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First “test tube” puppies born at Cornell veterinary college

Researchers from Cornell University and the Smithsonian Institution have solved the decades-long puzzle of canine in vitro fertilization (IVF), resulting in the world’s first litter of IVF puppies. The breakthrough, described in a  study  published online Dec. 9 in the journal Public Library of Science ONE, opens the door for preserving endangered canid species using assisted...
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Opportunity to learn more about agricultural opportunities in Uruguay

Expo Prada (9-20 September 2015) is Uruguay's largest and most important agricultural and consumer trade fair attracting over 400,000 national and international visitors over 12 days. It is the place to meet prospective importers, representatives, agents, farmers and other industry related contacts.  This trade fair is strong on British breeds that have been imported over many...
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Breeding for Bacon, Beer and Biofuels, 16-17 Apr 2015, Edinburgh

The growing world population demands a sustainable intensification of agricultural production across the globe. At the same time there is competition for land use and we have to mitigate both the causes and consequences of climate change. This poses a range of challenges for plant and animal breeders who have to select the genotypes that are best suited to future...
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Invitation to Pig Breeders Round Table 2015

PIG BREEDERS ROUND TABLE 22nd-23rd April 2015 - University of Kent (Keynes College), Canterbury Pig Breeders Round Table is a small, friendly bi-annual meeting with interesting science and stimulating discussion held in a beautiful location. The University of Kent is set in 450 acres of parkland overlooking the historic city of Canterbury and its famous...
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Asian genes in European pigs result in more piglets

Pigs which are bred commercially in Europe are found to have a highly varied mosaic of different European and Asian gene variants. The Asian genes in particular result in a large number of piglets in European pig breeds. In the latest issue of the science journal Nature Communications, researchers from Wageningen University explain that a number of important characteristics of European pigs...
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New genetic history of cattle could lead to better breeding methods

Geneticist and anthropologists previously suspected that ancient Africans domesticated cattle native to the African continent nearly 10,000 years ago. Now, a team of University of Missouri researchers has completed the genetic history of 134 cattle breeds from around the world. In the process of completing this history, they found that ancient domesticated African cattle originated in the...
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Gene sequence deletion linked to reduced fertility and increased milk production in dairy cattle

Newly published research by Aarhus University in Denmark reports on a gene sequence deletion in dairy cattle which was found to have a positive effect on milk yield but caused embryonic death in dairy cattle. The deleted gene sequence encompasses four genes, and the deletion is present in 13%, 23% and 32% in Danish, Swedish and Finnish Red Cattle, respectively. The researchers...
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New EBLEX manual on "Choosing bulls to breed for better returns"

EBLEX (the English Beef and Lamb Executive) has published a manual on " Choosing bulls  to breed for b etter returns " to help guide breeders to the best choice for their herd, whether using a bull or AI. The manual explains Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) for traits such as  ease of  calving, carcase quality, herd fertility etc. The manual can be...
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Students invited to apply for PhD projects with the European Graduate School in Animal Breeding and Genetics

The European graduate School in Animal Breeding and Genetics (EGS-ABG) is seeking applicayions for 9 funded PhD projects, that are scheduled to start in September 2014. Students with a masters degree in animal breeding and genetics or related fields, and with English proficiency, are invited to apply. The d eadline for application is 1st December 2013, 12:00 (CET). The list of...
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Promiscuity and sperm selection improves genetic quality in birds

New research from the University of East Anglia has shown that females can maximise the genetic quality of their offspring by being promiscuous. Researchers studied red junglefowl (the wild ancestor of the domestic chicken) in a collaborative project with the University of Oxford, Stockholm University and Linköping University. Findings published today in the...
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Training course on whole genome selection for animal breeding

Gene2Farm Winter School, 11-16 Nov 2013, Piacenza in Italy The Gene2Farm project, in which Biosciences KTN is a participant, has announced that registration is open for its first Winter School, with the aim of providing graduate and post-graduate students and professionals working in animal breeding with access to the theory and practice underlying whole genome selection.  ...
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Signet publishes booklet on ultrasound scanning to improve meat quality in beef cattle

Signet Breeding Services, which is part of EBLEX, has published a booklet called "Ultrasound Scanning Beef Cattle" to encourage beef farmers to use this technology to identify superior animals for use in breeding. Ultrasound can help producers better assess the carcase quality of their cattle by measuring muscle and fat depth in the live animal. Shane Conway, Signet breeding...
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Better understanding of bulls’ gene rich Y chromosome could help improve dairy cattle fertility

Researchers looking at the Y chromosomes of cattle have found that they have many more genes and have much more transcription activity than the Y chromosomes of primates. It is hoped that a better understanding of the bovine Y chromosome will ultimately help breeders tackle the issue of low fertility in dairy cattle.   Story source: Penn State News, 11 Jul 2013 ...
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