

14.00-16.00 Visit to Ahlman Vocational College

16.00 Bus leaves for Hotel Nuuksio, Espoo

Program Farm Animals Workshop

Friday, 30 November 2018 (Hotel Nuuksio, Espoo, Finland)

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

Genomic selection – what, how and why

9.10-9.30 Application of genomic selection, Peer Berg, Professor, Aarhus University & Norwegian University for Life Sciences

9.30-9.50 Genomic selection in commercial egg layer breeding program, David Cavero, Geneticist, H & N International Gmbh, Germany

9.50-10.10 SWOT analysis of small (dairy cattle) populations, Hossein Jorjani, Interbull Centre, Sweden

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, PhD, PostDoc in Aarhus University, Denmark

11.00-11.20 Case studies using molecular data in breed conservation, Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Associate professor, Aarhus University, Denmark

11.20-11.40 Population structure of Finncattle breeds, Terhi Vahlsten, Geneticist, Faba, Finland

11.40-12.00 Practical selection of Finncattle AI bulls, Katarina Hägg, Geneticist, Bull analyst, Viking Genetics, Finland

12.00-13.00 Lunch break 

13.00-13.20 Genomic selection breeding scheme for Western Finncattle, Esa Mäntysaari/Ismo Stranden, Professors Luke, Jokioinen, Finland

13.20- 13.40 Genomic selection for Icelandic Cattle, Baldur Helgi Benjaminsson, Project manager, The Farmers Association of Iceland

Economical aspects, novel traits and use of external information

13.40-14.10 Economical value of small populations, Morten Kargo, Senior advisor, Aarhus University & SEGES, Denmark                                                        

14.10-14.30 Introgression from a gene bank into a live breed, David Cavero, Geneticist, H & N International Gmbh, Germany

14.30-15.00 Coffee break

15.00-15.20 Integration of external information into the national multitrait evaluation model, Timo J. Pitkänen, Researcher Luke, Jokioinen, Finland  

15.20-15.40 Genetic parameters of novel milkability and temperament traits in automatic milking systems, Karoline Bakke Wethal, Stipendiat at Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

Discussion & closing the workshop

15.40-16.00 Floor is open for questions 

Practical info

The workshop and the field trip is free of charge.

The workshop will be held in English.

Registration

To register your participation, please send the following information in an e-mail to: farm-animals@nordgen.org:

  • Name and organisation
  • Contact information
  • Allergies and food preferences
  • Interest in joining the field trip
  • Please register before November 16th.

Welcome with your registration!

Venue

Hotel Nuuksio, Espoo (https://www.hotellinuuksio.fi), located 30 minutes from Helsinki City center, 37 kilometers/30 minutes from the airport beside the national park Nuuksio. Address is: Naruportintie 68, 02860 ESPOO.

Accommodation

Hotel Nuuksio - Hotel rooms have been pre-booked at Hotel Nuuksio under the code “NordGen”. Please use this code when booking a hotel room. The rooms are available till 30 October 2018. The price for a single room is 95 EUR/night and for a double room 115 EUR/night. Please note that NordGen Farm Animals does not cover your hotel expenses.

 

Important dates

Please register before 16th November 2018.

To register your participation, please send the following information in an e-mail to: farm-animals@nordgen.org.

  • Name and organisation
  • Contact information
  • Allergies and food preferences
  • Interest in joining the field trip  

Welcome with your registration!

29th November 2018: A visit to the Genebank of Finncattle in Ahlman vocational college in Tampere is offered as a side event. The excursion will start at 12.00 and departs from Hotel Nuuksio.

The workshop will take place on 30th November 2018.