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Improving genetics to enhance livestock productivity

Raphael Mrode

Dr Raphael Mrode

A training workshop on advances in quantitative animal genetics and breeding evaluation procedures takes place at the International Livestock Research Institute 17th to 22nd June 2013.
Led by Dr Raphael Mrode, a Senior Geneticist, Animal & Veterinary Sciences, at the Scotland Rural College (SRUC), the participants will be trained on – quantitative genetic evaluation techniques, how to integrate results from genomic studies in evaluations, and their application in the context of developing countries.
The participants are drawn from various research institutions both locally and abroad.

Dr Mrode will also give an institute seminar on Friday 21, June at ILRI titled “From Contemporary Comparison to Genomic selection; trends in the principles for genetic evaluations” The seminar will outline the evolution of genetic evaluations methods from simple Contemporary Comparison in dairy cattle in the 1960’s, to Best Linear Unbiased Prediction, across countries methods to address issues of environment by genotype interactions, modelling of longitudinal data and to the modern era of genomics.

The application of these various models for the analyses of dairy cattle and beef cattle in the United Kingdom will also be illustrated. Finally, results from the implementation of genomic evaluation in various countries in Europe and USA will be presented with their possible impact on the structure (of the) livestock industry.

Dr. Mrode is the author of the book on Linear models for the prediction of animal breeding values, used by students of genetics worldwide. A third edition of the book will be available by the end of 2013.

“We are privileged and delighted to have Dr Mrode lead this training. He is one of the best in this field” says Dr Julie Ojango, the ILRI Scientist who is coordinating the training and seminar.

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