- Small Stock Genomics Information Day held at Grootfontein
A Small Stock Genomics Information Day, presented by the South African Sheep Genomics Working Group and the Federation of Small Stock Breeders’ Societies was held at Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute, Middelburg EC.
The speakers at the event were (from the left) Prof Estie van Marle-Köster (University of Pretoria), Ms Lise Sandenbergh (Western Cape Department of Agriculture), Dr Schalk Cloete (Western Cape Department of Agriculture), Dr Carina Visser (University of Pretoria), Mr Jan Vosloo (President of the Federation of Small Stock Breeders’ Societies, Master of ceremonies at the event), Dr Gretha Snyman (Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute) and Dr Buks Olivier (Western Cape Department of Agriculture).
The topics that were discussed are:
- The ABC of Genomics - Dr Carina Visser
- Genomic selection: additional tool for livestock breeders - Prof Estie Van Marle-Köster
- Advantages of genomic selection for the South Africa small stock industry - Dr Schalk Cloete
- What is needed for an effective reference population for SA small stock breeds?
- Background of the Merino Reference population project - Dr Gretha Snyman
- National data sets available for possible reference populations - Dr Buks Olivier
- Genomics in South African sheep. Preliminary studies using whole-genome SNP marker sets - Ms Lise Sandenbergh