WCGALP 2014 conference

In order to keep up-to-date with latest developments in genetics, a team of AbacusBio consultants recently attended the 10th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (WCGALP) in Vancouver, Canada.

Key learning points of the WCGALP conference included the substantial impacts of genomic selection on dairy breeding programmes worldwide, challenges associated with implementing similar technologies across sheep and beef breeds, and the huge ongoing investment in whole genome sequencing technologies.

Bram Visser and Bruno Santos gave presentations on sheep genetic evaluation and dairy cattle selection indexes respectively, while Daniel Martin- Collado presented a poster on how to calculate the total economic value of local breeds using choice experiments, from his PhD study in Spain.

“Keeping up-to-date with what is going on in genetic improvement around the world and utilising combined resources will continue to be crucial to maintaining the competitiveness of New Zealand’s industries,” Tim Byrne says.

Jude Sise noted that global teams are becoming more inclusive in big projects, as industries and companies look to secure the best expertise available internationally to maximise returns on their genetics research investments.

“The ever-increasing shortage of people and businesses skilled at translating these new technologies into practical applications that deliver faster genetic progress in livestock industries was very apparent,” Peter Amer adds.

Fiona Hely took the opportunity to catch up with international clients whilst keeping abreast of latest developments in aquaculture breeding. Katarzyna Stachowicz – having worked in Canada for five years prior to joining AbacusBio – also made the most of catching up with her former North American colleagues.

“In addition to the learning side, it was also a valuable opportunity to catch up with our clients from New Zealand and around the world, and meet potential new clients,” says Peter Fennessy, who spoke at the Livestock Gentec industry conference in Alberta, held the week before the World Congress.

AbacusBio sponsored a session at the conference and received significant exposure and recognition in the industry.

Find out more about the WCGALP conference with access to abstracts and proceedings 

People involved: Bram Visser, Bruno Santos, Daniel Martin-Collado, Fiona HelyJude SiseKatarzyna StachowiczPeter Amer, Peter FennessyTim Byrne