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Dairy Genetics

This ONE DAY course is for suitable for any vet who wishes to understand more about the fundamental role, that genetics plays in herd health.

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What is different about this course?

The course specialises in giving vets the understanding and confidence they need to engage with their clients about dairy genetics. It outlines the tools that can be used by vets to appraise a herd’s current genetic base, as well as help them to identify areas where an improvement through breeding would likely lead to an improvement in on farm performance.

What are the changes delegates can expect as a result of the course?

Delegates will be equipped with all the skills necessary to successfully align breeding objectives with herd health goals.

What are the likely benefits to the business?

This course will help vets build the skill set and confidence they need to offer genetics advice alongside routine herd health advice.

Programme Overview:

  • Define genetic index, understand how different genetic indexes are calculated
  • Understand how genetic indexes are expressed
  • Define PLI – a genetic index for selection
  • Understand the reliability of genetic indexes
  • Understand genomics and the value of both male and female genomic testing
  • Understand why the use of genomics can expedite genetic gain
  • Discuss the following: inbreeding, crossbreeding, AI (sexed semen), ET/IVF, genetic defects
  • Understand linear assessment – carry out some on farm scoring
  • Understand the importance of setting breeding goals at a herd specific level
  • Gain the necessary knowledge to start building genetics advice into what your practice offers