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Saturday, January 16 • 9:00am - 10:30am
Genetic Selection in Small Ruminants

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This session will cover the principles of genetics, selection, and breeding programs for the improvement of animal performance and profitability. Special focus will be given to breeding for parasite resistance within a comprehensive, multi-trait selection program. Tools such as the National Sheep Improvement Program (NSIP) and estimated breeding values (EBVs) will be introduced. The session will involve presentation, followed by a practical case study with interactive decision-making in breeding stock selection.  Presented by Joe Emenheiser, University of Vermont Extension and Melanie Barkley, Penn State Extension .

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Melanie Barkley

Extension Educator, Penn State
Melanie is an educator for Penn State Extension, based in Bedford. She began her career in Extension as a youth educator and has covered many program areas in agriculture over a 25 year time period. Her current position focuses on livestock production, which includes serving as co-chair... Read More →
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Joe Emenheiser

Diversified Livestock Specialist, UVM Extension
Joe was raised on a small family farm in Pennsylvania. His livestock experience includes managing sheep farms in New York, butchering, genetic evaluation, teaching and judging. His research has focused on using ultrasound for genetic improvement of lamb composition, and on... Read More →

Saturday January 16, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am PST