Join us September 8-11, to kick off the first annual educational session held in conjunction with the Fall ASA Board meeting.
Join us September 8, for a free daylong symposium on applied information in beef cattle genetics with the following key speakers:
Dorian Garrick, PhD, Jay Lush endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics, Iowa State University
Dorian Garrick was appointed to the Jay Lush endowed Chair in Animal Breeding & Genetics at Iowa State University in August 2007 following five years at Colorado State University and fifteen years at Massey University where he has held the A.L. Rae Chair since 1994. He received a First Class Honors degree in Agricultural Science from Massey University in New Zealand and a PhD from Cornell University. Dorian has been integrally involved in the development and implementation of national animal evaluation programs, performance recording databases and breeding schemes. He has worked in the design of experiments to detect major genes and to exploit them in breeding programs. His recent work has focused on theoretical and applied aspects of using genomic information to predict performance. Dorian views animal breeding in a systems context, involving the integration of knowledge and understanding of business goals, production systems, processing and marketing, in concert with quantitative and molecular genetics. Dorian has worked with a variety of genetic improvement programs, including beef cattle, dairy cattle, dual-purpose sheep, fine-woolled sheep, pigs, elk, salmon and tree breeding. Dorian works well with other researchers and equally enjoys working with enthusiastic producer and industry groups that seek to include animal breeding approaches in the attainment of their farm or ranch business goals. Dorian is a Director of the US National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium that focuses on the development and application of methods that use genomic information to predict genetic merit in beef cattle.
Bruce Golden, PhD, Department Head and Professor, Dairy Science Department, Cal Poly
Prior to coming to Cal Poly Dr. Golden was the chief executive officer of a livestock and pet technology company he founded after a 19-year career on the faculty at Colorado State University where he was a full professor of animal breeding and genetics. Dr. Golden's research and service to industry have resulted in numerous awards and publications including a series of patents related to animal identification and diagnostic instruments. While at Colorado State he was the founder of the Center for Genetic Evaluation of Livestock, a provider of genetic evaluations for breed organizations and breeding companies worldwide. He has extensive international experience in livestock production including working in China, Brazil, Venezuela, New Zealand, the UK, Canada and Australia. Dr. Golden attended Washington State University in Pullman, WA, where he received both Bachelor of Science and Masters degrees in Animal Science. Dr. Golden received his Doctorate degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
Matt Spangler, PhD, Associate Professor, Extension Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Nebraska
Matt Spangler grew up on a diversified crop and livestock farm in south-central Kansas where his family still farms and has a cow/calf operation. After receiving his B.S. degree in Animal Science from Kansas State University (2001) he attended Iowa State University and received his M.S. degree in Animal Breeding and Genetics in 2003. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Georgia in Animal Breeding and Genetics (2006) and is currently an Associate Professor and Extension Beef Genetics Specialist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He works as part of a collaborative team with colleagues at UNL and US MARC to develop and evaluate methods related to genomic selection and is currently part of a collaborative effort funded by the USDA competitive grants program to develop genomic predictors for feed intake and efficiency in beef cattle.
After the educational seminar, stay for the Fall ASA Board meeting. Since all ASA meetings have an open format this will give you an opportunity to also attend committee meetings, as well as the official meeting. Join us for a barbecue at the ASA headquarters, and a chance for our members to share ideas and learn about new programs in the ASA.
Bob Weaber, PhD, Associate Professor, Extension Specialist, Kansas State University
Bob Weaber’s nationally recognized extension programming has resulted in more than 145 publications and more than $13 million from 42 awards of grants and gifts for research and extension programming. Weaber’s extension program leadership has been recognized with MU Provost’s Innovative Extension Programming by New Faculty, the MU CAFNR J.W. Burch State Extension Specialist Award, and the Beef Improvement Federation’s Continuing Service Award.
Weaber grew up on a cow-calf operation in southern Colorado and went on to earn a BS in animal science followed by a Master of Agriculture degree in the Beef Industry Leadership Program at Colorado State University. He completed his doctoral studies in the Animal Breeding and Genetics Group at Cornell University. While there, he served as the Interim Director of Performance Programs for the American Simmental Association for three and a half years. Previously, Weaber was Director of Education and Research at the American Gelbvieh Association. Bob, his wife, Tami, and their young children, Maddie, Cooper and Wyatt, reside near Wamego, KS.
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Holiday Inn Bozeman
5 East Baxter Lane | Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone | 406.587.4561
Reference "ASA" or "American Simmental" for the special $85 rate