Three Steps to Better Meat Production - Breeding and Genetics

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A 3-part series detailing steps to better meat production in your sheep flock. Principles can be applied to goats and other stock as well.

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On Wednesday July 15th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., VGFA and NEGN will host VSGA's webinar: Three Steps to Better Meat Production - Breeding and Genetics with Dr. Joe Emenheiser.

For producers who plan to breed and raise their own animals, choosing the correct breed(s) is only the beginning. The second webinar in this series will cover the basics of molecular and quantitative genetics and how to use these principles to make accurate and effective selection and culling decisions in a breeding program. Strategies for improving purebreds, as well as using breeds together in well-designed commercial crossbreeding systems, will be presented.

Dr. Joe Emenheiser is the former Vermont Extension Livestock Specialist, and he is currently an independent consultant and an Animal Science lecturer at the University of Vermont and Vermont Technical College. He has a PhD from Virginia Tech and his dissertation was on pasture- based beef systems. Beginning on a small family farm in PA, he has extensive experience in the sheep and meat industries, particularly in the areas of meat quality evaluation and breeding genetics. He was a member of the Reserve National Champion Intercollegiate Livestock and Meats Judging teams at Oklahoma State University and has worked as a butcher, meat plant supervisor, and livestock supply manager. He has managed commercial flocks as large as 2,200 ewes and was instrumental in developing ultrasound carcass EPDs for the National Sheep Improvement Program. His purebred Suffolk flock and breeding program has earned national recognition. He lives in Middlebury, VT.

CONTACT: Please contact Dave Martin, President of Vermont Sheep and Goat Association, at with any questions.

All events will be have live captioning available and will be recorded. If you require a disability-related accommodation in order to take part, please contact Colene Reed,, so we may assist you.

Special Thank You to the American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) for their contributions to this learning opportunity.

All Three Webinars in this Series:

July 8th, 2020 Designing a System

July 15th, 2020 Breeding and Genetics

July 22nd, 2020 Evaluating Meat Quality

**Registration for each individual event is necessary to participate.

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