Council on Dairy Breeding reaches genetic milestone

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BOWIE, Md. — The Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding has recorded its 1 millionth genotyped animal.

In recognition of reaching this milestone, CDCB invites bovine genetics stakeholders to attend its 2015 Industry Meeting, Sept. 29, at the Madison Marriott West Hotel and Conference Center, Middleton, Wisconsin.

“This is reason to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) and our international partners in Canada, United Kingdom and Italy,” said Joao Durr, CDCB chief executive officer.

This event coincides with the first day of World Dairy Expo. The first panel discussion will highlight current U.S. dairy cattle research, along with identifying future challenges and opportunities.

The second panel discussion will review the transforming impact of genomics to the dairy industry.

“To the best of our knowledge, this (1 million) is the largest single SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) data repository in the world, including human genomic databases,” said Durr.

CDCB 2015 Industry Meeting presentations include CDCB Strategic Business Model, USDA-ARS Research Portfolio and Perspectives, History of Genomic Evaluations in the United States, and more.

To register, visit https://www.rsvpmenow.com/rsvpbeta/?id=27444. The registration deadline is Sept. 18, at midnight (Eastern Time).

CDCB conducts genetic evaluations for economically important traits of dairy cattle. The CDCB allied partners cooperator database is the largest in the world, which is devoted to dairy animals, with approximately 70 million female phenotypic records and more than 300,000 males receiving genetic evaluations or genomic predictions.

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