Cattlemen's Webinar Series

FAKE NEWS: EPDs Don't Work
Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 7 p.m. CT

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There is a lot of fake news out there, and the perception that EPDs don’t work is one such piece of news. This webinar will look at the objective evidence supporting the fact that EPDs do work, and examine how their accuracy is impacted by pedigree, performance records, progeny data and genomic information. Alison Van Eenennam, PhD at the University of California - Davis and Matt Spangler, PhD at University of Nebraska - Lincoln will be leading the discussion.

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist at UC Davis

Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a genomics and biotechnology researcher and Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis.  She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. The mission of her extension program is “to provide research and education on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems”. Her extension program focuses on the development of science-based educational materials including the controversial biotechnologies of genetic engineering (GE) and cloning. Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the 2010 National Award for Excellence in Extension from the American Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, and the 2014 Borlaug CAST Communication Award.

Matt Spangler, Associate Professor and Extension Beef Genetics Specialist at 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.


NCBA End of Year Policy Update

The Trump Administration and Congress have had a huge impact on America’s cattle producers. Join NCBA’s Washington, D.C. staff for a recap of the wins and concerns from 2017 on everything from trade to taxes, to federal lands.

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