AMSA 68th RMC Symposium Speakers Announced Muscle Biology

May 14, 2015

Media Contact: Deidrea Mabry, dmabry@meatscience.org

AMSA 68th RMCSymposium Speakers Announced
Muscle Biology 

Champaign IL. May 14, 2015 – The American Meat Science Association (AMSA) is pleased to announce that, John Pollak, Larry Kuehn and Stacy Sanders will be the featured speakers in the AMSA 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) Muscle Biology Symposium, on Monday, June 15, in Lincoln, Nebraska. This session is sponsored by Iowa State University and will look at current applications of genomic technology and marker-assisted selection in the industry and where they are headed in the future.  

Historical Overview and Current Status of Genomic Technology and Marker Assisted Selection:  Dr. John Pollak, Director, U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, USDA, Agricultural Research Service will discuss the transformative nature of genomic selection and management strategies for livestock, and how they capitalize on the investment in technology for human genomics.  One application that is realizing that promise is genomic enhanced genetic evaluation.  Standard marker panels are being utilized to achieve this enhancement. However, the quest for robust markers for use in more distantly related populations, especially for traits not included in genetic evaluation systems, is driving research toward the generation and use of sequence data. The goal is to identify causative mutations and apply knowledge of those to selection and management strategies. 

Hurdles in Place to Develop Genomic Technologies for More Widespread Use and Adoption: Genomic selection, made possible by high density genotyping arrays, has revolutionized genetic evaluation programs in almost all species of livestock; for instance, through genomically enhanced dairy cattle evaluation, producers have reduced the generation interval and costs associated with large progeny tests.  Several beef cattle breeds are currently incorporating genomic data in their national cattle evaluation systems.  Dr. Larry Kuehn, Research Geneticist for the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, will discuss the promise and current limitations of utilizing genomic information for traits that are economically important but not routinely measured by seedstock producers.  Strategies such as DNA pooling, commercial producer and abattoir data collection, and use of data from research institutions will be highlighted. 

Industry Perspective on the use of Genomic Technology and Marker Assisted Selection: Stacy Sanders, Director of Records Department for the American Herford Association, will show how incorporating genomic information into national cattle evaluations could potentially do more for genetic improvement in the seed stock beef industry than any other technology seen in the past few decades.  The potential for increased rate of improvement or increased genetic trend is a real possibility due to fewer missteps in selection of young sires and replacement females.  The keys to realizing the potential are in effectively incorporating the genomics into national cattle evaluations accurately in a way that producers can make the most of the information provided, and developing cost effective tests that can see widespread uptake in the industry.  There are still hurdles to full implantation, but adoption of the technology is increasing as costs come down. 

The AMSA 68th Reciprocal Meat Conference (RMC) will be held June 14-17, 2015 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, in Lincoln, Nebraska. For more information regarding the AMSA 68th RMC please visit: http://www.meatscience.org/rmc or contact Deidrea Mabry 1-800-517-AMSA ext. 12.

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