Sheep breeding advisors have been ‘up-skilling’ in DNA testing and breeding program design to ensure the industry can maximise the productivity gains on offer from the latest in genomic research and genetic benchmarking.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) in Armidale, NSW, recently organised an intensive, three-day workshop for 25 sheep industry service providers on the topic: ‘Effective Use of Genomics’.
The course provided participants with an update on genetic theory, including data collection, trait measurement, the application of DNA testing, and how to incorporate that knowledge into the design of a breeding program to maximise flock productivity.
"The course was developed to assist service providers advising ram breeders on how to improve the design of their breeding programs so that they can take full advantage of the recent advances in genomics and achieve faster rates of genetic improvement in their flocks," Sheep CRC Industry Engagement & Training Coordinator Lu Hogan said.
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