Mike Roberts

Florida Cattlemen’s Association Hosts Genetics Technology Lectureship

In addition to proper land management of your pasture, genetics is an important topic when it comes to the health and marketability of your beef herd.  The technology of genetics, however, has advanced so rapidly in recent years that it can be hard to keep up.  A two-day lectureship, the Application of Advanced Genetic Technology in Beef Cattle, will bring attendees up to speed.  Held February 22 and 23 at the Florida Cattlemen’s Association at 800 Shakerag Road in Kissimmee, the lectureship offers a foundational understanding of genetic principles and the knowledge of how to apply the available advanced genetic technologies in real-world applications, such as with seedstock and commercial cattle production.

Details of the Lectureship

Held in conjunction with the Florida Cattlemen’s Association and Florida Cattlemen’s Foundation, the event is sponsored by Neogen Genomics.  Presenters include Bob Weaber, Ph.D., an associate professor/Extension specialist with the Animal Sciences and Industry department at Kansas State University, and Matt Spangler, Ph.D., an associate professor/Beef Genetics Extension specialist with the Animal Science Department at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The lectureship offers attendees the opportunity to develop breeding objectives utilizing tools, such as identifying environmental constraints, considering marketing alternatives, and exploring the economic relevance of traits.  Attendees will leave with a complete understanding of the data and mathematical ratios involved, experience with the various strategies and options available, and the knowledge of how to apply advanced genetic tools.

The lectureship offers cattle ranchers more knowledge and tools to raise a healthier, more marketable beef cattle herd.  The cost of the lectureship is $300 for the two days and lunch is included.  Interested attendees can register at krirm.tamuk.edu/genetics18/.      

This Column is sponsored by Griffin Fertilizer Co.   

BIO: Mike Roberts is the division manager of the Frostproof, Fla.-based Griffin Fertilizer Co. Roberts joined the company in November 2011. He has spent the majority of his career in the fertilizer/agchem industry. Roberts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in citrus production from Florida Southern College in Lakeland. He is currently the chairman of the Florida Fertilizer & Agrichemical Association. For more information, visit griffinfertilizer.com.    

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