“NEW GENOMIC AND MANAGEMENT TOOLS FOR HEALTHIER DAIRY COWS”
Two training schools were organised in Bucharest, Romania on 16-18 October 2018 and in Madrid, Spain on 27-29 November 2018.
The six presentations given during the schools are available for all on Youtube. Please click on the following links to see the presentations:
- Functional genomics and gene pathways controlling fertility (Part 1 – Part 2), by Claire Wathes, Royal veterinary College, UK
- MIR prediction of phenotypes by Frédéric Dehareng, Walloon Agricultural Research Centre, Gembloux, Belgium
- Modeling and GWAS by Rodrigo Mota, University of Liège, Gembloux, Belgium
- Gene Flow, altering genes: Use of AI sires having a positive impact on genetic improvement by Daragh Matthews, Irish Cattle Breeding Federation, Cork, Ireland
- Cluster predictions for metabolically stable and unstable cows (Part 1 – Part 2) by Miel Hostens, University of Ghent, Belgium
- HACCP animal management and economics (Part 1 – Part 2) by Søren Østergaard, University of Aarhus, Foulum, Denmark
All trainers started their presentation with a summary of the state of the art before the GplusE projects and continued with the new knowledge brought forward by the GplusE project. They paid particular attention to stress how the new knowledge could be used for future research or directly implemented for an improved selection of dairy cows and better management of dairy herds. Particular emphasis was put on new tools for the identification of metabolically unstable cows. All the Pdfs of the presentations were provided to the trainees after the school.
The schools were attended by a total of 45 participants selected from 109 applications. They represented a total of 19 countries as shown on the map. The target audience was scientists, teachers, veterinarians and dairy chain actors. In total for the two schools, the audience was distributed between seven students (master or PhD), 31 academics (postdocs, junior and senior scientists, teachers) and seven professionals from the chains.