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Genomic Selection - Cows in Field

Can we use genomic tools to select healthier livestock?

Thursday 12th July

Recent and rapid advances in genomic tools and statistical methods, together with the increasing amount of genetic and phenotypic data recorded now allow us to accurately define the genomic regions associated with disease resistance in livestock. The identification of animals ‘resistant’ to a specific disease can then be used in selection schemes, with the aim to develop a more robust, healthier livestock population. This would be followed by a reduction in the use of veterinary medicines such as antibiotics or anthelminthics, slowing down the development of resistance to these drugs

Speakers include Teagasc researcher Donagh Berry, who featured in Programme 3 of The Science Squad

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Written by The Science Squad