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

Preliminary program:

  • Genomic selection – what, how and why
  • Possibilities for small populations
  • Genomic breeding programs for small populations
  • Opportunities and challenges for small populations of dairy cattle
  • Integration of external information into the national multitrait evaluation models
  • Optimal contribution selection for small breeds
  • Novel traits for small sized breeds
  • Economical value of small populations

 

Invited and confirmed speakers:

Genomic selection – what, how and why:
Bernt Guldbrandtsen, Associate professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
David Cavero, H & N INTERNATIONAL GMBH, Germany
Peer Berg, Professor AU, Denmark & NMBU, Norway

Prospect and challenges in small populations; case studies examples:
Terhi Vahlsten, Faba, Finland
Katarina Hägg, Viking Genetics, Finland
Esa Mäntysaari, Professor Luke, Jokioinen, Finland
Ismo Stranden, Professor HY, Helsinki, Finland
Baldur Helgi Benjaminsson, Project manager, Iceland
Hossein Jorjani, Interbull, Sweden
Morten Kargo Sørensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Adding novel traits and external information:
Timo J. Pitkänen, Researcher Luke, Jokioinen, Finland
Caroline Bakke Wethal, Stipendiat, NMBU, Norway

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 11.00 and departs from Hotel Nuuksio.

The workshop will take place on 30th November 2018.