This is part two of my podcast interview with Dr Donagh Berry, at the InCalf Reproduction Symposium earlier last month. Although Irish and Australian farming systems have many differences, the way they’ve improved fertility through genetic selection shows that it is possible to make progress through national breeding objectives and indices. This second part covers industry reactions to the EBI introduction, common myths and misconceptions about genetics, and what the future might look like for genetic selection.
Having recently attended the InCalf Reproduction Symposium, I was given a chance to interview a few of the speakers behind the scenes. My first interviewee is Dr Donagh Berry, from Teagasc in Ireland. The symposium booklet says that he is ‘responsible for the research on genetics in dairy and beef cattle and for the development and implementation of genomic evaluations in dairy cattle, beef cattle and sheep in Ireland’. This is true. However, he’s also an intelligent speaker with a lovely accent and a roguish sense of humour… who is not at all afraid to speak his mind. Perfect for a podcast.