World-leading beef industry expert visiting New Zealand

// Breeding and Genetics

Beef breeders and commercial beef farmers will get the opportunity to hear from a world-leading expert on beef genetics at an event next month.

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Andrew Byrne, Senior Technical Product Specialist for Genomics at Neogen Australasia, is among the speakers at the B+LNZ Genetics’ Beef Breeders Forum: Breeding for the future forum in Palmerston North on 10–11 May.

He has held several industry positions including chair of BreedPlan Technical Liaison Group and most recently was Genetic Evaluation Manager at Angus Australia. He will talk about genomics and how people are utilising genetic improvement technologies in Australia.

Dr Nick Sneddon, Senior Lecturer, Massey University, the science lead on the B+LNZ Genetics Dairy Beef Progeny Test, and Dr Natalia Martin, Animal Scientist, Massey University, will also be speaking at the event.

Natalia completed a PhD evaluating the finishing performance of beef sires in a dairy beef system which encompassed the first two years of the B+LNZ Genetics Dairy Beef Progeny Test.
The event includes a sit-down dinner and optional field trip.

“This is a great opportunity to hear from speakers with a global outlook and influence and those with practical information on furthering beef genetic potential,” says Dan Brier, General Manager Farming Excellence at Beef + Lamb New Zealand.

“Attendees will hear about current and future market trends, including tools they can use to make informed decisions on breeding cattle to meet future market needs, opportunities and challenges stud breeders and commercial farmers face in delivering to future market drivers and innovative technologies that are having an impact on beef breeding today. There will also be some insights gained from the B+LNZ Genetics Beef Progeny Tests.”

You can find out more information about the forum and register through the button below.