Advances in Breeding of Dairy Cattle

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Advances in Breeding of Dairy Cattle Editors: Dr Jennie E. Pryce, Prof. Julius van der Werf Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing Limited Pages: 658 Illustrations and other contents: Color tables, photos and figures Language: English ISBN: 9781786762962 Categories: ,

This collection reviews the latest research on dairy cattle genetics and advanced methods of genetic evaluation and selection. The book first assesses the degree of inbreeding and genetic diversity in modern dairy cattle as well as opportunities for crossbreeding. It then reviews research on targeting non-production traits such as fertility, feed conversion efficiency, methane emissions and resistance to disease. Chapters also survey the latest techniques and advances in genomic selection (GS) in such areas as functional annotation and use of sequence variants to improve genomic prediction. The book also reviews developments in genetic evaluation (GE), including the use of ssGBLUP and multi-trait across-country evaluation (MACE), and the application of these techniques to breeding programmes.

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Author Biography

Dr Julius van der Werf is Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics at the University of New England, Australia. He is co-Editor in Chief of the journal Genetics, Selection, Evolution and Associate Editor of the Journal of Animal Breeding and Genetics. He is also member of the College of Experts of the Australian Research Council. Dr Jennie Pryce is Principal Research Scientist at Agriculture Victoria Research part of the State Government of Victoria, Australia where she lead the Animal's Programme of DairyBio. Dr Pryce is also Professor at La Trobe University, Australia. Dr Jennie Pryce is Principal Research Scientist at Agriculture Victoria Research part of the State Government of Victoria, Australia where she lead the Animal's Programme of DairyBio. Dr Pryce is also Professor at La Trobe University, Australia. James Koltes is an assistant professor in dairy cattle molecular and quantitative genetics within the animal breeding and genetics group at Iowa State University. His research focuses on the use of molecular biomarkers and automated phenotyping technologies to understand the genetics of health and feed efficiency in cattle. He is the USDA NRSP8 Bioinformatics co-coordinator for livestock and a member of the functional annotation of animal genomes (FAANG) consortium. Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam is a Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology in the Department of Animal Science at University of California, Davis. She received a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne in Australia, and both an MS in Animal Science, and a PhD in Genetics from UC Davis. Her publicly-funded research and outreach program focuses on the use of animal genomics and biotechnology in livestock production systems. Her current research projects include the development of genome editing approaches for cattle. She serves as the bovine genome coordinator for the USDA National Animal Genome Research Program, served as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) Study Committee for "Science Breakthroughs 2030: A Strategy for Food and Agricultural Research", and is an elected Fellow and current chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Agriculture, Food, and Renewable Resources Section O. She has given over 650 invited presentations to audiences globally, and uses a variety of media to inform general public audiences about science and technology. She frequently provides a credentialed voice on controversial scientific topics, and has appeared on national media including The Dr Oz Show, NPR, Science Friday, and the Intelligence Squared debate series. She appeared in the 2017 documentary "Food Evolution" narrated by science-communicator Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. A passionate advocate of science, Dr. Van Eenennaam was the recipient of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) 2010 National Award for Excellence in Extension, American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) 2014 National Extension Award, the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 2014 Borlaug Communication Award, University of California - Davis 2019 James H. Meyer Distinguished Career Achievement Award, and ASAS 2019 Rockefeller Prentice Award in Animal Breeding and Genetics.