Registration Open for Nebraska Extension DNA Technology Conference

September 15, 2015

Lincoln, Neb. — "DNA Technology: Where we've been, where we are and where we're headed," will be the topic of an Oct. 19 conference at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center at Clay Center.

"This is a constantly evolving technology," said Matt Spangler, Nebraska Extension beef genetics specialist. "Participants will learn about DNA technology as it relates to making selection decisions in beef cattle and the changes in application and research discoveries over the past 12 months with particular emphasis on novel but economically important traits."

The conference will run from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will include lunch. 

Presentations and speakers include: "Welcome and Overview of USMARC Activities," John Pollak, USMARC; "Genetic Selection for Cattle that are Less Susceptible to BRD," Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California-Davis; "Selecting for More Fertile Females," Jared Decker, University of Missouri; "Selection for Improved Feed Efficiency," Matt Spangler, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; "Measuring Feed Intake and BRD Susceptibility: BIF Guidelines," Larry Kuehn, USMARC; "SNP Chips and Whole Genome Sequence Data," Warren Snelling, USMARC; and "Accounting for Bias in Genomic EPD," Mark Thallman, USMARC.

The conference will conclude with a wrap-up discussion led by Spangler.

Registration is $15 to cover handouts and lunch. For more information, contact Spangler at 402-472-6489 or To RSVP for lunch by Sept. 25, contact Sherri Pitchie at or 402-472-2907.

Matthew Spangler
Department of Animal Science