Breeding and Genetics Symposium II: Challenges and Opportunities with Big Data in Animal Breeding
The early impact of genomic research on animal agriculture was relatively modest, as it proved difficult to translate quantitative trait loci mapping to industrial application. Fortunately, developments in technology have facilitated the application of genomics to animal agriculture, which has led to more substantial impacts on many commercially produced animal species. A brief look back on the history of genomic research will be presented, followed by an overview of recent developments in genomic technologies. Examples of application of genomic research, focusing on beef cattle and comparative genomics with other bovinae specie, and the current status of some new genomic resources emerging for sheep, pigs, and goats, will also be presented.