Cattlemen's Webinar Series

Understanding Advancements in Beef Cattle Selection Tools

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. Central Time

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Get the latest update on the evolution of cattle selection tools and how to use them. New EPD calculation software, updated across breed EPD comparison tools, EPDs for new traits and improved incorporation of genomic information into selection tools are a few of the topics that will be covered by industry and academic leaders during the webinar. There will be time to answer participant questions at the end of the presentation.

Matt Spangler, PhD, University of Nebraska
Matt Spangler grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in Kansas. He received degrees from Kansas State University (BS; 2001), Iowa State University (MS; 2003), and the University of Georgia (PhD; 2006) and is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Beef Genetics Specialist at the University of Nebraska. He works as part of a team with colleagues at UNL and US MARC to improve genetic/genomic selection tools and methods and is currently part of an effort funded by the USDA to develop genomic predictors for feed efficiency in beef cattle.

Dan Moser, PhD, American Angus Association
Growing up in Effingham, Kansas, Dr. Dan Moser was highly involved in youth livestock activities. He received his B.S. in Animal Sciences & Industry from Kansas State University in 1991, and then earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Beef Cattle Genetics from the University of Georgia. After teaching at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for two years, he returned to K-State in 1999, and served on the Animal Science faculty until 2014, teaching courses in genetics, conducting applied research, advising undergraduate and graduate students, and coordinating the K-State Purebred Beef Unit. 

Since September 2014, Moser has served as President of Angus Genetics Inc. (AGI) and Director of Performance Programs for the American Angus Association. In this role, he oversees genetic evaluation programs, genomic testing services, AGI business activities and member education efforts.

Wade Shafer, PhD, American Simmental Association
Wade Shafer grew up on a small seedstock operation in Detroit Lakes, MN.  Shafer completed his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science at North Dakota State University, followed by a Master’s and Doctorate in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University.

While at Colorado State, Shafer did extensive work in the area of bio-economic simulation modeling. Following his formal education, he expanded Shoestring Ranch to more than 500 cows, with cooperator herds representing another 500+ cows. The ranch sold up to 200 bulls annually.

In 2003, after dispersing his cow herd, Shafer joined the American Simmental Association (ASA) as its Director of Breed Improvement; in 2011, he accepted the position of ASA’s Chief Operations Officer. Since 2013, Dr. Shafer has served as Executive Vice President of the American Simmental Association.

Larry Keenan, Red Angus Association of America
Larry Keenan grew up on a ranch in Oklahoma and became passionate about cattle breeding at an early age. Keenan has an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma State University and a masters degree from Kansas State University. For the past decade, Keenan has served as director of breed improvement for the Red Angus Association of America. In 2016 Keenan was recognized in Farm Journal Media’s 40 Under 40 for his positive influence on the cattle industry. As director of breed improvement, Keenan provides oversight of Red Angus genetic prediction tools and helps educate breeders on how to incorporate these tools on the ranch.


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