Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Oklahoma State University - 16/8/12

After getting lost on the huge university grounds, we finally found the Animal Science Building on campus and met with Dr Megan Rolf who is an Assistant Professor and Beef Cattle Extension Specialist in the Animal Science Department at OSU.  We spent the afternoon and night in conversations regarding the genetic side of beef cattle production and also the nutrition of cattle.  We spoke using genomics and knowing which is the best test to use, where we agreed that the 50k snip is the most accurate.   Megan has a goal to apply genomic studies in a commercial cattle herd.

OSU has five branch campuses including its main one in Stillwater.   Animal Science is the largest major on campus and offers the largest departmental scholarship offering, but it is perhaps the most personal department as well.

The Department of Animal Science sponsors the dairy cattle, livestock, meats, poultry and horse judging teams. All have established enviable national reputations in competition, and the livestock judging team is the reigning national champion. 

Thanks to Megan Rolf for her time and insight of beef genetics and nutrition.

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