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Top cattle farming experts at the international Technical Workshop in Slovenia

Ljubljana, 6.-7. February 2017 — In Slovenia, the Interbull Organisation organised a workshop for its technical staff, experts and researchers. The workshop was attended by 78 top experts from 29 countries. Director General of the Agriculture Directorate Tadeja Kvas Majer from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food attended the workshop.

Interbull operates under the auspices of the ICAR (International Committee for Animal Recording).  Slovenia has been a member of the ICAR and Interbull for more than 30 years. It is a country of grasslands and, therefore, cattle farming is the country’s most important branch of agricultural activity.  The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food supports professional measures aimed at controlling and selecting cattle, as well as other species.

 

After 17 years, Interbull organised a workshop in Slovenia, which was attended by 78 top experts from 29 countries from all continents (Canada, the USA, Uruguay, South African Republic, Australia, Israel, South Korea, Japan and almost all European countries).  The participants are experts in genetics, plant breeding, genomic selection, data analysis for breeders and breeding organisations, semen collection centres, and marketing related to genetics and selection in livestock production.

 

The workshop’s main topic is the practical value of genomic selection and the possibility of the international InterGenomics consortium regarding the Black and White breed. The aim of the conference is to find the answer to the question of how to ensure reliability of the genetic value assessment on the basis of genotypisation and how to implement genomic selection in small populations of cows such as the Slovenian bovine population.